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Posted on May 5, 2015

29 Filipino-Americans Share What They Miss Most About The Philippines

"Nanay ko." *loses it*

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To celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, BuzzFeed Philippines went around New York City asking Filipino-Americans what they miss most about the Philippines. Safe to say that Filipinos love the two F's: food and family.

1. "I miss all my family & best food."

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2. "Isaw!"

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*Barbecued pig or chicken intestines. Much better than it sounds, promise.

3. "Cheap stuff, fishballs."

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4. "I miss & L<3VE all Filipino Dishes, & desserts like ube halaya!!!"

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5. "I miss my family <3"

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6. "Fishballs sa kanto."

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*On the street corner. Where you make tusok-tusok the fishballs.

7. "I miss my family."

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8. "I miss Peryahan."

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*Amusement parks or fairgrounds built to celebrate local feast days.

9. "Namimis ko yung kinilaw na isda at ang pamilya ko na dalawang sister ko."

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*"I miss coconut fish stew and my two sisters."

10. "I miss everything about my life in the Philippines."

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*She said this while she was getting a pedicure. Still, fair.

11. "Pesang dalag w/ miso, star apple, ube, hito, Divisoria, Shoe Mart Makati."

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*Mudfish soup with miso sauce, star apples, ube, catfish, the Divisoria neighborhood, and the mall SM Makati.

12. "We miss our high school batch! ('85)"

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13. "Halo-halo, kwek-kwek, bangus."

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*A dessert, deep-fried hard-boiled eggs, milkfish.

14. "I miss the beaches!!"

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15. "I miss the loud music outside my house!! <3"

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16. "I miss my girlfriend!!! Valerie... :P"

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17. "I miss the hot sand!"

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18. "The warm water :)"

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19. "Aileen, Ezar, Cathy, Baven, Henry, JunJun: I love my kids. Muawh, from Mama w/ love. <3"

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Lucy Vanguardia listed all of her children back in the Philippines. Mia and I cried afterwards.

20. "Hot summer."

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There's a bonus Fil-Am kid in the back.

21. "Everything!!"

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We got this answer a lot. When asked to specify, everyone had a difficult time articulating what they missed about an entire life oceans away.

22. "I have everything here!!!"

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While others knew exactly what to say.

23. "The province."

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24. "Nanay ko. <3"

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*"My mother."

25. "Warm weather!"

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Yup, they're twins.

26. "I miss my family."

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27. "Going to PBA games."

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*PBA: Philippine Basketball Association.

28. "My lola's kisses."

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*Grandmother's.

29. "I miss my mom."

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Happy Mother's Day, Ma.

How about you? What do you miss most about the Philippines? Share it in the comments below!

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