Famisan, John Paul Javier, Humility Malazo, Jeffrey Matiling, Charissa Serrano, Elaine Joy
Dinner Eating Habits of the University of the Philippines Kalayaan Residence Hall Dormers
In general terms, food is anything edible, gives satisfaction, and comprises almost the budget of the family. When we are confronted by a strange plant or animal, the first question that enters our minds is, “Nakakain ba ‘yan?”, if answered with an affirmation, it assures life and excitement of the person asking. We see stalls that sell food everywhere around us even if the process of the food preparation is questionable and doubtful. From isaw to balbakwa, the selection varies. Nevertheless, we find pleasure and satisfaction in eating them together with friends and classmates. For us, concept about food is so distinct and subliminal messages are engraved on it that even questions like “kain tayo” can be misleading since it could mean that we get to be offered food or it can just be a simple gesture of respect, politeness and acknowledgment of eating. Also, when visiting someone else’s home, one does not simply reject snacks offered there because it is discourteous and disrespectful (“Philippines: Eating Habits & Hospitality”, 2007). By leaving ample amount of snacks on the table, the owner is assured that the visitor is having a good time staying in their home. There are three main meals of the day; breakfast, lunch and dinner (“Filipino Eating Habits”, 2010). Breakfast is where you fuel up your body with carbohydrates to be ready for daily activities, and lunch is where you try to maintain the energy by loading up some more for as to continue the job of breakfast. And then there’s dinner. What is the importance of eating dinner? After a long day, after spending so much time and energy at work, eating dinner would somehow be a therapy to a worn out person, especially when the food is very satisfying. Dinner could regain all the energy spent all throughout the day and revive the person. Food has been known to be a stress reliever. Although it’s not a good habit to eat too much when stressed, but people do that (Scott, 2010). So the time when dinner is served is the time when the people who is going to be eating it are stressed out, so dinner somehow becomes a stress reliever. In a family, schedules can vary from one member to another. One may start early while the other might start late during the day. They could not see much of each other at breakfast because maybe others may still be asleep, because there schedule for the day does not start until it is mid-day, while others start very early. And then much certainly, the members of the family
will not get to see each other at lunch. So dinner is the time where family members gather and eat together. Eating together as a family is very important, especially when there are adolescent members in it. Teenagers, who spend five or more dinner times with the family, tend to be less into things such as drugs, alcohol and low grades (Davis, 2007, “The Importance of Dinner Time”, 2011). Since dinner time is almost synchronized when taking into account students for example, it is the time when friends meet, boyfriends and girlfriends meet and also the time when “barkadas” bond with each other. When you go to “karinderyas” in UP, you’ll often find the places very noisy. That is due to the many groups of students, talking and sharing their experiences may be during the day or the past days. It is also a time when they gather up energy to study later at night until in the wee hours of the morning. Dinner is also a time when they watch their favourite telenovelas. Times and generations have changed. Along with the globalization and ever-changing schedules, food has changed over time to adapt and fill the needs of fast-paced people. As a result, new concepts have emerged when it comes to...