Yana Gilbuena – Roots and Wings

by Lisa Yadao, Michelle Sampior, and Irene Yadao

6 min, United States, English

Nomadic chef Yana Gilbuena discusses growing up in Iloilo, Philippines, how she got her start as a chef in the pop-up space and left her day job to spread the Filipino food gospel to all 50 states in the US, and the future of Filipino cuisine.

Lisa Yadao is a Hawaiian-Filipina producer and screenwriter raised in SoCal and based in San Francisco. She earned a BA in English from San Diego State University, studied screenwriting at UC San Diego and video production at Bay Area Video Coalition. Her credits include short films, web series and videos for Scary Cow, Hypno Bedhead, Lipshtick Pictures, FWD Stance, Square and Caviar.

Michelle Sampior is a Bay Area native of Filipino and Basque heritage. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Film & Digital Media, she studied Film Production & Editing in Spain and wrote her first short film. Michelle has both TV and film credits to her name. She’s currently developing a podcast about solo female travel.

Irene Yadao is a writer and video production freelancer based in Maine, New York and San Francisco. She studied journalism at San Diego State University and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. She has written and edited for The Village Voice, San Diego Union Tribune, Maine Magazine and DownEast Magazine, and she has worked behind the scenes on documentaries and indie films.

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