Lanie the Rice Cake Vendor – by Jereza Bondad


“It was such a heartwarming experience knowing that there people like Lanie who earn a very little amount of money  but still continue to hope that better days are in store for them through their faith and hard work”.


I used to buy my favorite native delicacy/snack from Lanie, the Biko vendor here in Consolacion, Cebu.  Biko is a Filipino rice cake made from sticky rice, coconut milk and brown sugar. Biko is often eaten as dessert or mid-afternoon snack.

Lanie shared with me her struggle in earning a living by selling Biko everyday. She usually wake up at 4:00AM and start to cook native snacks to sell at school and in the market. At 7:00AM she would stay in a place near the Elementary school/market to sell her goods. She told me that she usually stay up until 1:00PM before she can sell all her goods. There were days that she would come home with some of products unsold. She hardly earn P100-120 pesos (3-4AUD) a day. Notwithstanding her struggle, she is still grateful that she’s earning money to buy food and other basic necessities of her family.

Her hard work and positive attitude is admirable. I asked her if she has other plans to grow her business and she told me that there are other products she wanted to sell only if she has the capital to utilised.

I gave her P500 (15AUD) and told her that she can use it for her busines. She was so very happy and expressed her gratitude. It was such a heartwarming experience knowing that there people like Lanie who earn a very little amount of money  but still continue to hope that better days are in store for them through their faith and hard work.

 

biko

A delicious Biko garnished with latik (cooked coconut milk residue).