It happened this past weekend, I felt that I had acquired a new Filipino Mom.
I’ve been in the Philippines for almost 12 years now, and my mother from the States has come to visit us several times during that time span. But, it’s been a while since I’ve seen her, although we talk regularly on the phone. This past weekend, though, I felt that I had a brand new mom! Let me tell you what happened.
A bit over a year ago, I wrote on article here on LiP entitled “There is simply no comparison,” in which I told you about a BBQ place in GenSan called Marietas. Over the past 20+ years I have been enjoying BBQ Pork on a stick from Marietas, and when I say enjoying, believe me, because it is that good! Well, after I wrote that article, several months later, I found out that the article had come to the attention of Marieta, the owner of Marietas BBQ. In fact, I was told that she had printed out the article and placed it on the wall of her restaurant. I was quite touched that she had done that, and I wanted to meet her.
This past weekend while we were in GenSan, we took some time on Saturday to go to Marietas BBQ and asked to see the owner. Marieta came out and said “Oh, are you MindanaoJoe?” I laughed and told her that I am not Joe, I’m Bob, and she got a chuckle too. Marieta invited us in and we sat down and talked with her for quite a while. Marieta told us that she is 74 years old, which surprised me greatly, because to me she looked about 55 or so. Marieta told us stories of how she has been able to have so many things to improve her life over the years, and it all came from one thing… great BBQ.
As our visit was coming to an end, Marieta asked us when we would be returning to Davao. I told her that we would be leaving early the next morning, but Marieta would hear nothing of that schedule! You see, she informed us that on Sunday she was holding a blessing and grand-reopening of her newly renovated restaurant, and she asked if we could be her guests at the event. We readily agreed, and it didn’t even take too much arm-twisting on Marieta’s part either.
On Sunday at 10am, we arrived at Marieta’s for the blessing, and the Priest did all of the prayers and blessings of the place with holy water. After the Priest finished blessing the new renovations, he went on to bless the food, and soon we were all partaking of a feast in honor of the newly renovated Marieta’s BBQ in GenSan.
Marieta’s is not a fancy place, so don’t go there expecting opulence. But, it is a nice little restaurant. For me, I don’t care how a place looks, but it’s all about how the food tastes. With it’s new renovation, Marieta’s is a nice looking place, but the food is a step above! Frankly, when it comes to BBQ and other Filipino favorites, Marieta’s is, in my opinion, the best.
Marieta is really a kind lady too, and a great business woman! During the grand reopening of the place, she was hard at work going around and greeting all of the guests, but she always seemed to take a little extra care in watching over us, and I appreciate it so much. I literally did tell Feyma that I felt like I had a new mother in General Santos City, and I know that Marieta would feel very happy to hear me say that.
Good luck, Marieta, on the future of your BBQ business! I see nowhere for you to go but up, your BBQ is too good for anything else!