PASALUBONG

Ang pasalubong ay isang alaala o “souvenir” na ibinigay ng bagong dating na galing sa paglalakbay sa ibang pook o bansa.

root word: salubong (to welcome)

pasalubong
homecoming treat, souvenir

When Filipinos go on a trip or live overseas, they are expected to bring back gifts on their return.  That’s pasalubong!

It’s a big deal. If you don’t bring pasalubong to people who welcome you, they’ll think you never thought of them while you were away.

Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers
Pasalubong from Bohol: Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers

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BOLERO

Also see bola

bolero
flatterer
(male)

bolera
flatterer
(female)

bolero
a man who flatters a woman

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MALANDI

root word: landi

malandi
flirtatious, slutty

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KULIT

pagkamapilit, pagpupumilit; pagtitiyaga, pagtataman; pananatili, pamamalagi; sigasig, sigsa

kulit
stubbornness, peskiness

Ang kulit niya!
He/She just keeps nagging me, bothering me.

makulit
importunate

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TAMPO

hinampo, maktol; sama ng loob sa isang kaibigan

tampo
sulking, holding a grudge

magtampo
to sulk

matampuhin
prone to sulking

tampurorot / tampururot
tampopot / tampoput
sulker (often a woman)

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PASMA

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”).
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PIKON

This word is from the Spanish picón (meaning: ‘touchy’ or ‘peevish’).

pikon
quick-tempered, cranky

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GALANG

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).

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