SUYOD

The word suyod is likely Chinese in origin.

suyod
fine-toothed comb used to remove lice

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Traditional Cooking Implements

A simple list of the more common kitchen implements used in traditional Filipino cooking:

tacho
copper skillet

palayok
clay pot

kalan
clay stove

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PAMAYPAY

root word: paypay

pamaypay
something used as a fan

Filipino fans

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Filipino Brooms

There are two words in the dictionary that can serve as translations for the English “broom.”

The simple noun that is widely used is walis.

Up until a few decades ago, the word pamalis (pangwalis) was also common, and if you use it today, it can still be understood, because it is a conjugation of the verb walis and it literally means “something used for sweeping.”

Brooms of the Philippines

There are two types of native brooms used in the Philippines — the walis tingting for outdoors and the walis tambo for smooth floors indoors and perhaps on the patio.

Walis-tingting is a broom made from the thin midribs of palm leaves. The stiff ribs are tied up on one end. It is usually paired with a simply constructed dustpan, as you can see in the picture. The can used for the dustpan is usually a cutout of an aluminum can of cooking oil.

Walis Tingting at Daspan

walis tingting at daspan
broom and “dustpan”

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KUDKURAN

root word: kudkód

kudkuran
grater

kudkuran ng niyog
coconut grater

This is a native traditional implement used for scraping the tough coconut flesh off its shell. The blade is attached to the end of a wooden bench on which the person doing the grating sits.

Kudkuran: Coconut Grater

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BILAO

A bilao is a flat round-shaped rice winnower, a traditional implement in the Philippines. It is usually made from woven wood.

To winnow is to free grain from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, small stones, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and perhaps allowing the wind to blow away impurities.

Up until a few decades ago, you would see a bilao hanging in the back of the house by the kitchen. And you’d see women using a bilao to adroitly “turn” (toss) white rice grains on it for the purpose of removing unwanted particles, like small stones.

Suman on Bilao
Suman on Bilao

These days, you’re more likely to see the bilao used as a food container. So now, you’re most likely to see it lined with banana leaves on top of which a lot of food is arranged.

Click here to learn a few related Tagalog words.

SALAKOT

Also stylistically spelled as salacot.

Filipino boy wearing native Filipino hat salacot

The boy in the picture is wearing the traditional Filipino wide-brimmed hat salakot, which is usually made of rattan or reeds.

There are a few variations on the salakot, usually involving materials or a slight difference in the slope towards the brim or towards the top center.


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PANDAKOT

root word: dakot

This is the native Tagalog word for a dustpan, the implement you use together with a broom for cleaning.

Walis Tingting at Daspan

Showing off native resourcefulness, many Filipinos often use the cutout of a large aluminum can of cooking oil for creating a dustpan. Take a close look at the photo. 🙂

walis tingting at pandakot
broom and dustpan

Ang pandakot ay isang kasangkapang panlinis na karaniwang katambal ng walis. A dustpan is a cleaning tool that is commonly paired with a broom.

In many cases, Filipinos simply use the non-standard English-derived word daspan.