pagkamapilit, pagpupumilit; pagtitiyaga, pagtataman; pananatili, pamamalagi; sigasig, sigsa

stubbornness, peskiness

Ang kulit niya!
He/She just keeps nagging me, bothering me.


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Tips on Wooing a Filipina Woman

♥ See her home. If you can’t see her to the door, call or text to make sure that she got in safely. Always express your concern for her safety. 

♥ If she’s carrying anything, offer to carry it for her.  Ako na ang magdadala. (I’ll carry it.)

♥ Ask a Filipina at least twice because out of modesty she will refuse the first time. If you don’t bother asking a second time, she will assume you’re not really interested in her.

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Ano ang pamahiin?

Ang pamahiin ay paniniwala na hindi nakabatay sa katwiran o kaalaman. A superstition is a belief with no basis in reason or knowledge.

May pamahiin na nagsasabing ang mga sugat na natamo sa Mahal na Araw ay hindi kailanman gagaling. There is a superstition that says that a wound suffered during Good Friday will never ever heal.


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The word suyod is likely Chinese in origin.

fine-toothed comb used to remove lice

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Sungka is a popular game in the Philippines. It involves dropping shells or stones into large holes on a long canoe-shaped board.



This game is called mancala in the US. It is also known as “count and capture” or “sowing game” in English. The latter moniker is because seeds are sometimes used instead of shells or stones. Filipinos ordinarily use cowrie shells. Continue reading “SUNGKA”


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).


Ang pasalubong ay isang alaala o “souvenir” na ibinigay ng bagong dating na galing sa paglalakbay sa ibang pook o bansa.

root word: salubong (to welcome)

homecoming treat, souvenir

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.

Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers
Pasalubong from Bohol: Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers

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Filipino Christians

The Filipino word for ‘religion’ is relihiyon.

The Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation as a result of 300 years of Spanish rule.

There is a Philippine Independent Church, known as Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan Church (after its first head Gregorio Aglipay); it is affiliated with the Anglican Communion.

Another independent church was founded in 1914 by Felix Manalo; it is a unitarian religious organization known as Iglesia ni Cristo.

Missionaries of the Jehovah’s Witnesses arrived in the Philippines during the American colonial rule (1898-1945). There are now 150,000 members in the country.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has 600,000 Mormon members in the Philippines.

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