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Evan4822Saturday 06th of March 2004 05:56:05 AM
10 ways to know you are a filipino - Evan ang panggalan ko (My name is Evan). Kumusta kayo (How are you (plural)? galing ako sa Charleston WV (Im from charleston USA) I know alot about the filipino culture. I love the pilipinas so much. My girlfriend is a very wonderful loving pinoy.This information was ment to be taken lightly and not to offend anyone, I would never want to do something like that to the people I love.
You might be a filipino if
1) You have giant wooden spoon and fork hanging some where.
2) Have a turbo cooker or george forman that stays out all the time.
3) pronounce your "F"s with "P"s Wee are cookeeng PEEESH (fish) tonight.
4) Say the word 'WHY' instead of the word 'WHAT'.
5) signify the word yes with the raising of eyebrows instead of shaking your head.
6) The way you signify come here with your hands to americans means go away and vice versa.
7)you call upon anak mo (your children. "mo"means you your or yours) to entertain at get togethers or parties.
8)your parents want you to be a doctor.
9)You call almost all of your family aunt even if they are not related. Tita christi, Tito armando, tita floora, tita peraltez
10)Your family usually drives nice cars BMW, lexus, Benz, jaguar, volvo, or maybe Toyota

(o yea and you have a tabo)
sag58Saturday 06th of March 2004 12:50:44 PM
Hi Evan - Are u filipino or just have a filipino girl friend. I know this filipino lady at where I work. Are filipino very open people. I mean they disclose theri life to someone they hardly know
hannahkrystelleSaturday 06th of March 2004 06:20:25 PM
geez - Not all filipinos disclose their lives to people. We cannot also generalize that "filipinos are very open people" coz every individual is different. :) maybe some do "that" and some don't.



hannahkrystelleSaturday 06th of March 2004 06:29:08 PM
- [quote]Originally posted by Evan4822


Evan ang panggalan ko (My name is Evan). Kumusta kayo (How are you (plural)? galing ako sa Charleston WV (Im from charleston USA) I know alot about the filipino culture. I love the pilipinas so much. My girlfriend is a very wonderful loving pinoy.
You might be a filipino if
1) You have giant wooden spoon and fork hanging some where.
2) Have a turbo cooker or george forman that stays out all the time.
3) Replace your "F"s with "P"s Wee are cookeeng PEEESH (fish) tonight.
4) Say the word 'WHY' instead of the word 'WHAT'.
5) signify the word yes with the raising of eyebrows instead of shaking your head.
6) The way you signify come here with your hands to americans means go away and vice versa.
7)you call upon anak mo (your children. "mo"means you your or yours) to entertain at get togethers or parties.
8)your parents want you to be a doctor.
9)You call almost all of your family aunt even if they are not related. Tita christi, Tito armando, tita floora, tita peraltez
10)Your family usually drives nice cars BMW, lexus, Benz, jaguar, volvo, or maybe Toyota[/quote]

#1 is true. The wooden spoon and fork are actually wall decos that you can buy from Baguio City (the summer capital of the Philippines)

#3 is partly not true. We don't have a letter "F" in the Filipino alphabet, instead, we use "P". But "F" is used if the word is borrowed from other languages or a proper noun (ex. Frank (not prank) lol) So basically, Fish is spelled as fish and not peesh. :) because fish is not a filipino word. Fish in filipino is "isda".

#9 the literal meaning of AUNT in Filipino is Tita but Tita can also be used to signify that the person is older you and YOU respect her.


Evan4822Sunday 07th of March 2004 01:25:56 PM
- I am a very white american with the most beautiful filipino girlfriend. I alway tell her magandang mata at buhok mo(you have beautiful eyes and hair). No, not all filipinos are open. Speaking as one outside of the pilipina race, they are just the same as anyone else's culture; that is they are all different. They have a wonderful love for those that are close to them that doesn't die (family and friends). Inside their families they have much more respect for one another than say most american families. Most filipinos that are native speakers, speak with respect to their elders. They use words like po (sir or maam) or different ,maybe less, formal like ho and sometimes they use kayo. Alot of filipinos expecially the older ones are spiritual and if you ask them kamusta ka (how are you) they may answer humihinga pa sa awa ng diyos (still breathing by the grace of god).
bisdakRSESunday 01st of August 2004 09:47:38 AM
lookin to learn - anee of you guyz r teaching tagalog... mie want to learn but dun know where to go to learn... it seems that no one iz teaching, all they r doin iz talking in conversationz... salamat... paalam... please help mie learn how to speak filipino language... pakiusap... salamat
zarkannFriday 13th of August 2004 10:53:55 PM
Kamusta ka naman - Maayong Hapon !

i'mlearning actually Cebuano and i know few Philippinos..i can agree with some of the line but are you sure about "10)Your family usually drives nice cars BMW, lexus, Benz, jaguar, volvo, or maybe Toyota" ? well i imagine that if everyone is a doctor there , they can buy that kind of cars :P

personallyt i think that is like everywhere else.. we can't generalize about car ?

:D
freestyleSunday 05th of September 2004 08:17:51 AM
i can help - i'm Filipino, living here in Canada. My family moved here last June 29,2003. I can help to learn Tagalog =)

Common Phrase:

Good Morning - magandang umaga *( ma-gan-dang u-ma-ga)
Good Afternoon - magandang hapon * (ma-gan-dang ha-pon)
Good Evening- magandang gabi *( ma-gan-dang ga-bi)
* you can add "po", for respectfully

How are you? - kumusta? * (ku-mus-ta)
I'm fine - mabuti naman * (ma-bu-ti)
fine/good - mabuti * (ma-bu-ti)

Who - sino (si-no)
What - ano (a-no)
Where - saan (sa-an)
Why - bakit (ba-kit)
Because ... - kasi... (ka-si)

1- isa (i-sa)
2- dalawa (da-la-wa)
3- tatlo (tat-lo)
4- apat (a-pat)
5- lima (li-ma)
6- anim (a-nim)
7- pito (pi-to)
8- walo (wa-lo)
9- syam (sham)
10- sampu (sam-pu)

learn more?

RedWlfWednesday 08th of September 2004 11:01:54 PM
- Could anyone here teach me Tagalog, I would appreciate it, and if anyone is interested in learning spanish, I would be glad to help.
luvable12_23Saturday 11th of December 2004 03:23:25 AM
10 ways... - the 10 way to know u are filipino.. a lot of them are true with my family. #1 is true.. my grandparents have a huge fork and spoon hanging in the family room. #2 I don't know about that.. but always a rice cooker. #3 my grandma pronounces "Fish" with a "P". #5 when u ask my grandma or grandpa a question they lift their eyebrows when the answer is yes. #7 my grandparents always ask my uncles to help entertain the filipino parties. #8 they want me to be a doctor and they dressed me up as a catholic kind of nurse (like a nun). #9 is true cuz its respect for elders #10 is definitely true cuz they all have good education.. and good jobs so my grandpa drives a mustang, uncle drives a mazda miata and etc..
DezzygurlSunday 19th of December 2004 10:52:26 AM
gaint forks and spoons - Haha, i always wondered way my grandma had those hanging on her wall...:)
annclaireSunday 16th of January 2005 06:10:27 PM
Im a filipina - Haha.. That Is true. Filipinos hang wooden spoon and fork around somewhere. I guess It's because filipinos love good food. There isn't much filipino who do not know how to cook.Even Men are good cooks. My cousins are married to Americans and they have been living in the States. But their husbands are diehard filipino fanatics. They love going here and are usually interested in anything thats filipino! They like kare-kare and Dinuguan..I'm really amazed! They love their wives a lot maybe because they are really good women. Our women are really great. They help their partners and at the same time manage the family and their work well. In contrast to some news. I bilieve filipinos are really hard workers and care giving people.. I'm proud to be one..maraming salamat!! anyone who wants to talk about it can just email me anytime!
delicateroseSunday 17th of April 2005 09:11:24 PM
hello - hello everyone..I was reading the 10 ways to know you are a filipino and I love those.Most of those are true.very very entertaining..anyways,my mother is from the phillipines and i have always wanted to re-learn tagalog.When I was little, i knew a few phrases, but then I forgot them all, so I am trying to relearn it.Any tips or advice? Thank You
dawn lorraineFriday 27th of May 2005 10:25:26 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by Evan4822


Evan ang panggalan ko (My name is Evan). Kumusta kayo (How are you (plural)? galing ako sa Charleston WV (Im from charleston USA) I know alot about the filipino culture. I love the pilipinas so much. My girlfriend is a very wonderful loving pinoy.This information was ment to be taken lightly and not to offend anyone, I would never want to do something like that to the people I love.
You might be a filipino if
1) You have giant wooden spoon and fork hanging some where.
2) Have a turbo cooker or george forman that stays out all the time.
3) pronounce your "F"s with "P"s Wee are cookeeng PEEESH (fish) tonight.
4) Say the word 'WHY' instead of the word 'WHAT'.
5) signify the word yes with the raising of eyebrows instead of shaking your head.
6) The way you signify come here with your hands to americans means go away and vice versa.
7)you call upon anak mo (your children. "mo"means you your or yours) to entertain at get togethers or parties.
8)your parents want you to be a doctor.
9)You call almost all of your family aunt even if they are not related. Tita christi, Tito armando, tita floora, tita peraltez
10)Your family usually drives nice cars BMW, lexus, Benz, jaguar, volvo, or maybe Toyota

(o yea and you have a tabo)[/quote]

I appreciate your observations of Pinays and Pinoys. My comments, I hope will be taken lightly as well.:D

Item 1:
No doubt about it.I don't have those giant wooden spoon and pork in my house, but I admit it's very "Filipino".

Item 2:
True. I don't have any other place in my mind to think where to put it but in the kitchen. Filipinos are food lovers so kitchen equipment and utensils should be within reach.

Item 3:
"P" to " F", "F" to "P" (and you forgot, "V" to "B", "B" to "V"). Okay. I don't know the regions in the Philippines you went to and how long, but I have to say that the P-F B-V syndrome definitely does not apply to every Filipino.

Item 4:
WHY to WHAT? I have been in the Philippines most of my life but I haven't heard people saying "Why" and meaning "What". Could it be possible that you misheard them? Because sometimes our pronunciation can be confusing to foreigners.

Item 5:
I have a feeling you had the chance to stay somewhere Visayas or Mindanao areas. Because it's true. Raising (both) eyebrows means yes in those places.

Item 6:
Wow, I didn't know that. I have many American friends and we have been friends for years but we definitely make the same hand gestures for "come here" and "leave" or "go away"

Item 7:
Anak mo (your child/ren) or if you are talking to someone older, as a sign of respect you say anak 'nyo - 'nyo is a shortcut of ninyo) yes. I can't think of any other words to express that.

Item 8:
Doctor? I don't think so. But for some reason, may be a nurse instead. Generally though, parents simply support their kids regarding courses they want to take in college. (And yes, I am proud to say that most Filipino parents put premium on having their children finish a degree.)

Item 9:
Tito and tita means uncle and aunt, but yes, even if they are not our relatives but if they are our friends and older than us we call them Tito or Tita, as a form of respect. By the way, Filipino families are really closely knit. Other cultures may find the idea of extended family or living with parents even if you are already past 30 and single as strange. But come to think of it. The Philippine rate of depression is very low as compared to other countries.

Item 10:
BMW, lexus, Benz, jaguar, volvo? I think Japanese cars are more seen on the streets rather than these luxury ones.

Tabo (tumbler) is a very important part of the Filipino culture. It's part of our hygiene, especially for the females. We can never live on tissue papers alone. It's just an ewwwwy feeling. We have to have water.
LeenyFriday 10th of June 2005 04:38:09 PM
10 ways - lol :) this really made me laugh because for me everything was true! i live in australia and my mum is a filipina. i've grown up surrounded by the culture because there are many filipinos here where i live. i showed my mum this article and she also laughed she even asked me to print it out so she could show her friends. thanks for putting a big smile on my face :)

P.S. if theres any1 out there who can teach me how to speak tagalog i would really appreciate it. i know only the basics.
bettyjordiWednesday 22nd of June 2005 02:02:44 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by RedWlf


Could anyone here teach me Tagalog, I would appreciate it, and if anyone is interested in learning spanish, I would be glad to help.[/quote]

Yea same here. I'm very interested in learning Tagalog. I already know some phrases, and I could understand it a lot better when it's spoken to me, but unfortunately I still can't seem to carry on a conversation in Tagalog. If anyone can please help me, I'd appreciate it a lot. I can exchange for lessons in Spanish if anyone's interested. =)