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You have multiple godparents owing to a momentous religious occasion - baptism, confirmation, wedding, or all three.
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You know what “silog” is, plus all the different prefixes attached to it (tap, long, to, chix, bang, hot, corn, embo, etc.). And although it’s customarily breakfast fare, you eat “silog” for lunch or dinner too, and you like at least two of its many variants.
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You have ridden in a jeepney and you know the two-syllable Tagalog word to utter to make the jeepney driver stop. You can also reel off jeepney maxims such as “Basta driver, sweet lover,” “Barya lang sa umaga,” “Pull da string 2 stop,” and “God knows Hudas not pay!”
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You know what a padyak or de-padyak is and that they do “special trips.”
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You show respect to the elderly by taking a person’s hand and touching it to your forehead while bending over slightly and saying “mano po”.
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You played games like taguan pung, patintero, tumbang preso, luksong tinik, piko, agawan base, Pepsi-7-Up and langit-lupa in your youth. In addition, you call the hand game “rock, paper, scissors” “Jack en Poy.”
You are well-acquainted with Jollibee. You know its menu, you’ve attended parties there, and you most likely have a picture with the store’s mascot.
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You know what a tiangge is, that you can make tawad there, and where fake and pirated stuff are sold.
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You have friends, relatives or acquaintances whose names have a superfluous “h” like Bhoy, Mhel, Jhun and Gherlie.
You are superstitious, and it’s mainly because of the "oldies" in your family who adhere to all sorts of pamahiin. Did a fork drop? Then you will have a male visitor (it would be a female if a spoon fell instead). Look at that pregnant woman! Her tummy is rounded, not pointed. That means she’ll have a girl. Puwera usog!
You can identify Pinoy street food especially the ones with the silliest names such as kwek-kwek (a.k.a. alien), tokneneng, isaw, betamax, adidas, balut and penoy.
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You laugh at and like to share jokes that mangle the English language. More often than not, these LOL snippets feature “quotable quotes” from politician Joseph “Erap” Estrada (the nerd of that guy!), model Melanie Marquez, and actress Alma Moreno.
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How many of these cultural quirks do you identify with?
About the author: Regina Posadas
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