There is a “folk illness” in the Philippines called pasmá. There is no equivalent medical term in English or Spanish.
The symptoms of pasmá are trembling hands and sweaty palms occurring after strenuous use of the hands in manual labor. Farmers who work in the fields dragging plows, women who handwash laundry, pianists, and athletes frequently suffer from pasmá. Their hands become pasmado (“spasmodic”). Continue reading “PASMA”
Galang means respect. It is one of the important moral norms in the Filipino value system. Respect the status of each person. It is imperative that a Filipino show respect by keeping his word of honor.
A true-born Filipino instinctively moves to prevent people from losing face or being mapahiya, thus avoiding conflicts. This norm is often used as a moral injunction against undesirable behavior involving kapwa damdamin (mutual feelings).