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What is being a Pinoy all about--aside from pointing with our lips and having an action star for our President? We talked among ourselves and we tried to come up with the 100 best things about being a Pinoy. Okay, okay! So, the idea is not so original, after all, the Philippine Sunday Inquirer Magazine already published their 100 Best Things in their centennial issue. But we tried to do this on our own, without referring to the SI's article (really!).
We hope that these will make you smile and will make you laugh. Above all, we sincerely hope that these things will make you proud of being a Pinoy.
1. Simbang Gabi. Nine dawn masses during the Christmas season. Attended by the religious, the people with panata, the uzis, and the girl and boy watchers. Of course, Simbang Gabi is not complete without the mouth-watering bibingka and puto bumbong sold outside the church.
2. Tabo. An absolute way of identifying a kabayan in a foreign land.
3. Po at opo. Shows the importance and respect accorded to the elderly and the authority. Children in the Tagalog areas are taught (trained?) to say po and opo before and after every sentence.
4. Tingi-tingi. Where else can we buy one tablespoon of Star margarine, peanut butter, or matamis na bao? Or a 10 ml shampoo and a five gram toothpaste in a sachet?
5. Sawsawan. Patis, toyo at kalamansi, suka at sili. Spices up ordinary dishes and gives one freedom to experiment with various concoctions. What better way to stimulate the appetite? Hmmm!
6. San Miguel Beer. Considered to be one of the world's best. Para sa Pinoy, iba ang may pinagsamahan.
7. Kakanin. Puto, kutsinta, sapin-sapin, suman sa ibus, bibingka, puto bungbong, maja blanka, bico, atbp. What would fiestas, Pasko, Bagong Taon, at Pista ng Patay be without these native delicacies?
8. Kutkutin. Butong pakwan, kalabasa, kornik, at mani. Sa lamayan, sa handaan, sa inuman, o sa kuwentuhan, kutkutin ang kailangan.
9. Parol. The Pinoy symbol of the Star of Bethlehem. Bright and colorful, the parol adorns every household during the Christmas season.
10. Pambahay. Ang isang Pinoy, naka-amerikana man sa opisina o kaya'y naka-uniporme sa eskuwela, ay siguradong magpapalit sa duster, puruntong, o kaya'y t-shirt pag-uwi ng bahay. At 'di tulad ng mga dayuhan na ang tsinelas ay sapatos pa rin, ang tsinelas ng Pinoy ay Spartan, bakya, o kaya'y abaca.
11. Song translations. Foreign song hits translated to Filipino to become more madamdamin.
12. Dirty Ice Cream. Well-loved by Filipino children, the dirty ice cream is pedalled from one household to another. This ice cream comes in the usual cones and sometimes, on bread bunwiches. It costs cheap and has a variety of flavors - cheese, mango, avocado, chocolate. Name it and the Mamang Sorbetero has it!
13. Balut, penoy. Balut is the luscious embryo of ducks. Penoy, on the other hand, is also duck egg but without the baby duck. Both are Pinoy delicacies and both are very nutritious. As they say, "Ang balut at penoy ay pampalakas ng tuhod".
14. Choconut. Who could ever forget Choc-nut, the sweet mini peanut butter bars which give everyone, young and old alike, delight? As they say, once you get to taste it, there's no stopping your asking for more!
15. Sabong. The Filipino term for cock derby, sabong is a favorite Pinoy past time, especially in the rural communities. It has its own mechanics and rules which make the game more exciting.