The Philippines has been colonised by the Spanish for more than 300 years. The word ensaladang is obviously a Filipino corruption of the Spanish word ensalada meaning salad, and talong is the Filipino word for… you guessed it: eggplant (FYI the Spanish for eggplant is berenjena).
I never give up. I was eight when I answered my first autograph book and it asked for "motto". I didn't what it meant so I asked my mother. She said it's your philosophy in life, in a way that an eight year old me can understand. She uttered a slew of maxims but the one that resonated with me was: