After a long day at work, a young man receives a care package from his mother which includes her cookbook and some tamarind soup mix. Inspired, he checks his pantry and realizes he can make her Sinigang. Over the course of making this meal, he reconnects with his Filipino culture, his passion for cooking and eventually has a conversation with his mother. The simple joy of cooking is a reminder of his past, present and future.
Born in San Francisco, raised in Colorado, schooled in Boston and now based in Los Angeles, Derek’s work embodies his Filipinx identity, living between two different worlds everyday.
His work seeks to entertain, educate and explore unspoken characters in unknown worlds.
Currently, Derek is working on short films, web shows, a podcast, helps make videos at BuzzFeed and volunteers with Tuesday Night Project in Little Tokyo.