This Filipino word derives from the Spanish word hermana, meaning sister.


older sister


Filipinos use this word as a familiar term for a woman in her 40’s or thereabouts even if not related to her. She could be the maid, the woman at a store you go to everyday…


Nasaan si Manang?
Where is Manang?


Nakita mo ba si Manang?
Have you seen Manang? Do you know where Manang is?


A popular Ilocano folk song has the title Manang Biday. The name of the woman is Biday.