You know you’re ilonggo when…

Someone sent this through email…might as well post it

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 in your dining
table (the best Ilonggo invention if
you ask me,was even banned on
airplanes long before 911)

Your toyo is patis and your patis is

You use atsuete for your adobo and
pinamalhan (pinaksiw)

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

You understand that “Particulars Keep
Out” sign means outsiders keep out

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)

You often start your sentence with “ti”

You say goodbye by saying “halong”

Your favorite cusswords are ” linte”
(if you’re slightly pissed off)
and “yodiputa” (if you’re pissed off
big time)…

Guilty? You are indeed a TRUE Ilonggo!


My pre-birthday essay

I will be turning 25 in two days.  It’s funny how time seems to fly when you’re having fun.  I can’t say that I did a lot of things in my lifetime but I’m getting there.    I have gone through quite a bit in my existence here on earth and I have made friends who later turned into enemies then to friends again.

I also learned a lot of lessons these past few months like taking risks, because we would never know how things turn up unless we try.  To explore new things and not just the places but also the experiences and most of all to have an open mind.  I also learned that when you make mistakes, learn from it and if you make the same mistake, its stupidity.  I always believe in the saying, follow your dream, don’t forget your past and  never regret what you do.

So now I  savoring my every breath as a 24 year old, inhale, exhale…hehe.

My last words would be…things may not turn out the way you want to but sometimes you’ll be thankful it didn’t.