Happy Filipino Independence day! Araw ng Kalayaan, Happy Filipino Independence day! Araw ng Kalayaan, "Day of Freedom"!
June 12, is a national holiday that celebrates when the Philippines claimed independence from Spain. 
The Spanish colonized the Philippines for over 3 centuries.
Did you know there is a lot of the Spanish influence in Filipino Cuisine, from the staple 3 ingredients: Garlic, tomato, and onion. 
Today is also Happy Loving day, celebrating the day that the US Supreme court struck down state bans against interracial marriage.
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#Repost Chef James @ay_nako_james with @get__repo #Repost Chef James @ay_nako_james  with @get__repost ・・・
Ube Pan de Sal w/ cheese, macapuno and ube halaya #morethanlumpia
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam, meet Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam, meet Joe Y. Mora! @joe.y.mora 
Joe is an award-winning storyteller, whose voice has been used to build and celebrate minority communities based in Jacksonville. He found his passion for expression through observing and tasting the culinary work of his father, who is a retired chef. Joe believes every flavor tells a story, and that every story has a flavor. #morethanlumpia
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam meet D Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam meet Daniel Balandra! @danielbalandramedia #morethanlumpia 
Daniel Balandra is a second-generation Filipino American born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Daniel discovered filmmaking while working with his father as a wedding and event camera operator. In his off time, he used his father’s equipment to create his own skateboard videos and skits for YouTube.
Daniel would also follow in the military footsteps of his father, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, by joining the Marine Corps Reserve in 2011. Daniel served as a Landing Support Specialist from 2012-2014 and as an Engineer Equipment Operator from 2014-2019. He continues his service in the Florida National Guard as a Horizontal Construction Engineer. ​Daniel earned his BFA in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 2017. He is known as a jack-of-all-trades with a strong interest in cinematography. He has worked on multiple independent films, music videos and has produced content for local businesses in Florida and Georgia. For the Jax Filipino Chefs Film Crew, Daniel works as a PA, 1st AC, Location Audio, and Grip
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam Meet A Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam Meet Agnes Lopez @agneslopezphoto 
Photographer & Director
AgnesLopezPhoto.com / PoseWell.com
Agnes Lopez is an editorial and commercial photographer with a home base in the historic Riverside-Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville. She is the staff photographer for Jacksonville Magazine, and over the years she has been trusted to provide images for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national magazines to aspiring models and small business owners. Over the past few years, Agnes has made food photography a focus, shooting for the area’s top restaurants and publications like The Local Palate. She was awarded the gold medal in the cookbook category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2017 for The Chef’s Canvas, published by The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Agnes established the JAX Filipino Chefs campaign to highlight the incredibly skilled and accomplished Filipino chefs of Northeast Florida. She worked with filmmaker Eric Torres, directing a documentary about the Filipino chefs of Jacksonville and their food. Lopez hopes that everyone will be as inspired by the chefs as she is, and will continue the campaign through charity events, pop-up dinners, and community outreach. As a food photographer and a second-generation Filipino-American, Agnes wants the next generations of Filipino-Americans — and all food lovers! — to see and taste the rich and delicious culinary culture of the Philippines
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Celebrating the Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam, meet Celebrating the Jax Filipino Chefs Film Fam, meet Eric Torres! @erict.333 
Filmmaker, EricTorresFilms.com
Filmmaker Eric Torres was born in Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines, and came to the United States as a child.
After a long career as one of the region’s top wedding filmmakers in North and Central Florida, he returned to Jacksonville to pursue his filmmaking passion, setting up shop in the CW studios and producing a number of local shows.
He has worked as a Steadicam operator and director of photography, creating short films and commercials for clients like Nike Golf, the Jay Fund, March of Dimes, and Realtree.
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Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! As we Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! As we continue to celebrate and showcase Filipino Food and our Chefs, invite you to use our hashtag #morethanlumpia 
as a way to support our Filipino Food Movement and the Jax Filipino Chefs Film Documentary. @chefwesleynogueira @khloes.kitchen @leni.r0se @ay_nako_james @cezmelzer @chefricklaughlin @moomellie @jojohernandez @abstraktfilipinoessence @feedyourcreation
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef John Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef John Magsino #morethanlumpia
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Magsino is a first generation Filipino born in Quezon City, Philippines but raised predominantly in New Jersey by his two hard working and selfless parents. Their focus on a solid work ethic and strong emphasis on family early on, would help to create the foundation needed to handle the industry that John would later enter.
Knowing that cooking was the only passion for him at an early age, he enrolled into the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY shortly after graduating high school in 2007. From there he learned the basics of how to put the love and passion he felt from his grandmother’s food into something tangible that others could enjoy. In 2009 he graduated with his AOS in the culinary arts and began his obsession with challenging himself and learning more about his craft.
Little did he know that his greatest inspiration and drive would come from meeting his wife and having a family. His wife (Kristen) and three children (Noah, Liam, and Sophia Marie) are his inspirations for what he does now and have been the greatest influences in his cultural reawakening in his cooking. John now works at Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine. He started as a sauté cook, worked his way up to Sous Chef, and recently took over the mantle of Chef de Cuisine for the highly acclaimed eatery.
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Happy Asian Pacific American heritage month. We fe Happy Asian Pacific American heritage month. We feature our Jax Filipino Chefs, Meet Chef Wesley! 
@chefwesleynogueira / @khloes.kitchen #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wesley Nogueira was born in 1987 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A few years later he moved to the states and resided in Philadelphia, PA. His Filipino mother raised his younger brother and himself by ingraining hardworking values derived from his Filipino and Brazilian backgrounds.
Wesley was very fond of the kitchen at a young age and found himself always being around his mother and her friends while they cooked simple Filipino dishes. At the age of 15 he moved to Jacksonville, Florida with his mom and brother. While there, Wesley attended Robert E. Lee Senior High School and University of North Florida. While in college he worked at a few family owned restaurants but it was not until the birth of his daughter Khloe where he was determined to turn an everyday job of cooking into his passionate career. Wesley decided to drop out of college and pursue a career in the kitchen.
He started working at 2009 in Bistro Biscottis (bbs), a highly established local casual dining restaurant. He worked under the influence of Chef Carlos Ramirez and Chef Josh Agan. In 2014 at the age of 27, he was promoted to Executive Chef at bbs. While at bbs, Wesley has used his platform to bring new age dishes to the Jacksonville area and has worked numerous events with local chefs such as Tom Gray and Matthew Medure.
In May 2017, Wesley started his chef/owned catering company called Khloe’s Kitchen inspired by his daughter. He serves modern-eclectic inspired cuisine obtained from his fine dining knowledge and his upbringing from his Filipino-Brazilian roots.
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Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Leni! @ Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Leni! @leni.r0se #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Born and raised in Candelaria, Quezon Province, Philippines, Chef Leni Rose Magsino developed a passion for cooking at an early age working in her family’s farm to table restaurant.  She attended the University of the East in Manila and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
While it was hard for Chef Leni to leave her family behind, she moved to America at the age of 25 to pursue her dreams of becoming a chef in the land of unlimited opportunities. Chef Leni attended Florida State College Jacksonville and earned an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Management.
While attending FSCJ, Chef Leni started working at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. She was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and placed in charge of the Spa Kitchen where she was afforded the opportunity to experiment with locally grown ingredients that enabled her to showcase her talent of creating dishes that are healthy and flavorful. Chef Leni owns The Perfect Pear Catering Company, where she continues to incorporate locally grown, sustainable products, adding a touch of wholesomeness to her dishes.
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Jame Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef James!@ay_nako_james #morethanlumpia~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ James Victorino attended Florida State College at Jacksonville and launched his culinary career studying under the executive pastry chef at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. He developed his skill set as line cook and pastry assistant at Matthew's in Jacksonville before returning as a cook at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra.Demonstrating an ability to create delectable desserts, Victorino accepted the role of pastry chef where his duties included cake decorating, production of baked goods and on-site and off premise catering. Victorino joined One Ocean Resort & Spa as pastry lead cook, where his performance and attention to detail in all aspects of the party arena accelerated him to earn the role as pastry chef.Victorino now oversees a talented team of chefs to present innovative desserts and pastries for weddings, meetings and events at One Ocean Resort & Spa.
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