How Filipino are YOU?

6 12 2009


Many Filipinos like to save containers (


          Just like any other college student, I tried to avoid homework by logging into Facebook. As I was looking at the feed I saw that my friend did a ‘How Filipino are you?’ survey. Many of the things I saw were fairly true. So I decided to look up more and came to this web site ( that had lists and list of ways to find out if you are really Filipino. I decided to take a look at the ’48 ways to know you are Filipino.’ I read through and laughed at most of them because I knew at least one family member that did those things. I then came to a strong acceptance that Filipinos love to save things. I know my mom does this, reuse ziplock bags. What she’ll do is wash them after food was stored in it. Am I ashamed that she does this? No, ‘cause I know that coming as a Filipino immigrant to Hawaii, they didn’t have much in the Philippines. I really feel that she still has this mentality to not take things for granted, to make use of what you have, to save. I’m not saying that we cannot afford to buy another box of ziplock bags, if my mom wanted she can buy a whole crate of ziplock bags, but it’s the fact that she doesn’t like to waste something that could be used a couple more times. This is true for many other Filipinos out there, I can guarantee you. If they don’t save things for this reason, maybe they just love collecting items. Whatever the reason maybe, I still strongly feel that Filipinos love to save things, everything from plastic containers to food. So next time you buy crème puffs in a plastic container, watch if one of your Filipino relative would wash it when it’s empty and reuse that container.

1. You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping (and especially those bows) next year.
2. You only buy Christmas cards after Christmas, when they are 50% off.
3. When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them in your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
4. Your stove is covered with aluminum foil.
5. Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
6. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.
7. You have never used your dishwasher.
8. You eat all meals in the kitchen.
9. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
10. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
11. You always leave your shoes at the door.
12. You have a piano in your living room.
13. You play a musical instrument.
14. You pick your teeth at the dinner table (but you cover your mouth).
15. You twirl your pen around your fingers.
16. You hate to waste food….
(a) Even if you’re totally full, if someone says they’re going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you’ll finish them.
(b) You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
17. You don’t own any real Tupperware-only a cupboard full of used but carefully rinsed margarine tubs, takeout containers, and jam jars.
18. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles that you take every time you stay in a hotel.
19. The condiments in your fridge are either Price Club sized or come in plastic packets, which you save/steal every time you get take out or go to McDonald’s.
20. Ditto for paper napkins.
21. You never order room service.
22. You own a rice cooker.
23. You fight over who pays the dinner bill.
24. Your dad thinks he can fix everything himself.
25. You majored in something practical like engineering, medicine or law.
26. When you go to a dance party, there are a wall of guys surrounding the dance floor trying to look cool.
27. You live with your parents and you are 30 years old (and hey they refer it that way). Or if you’re married and 30 years old, you live in the apartment next door to your parents, or at least in the same neighborhood.
28. Your parents’ house is always cold.
29. You reuse teabags.
30. Your mom drives her Mercedes to the Price Club.
31. You always look phone numbers up in the phone book, since calling Information costs 50 cents.
32. You only make long distance calls after 11 pm.
33. You have acquired a taste for bittermelon (ampalaya).
34. You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached-it means they’re fresh.
35. You always cook too much.
36. If you don’t live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you’ve eaten, even if it’s midnight.
37. You e-mail your friends at work, even though you are only 10 feet apart.
38. Your parents send money to their relatives in the Philippines.
39. You’re always late.
40. You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don’t eat the last piece of food on the table.
41. You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics.
42. You never discuss your love life with your parents.
43. Your parents are never happy with your grades.
44. You save your old Coke bottle glasses even though you’re never going to use them again.
45. You keep used batteries.
46. Your toothpaste tubes are all squeezed paper-thin.
47. Your relatives either work in medicine or real estate.
48. You take this message and forward it to all your Filipino friends.

-April Tungpalan




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