Sunday, November 18, 2007

Uniquely Ilonggo

A high school batchmate from Don Bosco emailed this "You Know You're a True Blue Ilonggo If ..." list. Funny and true.

1. Your one peso is pisos

2. Your bathroom has at least one lugod (some has one for every family member)

3. 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

4. Sinamak is a staple in your dining table (the best Ilonggo invention if you ask me,was even banned on airplanes long before 911)

5. Your toyo is patis and your patis is toyo

6. You use atsuete for your adobo and pinamalhan (pinaksiw)

7. 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.

8. November 1 means eating ibus, suman, suman latik, kalamay-hati, bayi-bayi, valenciana or other native delicacies with glutinous rice and coconut milk

9. You call those you love palangga, pangga, langga or ga

10. You call your siblings or cousins inday, nonoy or toto...the househelp may all you the same

11. You call those who are older than you manang or manong

12. You catch the attention of sales attendants by calling them "day"
or "to"

13. Your childhood games include tumba patis, taksi, panagu-ay, balay-balay, ins, tin-tin baka, etc.

14. 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.

15. Your grandparents read Yuhum Magazine

16. You call a person, thing, place and event kwan when you forget it (si kwan, ang kwan, sa kwan)

17. You used to sleep in an aboy-aboy made of patadyong when you were a baby (probably applies only to us below the poverty line)

18. You understand that "Particulars Keep Out" sign means outsiders keep out

19. This may look and sound English but only us Ilonggos use it... 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)

20. You often start your sentence with ti

21. You say goodbye by saying "halong"

22. Your favorite cusswords are linte (if you're slightly pissed off) and yodiputa (if you're pissed off big time)...

23. You answer "gani" to emphasize that you agree on something and say "gid" to emphasize the extent of your emotions, such as "kapoy gid" which means "I'm extremely or very tired."

24. When you buy coke you say, "bakal ko cuks"

25. You pronounce tricycle as "trysikol," triangle as "trayangol."

Guilty? You are indeed a TRUE Ilonggo! He!He!

Here are my own observation:

26. Instead of using your finger, you use your nguso to point to an object or to give directions.

27. You eat batchoy with pandesal instead of puto and you finish all the broth first (and usually ask for additional kaldo) and eat the mami and innards later.


Anonymous said...

for #13: how about "pikyaw?"

Oliver M. Mendoza said...

hahaha. I used to play that.... but isn't it called "pityaw?"

gladita said...

Actually it's an edited version of my original post glad you find it funny.

Boggs said...

28. If you can still remember the 5 points era? You use to say that to your friends and pitik the hand five times when somebody comes with kapansanan…which is not a good joke…

29. Your granny use to eat rice with the “tuba” as the ulam.

30. You use to wait for your favorite jeepney to ride. Specially with stereo and good design.

31. You always blame the “Agi” or “Bakla” when it start raining during the “Binayli” or “Sayawan sa Baryo”.

Boggs said...

32. You use to say “Halong ka ha…basi dusmo ka mani” an expression when you go to downtown or “kalye-rial”.

Boggs said...

33. You call downtown as "Kalye-rial".

Boggs said...

34. You always say "Kabayad ka na? inside the jeepney when you saw your friend and say "Una ko ah" when you drop off in the jeepney first.

Boggs said...

You say "Labay man akon" when you say "by the way"

Boggs said...

You always listening to the afternoon radio program “Tuyang Ermitanya” while laying down on afternoon sleep.

Boggs said...

You call Shoemart as �SM� example: �Mapa-SM kamu?�

Boggs said...

You say "sa lugar lang" when dropping off the jeepney.

Boggs said...

You always cut the word Supermarket by saying “Super” example: Mangumpra ko anay sa Super ah.

Boggs said...

You say “Pa-kodak tah” when you want to take a picture. You use word “Kodak” instead of litrato or picture.

Boggs said...

If we complain to the system of the Government or any unfair treatment from the other, we always say "Epabombo bala".