I’ve often felt nutrition is a good reality check for measuring the health of a society based on paradigms such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Nutritional insecurity is an issue faced within every modern society and culture as nutrition is essential to human existence. And because food is such an integral part of every society and culture, I felt it would be worth making some observations on the dysfunctions of Filipino society and culture through the prism of food, as others have done in the past on this website. But since we’re talking about the Philippines, I thought it would be best to talk about food, society and culture in terms of street food.
One of the more irksome attributes of Filipinos and how they like to talk about food as if they were gourmets when in reality the food representative of their society and culture is rather vile and disgusting. I could go on and try to pontificate about the dissonance between fact and reality but Agness Walewinder has a marvelous article (with pictures of unappetizing Filipino street food) on her website that does justice to this topic far better than I ever could and is definitely worth sharing on this website: