pagkamapilit, pagpupumilit; pagtitiyaga, pagtataman; pananatili, pamamalagi; sigasig, sigsa
Ang kulit niya!
He/She just keeps nagging me, bothering me.
pagtitiwala sa Panginoon
trust in God
being respectful, especially to older people
Usog is a Filipino superstition that attributes an illness to the greeting of a stranger. It is believed that young children are susceptible to usog.
If after encountering a stranger, a child develops a fever, the stranger is sought out and asked to wipe his or her saliva on the child’s forehead, chest or abdomen.
Filipino parents worry when they catch a stranger expressing fondness for their child or even just looking fondly at their child. If the stranger senses this, the stranger will sometimes say Pwera usog… (“excluding usog“) meaning he/she understands that the parents are worried of usog.
If parents get really anxious, they will ask the stranger to lawayan ang bata (place saliva on the child) para hindi mausog (in order not to be victim of usog).
root word: salubong (to welcome)
When Filipinos go on a trip or live overseas, they are expected to bring back gifts on their return. That’s pasalubong!
It’s a big deal. If you don’t bring pasalubong to people who welcome you, they’ll think you never thought of them while you were away.
“Bahala na.” = Whatever happens, happens.
root word: yabang
Ang yabang mo naman.
My, you’re so boastful.
is being boastful
An adjective used to describe women who are contemptuous in speech.
root word: taray, meaning arrogance or snobbishness
Ang taray niya!
My, she’s so sassy!
The Tagalog word mataray is used to describe women who answer you back in a sharp, snappy way.
Filipino women are socially expected to be nice and modest. Any woman who answers back bluntly or brusquely is given the label mataray and is associated with pretentiousness and bitchiness.
A Filipina actress who has iconically managed to use her mataray image as an asset is Maricel Soriano.
Filipina women seem to have acquired negative stereotypes in certain parts of the world. They are seen by many either as mail-order brides or domestic help. It would serve to be reminded that the Philippines has had two female presidents: Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Although most Filipinas look forward to having a family, they can also be found in all corners of Philippine society working as engineers and as teachers and in many other careers.
True, the poverty in the country has forced an inordinate number of young women to work as prostitutes and go overseas to be maids or wives of foreign men. But even these Filipinas deserve respect. Next time you meet a Filipina, don’t quickly assume she’s dying to be your sex slave, she just might have a PhD in economics! She might be a nurse at the local hospital or the owner of a small business! She could be a chemist.
The Tagalog word for ‘woman’ is babae and for ‘Filipina’ is Pilipina. Filipinos also use the slang Pinay, a word without negative connotation. It’s the female equivalent of Pinoy.
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