Who is Mama Sita?
Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes was born in Manila on May 11, 1917. She was the eldest daughter of Doña Engracia “Aling Asiang” Reyes and Justice Alex. Reyes. Mama Sita grew up in the social milieu of Divisoria-Navotas and larger culture along Manila Bay. Her parents lived in the trading post cum residence of her grandmother, Luisa “Luisang Kare” Garcia Cruz, at Divisoria.
Mama Sita exhibited great interest in history and literature leading to a deep understanding of history which made her a nationalist. This was apart from the nationalistic spirit instilled in her by her mother. In every sense, she was proud of being a Filipino.
Mama Sita regularly traveled to the far reaches of the world to learn and savor its various cuisines and concluded that indeed Philippine food can stand out among the best. Thus arose Mama Sita’s vision of bringing the flavors of the Philippine Islands to the world. The rest is history.
So Mama Sita’s life revolved around food and enterprise, be it growing, marketing, cooking, selling or sharing. This was so until her dying days.