Pokwang tries Neri Naig’s P1,000 weekly meal plan, but fails challenge
Even Pokwang herself was unable to pass Neri Naig’s meal plan challenge, as she admitted that she couldn’t fit a week’s worth of groceries into the P1,000-budget.
Earlier this month, Naig earned the ire of netizens after sharing her P1,000 weekly meal plan on social media, which includes a grocery list and ingredients for dishes that could be served within a week. The plan was eventually taken down from Naig’s page, while the “Star Circle Quest” alum decided to give away free vegetable seeds to her followers.
Pokwang took to her Instagram account on Saturday, Sept. 16 to put her budgeting skills to the test, as she tried to fit vegetables, fish, canned goods, and rice within the budget.
“So ito ‘yung aking 1000 peso challenge na pang-ulam. Hindi ko po alam kung ilang araw tatagal ‘to pero ito po ang mga nabili ko sa 1000 (This is me trying to do the P1,000 ulam challenge. I’m not sure how long this would last me, but this is what I managed to fit in the budget),” she said.
“[Apat] na sardinas na maliliit, kalahating kilong galunggong, tapos kamatis at sibuyas na tig-1/4, dalawang taling kangkong, dalawang taling talbos ng kamote, dalawang taling ampalaya, at sayote 2 piraso, at itlog 6 na piraso, 5 kilong bigas. So ‘yun po nabili nating lahat. Titignan natin kung ilang araw po aabot ito,” she continued.
(I bought four small sardines, half a kilo of galunggong, about 1/4 kilograms of tomatoes and onions, two strings of kangkong, two strings of sweet potato leaves, two strings of bitter melon, two pieces of sayote, six pieces of eggs, and five kilograms of rice. This is what I bought all in all. Let’s see if this would last me for a week.)
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However, Pokwang revealed in response to one @cgsflorido that she was unable to succeed in the P1,000 challenge, as the goods lasted for only about “two days” for a family of five.
“Napagkasya ko ng two days binase ko ng lima sa pamilya (I was able to fit the budget for two days for a family of five),” she said.
The “Tiktoclock” host then stressed that someone should make a “more realistic” weekly meal challenge that can last a family for about a week, without addressing anyone in particular.
“Masa yan ang dapat madama yung pano mamili sa masa yung pano nila pinagkakasya, galing ako sa ganyang buhay (The masses deserve to have a realistic budget-friendly meal plan that can last a family for about a week. After all, this is where I came from),” she said.
Naig’s husband, Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda, came to her defense after her sample budget meal plan was slammed for being “unrealistic,” saying it was meant to guide those who struggle to budget their expenses.
“It was detailed, and had the proper costing to back it up. She did the math. She also reminded those who will be using her meal plan to add portions as needed, depending on their family’s size and appetite. Sinabi nya din na the meal plan was merely a guide which they could use as a starting point,” his Facebook post read. EDV