Kwento in Tagalog literally means “story”; nanay means “mother”. Kwentong Nanay is a compilation of stories that focuses on how I encourage my children to understand more about the country I consider home. Kwentong Nanay is a blog that chronicles my resolve to strengthen the Filipino identity in my very young children who are considered first generation Americans.
My goal is to teach my children to speak Tagalog fluently, and hopefully, in the process, help them understand and appreciate the Filipino culture. By talking to them in Tagalog, exposing them to Filipino literature, teaching them Filipino customs and traditions, and having Filipino food as a constant on our dining table, I hope that they grow up to be true Filipinos.
This nanay is a teacher by profession who dabbles into cooking and baking regularly. Though I can hold my own in the kitchen, tweak recipes and recreate food I have tasted, I am not a chef. In the eyes of my two kulit children though, I am the best cook ever! Teaching children for more than 10 years before deciding to have my own was really a blessing that I will always be thankful for. At 7 and 5, they are respectful, independent, and inquisitive–credit goes to my teacher husband too!