OPINION: Death of a ‘badass’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - With Anthony Bourdain’s passing, Filipinos have lost a friend and champion, and foodies a wise guide and guru.

Timing and method mark the twin deaths of fashion accessory designer Kate Spade and chef and food documentarian Anthony Bourdain.

Coming just days apart, Spade’s and Bourdain’s passing also throws light on the growing problem of suicide, brought on in many cases by depression. The pair’s passing was especially poignant because no one — outside of their circle of friends and loved ones — were aware of the demons they were battling. Spade, so those in the know tell us, was well-known for her “happy” bags in bright colors and quirky designs. Bourdain, who had become a global explorer of world cuisine, was best known for his “badass” persona and tart observations about fellow cooks.

To Filipinos, though, Bourdain is best remembered for his vocal support and promotion of Filipino cuisine, with some saying he helped launch the current international interest our native dishes enjoy. Apart from raving about the “best pig” he had ever tasted during a feast of Cebu lechon, Bourdain also was a lover of Filipinos as a people. In one “Parts Unknown” episode, he expressed his belief that Filipinos are the world’s most generous and giving people, based on the overseas workers he had met, including his daughter’s nanny.

With Tony Bourdain’s passing, Filipinos have lost a friend and champion, and foodies a wise guide and guru.

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