MANANG

This Filipino word derives from the Spanish word hermana, meaning sister.

 

 

manang
older sister

 

Filipinos use this word as a familiar term for a woman in her 40's or thereabouts even if not related to her. She could be the maid, the woman at a store you go to everyday...

 

Nasaan si Manang?
Where is Manang?

 

Nakita mo ba si Manang?
Have you seen Manang? Do you know where Manang is?

 

A popular Ilocano folk song has the title Manang Biday.  The name of the woman is Biday.