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EXPAT EXPOSE - Aussie Expat’s Gift of the Gab, Grub & Wine


Chris Urbano

It always proves to be an interest­ing perspective, seeing a culture, es­pecially your own, through a for­eigner’s eyes. And the interest ante is upped when that foreigner just so happens to have a good grasp of the vernacular.

Such is the case with Australian Chris Ur­bano, and his Tagalog language-fusion cook­ing program on YouTube called “Maputing Cooking.” The premise is simple enough: An Australian who speaks fluent Tagalog embark­ing on a culinary journey (both for himself and the viewers) that introduces twists on tradi­tional fare, while pairing them with his favorite Australian wines.

The quirky adventures of Urbano, shop­ping at local wet markets, haggling (or at least trying to) with vendors as they look at him wide-eyed, or do a quizzical double take be­cause of his grasp for the language, or often,  a combination of both have attracted quite the following from Filipinos both here and abroad.

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