Spelling variations: asuáng, asuwáng

Aswang is a native Tagalog word for a mythological creature. It’s been noted though that it’s likely derived from the Sanskrit word asura which means ‘demon.’

An aswang is scarier than the Spanish-derived word multo, which sort of calls to mind harmless ghosts like Caspar.

In other parts of the the Philippines, an aswang is called tik-tik or wak-wak. Continue reading “ASWANG”


root word: yabang

boastful, proud

Ang yabang mo naman.
My, you’re so boastful.

is being boastful

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Tinikling Dance

Tinikling involves two people hitting bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It originated in Leyte among the Visayan islands in central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird.

Once taught simply as a folk dance from the Philippines, it has recently become popular in the sports curricula of elementary schools as it involves skills similar to jumping rope. It’s now a new, fun form of aerobic exercise that also improves spatial awareness, rhythm, foot and leg speed, agility, and coordination.

Tinikling: Philippine Dance

There are now so many tinikling products available in the United States. Not just tinikling music CDs and dance-steps instruction DVDs, but also tinikling sticks and cords! For the authentic experience, you must find thick bamboo poles!

Listen to this introduction.

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The word torpe is usedy to describe young men who don’t know how to approach the girls they like. Sometimes even an attractive man who is confident in other aspects of his life can be seen as torpe when it comes to girls.

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from the Spanish abanico

a traditional fan of the Philippines

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The Filipino abaniko as shown above is made from the stems and leaves of the plant having the scientific name Belamcanda chinensis.

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root word: awa

pitiful, poor

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This Tagalog word in Chinese in origin.

to eat without rice

kumakain ng ulam na walang kasamang kanin
eating ulam without the accompaniment of rice

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Ano ang pamahiin?

Ang pamahiin ay paniniwala na hindi nakabatay sa katwiran o kaalaman. A superstition is a belief with no basis in reason or knowledge.

May pamahiin na nagsasabing ang mga sugat na natamo sa Mahal na Araw ay hindi kailanman gagaling. There is a superstition that says that a wound suffered during Good Friday will never ever heal.


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