If you encounter a Filipino eating, that's the invitation you'll get:
In the Filipino language, it's "kain tayo" (ka-in ta-yo,) and it's an invitation for you to share the food in front of them, even if it's only good for one.
Visit a Filipino in their home and you'll immediately be asked, "have you eaten?" The polite answer is 'yes,' because they will otherwise prepare a meal for you. And insist that you eat it.
At the heart of these greetings is a deep culture of community, of looking after each other. It's the reason Filipinos have a reputation for being so friendly and hospitible, and so generous. They have a genuine concern for the welfare of others and an unquestioning willingness to share.
That's why Turo-Turo Philippine Cafe uses the phrase "let's eat!" in a lot of its advertising! An invitation for you to come and share in that Filipino warmth, hospitality, and food!
Photos: Rew Shearer 2015. Model: Demi.