I'm from thousands of islands,
makeshift home garages, shanty houses,
outhouses, and outdoor shower places.
These are venues where I'm from.
I'm from yearly July floods,
and burning paper bills for funerals.
These are things to experience where I'm from.
I'm from Tagalog's kumusta,
Mandarin's ni hao,
and English's hello,
These are ways to greet others where I'm from.
I'm from Adobo, Sinigang,
Unripe mangoes, and dinuguan.
These are delicacies where I'm from.
I'm from a third world country,
corrupt government officials,
and strict, knuckle-rapping teachers.
These can be encountered where I'm from.
I'm from my mom's delicious home cooking,
my dad's demanding hard work,
and my brother's dedication.
This is how I grew up where I'm from.