I come from a long line of Filipina bakers. Growing up I was in the sidelines watching the women in my family spend hours on details, discussing the best way to create designs, and bake by trial and error. Gadgets and ingredients were scarce, so baking and decorating were done with such intent and purpose. Being the first generation to live in the U.S. I draw my inspiration from them and from my son who will be hearing and learning about his heritage in the kitchen.
Top: Tita Joanne, Tita Marlene, Irma (my mom) - Manila Philippines
Bottom: Lola Sarah, Dakilang Lola Simeona (Great Grandma)- Tacloban, Philippines
I was born and raised in the Philippines surrounded by cakes and delicacies made by my family. Very early in life words like merengue, sift, knead, and fold, were already in my vocabulary. I bake from the heart...something I learned from my mom. I am thoughtful about the occasion, then I put something together that I enjoyed making, and hopefully you enjoy looking at and eating!
In looking at old pictures of my childhood in the Philippines, the images, experiences of deep connection that I have with family through baking, and remembering all the cakes and pastries made by the women in my family inspired me, and made me realize that I wanted to continue the tradition here in the United States. So after years in the various fields in education, I could no longer resist following my great grandmother, grandma (Lola) and my mother's passion for baking.
I continue to work in education, and now can also proudly call myself " The other baker in the family!”