Tere’s love for her son, Kaloy, came alive in the kitchen. The dishes were simple, to reflect their modest home, but she provided as best as she could, a single mother against her will.
It was an increasingly tough task given the lack of money and Kaloy’s growing resentment.
He mocked her hope of her husband returning and lambasted the basic meals. A growing sense of estrangement grew between doting mother and defiant child.
With his 21st birthday coming up, Tere planned to celebrate and soothe his broken spirits by cooking his favourite meal — chicken adobo.
For the first time, Kaloy had a taste of his mother’s immeasurable sacrifice.
It was a birthday to remember.