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— by Susan Puckett: “I didn’t grow up eating Gerber baby food,” Alvin Cailan tells his friend, filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo. Rather, he was weaned on lugaw — a simple rice porridge his grandmother always promised would make him feel better when he was sick. “Grandma was right,” Cuerdo says. “Filipino food is soul food.” […]

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