KAWAWA

root word: awa

kawawa
pitiful, poor

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Important Concepts in Filipino Culture

Mahahalagang Konsepto sa Kulturang Pilipino

pamilya
family

pagtitiwala sa Panginoon
trust in God

pagiging magalang
being respectful, especially to older people

pagtitiis
perseverance, forbearance

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MALAMBING

root word: lambing

malambing
affectionate
(caring in words too,
but often touchy-feely)

malambing
sweet and warm in caressing,
shows fondness and tenderness

Malambing ang pusa.
The cat is affectionate.
(It sweetly rubs itself against you.)

Malalambing ang mga Pilipina.
Filipinas are affectionate.

This is a very beautiful-sounding adjective in Tagalog.
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HURAMENTADO

This word is from the Spanish juramentado.

huramentado
running amok, going berserk

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YABANG

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ALBULARYO

This word is from the Spanish herbolario (meaning: herbalist).

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BASTOS

walang-galang, mahalay; magaspang, bulgar, mumurahin

bastos
rude, impertinent
impolite, vulgar

If you tell a woman a crude joke, you are very bastos. To answer back to your grandmother or anyone older than you is bastos in Filipino culture.

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SIMBERGWENSA

This word is from the Spanish phrase sin verg├╝enza (meaning: ‘without shame’).

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