Frequently alternated with kagaya.
Gayahin mo ito.
Huwag mo akong gayahin.
Don’t copy me. Don’t do like I did.
Ginaya ko sila.
I copied them.
I did as they did.
Ginagaya nila ako.
They are copying me.
They are doing what I am doing.
The Tagalog phrase gaya-gaya puto maya is used to mock someone who is trying to copy someone else (gaya means “to imitate”). The rice cake puto maya is sort of like a mock version of the classic puto.