Aside from having its distinct language, the Filipinos are so unique in living its life as compared to other dwellers of this planet.
- Except for the feathers, we practically eat every part of the chicken: helmet (the head), leeg (neck), balunbalunan (gizzard); betamaks ( coagulated blood), isaw (intestines), adidas (feet).
- We enjoy sipping softdrinks through a plastic straw contained in a cellophane as poured and transferred from the original bottle.
- We eat fresh pineapples dipped into bagoong (hot and salty sauted shrimp paste)
- Practically almost all Pinoys have cellphones; have access to the internet; can ride airconditioned trains, buses and taxis; can have electronic bank transactions; got 24/7 convenience stores; can obtain cheap airline tickets; etc. but we have yet to hear a Pinoy being interviewed on TV admitting that life is better now than a couple of years ago.
- A dramatic movie is no good without the sampalan (face-slapping) scene.
- We have the habit of interchanging “I” and “O” to “E” and “U” respectively. (Examples are those dirty writings on the walls of Manila: Potang Ena Mu, Bawal umehi detu! May Molta!!!)
- Our spaghetti’s main ingredient is hot dog and sweet banana ketchup.
- Shoppers cannot see the naked toes of the sales ladies though they are required wear open-toed shoes because of the stockings they are wearing.
- We have the inclination of adding the letter H in our name (Example: from “Berting” to “Vherto” or “Gemma” to Ghemmah”)
- Everybody would not want to take the last piece of food on the serving plate. Thinking that it is so un-cool and a sign of poverty stricken life otherwise known as being “dead-hungry” (patay-gutom).
- Foot-bridges are practically of no use but lodging areas of solvent-intoxicated souls.
- We have the liking for sweat excretions being printed on our vehicles — Katas ng Saudi; Katas ng Dubai; Katas ng Oman
- We know that bribery is a norm and it is uncomplicated to deal with a fixer than a legitimate but pain-in-the-butt public servant.
- Though we do not have winter but male celebrities in live variety shows on TV are always wearing jacket even if it is swelteringly hot and humid!
- We often witness that the streets are sometimes transformed into makeshift memorial chapels or funeral parlors.
- We hate other nations when we Filipinos are being discriminated abroad but we are incautious when we call a black man “Negro” or a no-show fellow as “nang-Indian” or a mortal with body odor being “Amoy Bombay”.
Walang kakupas kupas…