No, it’s not a poodle fight. SMH.
Definition: A meal bundle served on top of layered banana leaves with everything on it – rice, assorted “Ulam” (or dishes), desserts and fruit – shared by a family or close circle.
No spoons and or forks are used. Everybody eats with their hands.
This became a tradition in the Philippine Military, which allowed it to spread throughout the archipelago. It symbolizes unity and camaraderie among troops.
But it’s true beginnings came from the countryside or rural areas in the Philippines a long time ago. This is the meal that farmers share with their families and friends after hard work and cooperation – “Bayanihan” – in their agricultural production. “Bayanihan” is the traditional practice of community production, typically in agriculture.
They usually have this meal after a day in the fields, under the shade of trees by the farm lots and resourcefully utilize what is available – such as banana leaves for a large plate where they put all the food for everyone to share, carved wooden spatulas for serving spoons and their bare hands for eating.
To sum it all up, the boodle fight symbolizes more than just unity and camaraderie. It’s a symbol of the Filipinos’ unity and diligence in production as in Bayanihan; generosity in a shared “banquet” so that everyone can have their fill; and resourcefulness to maximize all available resources to achieve their goal. These are the core values that guide our OpsTales family in achieving our goals, and why we shared a Boodle Fight to celebrate our Christmas as a family.