MANILA -- Rolinda Gilbaliga, a 21-year-old student at University of the Philippines-Diliman, is in a formal garb when we meet her in between classes. She came from an event where just her school recognized her efforts as the Philippine representative at the 2013 ASEAN Youth Camp in Singapore.
She takes us to McDOKS, located within the campus, and orders a sizzling plate of beef and mushroom. It's going to be a quick meal because Gilbaliga needs to attend a class and take a quiz.
Born and raised in the mountains of Panay island, Gilbaliga is a proud member of the Panay Bukidnon indigenous community and is a granddaughter of a binukot. She says that back in her hometown, she rarely eats meat; vegetables are usually served on the dining table.
This chanter says that she usually cooks her own food from home and brings it to school to save money. However, when she’s hungry, she goes to Area 2 because it is very accessible to her and there are many eateries to choose from.
The sizzling beef and mushroom plate is quite expensive for a student, but she says it's worth for the taste and fast service.
WHAT SHE HAD: Sizzling beef with mushroom for P90.
WHAT SHE THINKS: Gilbaliga enjoyed the rich taste of the beef and was happy to see corn kernels, carrots and mashed potatoes included in the meal.
WORDS OF WISDOM: “Nakarinig ako isang beses na tinatawanan ako habang nagchachant, pero hindi ko na lang pinansin kasi kailangan ko magperform. Proud ako sa pinanggalingan ko, proud ako na isa akong katutubo.”
McDOKS Sizzling, 10 JP Laurel St Area 2, Bgy UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City; +63 916 1194944. Mon-Fri 11 am to 9pm.
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