Things usually found in a Filipino Home

Things usually found in a Filipino Home

May 31, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

Since traveling has become a trend, it is not uncommon to find ourselves stepping on foreign soil. We sometimes feel homesick due to this and we suddenly feel all the feels with Eraserheads’ song, “Manila”. But since the Filipino Culture is pretty much a mix of the various ideas, traits and practices of our colonizers, how can we really say we’re home?

Here’s a list of all things unique in the Filipino home!

T&T (Tabo and timba)
– Bathroom buddies. ‘Di kumpleto ang ligo without these two.
Stepin (Tsinelas)
– A source of joy and fear for Filipino kids. Joy, when we use it in Tumbang Preso. And fear, pag pamalo na ito ni Nanay! Ayayay, takbo!
Kulambo
– The “Plan B” to the Tiger Katol.
Ulambo
– If we have the kulambo to protect ourselves from mosquitoes, we have the ulambo to protect our food from flies and other itsy-bitsy friends. (We made this up, but tell me doesn’t work!)
Walis ting ting
– The front yard is incomplete without a trustee walis ting ting.
Giant wooden utensils
– Legend has it that if, for whatever reason, this falls to the ground, giants will come dine with you. Better nail these to the wall!
Ice cream tubs used as containers
– This savagery is the first cause of heartbreak and mini-heart attacks among children.
Banig
– This is where you forced yourself to sleep because if not, ‘di ka makakalabas.

So, there. These are the things that make you sing “hinahanap-hanap kita Manila”.

Nice one, Juan!

Nice one, Juan!

May 31, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

Today, new inventions come out by the minute and it’s hard to keep up and process everything. From the moment we jump out of the bed, to the wee hours where we scroll down Facebook ‘til we sleep, we use a lot of things and devices to make our life easier and more convenient. But did you know, that some of the things we use daily were invented by a fellow Juan?

That’s right. In case you’re not aware, Filipinos have been making a mark especially in the field of Science for a long time. As a matter of fact, one of these Filipino innovations sit somewhere inside the computers we use every day.

The first 16-bit microchip was made by Diosdado Banatao, a 69-year old Filipino from Cagayan Valley. For the benefit of the non-techie, this microchip is responsible for making your computer respond faster to your demands. So imagine how much longer you’ll wait for that office computer to render that Photoshop file if it weren’t for him!

Speaking of rendering, the first medical incubator was also invented by a fellow Juan. Well, Juana in this case. So, anong konek? An incubator “renders” premature babies for them to be ready for the outside world (There, LOL. Mai-link lang). It was invented by Fe del Mundo, the first woman who studied in the prestigious Harvard Medical School, and also the woman who is behind the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. We can tell she likes cute mini-humans.

I wonder how difficult it would be for Fe to do all her paperwork without a trustee pen and ink. Luckily for her, the quick ink was already around that time. A Filipino chemist named Francisco Quisumbing was the one who invented Quink which means “Quisumbing Ink” or, as Americans want to call it, “Quick Ink”. The product was so good the Parker Pen Company used it in their pens.

Now, that one literally left a mark.

The Birth of Pendong Peace

The Birth of Pendong Peace

May 16, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

What do kotseng kubas (Volkswagen Beetle Type 1), bald men (ala Mr. Clean), and airplanes have in common? Pendong-Peace! Yes, that’s what usually happens whenever one of them suddenly appears. You get a quick slap on the head by someone, while he/she is shouting the catchphrase to you together with a peace sign. ‘Matic yan. But have you ever wondered how this Pendong-Peace started?

After a little “research”, we found out, or lack thereof, that there’s no legit story behind it. So we decided to make possible origins about this one-of-a-kind phenomenon.

1. Pendong is a Manong.

Since you can’t mention pendong without the peace, we came to the conclusion that pendong is actually a man (we’re guessing he’s bald) whose surname is peace. And as his surname suggest, we believe that he has lived his life in pure solitude, so much so that he almost passed the San Pedro School of Saints Entrance Exam.

2. It’s the way of the hippies.

Circa 1960s, the hippie culture was born. As we all know, hippies mean peace. They are probably responsible for spreading peace all over the world. So who knows, maybe they are the ones who started the Pendong-Peace treaty too?

3. Pendong-Peace is Pen Pen de Sarapen’s grandson.

As they say, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. If Pen Pen de Sarapen is chanted to select the “taya” in a game, then Pendong-Peace is shouted to slap someone silly for fun and games.

There you have it, Ates and Kuyas. Next time you see a kotseng kuba, a bald man, or an airplane flying in the sky, just Pendong-peace the person closest to you nang makita mo ang hinahanap mo.

Filipino superstitions

Filipino superstitions

May 12, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

We all have memories of our lolas scolding us for doing something silly like making faces in front of the electric fan, sweeping the floor at night or having two puyos.

You are not alone. I, too, were bothered by these beliefs big time. I remember having trouble sleeping because it really gave me a huge deal of paranoia. But now that we know better, it’s always nice to have a good laugh at some of the silliest superstitious beliefs in the Philippines.

Here are the best sources of paranoia by Lola:

1. Sukob
• Basically, this says that sisters and brothers cannot marry in the same year as it brings bad luck to the family. Some even made films about this and it included white ladies and blood and some more white ladies. To me, it just looks like an economically convenient move.

2. If you accidentally drop a spoon during a meal, a female visitor will come. If you drop a fork, there will be a male visitor
• What if we drop a knife? Will Jason from Friday the 13th come?

3. Sweeping the floor at night drives away good luck
• This sounds like an excuse to not clean your room before bedtime. Nice try, Lola!

4. “Tao po, tao po”
• It’s common for us Filipinos to say “tao po” when knocking on doors. Apparently, it is to find out if there are people inside the house. But unbeknownst to most, it is done to introduce yourself as a human and not some engkanto or duwende. Creepy!

5. If a person bites his tongue, somebody is thinking of him
• I think our lolas came up with this to feel good about their clumsiness and to link it to their nobyos.

6. If a pregnant woman looks beautiful, she will have a baby girl. If she looks ugly and cruel, she will have a baby boy.
• So, pag babae: “Uy blooming! Babae yan.” Pero pag boy, “Parang pumapangit ka? Lalaki magiging anak mo.” Daya!

7. Eat pancit and you will live a long life

• Pancit came from the Chinese but Filipinos made sure they left their mark on it. If this is true, I’d probably live until a thousand and eight. #PancitCantonIsLife

8. An itchy palm means money
• Sa lahat ng pangitain, this one is my favorite. Who doesn’t like free money??

9. Mole on foot
• If you have a mole on your foot, ‘matik yan, lakwatsera ka!

10. If someone gives a wallet or a bag as a gift, he must put money in it or else it will only bring bad luck
• To whoever made this up, #ISeeWhatYouDidThere