About Astig Vegan


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Hello and welcome to my blog, Astig Vegan!

My name is Richgail Enriquez also known as “RG”. I’m a cook and a purveyor of recipes of both traditionally vegan and veganized Filipino dishes.

All of my recipes could be found on this site, astigvegan.com

I grew up in Cavite, Philippines until I was 15 years old. As a kid, I would help my mom in the kitchen prepare and cook Filipino dishes for the family. Years later, My family and I moved to San Francisco Bay Area.

My journey to veganism started more than six years ago. I started for health reasons but eventually led to ethical and environmental reasons as well. Luckily, my family and friends fully supported my decision.


Although I totally avoided animal products, I did not want to give up on Filipino Cuisine. Undeterred, I pursued to delve deeper in learning Filipino food as well as sharing my discoveries along the way.

One of these amazing discoveries was that it is possible to achieve delicious, healthy, and vegan Filipino food without losing its soul.

My passion for vegan Filipino cooking and sharing my recipes led me to blogging and eventually a cooking show on YouTube, “Astig Vegan Cooking” on youtube.com/RCEstudios


The meaning behind Astig Vegan

“Astig” is slang for “Gutsy” or “Badass” in Tagalog (a Filipino dialect).

It’s a wordplay popularized in the Philippines in the 70s, when then-young generation would flip the syllables to create their own language (“ermats” as in mother, “erpats” father, etc).

“Astig” is slang for “Tig-as”, literally “tough” or “hard”, and is still widely coined by Filipinos to describe something gutsy.

I’d like to look at vegan Filipino cooking as being “Astig”.



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17 thoughts on “About Astig Vegan

  1. Annapet

    Good to “meet” you ladies! I am not vegan, though I have a cousin who is one. When she’s around, I’d like to be able to prepare delicious vegan meals for her.

  2. nanaymiriam

    Richgail very nice blog and photos too.. have you also tried being raw vegan and do you have a youtube channel?
    we are a Filipino family based in Singapore and is also trying to be mostly vegan

    1. Richgail Enriquez

      Hi there!

      I’m glad you like the site. Yes I’ve tried going raw vegan for a week and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You could find that raw post on this blog. Thanks to friend, Charmaine Mercado aka “Raw Manilena”, I was able to find good raw vegan dishes (some are Filipino too!).

      As for the youtube channel, I do have one: youtube.com/rcestudios

      Please feel free to keep in touch. Let me know if you want a recipe featured on this blog or if you have any questions, recipes, suggestions you’d like to share. That’s so awesome that you’re trying vegan dishes! Please keep it up!

      Take Care,

    1. Richgail Enriquez

      Hi Rayni! I’m glad you found our blog. I’m following you now too :) Yay for Vegan Pinoys! Please keep in touch.

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  4. Veggie Chica

    Hi There. Thank you for existing! As a vegetarian, and honorary pinay, I have searched for ways to still eat Filipino food. Will have to try some of these recipes. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for non-dairy condensed milk recipe and was lucky to find it. Please check out my blog: http://veggiechica.com/ for some Latin inspired vegetarian (and vegan) recipes.


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