term Filipino originally referred exclusively to Spaniards and Spanish
mestizos born in the Philippines. Espanoles-Filipinos --
children of Espana and Filipinas -- was how they specifically called themselves.
Later the native upper class of indios ("uncivilized heathens")
and Chinese mestizos, believing that education and wealth gave them the
cloak of Spanish culture, also began calling themselves Filipinos.
Juan de la Cruz
to popular notion, the symbolic name "Juan de la Cruz" is not a
Filipino invention. R. McCulloch-Dick, a Scottish born journalist, coined
the generic tag while working for the Manila Times in the early 1900's
after discovering it was the most common name in police blotters and court
dockets in and around Manila.
do so many Filipino women (and men) carry "Maria" in their names? A major
cause dates back to spanish times when parishes would refuse to baptize
a child unless the parents chosen name included the allusion to the Virgin
Mary. The practice resists to this day, but on a far less pervasive scale.
term Pilipinas, as distinguished from Filipinas, made its
first public appearance in a stamp issued during the Japanese Occupation
of Manila in World War II. Not until 1962 did the Philippine government
make a similar change from Filipinas to Pilipinas in officially describing
Months & Days
of Spanish words have Tagalog roots. Examples: acharra (atsara);
banguerra (banggera); barrumbado (barumbado); bucayo (bukayo);
caua (kawa); cascasero (kaskasero); panciteria (pansiteria);
quizame (kisame); salacot (salakot); tampipi (tampipi);
tinapa (tinapa); tulisan (tulisan).
there more Filipino males than females?
Just slightly. The latest count put the ratio at 100.9 males for every
100 females. In Metro Manila, however, the Filipino male is outnumbered:
did the terms kuya and ate come from?
Most experts point to Chinese origins. Kuya is said to be
a combination of two Chinese words: ko (elder brother) and
(a term of kinship); ate from the same a plus chi
many Philippine presidents were bar topnotchers?
Three: Manuel A. Roxas, Diosdado Macapagal, and Ferdinand Marcos.
Filipino names for the days are from Spanish, with the sole exception of
(Sunday). why not Domingo?
comes from the Malay Mingu, which is a corruption of the
Portuguese Domingo (Sunday). But on its way to the Philippines,
subject of the pabasa during Lent, holds what distinction
in Philippine publishing history?
It's the No. 1 all-time bestseller in the Philippines.
Magsaysay named his presidential plane Mt. Pinatubo. Why?
Pinatubo in Zambales was Magsaysay's area of operation as a guerilla
leader in World War II. He went on to become military governor of the province
at war's end.
special about the 1926 film Tatlong Hambog?
It featured a kissing scene between Elizabeth "Dimples" Cooper and Luis
Tuazon -- the first in Philippine cinema
Three Filipino babies
will be born in the next 60 seconds or so.
One hundred thousand
hectares -- the size of 375,000 basketball courts -- of Philippine forest
are denuded every year.
Every day about 250
Filipino babies die of preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea
The Philippines has
not enjoyed complete internal peace for the past 40 years.
There is one live chicken
for every Filipino.
The average Filipino
bride is 23 years old; her bridegroom, 25.
The typical Filipino
breakfast is not tapsilog (tapa, sinangag and
It's kankamtuy: kanin, kamatis and tuyo.
Chop suey is
not a native Chinese dish. It originated in the late 19th century in a
California camp where the Chinese cook simply threw together what he had
left over and called it 'chop suey', a phonetic transliteration
of the Cantonese tsa sui, which means something like "odds
There is no pancit
Canton in Canton, and no lumpiang Shanghai in Shanghai.
The choice of Gabriel
"Flash" Elorde's sobriquet had nothing to do with speed. In fact
it was originally "K.R.S. Flash", the initials supposedly for Kintanar
Radio Shop (or Station) as Elorde's first manager (Kintanar) was a Cebu
radio ham. The "Flash" was taken from the regular radio line "news flash
Pinoy Trivia. volume 1. Anvil Publishing
Inc., Pasig Metro Manila Philippines, 1993