Rice. Many Filipinos will not survive a day without it. A meal is not a meal without it. And this is true in our household. Yes, we have even brought our reliable electric rice cooker when we go camping. And in campgrounds that has no electric outlets, we cook our rice in the public shower where there is electric outlets (of course we could have cook rice in the campfire, but that is too much of a hassle).
Our American friends just don’t understand why we eat rice in all our meals. I told them that this is so engrained in our culture that we even have different words in our language for the different phases of rice. When rice crop is grown in the fields, we call it palay. When it is harvested and milled, we call it bigas. When we cook it and is ready to eat, we call it kanin. The leftover is called bahaw. Compare that to the English language that has only 1 term – rice.
For Filipinos, even our prayer is different…… Lord, give us this day, our daily…rice.