Cafe Masala


Nina has had enough of being the tag-along expatriate wife, measuring her days in kitty lunches while her husband, Andy, measures his in the number of deals sealed for his company. When Andy starts talking about having children, she fears this would further tie her down and hatches a plan to secure her independence by starting her own business. The preparations take her back home to Manila and her aging parents. She knows they too would nag her about having children, and comes armed against their arguments–or so she thinks.

Read the original version, written in 2009, on the Palanca Awards website.

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