Maternal Grandmother Sari-Sari Store

My maternal grandmother owned and ran a sari-sari store similar to this in their hometown of Sumilang in the Philippines. I come from a line of entrepreneurs— her sisters owned a bakery, canteen, and at the height of her career my lola (“Nanay”) ran a lingerie factory, employing and serving the people of their town.

I honor their legacy by finding ways of moving, sharing, and keeping this language of love through food and community.