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Sunday, August 25, 2013
WALKING on the street trying to go unnoticed is quite impossible for foreigners here in the Philippines since they are considered head-turners; the same thing goes for mixed-bloods, especially when it’s their other nationality that stands out.
But do you know what the fun part about being mixed-blooded is? It’s the moment you try to catch their attention with a side comment in your dialect, thinking they can’t understand; but then they do, and they come up with a good comeback that leaves you dumbfounded.
Filipinos find it amusing when a foreigner knows their language, it’s like a foreigner has entertainment value. But then it gives them a proud feeling that there are souls willing to immerse in the Philippines with its history, cultures and traditions, and speak proudly in our dialect.
People think it’s simple to tell Filipinos apart from other Asians because they tend to stand out. Aside from knowing you’re Filipino by default, there are numerous ways to prove that you are a second-generation Filipino through inheritance of numerous habits, likes or mind-sets.
According to research, half-Filipino’s end up hanging out most likely with the Filipino family or friends side rather than the other side causing them to indulge more with the Philippine culture. Here are some mixed-blood answers on how they show they are Filipino. Jasmine Ninia S. Puthiyaveetil, USJ-R MassCom Intern
The writer had conducted a survey through a community page on Facebook entitled “Josenian Freedom Board,” plus interviews with other respondents. With the copious replies, the writer decided to rank the ideas. (No. 9, by the way, is from “You Know you’re Filipino it…” by Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz.)
Let’s take a sneak peek at the ranking on the 10 ways to verify that you are half-Filipino:
According to surveys (and a couple from jokes banded around by friends), here are the
top 10 ways to verify that you are half-Filipino:
1. Tsinelas (or slippers). You have numerous pairs of tsinelas lying around the house
2. Everyone is family. You have numerous titas and titos. Some are not even related to you.
3. Karaoke time. Filipino’s have great love for music, so it’s a must for karaoke every occasion. It’s also the time when your mom forces you to show off your talent to the guests or visitors.
4. The upward nod. The greeting that saves you from engaging in a conversation when bumping into someone you know.
5. Sakit sa Pinoy—or the last piece syndrome. There must always be a morsel of food left on the plate after a meal that everyone’s too full to have.
6. Psst or Uy. You know it’s for you when you immediately turn your head once you hear someone call out with uy or psst.
7. The Nguso Technique. Your hands aren’t enough to point to a direction, so you point using your mouth, puckering it. Users of the technique swear it makes it more accurate.
8. Mañana (tomorrow) habit. It’s the malady of having no time to do a task today, pushing it off for tomorrow. Say, “Mamaya na” or “Ugma na.” You’ll cram later on.
9. Filipino time [© “You know you’re Filipino if...,” Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz]. No matter what time it is, “It’s better late than never.”
10. Lastly, the “Papunta na ako!” (“Padulong na ko”) phrase. You haven’t left, but it’s the most common lie you can come up with. Amazingly, it works every time.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2013.