In this episode of I Feel U, host Toni Gonzaga opened the show with a confession about being a certified daddy’s girl. She then introduced father-daughter tandem Blas and Jerilyn Ingco from Cavite.
Daddy Blas used to work as a tricycle driver. Unfortunately, the pandemic halted his source of income, considering that he is part of the so-called “vulnerable” bracket as a senior citizen. Making something beautiful out of the negativities, they thought of putting up their online food business using Blas’ kitchen genius.
The father-daughter duo came up with “Luto Ni Tatay.” They offer Daddy Blas’ home-cooked meals like laing, bulalo (his specialty), sinigang na bangus sa bayabas, chicken and pork sisig, and sinigang na salmon belly.
Daddy Blas’ kitchen expertise was a product of years of experience in the province. Since her friends and their relatives couldn’t get enough of her father’s cooking, Jerilyn thought of turning it into a business.
Apart from having it as a source of income, the business likewise became Daddy Blas’ source of hope “During the pandemic, nakikita ko ‘yung lungkot ni Tatay kasi bilang head of the family, nandoon ‘yung anxiety, ‘yung lungkot kung paano makakapag-provide at makakatulong,” shared Jerilyn.
There were also changes in Jerilyn’s workplace. Instead of letting the negativities knock them down, they managed to get back up and even make something beautiful out of the challenges.