We Filipinos often find every thing a laughable concept, which certainly proves why we are amongst the happiest people in the world despite the ups and downs of our living situations. There are lots of peculiar traits and ways of interactions we unconsciously perform that makes us unique as a Filipino.
Here are some small quirks and funny moments of being a Noypi (Filipino).
Our eyebrow speaks!
The eyebrows usually convey emotion through various facial expressions. By raising our eyebrows we can also communicate a positive affirmation of “yes” when we are being asked or if you feel that you are being ignored when you are asking someone who is Pinoy then try to look at their eyebrows they may just be answering you non-verbally through the raising of their eyebrows. It can also serve as a greeting or farewell to an individual you cannot physically touch.
Our lips give directions!
Consider this as another non-verbal expression performed by Filipinos. By puckering our lips and facing a certain direction, we are giving clear and specific instruction on which way to go. Instead of wasting physical energy by lifting our arm/hand to point, we conserve energy by using our puckered lips.
Offering Food and Declining the Offer – Which is which?
“Kain tayo!” (Let’s eat!) This is how Filipinos acknowledge anyone who stumbles upon a flock of Filipinos eating. This is our distinctive way of offering food to strangers and people we barely know. In fact, it could be a way of greeting someone while you’re eating. Instead of saying “Hello”, you say “Let’s eat!”
Paying for someone’s fare in a Jeepney!
A jeepney is the primary mode of transport in the Philippines. It means sharing the two back benches of a jeepney with at least 20 people seating capacity. It might not always be comfortable but it’s cozy! One Filipino quirk is that the instinct of bringing out your wallet and paying the fare of a friend who happens to be riding the jeep with you. The one who is already on the jeep says greetings and exchanges pleasantries with the friend who has just got in, then they simultaneously ask each other “have you paid your fare?” and scramble to pay each other’s fare.
Overall, the Filipino way of life is something that cannot be captured on a picture or limited to words on an article, it modestly cannot be. It is an experience. There are many strange and exciting things with peculiar twists at every turn. It is a never-ending discovery.