Chicken A La Carte by Ferdinand Dimadura

Chicken A La Carte by Ferdinand Dimadura

Chicken A La Carte is an inspiring short film by Ferdinand Dimadura, produced in 2005.

How fortunate most of us are, to have food served readily on our tables hot from the stove. And yet some of us have often taken the food for granted. We have often reminded our young ones to be grateful for the food served to them and yet most of us are guilty at time for taking it for granted too.

I was once talking to a friend about not wasting food in restaurant and she shared with me a remark her friend made, “Would finishing the food on the table made a difference to all the hungry people in the world?”

Her friend certainly has a point there especially when we view from her friend’s perspective. Finishing up all the food on the table would not make a difference to all the hungry people in the world and forcing all the food down would not be good for health too. What else could her friend have done? Or rather what can we do?

Then it dawned upon me, “although it is not a good habit and bad for health to finish all the food we have ordered in the restaurant, we can order the amount of food that is within our capacities.” In other words, “do not order more than what we can finish.

In doing that, we do not waste food and we do not do harm to our health by over eating. We might not have made a difference to all the hungry people in the world by doing that, at least we are not wasting food. What’s next? Let us start from around us?

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16 thoughts on “Chicken A La Carte by Ferdinand Dimadura

  1. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Marcellinus, it is a very touching short film which brings forth the truth (if there are any who are still unaware of this truth) of hungry people in the world.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Liza, this is what we have been doing too when the children were picky in food or would not finished the food given to them. Thank you for the link button. 🙂

  2. Anne

    Another option in restaurants is to take home leftovers. That way the food isn’t wasted and you get another meal from it.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Anne, this is a very good suggestion and in fact, this is what we are doing here also. I would say this idea of taking home leftovers goes back to as long as I can remember. 🙂

  3. gabriele muellenberg

    It’s a shame that most left-overs from restaurants are collected by trash companies. There is no chance to save anything for the needy. Hotels find it to time consuming to have theirs picked up by any private company which would work out more expensive, too.
    With petrol prices nowadays, there is little incentive for any charity organization to collect the foods which could feed the hungry.

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  4. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Gabriele, it is a shame indeed that most left-overs from restaurants are collected by trash companies. These food would have been good meals to those who are starving. As in the short film, although the food distributed to the children were all left-overs, they were still so happy when eating. I guess most wouldn’t know how it would feel to go hungry for days without food. It is hard to blame them since they do not have the awareness. And since most of these hungry people are so far away from them that they feel indifferent towards them.

  5. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Earth, when I watched this short film, I have mixed feelings. One part of me feels for the children who have to go through hunger and the possibility of not knowing if where their next meal will come from. And yet at the same time I feel warmth and inspired by what the man did in the short film; bringing the left-overs to the children. The smiles on their faces are simply priceless. No words can describe the happiness.

  6. Ren Guillarte

    so this is what Charter Change is all about, senate so busy with dealings on Katrina Halili and Hayden Kho, Congress so busy with implementation of charter change….the root has became a tree, and the tree bears its fruit already….are we allowing this to happen in our very own country Pilipinas???? why???I can’t do it myself I have my personal problems as well, but the bigger problems should this so-called government must focus and pay attention ohhh sorry our government is so busy filling up their own pockets.

  7. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Ren, what your government has been doing, I do not know much and thus am in no position to criticize. I believe that there are many men and women in your country and around the world who are doing what the man in the short film is doing; picking up food and serving them to the hungry children that they know. And I believe that there are organisations that are giving away the food that they do not manage to sell for the day. It may be easier if a collective action be initiated from the government but until then, we can do whatever that is within our means. Do not feel bad by not being able to help much, lets start in whatever small ways we can.

  8. JO

    a very heart warming video… I’m going to make my children watch this so that they will get a glimpse of what it’s like in the real world.

    Thanks for sharing.

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