Walis Tingting at Daspan


native Filipino broom made from palm leaf midribs


midrib of a palm leaf


The midribs of palm leaves are dried and then bundled together to make a traditional Filipino walis (broom).

Witches Can’t Ride This Broom

The walis-tingting is similar in construction to how stick brooms are made in the sense of thin sticks being tied up to make a broom, but what distinguishes it from those in the west is that this has no stick handle. You therefore have to stoop or bend down to use this broom.

This is the broom used in the yard! The walis-tingting is used outdoors on rough surfaces, sometimes concrete, but most often on the bare ground. For the smooth surfaces indoors or on the patio, use the walis-tambo!


used to refer to a very thin person or thing


Para kang tingting.
You’re like a stick.
(You’re so thin.)


Often misspelled with a hyphen as ting-ting.

In the current spelling rules of the Filipino language, if an element does not exist as a word by itself, there is no need to put a hyphen after it.

For example, there is no “ting” word.