“To Go”

It is difficult to understand what it is in Filipino Culture that places a premium on having something to take home after a gathering.

Often, it becomes ridiculous.

I remember the extremely funny story of a cousin of cousins from the 1970s.  She recalled that their entire clan had gathered for their matriarch’s birthday lunch at the newly-opened and extremely fashionable “Sun Tung Lok” Chinese Restaurant along Pasay Road in Makati [ now Arnaiz Avenue in Makati City ].  It was actually a branch of the famed “Sun Tung Lok” Chinese Restaurant in Hong Kong, and given the straightjacketed zeitgeist of the Marcos Years,  it was absolutely the “chic of the week.”

The birthday lunch had finished at about 3:00 p.m..  The entire clan had gathered at the entrance of the restaurant, under the marquee, waiting for their cars to drive up.

A couple of waiters came out of the restaurant, looking quizzically at the group.  Some people overheard them saying “Peking Duck, Peking Duck…”

Amidst all the chatting, the traditionally lengthy Filipino goodbyes, and the “beso-beso” kisses and embraces… Someone’s big handbag [ fashionable at the time ] gave way and a big Chinese oval porcelain platter slid to the Beijing carpet at the restaurant entrance!!!

A “Peking Duck” platter!!!  *LOLSZ!*

At that very moment, Everyone parted like The Red Sea, leaving a shocked and hapless, but fashionably-dressed, made-up, and coiffed Aunt at the center of the carpet murmuring “Ay!  Ay!  Ay!  Nahulog…  Ay!  Ay!  Ay!”  [ “Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  It Fell…  Oh!  Oh!  Oh” ]

Everybody avoided Aunt like a contagious disease!!!

Absolutely Embarrassing, wasn’t it???!!!  *LOLSZ!*

Oh, there’s more…






  1. Nona Pimentel said,

    February 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This reminds me of a story a good friend in Congress shared with me last year.. This is about a former f*rst L*dy, now a congresswoman, but the story is on a positive note. Every time they were served merienda in Congress, like ‘ensaymada espesyal’ and the fir*t L*dy didn’t feel like eating at all, she would put it in her big hand bag and say, ‘for my driver or for my assistant later…sayang kasi’….Quite surprising, considering the pompous and extravagant way she lived her life before…you think you know everything there is to know about a person….

  2. Presy Guevara said,

    May 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    TG, remind those who have the hobby, oops habit, I mean, of lugging carry-out, make sure the food was not out at room temperature for 2 or more hours. Their savings might get diverted to the purchase of Imodium.

  3. zippo said,

    July 2, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    c y c:

    the singer is a son although not as popular as the “queen of phil. pop music”

    Z 🙂

  4. cara y cruz said,

    July 1, 2007 at 2:08 pm


    is the daughter the “queen of philippine p*p music”?

  5. cousin paz said,

    June 27, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Hi Toto,

    There is a similar story that happened in the old house in Apalit. It involves an “outlaw” who our late Barbie 2 called the “Plastic Queen.” This “outlaw,” the wife of a cousin of the Barbies had the habit of bringing some plastic bags in her leather bag. During “fiestas,” she would walk to the kitchen after lunch and ask Barbie 2 or the help for “pabaon.” And she never failed, according to Barbie 2 — year in and year out, her bag would open to reveal 2 pieces of plastic bags. As we would say… “nagsisiguro!”

    Cousin Paz

  6. zippo said,

    June 25, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Speaking of Sun Tung Lok, was this the restaurant which, at the time the Peso-Dollar exchange rate was PHP7.00 to US$1.00, served a grand lauriat menu for 10 people worth PHP10,000.00? The grand lauriat menu featured exotic dishes such as braised black bear’s paw and stewed ovaries of snow frogs!!!

    Z 🙂

  7. zippo said,

    June 25, 2007 at 1:27 am

    This reminds me of the father of a singer who has a penchant for pocketing silverware in restaurants and hotels. I swear I witnessed 3 separate acts. One time he placed 3 sets of silver place settings in his wife’s bag. Clue: the wife (the mother of the singer) was a former beauty pageant runner-up and a former movie actress (circa 1960s).

    Z 🙂

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