5 signs that say you’re a true Filipino

5 signs that say you’re a true Filipino

February 19, 2018 | Filipino Culture

You may not know it because you see and experience it every day, but we have certain mannerisms and practices that are unique to us. Have you ever wondered why they don’t put Last Supper paintings in dining rooms in foreign movies? The answer is simple: tayo lang kasi talaga ang gumagawa niyan.

In this article, we list down five of the most popular quirks and habits we have as Pinoys.

1. You point with your lips
We do this simply because it’s convenient! Pointing with your fingers can be a waste of energy and besides, ‘di ba sabi nila masamang mag-turo?

2. You nod when you greet someone

Again, it’s much easier and less energy-consuming to nod instead of say “Hi!” or “Uy, musta?”. Pero siyempre, ‘pag ang class muse or si principal ang nakasalubong, kailangan mabilis ka mag isip ng greeting.

3. You like eating, but you don’t want the last bite
Bakit nga ba? Nag-kakahiyaan ba? Malamig na ba yung food kaya ayaw na kainin? O sadyang nagiging mapagbigay lang tayo kapag last piece na?

4. You collect “souvenirs” from hotels and restaurants

At some point in our lives, we all have discovered how our mamas and titas hoarded soaps, shampoos, ketchup packs, and sometimes even towels, as soon as we get home after that memorable beach or out-of-town trip we had as kids.

5. You complete sentences with “ano” and “kwan”
These words are the temporary substitutes sa mga salitang nasa “dulo ng dila” natin. It can be confusing hearing this at first but as you grow old, you’ll somehow develop telepathic powers and magegets mo na din siya.

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Mga matik na laman ng Noche Buena table

Mga matik na laman ng Noche Buena table

December 8, 2017 | Christmas

Christmas is almost here and we can’t help but think of the all the festivities and the aguinaldos but besides the gift giving, we also look forward to the Noche Buena.

And admit it, as you grow older, you tend to focus more on the food rather than the presents. Here’s a map of the Noche Buena table to help you plan how to lamon more efficiently this year:


The star of Christmas ads. I-sandwich sa dalawang Tasty. Sabayan mo pa ng Kesong Puti para kumpleto ang trio.


If the Christmas ham is the star, the spaghetti is the king. The spaghetti is a mainstay in the Filipino dining mesa at syempre, ‘di yan mawawala sa Noche Buena table.

Hotdogs with marshmallows

May gumagawa pa ba nito? Hotdogs and marshmallows prepared BBQ-style ‘tas nakasaksak pa sa repolyo. Throwback!


This is the go-to meal of the spaghetti monsters na umay na umay na sa spaghetti sauce.


Plus sweet and sour sauce? HEAVEN.


The spaghetti’s rival. Mahirap pumili between the two, but kikiam is life.


The mortal enemy of people with braces. Kasi ‘pag hila mo sideways, sa-sideways din lahat ng ngipin mo.

Bibingka/Puto Bungbong

The Filipino Christmas won’t be complete without this pair. ‘Di rin kumpleto ang simbang gabi ‘pag wala ‘yung amoy ng Bibingka’t Puto Bungbong sa paligid.


Worth dying for. Worth the batok pains pero hinay lang kung gusto mo pang umabot sa desserts.

Leche Flan

Melts in your mouth. The purpose of my midnight visits to the fridge nights after Christmas.

Fruit Salad

Pleasing to the eye and to the tummy. Also a reason why I visit the fridge every midnight. ‘Kung ano nalang unang makita. Baboy Reflex.

Queso De Bola

Masarap i-combo with Tasty and ham slices pero it also goes well with Pandesal and kape the morning after.

Kesong Puti

Soft and creamy. Pwedeng add-on sa Bibingka at Puto Bungbong.


Also a mainstay in all Filipino celebrations. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, fiestas, lahat ‘yan matik na may Lechon sa hapag.

Fried/roasted Chicken

The first dish you should attack during Noche Buena. Mahirap na, baka maubusan ng chicken skin.


Creamy and oozing with tomato goodness and beefy taste.

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Best Pastillas ng ‘Pinas

Best Pastillas ng ‘Pinas

September 11, 2017 | Food

The Pastillas is a well-known and well-loved Philippine delicacy made from milk and sugar and its unique sweet and milky taste is easily distinguished from the shores of Aparri to the piers of Jolo. We have various versions of this sweet treat but if you ask me, nothing beats Pastillas from Carigara, Leyte.

Carigara is a place in eastern Leyte and it is the home of the best-tasting Pastillas. Unlike other versions that make use of cow milk and goat milk, Carigara Pastillas contains fresh carabao milk which explains its distinct flavor and texture that is crunchy and chewy at the same time.

We didn’t believe it the first time, too. “How can something be crunchy and chewy at the same time?” was our immediate reaction, but we’ve tried it (boxes of it) and we can vouch. We’ve tried our best but the locals won’t share their secret recipe. You’ve gotta try it!

Pastillas also earned the moniker “the most complete food” as it’s a good source of protein, fat, lactose, vitamins, minerals, and water. It’s also good for the bones because of the milk. If I were to go back in time, I’d give boxes of it to the younger me and replace the chewy vitamins my parents gave me in the past.

So, the next time your sweet tooth craves for something, you know what to do!