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C (Filipino Cultural Dictionary)

Cabalen. [Pampanga] 1.Native of Pampanga. 2. Pampangueno; also, Kapampangan.

Cacagli. [Pampanga] 1.A woman in her trimester of pregnancy.

Camwakhan [Cordillera] A Bontoc appellation for a great warrior.

Chami. [Lucena City] 1.A sauteed noodle with a liberal dose of liver, chicharon (pork rind), strips of meat and boiled quail eggs.

Champorado. [Spanish] 1.A glutinous rice cooked in chocolate mixed with sugar.2.Any of the rice-based porridge or congee that uses chocolate and sugar.

Chicharon. [Spanish] 1.Served as finger-food, a favorite among drinkers. 2. Skin or rind of an animal, preferably hog and cattle, that is deep-fried in oil 3.Fried pork rind dipped in local vinegar, garlic, hot pepper, dash of salt, and a teaspoon of soy sauce. 4.Dried pork rind used in the cooking of batchoy, an Ilonggo food.

Chikas. [Tagalog slang for female, from the Spanish chica, little girl, lass.] 1.A young woman, usually a teenager. 2. Also: a play on the English slang chicks.

Chinovela. 1.Coined· by Viva Productions chief Vie del Rosario in 2003 and refers to Chinese-speaking soap operas with Filipino dubbings and aired on local TV.2. A term popularized to mean ABSCBN'sphenomenally successful Meteor Garden, a TV drama from Taiwan.

Chokaran. Methatheses of ka-rancho,from the Tagalog ka (co-) and the Spanish rancho (ranch).

Consignacion. [Spanish consignacion,to consign]. In Pampanga, a market stall holder.

Cootie. [Malay or Visayan, kutu.] Headlouse.

Crab mentality. 1.A Filipino behaviOr erroneously referred to as the act of pulling somebody's reputation as a result of vengeance, jealousy, or rivalry. 2.The mistaken belief that crabs, when cloistered in a container, pulled themselves down one by one by riding on another crab's shell in order to get out of a tight fix. 3. Actually, a crab's behavior of helping a member of clan to reach faster the hole or aperture. 4. A crab's conduct in facilitating another crab's escape.

Curtain reforestation [Coined by Rep. Narciso S. Monfort, Iloilo, c. 1999]. The practice of planting trees on the sides of the forest to cover the denudation inflicted at the center of a logging area.

 

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