As the Pinoys Do #WhatsupWednesday

The Philippines is actually also known (if not more known) for its beautiful natural resources, particularly the 7,100-plus islands. It’s not all about Philippine politics, calamities and tragedies. Oh, but many do know that already.

I’m not going to talk about islands for now, however. I just thought that would get your attention, ha ha. Rather, I’d like to share stuff regarding the country’s other best-known assets–the people. In fact, I’ve talked about it in The Great Philippine Experience:

“…many tourists seem to come back again and again…When it comes to the Philippines, it is not merely the sceneries and the wonders that attract tourists. More than these, it is the people and their rich culture that makes the Philippines a much-loved travel destination.”

Even Nuseir Yassin, a.k.a. Nas gave big credit to the Filipino people in  8 Days in the Philippines . (See The PH)

But why just take our word for it? The better idea is to take these foreign missionaries’ words for it! They have stayed in the country in a long enough time to appreciate its people. Some have even enjoyed a certain level of fame, having somewhat become celebrities, for instance, the boys of the Hey Joe Show, “a multi-platform social media group dedicated to celebrating and exposing Filipino culture to a global audience”. They can tell you what to expect when you’re in the Philippines.

FILIPINO CULTURE

It’s various interview clips, so it’s long, but you can always skip some of them. Personally, listening to them made me realize more things and made me proud to be Filipino, despite all the negatives. I was smiling almost from start to end, even laughing sometimes. First guy here is Connor Peck from the show I mentioned.

FUNNY THINGS FILIPINOS DO (by Sumner Mahaffey of the Hey Joe Show, and he also joined I Love OPM, singing competition for 100% non-Filipinos singing local songs)

Some of what Sumner says here are not mentioned in the previous video.

There are more things to explain how the Filipino is. Will share more in future posts.

Meanwhile, just like in any other country, one of the most important things when you visit is to learn the language. It is very important, though often neglected. But if you’re staying in a long while, it is advised that you learn the language. Speak, as the Pinoys do.

This is what Fil-American Wil Dasovich did when he came to stay in his mother’s native country. Wil is a popular vlogger (or YouTuber, if you may) known for talking a lot in the Filipino dialect called Tagalog.

But what sticks to most Pinoys’ minds is not only his American accent, but his weird Tagalog combos–he just simultaneously speaks in deep Tagalog, Taglish (Tagalog-English), sometimes hippie lingo, often beki (gay) speak  without batting an eyelash. He explains why in the video below (I contributed translation for the Filipino words, but no one’s approved it yet, so I shared the texts below it instead). Nevertheless, I still encourage any foreigner or half-foreigner who wants to stay here for years to do what Wil did.

Wake up, wake up, wake up…So I am always asked: “Why are you using that word?!!”, “Why do you speak like that?!!”, “How did you learn to speak in Tagalog?” And after you’ve viewed this series, you might also wonder why I talk like this. So I just want to share the techniques I used to learn. And basically to show it worked for me.

So welcome to my home. This is really where I learned most of my Tagalog. Because I did not have a teacher, everything started with THIS: (1. Book for the Newbie) “Learn Filipino”. This has the basics. For instance, how to use a verb, in the past, present, future tense, like that.

When I came to the Philippines, I promised myself I wouldn’t use any English. (2. No English Allowed) Regardless of the situation.

  • Excuse me. Is there a Jollibee nearby?
  • (In Tagalog) Of course! Just go straight ahead till the first corner, then turn left. Then turn right again. There’s a lane there, go through that. You’ll find Jollibee there, beside McDonald’s.
  • Uuuhhhh…What?
  • (In Tagalog) Uh…There!

In other words, I got hold of the dictionary. And if I don’t know a word, I just get it from here and translate in English. (3. Direct Translation) Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way.

  • Hey, dude, let’s go!
  • Wait! I’m still fixing my hair. [ “kumpuni” only means “fix” when referring to machines and electronics]
  • Wil! Let’s get going.
  • I have no more energy. I’m still tired. [“energy”, when translated in Tagalog, means “electricity” or “kuryente”]

Soon, I found comics. (4. Comics) Because they said the words would be simpler here. Wrong! Truth is, the language here is so different.

(In Tagalog Hippie-lingo)

  • Dude! The cops are coming!
  • Let’s bail, guys!
  • No, man! You’re crazy!

What did they say??? Was that even Tagalog?

Aside from comics, I have these: (5. Books) “I Love You, Mother”, “Tips for Snobs”. This is actually funny. For example:

“If your officemate totally annoys you, but you’re still talking to him, say ‘I hope God’s enemy finds you.’” What a snob. Apparently, snobbery is in…“Hunger Games” Filipino edition and my favorite “Harry Potter” in Tagalog. It’s funny ’cause I imagine Harry Potter and company speaking in Tagalog in their British accents, like Malfoy: “Piss off, Potter! You’re good for nothing!” Or Hermione: “Harry, we must look for horcruxes.” Oh, that was so bad.

Songs. (6. Filipino Music) I gave up all English music and I only listen to Filipino songs. [Raps in Filipino]…Gloc-9, Francis Magalona, Ron Henley, Abra, “kundiman” (classic love) songs, Viva Hot Babes! I use whatever Tagalog words, that’s why they say that I sometimes sound like a classic poet.

(7. Write Down Everything) When you see this, you’ll realize how crazy I am about studying. Basically, whatever word that I don’t know, I take note of in my notebook. Whether it’s from a book, a song, the news, any word, another person, I’ll write it down and read again and again until I memorize it. For how many days, I stay seated on this stupid chair! Oh, my gooosh!!!…I’m sorry if I seem crazy and have loose screws.

Pages after pages, notebooks all piling up! Tagalog has taken over my life…my home…in my life and my home! And wherever, whenever, I carry a notebook with me, to whatever place I go to.

  • …’cause it’s almost four, the deadline. Remember the budget, okay? Hey, Wil, what is this???

Sometimes, on some TV channels, there are classic movies dubbed in Tagalog. (8. Tagalized Movies) So I watch them and record them using my iPhone. “Cooool….!!!” And when I’m walking or I’m on the go, or I’m just hanging out somewhere, that’s what I listen to. Imagine, there’s “Ironman”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Avengers”, all in Tagalog.

When I was watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s”Terminator”, he said something: “I’ll be back.” They made sure to imitate the speech. Wow! I also remember “Forrest Gump”: “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates…You never know what you’re gonna get.’ ” What I also remember from “300”: “I’ve chosen my words carefully, Persian…’THIS IS SPARTA!!!”

(9. Dream in Tagalog) Oh, and by the way, even when I am sleeping, I still listen to what I have recorded and eventually, I….(buckles)…I dream in Tagalog! What a trip!

  • “Hello, Clarisse. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

So that’s it. Those were the steps I took to learn, and after a year, this is me, just a simple guy.

*Whew! That’s a long one.*

 

So that’s it, I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something from it…Welcome to the Philippines!!!

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The PH #WhatsupWednesday

When I started my whole blogging journey from years ago, to promote the country–my country–had been one of my goals. Well, promote in my own way. I wanted people of other nationalities to see Filipinos in a positive light, not just always in the negative:

  • Yes, we are third-world, but we do have well-educated “Pinoys” (Filipinos).
  • No, we’re not terrorists just because we’re Pinoys, and what a few of us do, they do not necessarily define the Filipino.
  • Yes, we are Asians, but we’re not all Chinese, although there are “Chinoys” (Filipino-Chinese).
  • Yes, traffic does suck big time in the metro.

Etcetera…

But it was a more personal blog, too, and I ended up pouring my heart out sometimes and showing too much of my opinionated side. Both were not really bad, plus such fell under my rights as a blogger and an individual, except I was not able to do more.

Now that I’m in WordPress, it has rekindled this urge to let others know what Pinoys are about. I have been slowly trying to do that, except my efforts are still lacking, IMO. So I am to amp the effort some more. And while I aim to promote the Philippines, I will not be so pretentious as to deny anything negative that is going to be brought up. I’d rather explain it clearly than lie or avoid any negative questions that may arise. I’d rather you hear the truth from me.

So in connection with this, I am going to post more Pinoy-related stuff here and all links can be found at my soon-to-be added page called PH Box. I have already posted a few Pinoy-related stuff before (such as my recent explanation on why Pinoys are said to be good singers, in connection to David DiMuzio‘s vlog post) so the links to them will be there, too. There’ll be articles and blogs. I will be sharing videos, too, that I can find.

Vlogs from popular vloggers like Mikey Bustos (Pinoy) of PinoyBoy Channel and his #MabuhaySquad, Wil Dasovich (half-Pinoy) and the rest of the #VlogSquad, and Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann (Honorary Pinoy) of Becoming Filipino channel, and some others will be shared from time to time. Feel free to check out their vlogs now, if you want.

So for “opening salvo”, I am sharing this viral video called 8 Days in the Philippines. This is by Nuseir Yassin, a.k.a. Nas,  known for the videos he creates for Nas Daily, particularly his travel vlogs. Eight minutes seem long, but I promise you, you won’t regret watching it. It shows some of the good in this country, as well as some of the bad.

 

Now, just to let you know more of my people, here’s a kind of intro from comedian-vlogger (not to mention, Canadian Idol alumnus) Mikey Bustos, known for his parodies and wonderful efforts to show the Filipinos to the world. He does a Moana parody, so check it out! 😉

Any questions about the stuff you’ve seen here, like do we really all speak in English? Just ask. I will answer honestly 🙂

Oh, and (not) sorry for the many links because we do have to give credit to people, correct? 😉

The Guy Google #WhatsupWednesday

I found this hilarious series of vids the other day. I think they’re self-explanatory. The only thing that kind of confuses me is the use of the word “guy”. Not sure if it’s supposed to be gender-specific as even if a woman was made to act here, the “search results” would have been the same anyway. I’d rather they used “person”. Someone made a series of a Girl series, but they’re not nearly as funny as these (do check for yourselves at YouTube, though). Props to CollegeHumor, by the way 🙂

Also, WARNING: BAD WORDS AHEAD.

ENJOY!!!

If Google was a Guy

Best of the Best Philippine Comic Books #WhatsupWednesday

I chanced upon this through the Komikon Inc. Facebook page and I just realized, I hadn’t been sharing anything about comics in a long time. So while this isn’t my own post, I think it would be great to introduce to you some of the best Filipino comics of today through this article.

I think it’s a good list, although I have not personally read most of them. I have my own favorites, but since my collection is limited, I cannot declare for now which comic books I deem the best. Meanwhile, let’s get some ideas from this:

THE BEST FILIPINO COMICS OF 2016

Best Filipino Comics 2016The mention of Ang Sumpa made me smile, however brief it was. 😉

Going Disney #WhatsupWednesday

Hey, wazzup, wazzup! It occurred to  me that for the holiday season, I’d like it to be more merry, so I am sharing some funny stuff. Hope you liked yesterday‘s post 😉

For #WhatsupWednesday, I thought I’d go Disney. (For the record, I never dreamed about being a princess when I was a kid.)

Let’s start with Whitney Avalon singing an original “Anna” song, That Would Not Be Me…

Nice one, Anna–I mean, Whitney. I only found Whitney and her YouTube channel when I chanced upon her impressive Princess Rap Battles features. Props to you, girl!…There are more Disney princess stuff on her channel, do check them out. To be honest, I haven’t seen her non-rap ones yet, though.

Okay, now we go the princess sorority route. We’ve got Rachel Levin and her friends playing Disney princesses in the real world. I think the vids are fun in a kind of silly way. If you want to be entertained, they could work.

I’ve chosen two of my faves, but to be honest, it’s mainly because of the acerbic Elsa. I don’t really have a fave princess, but in this group, that would be her. I laughed when she said, “Jasmine’s sister is creepy”…Elsa merchandise seem to be everywhere, that’s why. To be honest, too, the Disney Princesses vids are the only ones of theirs I’ve checked out so far (well, except the two superheroes videos, which kind of sucked).

Don’t know their real background, if they just happen to be a bunch of pretty girl friends or what, but anyhoo…

So while we’re on putting Disney princesses in real, modern world scenarios, more of ’em below. How about princeses, too? By the way,

WARNING: SOME S-, B- AND F-BOMBS DROPPED IN ‘EM VIDS

How about if they were in not-so-real scenarios? The Princesses are invading The Real Housewives and The Bachelor!

Alright, I’ve had my fill. Done with this Disney stuff. I also enjoyed them so I hope you did, too 🙂

Yo, Man! Imma Show Ya Rap Battles! (post-)#WhatsupWednesday

Today, I introduce you to #WhatsupWednesday (don’t mind that it’s late). I could call it #WhateverWednesday, but I don’t think I like the sound of that. It’s like your mom telling you something and you roll your eyes and mutter, “Whatev”. Nope, I’m not comfortable with that. “What’s up” sounds friendlier in contrast. So for this alternate hash potato, I’m sharing various stuff that have caught my interest, but are not that applicable for my other hash potatoes.

Now that that’s explained…

I’ve just recently realized that I’m actually a YouTube-freak. I go through the site searching for vids of songs, musicals, funny talk shows, pranks (zombie vids!!!),…Not anymore cute animal vids, though, as I get that a lot from Facebook already. Anyway, these searches have brought me interesting stuff and because I grew up in the “rap of ages”, you ken betcha momma’s *bleep* I got a heckuva kuhlecshun here! *wink, wink* Okay, before you proceed,

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL CONTENT. NOT FOR KIDS!

Thought I’d give you that. Now, do tell me who you think won in these vids.

First, I found Anne Hathaway rapping against James Corden of Carpool Karaoke fame (he’s famous for his show and whatev, but I never really knew about him except when I happened to search for “Carpool Karaoke”, which I did hear about). I’m not going to share CK vids as it’s so popular, you’ve probably already seen them all. I did like the ones with Adele and Sia, even the one with One Direction because of the collab kind of thing. Gotta watch more, maybe. I do give credit to James, he’s got some musical talent in him.

Here are the two doing rap battle at Corden’s late show’s Drop the Mic segment.

I think that she did “Hatha-slay” him! Yo, Anne, you rock!!! I mean, rap!!!

I’m not seeing that many DTM vids, but I enjoyed this one with Kevin Hart, though he’s an actor I’m  just a tad familiar with (did see his movie with The Rock while on a bus).

Sorry, James, I think that’s two times in a row your bottom got whipped! *trying a cleaner language here 😉 *

Meanwhile…! I found these ones below just yesterday. It’s great that they actually take effort to take care of the settings and stuff when they could just do a kind of DTM thing.

Enjoyed most of them, but a couple didn’t quite make it to my list. The Gandalf vs Dumbledore one made me squee in glee at first only to have my bubble burst–yeah, it wasn’t as good as I expected it would be (so click at your own risk). Mostly sexual references and nothing substantial enough. I liked the Albert Einstein vs Stephen Hawking vid as well, but I don’t like making fun of the differently abled. I’m not even going to attempt to link to it. You do it. There’s also one with the Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers, but I respect our Eastern Philosophers so, up to you to check also.

Now, for the battles.

I found that I liked the Princess Rap Battles more, so I’m showing them first. The guys’ vids have some sick verses as well, though, and the beats, awesome.

It seems that Daenerys won here in the end, but rap-content wise, I think it’s a tie.

It’s a tie, too! Don’t you think?

Oh, Galadriel won this one, hands down. Leia never had an iota of a chance to win against the great elf.

Now, the boys doing Epic Rap Battles of History. The girls are princesses and the guys get to be intelligent, geeky ones…Although, there is that Superman vs Goku vid, so I guess it kinda even things out.

Sorry, GoT fans, but LOTR nailed this battle. I don’t understand the reference to Led Zeppelin, though. [UPDATE: That last statement is quite the proof that I am not a Led Zep fan, LOL!!! Just found this that should explain the reference: Led Zeppelin and Lord of The Rings – Rockers and Tolkien Fans.]

Nobody won. Well, maybe the third one in this battle (being not-so-quite techie still, I have no idea “who” that was). Or was that also supposed to be “Steve“? And, boy, too much of an angry Bill here.

It’s true: Jack was a real serial killer who never got caught; Hannibal was fictional and did get caught (or he would not have met Clarisse). That said, Hannibal killed Jack  *he he, get it? killed?..uh, okay…*

I…honestly don’t know who won…

Here are some more that I liked (in random order), if you’re interested:

  1. Ash Ketchum vs Charles Darwin (Picachu was no match to Darwin’s ape, methinks)
  2. Snow White vs Elsa (oh, yeah, the princess was no match for the queen! It wasn’t really a fair match. Just let it go, Snow White, dear)
  3. Miley Cyrus vs Joan of Arc (don’t even know the connection between them, but anyway, Joan just slayed Hannah Montana)

So the people behind these vids are asking viewers who they’d like to see do rap battles. I already gave these ideas:

1. boyband vs. boyband

2. Walking Dead vs. World War Z vs. Zombieland (whichever they can “pair” up), OR Rick Grimes vs. Gerry Lane vs. Tallahassee

3. Bones vs. CSI

4. Elementary vs. Sherlock (two Sherlocks, yay!!!)

5. Johnny English vs Austin Powers

6. Charlie Chaplin vs Mr. Bean (I wonder how they’re gonna do this unless they act it all out as they talk gibberish with subtitles below, he he)

7. Wayne & Garth (Wayne’s World) vs Bill & Ted (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey) vs Jay & Silent Bob (View Askewniverse)

8. Cats The Musical vs Lion King The Musical (it would be awesome to see how they’ll do the costumes!)

9. Elphaba (Wicked) vs Fiona (Shrek)

I’ve been thinking of more, like Xena maybe rap-battling it out with…Wonder Woman? Not sure if there’s anyone else more appropriate for the Warrior Princess. Maybe, I could also suggest James Corden vs Jimmy Fallon. I mean, people are already comparing them anyway: they sing and they have famous “Justin” buds (Bieber vs Timberlake, respectively). How about Edward Cullen vs Louis de Pointe du Lac, or simply Louis of Interview with the Vampire.

We’ll see.

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Hope you enjoyed the vids. If you’re a minor, I hope you didn’t. Who would you like to see doing a rap battle, guys? Suggest some below if you can’t make a comment over at YouTube 🙂