Saturday, March 15, 2008
My Ilonggo gang back home.
Here's a reminder about your culture.
You know you are a true blue Ilonggo if ...
Your one peso is pisos.
Your bathroom has at least one lugod (or one for every family member)
Your nanay used to make you drink Mirinda or Royal Tru Orange when you have a fever, which is supposed to make you feel better.
Sinamak is a staple on your dining table (the best Ilonggo invention if you ask me... it was even banned on airplanes long before 911).
Your toyo is patis and your patis is toyo.
You use atsuete for your adobo and refer to pinaksiw as pinamalhan.
Your daily meal will likely include laswa, kbl (kadyos, baboy, langka), ginat-an nga tambo with tugabang and okra, ginat-an nga munggo, Linutik, apan-apan, etc.
November 1 means eating ibus, suman, suman latik, kalamay-hati, bayi-bayi, valenciana or other native delicacies with glutinous rice and coconut milk.
You call those you love palangga, pangga, langga or Ga.
You call your siblings or cousins inday, nonoy or toto... the househelp may call you the same.
You call those who are older than you manang or manong.
You catch the attention of sales attendants by calling them "day"or "to".
Your childhood games include tumba patis, taksi, panagu-ay, balay-balay, ins, tin-tin baka, etc.
You used to be (or still are) scared to go out at night lest you meet the aswang, tik-tik , tayhu, kapre, kama-kama, morto, etc.
Your grandparents read Yuhum magazine.
You call a person, thing, place and event "kwan" when you forget it (si kwan, ang kwan, sakwan).
You understand that "Particulars Keep Out" sign means outsiders keep out.
You use words such as "ahay" (expression of pity, grief, empathy), "yuga" (expression of disbelief, surprise), "ambot ah" (to say you don't know,
expression of impatience).
You often start your sentence with "ti".
You say goodbye by saying "halong".
Your favorite cusswords are "linte" (if you're slightly pissed off), "lilinti-an" (if you're now really pissed off) and finally "yodiputa" (if you're pissed off big time).
You are indeed a TRUE Ilonggo indeed!
Please pass to the other G.I.'s (genuine Ilonggo bala haw ah)
(thanks to pinkiegs. day ginkawat ko, hehehe)