PAMANHIKAN

root word: panhik (“going upstairs”)

Pamanhikan is the Filipino tradition of a man and his family visiting his future bride’s family in order to ask for her hand in marriage.

The word literally means to climb the stairs of the house (of the fiancee). It traditionally happens in the evening, right after the boy’s family has eaten. The girl’s relatives are waiting, having been told beforehand.

Though not a focal point of the custom, the groom’s party may bring liquor, and the woman’s side has ready the pulutan (“appetizers” that go with alcoholic drinks).

mamamanhikan
to do the ritual of pamamanhikan

Umuwi ka sa probinsya at mamanhikan.
Go home to the province and ask to marry her.


KALABIT

A kalabit is sort of like a poke except that with a kalabit, you withdraw your finger in a crooked position.

kalabit
to touch with a fingertip

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KINAKABAHAN

root word: kaba

kaba
palpitation

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ALBULARYO

from the Spanish herbolario, meaning herbalist

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SUMPÓNG

sumpóng
caprice, whim

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PAKIPOT

root word: kipot

pakipot
pretending to be uninterested

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PAMBABAUY

Pambabauy is the act of helping someone and then constantly reminding person of the assistance you provided.
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PAKIKIRAMAY

root word: damay

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