I've noticed a lot more snacks from the Philippines becoming available in the past couple of years, but today I was surprised to make an unexpected, global connection.
Spain still has a king and empire, but they aren't doing well. It's just not like the good old days of the 1700's for poor Espana, and there's this young, upstart country calling itself "The United States" who's been eyeing their colonies, both near and far.
Then a big boat called "The USS Maine" blows up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. It turns out it was orchestrated by someone from the US that wanted to go to war with Spain, but that doesn't get talked about for another hundred years.
Meanwhile, back in the 1890s, anti-Spain catchphrases are propagated and the American people agree to "liberating" Cuba from the evil grasp of Spanish control. Hmm...blowing something up to gain public support for a war...because we want to "liberate" those people...wait why does this sound familiar? Nah! That couldn't possibly happen in this day and age!
The war was over quickly; it was Colonel Teddy Roosevelt's fun Spring and Summer vacation that year of 1898. America now is in possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico and....The Philippines and Guam?! Yep, we stripped Spain of its colonies, even way over there in the Pacific.
And that, my friends, is how Cuban crackers came to be made in The Philippines and sold in the USA. This whole Global Marketplace thingy isn't new.