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Superstition - Filipinos are very superstitious. So they have their own "White Lady", a female ghost who floats through the air dressed in a wide white dress and they also believe in all the other horror characters known from television. Friday the thirteenth, a broken mirror, the black cat, a howling dog, but also other everyday things that seem banal to the foreigner make them superstitious, frighten them, or make them believe in bad luck and misfortune. Voodoo is also common and feared. See also: Baby Bangle, Gecko, Voodoo.
Aguinaldo Doctrine - The Aguinaldo doctrine is a jurisprudence confirmed several times by the Supreme Court (SC), which protects every member of the government from punishment in all administrative offenses during his previous term of office and after official re-election.
Nightmare - Many Filipinos are plagued by constant nightmares. The main reason for this is that even as toddlers at an early age, they sit in front of the TV at any time, action and horror films, as well as dramas, then cause nightmares at night.
Amerikano - This is what Filipinos call all long-nosed strangers, the reason being that they learn it this way, among other things, at school and from local television. In a textbook for school beginners that I had leafed through once, next to the drawing of a person with a short nose there was the designation "Filipino" and that of a person with a long nose "Amerikano".
Drive ants away - Rub strongly scented substances such as calamansi, garlic or vinegar on the ant trail, so the ants can no longer follow their own scent trail and therefore stay away. In contrast to the classic baking powder, the ants do not have to die in agony.
Amihan - This is the name of the northeast monsoon, which brings cold winds from China and Siberia to the Philippines from November to February. See also Hagabat.
Specify - Filipinos like to show what they have and also flaunt it. Often things are only bought to show others that you have them or that they are more expensive than the others. But that person is not always the owner; things and even babies are usually borrowed for display.
Scared - Many Filipinos are very anxious, this begins in childhood when babies sleep at night with the lights on and are therefore later afraid of the dark. In the case of children who do not obey, attempts are made to scare them in order to instill respect in them. Often they are threatened with the fact that the "Americano" neighbor will come and harm them. They are also fearful out of superstition, but also because they consider a lot of action films to be real. For some, the anxiety goes so far that they are afraid of a doctor or hospital and therefore prefer the faith healer. See also: superstition, voodoo, faith healer.
Answering machine - Filipinos never speak on an answering machine or leave a message in their cell phone mailbox.
Stare at - It is considered rude to stare at someone. All the more surprising since many Filipinos, whether young or old, stare at foreigners quite bluntly and intensely. The best way to protect yourself from the occasionally too intense and intrusive looks is with dark sunglasses. See also: sunglasses.
Risk of contagion - The risk of infection is high due to poor hygiene. Anyone who has children who go to school must always expect colds or lice brought home here. See also: Eating from street kitchens, hygiene, lice, drinking water.
Answer - You don't always get it, you get the counter question: "Why?" If a Filipino does not answer, you have hit him at the point where he would harm himself with an answer. Instead of getting a problem out of the way with an answer, many prefer not to say anything and the problems often only get bigger.
Lawyer - A lawyer must be used before a Philippine court; if you need a lawyer, it is better to first inquire about them. Long processing times and non-compliance with deadlines and commitments, as well as additional payment requests are the rule for many lawyers, and the fees also vary considerably, as there is no prescribed fee regulation. You should therefore ask about the fees before commissioning, as some lawyers who work for a foreigner sometimes charge up to 10 times more than they do with a Filipino. You should also avoid inviting a lawyer to your home, once he has seen what he has, he will adjust his fees accordingly. Tip: On our Who does what? Pages we have lawyers whom we can particularly recommend.
AOWL - The abbreviation AOWL stands for Absence Without Official Leave, this is how a police officer is called who no longer appears on duty.
Worker - Some Filipinos only work the bare minimum, which is why you often have to expect poor quality or that they don't even show up for a few days, even a secure job and debts that have to be paid do not prevent a Filipino from suddenly giving up the job . Anyone who pays Filipinos based on working days and duration rather than on the order, must expect the work to drag on for a long time. See also: skilled workers.
Medicines - For cost reasons, some Filipinos only go to the doctor when there is no other way. The medication that you will then be prescribed will also be bought in the future if someone gets sick again and has similar symptoms. Here they save the money for the doctor and often spend money on the wrong medicine. When buying drugs, you should definitely go to a specialist shop, otherwise you will receive improperly stored drugs or drugs that have already passed their expiration date, and cheap, unhelpful copies are also sold.
Medical care - In the larger cities there are also private hospitals that significantly exceed the national standard. In rural areas, on the other hand, the supply options are very simple. All doctors speak English and some have completed their training abroad.
Ásin - If the food is not salted enough and you ask for salt, someone will call out loudly for Ásin. One should not get this wrong, Ásin in Cebuano also pronounced as arsine or arsenic means salt.
Aswang - In the Visayas, Aswang is a vampire-like mythical creature that sucks the babies in the womb of a sleeping pregnant woman with its long, thin and hollow tongue. See also: Wakwak
Foreigners - One should be very careful with overly confidential and helpful compatriots and foreigners, unfortunately there are many failed existences just waiting to be able to exempt another foreigner. Some foreigners living in the Philippines have a very negative attitude towards the country and its people, which means that they constantly criticize and do everything badly, many of them then also seek refuge in alcohol.
Borrow - If you lend something to a Filipino, you usually do not get the item back in the same condition in which it was borrowed, and most Filipinos only give something back when they are asked to do so. It is also common for Filipinos who borrow something to simply lend it out. See also: Compensation for Damages, Care with Objects.
Gutting - Of course everyone is happy if they are popular and this is exactly the impression the Filipinos give you, but some only as long as you allow yourself to be excluded from them. If there is nothing left and you have to think about saving, everyone who stroked your beard beforehand is suddenly constantly insulted or no longer there in the first place. Filipinos believe that all foreigners have too much money and countless foreigners have bitterly found, after they had exhausted their savings, that they themselves were the only ones who had none of it.
Take advantage - Many Filipinos use the opportunity when they are not present themselves to do something that would otherwise bring them criticism. In almost every household it happens that food, money or other things are passed on behind the back of the foreigner. See also: self-restriction.
Excuses - Filipinos are never at a loss for excuses; on the contrary, their stories sound so fantastic that you almost want to believe them. Popular excuses, for example, of a Filipina to slip away and also to dust off some money from the foreigner are: "It's my birthday (or another family member) today and no money", or the more dramatic one: "My mother (or another family member) is in the hospital and I have to buy medicine ". Unfortunately, such excuses are sometimes also the truth. See also: Stories, I dont no, Just a joke, Lies, Ulcers.
Car theft - Since you usually park your car on your own property or in a guarded parking lot, it is more and more common for car owners to be stopped on the street with their firearms drawn and their cars taken away. Many heroic car owners have been shot dead in the process, but more and more have a gun in their car.
Drive - Filipinos care little about road traffic regulations. They ignore right before left, you take the right of way but you don't insist on it like in Germany. Red lights are quickly ignored, especially at night. When a jeepney or bus overtakes, they usually only rarely get stuck in daring overtaking maneuvers. Accident sites or broken down vehicles are usually secured with spare tires or heavy stones at the front and rear. At night, unlit vehicles are always to be expected on the road. Only drive through puddles of rain at walking pace, some puddles hide deep holes. See also: Drugs, First Aid, Driver's License, Horns, Running Engine, Traffic Fines, Traffic Accident.
Auto Import - The Law Executive Order (EO) 156, signed by the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) on December 12, 2002, prohibits the import of used vehicles and spare parts of all kinds. This does not apply to new vehicles of the current year with a mileage below 200 Kilometers. Vehicles from returning emigrants or immigrants are also excluded, but they may not be sold within the first 3 years. Diplomatic vehicles and vehicles for official use, buses, trucks and special vehicles are also excluded.
Azkals - The Philippine Azkals, that's what the Filipinos call their men's national soccer team. Azkals is the plural of Askal and means something like street dog.
Baby bangle - When Filipinos leave the house with their baby, they slip a bangle over the baby's left hand. The bangle is supposed to protect the baby against voodoo and evil, transmitted through the touch of other people and their evil curses pronounced. In fact, it is very common for strangers to cast curses against the other baby out of jealousy or because their own baby has a problem. See also: Baby Pinch, Voodoo.
Baby theft - In the local daily newspapers there were several missing missing babies daily until about 2010, on Cebu alone there were an average of 3 babies per day and the number of unreported cases was much higher. These are mostly newborns in the hospital, but also babies that are stolen from homes. Usually these babies are not found again, instead they are passed off as their own baby by the thieving family.
Baby food - Actually, as the name suggests, intended for babies, but when Filipinos are hungry, even mother and siblings do not shy away from eating their own baby's food. In order to feed the baby cheaper, many poor mothers or family members simply give rice with sugar or salt, diabetes or high blood pressure are already inevitable. See also: rice.
Baby pinch - Very often it happens that people, even a complete stranger, touch the baby without first asking the mother. Many smile at the baby superficially and pinch it in secret, it can also happen that they also mumble an evil curse, whether the pinching was meant badly, you can see if a slight bruise forms on the pinched area.
Bai - The salutation or designation Bai means my friend in Cebuano.
Bank - Credit balances and savings deposits up to an amount of PHP 500,000 are insured at Filipino banks, amounts beyond this will not be reimbursed by the insurance company in the event of bank failure.
Bank account - If you open a bank account in the Philippines, you should do so in your own name as usual. You should also be very careful when assigning account powers. Countless foreigners in love who had put their bank account in the name of their partner, or who gave her a power of attorney, were suddenly left with nothing. However, if you want your partner to have access to a bank account, you should create a separate account for her.
bar or BAR - The origin of the term bar goes back to "Barring Furniture", a railing or barrier in a medieval European courtroom. The area in front of the bar is restricted to the participants in the process, while the area behind the bar is open to the public. Today Bar / BAR stands for an association of lawyers.
Barangay - A barangay is a local area or city district and a local name for a village, formerly known as the barrio. There can be several sitio within a barangay. See also: Purok, Sitio.
Barcada - This is a close circle of friends. In advertising, these barcadas are always presented as a nice and cheerful circle of friends. But sometimes it is also the case that in some Barcadas, the cohesion is stronger than with one's own family.
Barangay Captain - This is a district mayor. Among other things, he also deals with all problems and offenses that occur in his district. Most of the smaller problems can be solved with his help for everyone, but since most people are related or friends in such a district, you have to practice some tolerance yourself, otherwise you won't get what you want. Unfortunately, the regulation in front of the Barangay Captain also ensures that many people then simply apologize meekly and steal away from being punished.
Barong Tagalog - When formal attire is in, Filipinos always use their barong tagalog. A long-sleeved, breathable shirt that is worn over the trousers. Since the Barong Tagalog is somewhat transparent, a short-sleeved undershirt is worn underneath.
Basketball court - Not only basketball is played on the ubiquitous basketball courts. If there is any kind of event, people practice loudly weeks in advance and at fiestas the discos boom until early in the morning. Noise-sensitive people will never sleep near a basketball court.
Batteries - Especially with button cell batteries you should pay attention to the expiry date, often when it has expired this is covered with a price sticker, crossed out in bold or this part of the packaging is cut off. In the case of button cells, you should always have the sales staff show you beforehand that the voltage still corresponds to the specified value, often the salespeople take the measuring device away after a second because the voltage begins to drop, for this reason the voltage should be measured for at least 5 seconds become.
Bayut - In Cebuano the term used for a homosexual (Bakla in Tagalog), but also a swear word. Pronounced by men when someone does not adapt to their macho demeanor, pronounced by women when a man does not succumb to their charms immediately. See also: leg posture, homosexuals.
Beeps - Minibuses from which the "B" originates and jeepneys from which the "eeps" originates are referred to as beeps. The air-conditioned beeps were used for the first time in Cebu City, on two routes (see article 21.12.2018). The blue beeps have 24 seats (including the driver) and space for 10 standing passengers, while the white beeps have two fewer standing spaces. The air-conditioned beeps are equipped with a 72-hour closed circuit television (CCTV) camera, speed limiter, GPS (Global Positioning System) and WiFi.
Greeting - It is common in families that when children greet their parents or grandparents, they take the hand outstretched towards them with their hand and press it to their forehead. Filipinos call this "Bless".
Leg posture - Filipino men always sit with their legs apart, even in full buses and jeepneys they follow this behavior. Anyone who does not follow this macho gesture is often seen as a weakling or homosexual (Bayut), even if he is a foreigner. See also: Bayut.
Cross - When Filipinos pass a church, they draw a cross in front of their chests.
Insult - Filipinos are offended very quickly, on the one hand because Asians have a different attitude towards many things than Europeans, but often also because of a lack of language skills. See also: exposure, finger pointing, hurt, language.
Complain - Filipinos don't complain, they accept a lot with astonishing patience. In the case of reasons that could give cause for complaint, it is expected that they will be tolerated, but then they are also reluctant to do the same.
Property rights for foreigners - Foreigners are not allowed to own land in the Philippines. The simplest option is to get married, but if you then register all possessions in the name of your wife, you will lose everything later in the event of a possible separation. Lawyers and brokers are happy to help here, but caution and a healthy level of suspicion are urgently required here.
Bribery - Works for some people when done in a way that does not appear to be obviously a bribe. See also: corruption, bribe.
Cutlery - Filipinos do not eat with knife and fork like Europeans but with spoon and fork, which is why you may not get a knife in simpler restaurants.
Orders - Will be gladly accepted, but you cannot always rely on it. See also: delivery service.
Visit - When Filipinos get a visit, they lock expensive or important items in their bedroom, even when their own relatives are visiting. Especially when visiting with children, it is better to move fragile objects aside.
Begging children - Often the children are professionals who beg and steal in organized groups. They are just looking to see what someone is wearing where and how it can be taken from them, so you shouldn't be surprised if something was suddenly stolen from you after a donation. See also: pickpockets, valuables.
Relationships with important people - An integral part of a Filipino's reputation is having them with the right people, is easier on yourself in many matters and is treated with more respect, they open doors and help you with problems.
Education - Most of the poor part of the population goes to school, if at all, mostly only up to the 3rd or 4th grade, but even with a university degree the education leaves a lot to be desired. Pocket calculators are used by everyone and not only for the small 1x1, but also for the simplest 1 + 1 calculations. However, the lack of education is also due to the fact that the teachers are not adequately trained. See also: education, skilled workers, language.
Cheap goods - Bought today and broken tomorrow, something cannot be so cheap that it would be worth buying. Such cheap items are made of inferior material that breaks after a short period of use.
Black Nazarene - The black Nazarener (Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno) is a life-size statue of Christ that carries a cross and is carved from black hardwood. It was brought to the Philippines by the Spanish from Mexico on May 31, 1606. In 1650, Pope Innocent X gave his blessing to the worship of the statue. The Black Nazarene statue is kept in the Quiapo Church in Manila and is said to perform healings and other miracles. Every January 9th, the Black Nazarene is drawn in a procession through the streets of Manila, with countless believers struggling to be able to touch the statue.
Blue Moon - A second full moon occurring within a month is referred to as the Blue Moon in the English-speaking world and the Philippines. The blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon, but is just a name for a rare occurrence.
Exposure - Filipinos, like all Asians, do not like to be exposed in public. If you think you have to blame someone, it is advisable to make sure that the other person does not notice it directly. A direct confrontation is taboo for Filipinos, for us Europeans this kind may seem like a coward, but in fact it allows that the alleviation of negative incidents gives the accused more personal freedom to put everything right. See also: insult.
Bomb joke - You should definitely avoid bomb jokes, especially at security checks, as they will immediately lead to an arrest. Bomb jokes in public are punishable by a guilty verdict, up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 40,000 PHP, under Presidential Decree 1727.
Brown out - This is what Filipinos call a power outage. But even if the picture fails while watching TV, there is no signal, or even if there is noisy picture, Filipinos immediately shout "Brown out", although this is of course not a power outage. See also power failure.
CALABARZON - CALABARZON or Region IV-A is a Philippine region in Luzon. The name CALABARZON is an abbreviation made up of the names of the provinces in the region: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon. See also: CAMANAVA, MIMAROPA, SOCCSKSARGEN.
Calesa - A two-wheeled horse-drawn cab, in Manila and Vigan these calesas are brightly painted. In Cebu City they are also called tartanillas and are nowhere near as photogenic as the calesas on Luzon. Tourists should ask about the fare before starting their journey, otherwise a "long nose" surcharge is guaranteed.
CAMANAVA - CAMANAVA is a region in the greater Manila area. The name CAMANAVA is an abbreviation made up of the names of the cities: Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela. See also: CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, SOCCSKSARGEN.
Caucasian - In the Filipino press, as in the English-speaking world, Caucasian is used as a term for Europeans and fair-skinned people.
Chief of Justice - Is the chief judge of the Philippines. The office of Chief of Justice cannot be terminated and ends when the chief judge turns 70.
Colgate - When Filipinos speak of a "Colgate" they mean a toothpaste (regardless of the brand).
Colorum - This is how the Philippine authorities describe vehicles of all types that do not have complete or correct vehicle documents. Foreigners whose papers, passports or visas are incorrect are also referred to as colorum.
Dengue fever - Dengue fever occurs year-round in Southeast Asia, but is more common in urban areas, and especially during the rainy seasons. Dengue fever is transmitted by the aedes mosquito, which, unlike the mosquito that transmits malaria, bites during the day. The first signs of dengue fever are sudden fever, skin rashes, particularly pain in the bones. In areas where dengue fever occurs, seek medical attention immediately at the first sign of fever. The later the fever is treated, the longer it will take to recover, or it can be fatal.
Deposit - It can happen that a Filipino suddenly makes the remark, or when asked where he is going, replies: "I'm making a deposit." In fact, however, he does not go to the bank to deposit money, but to the toilet to clear his bowel movements.
Deutsche Welle TV - Deutsche Welle's TV program is broadcast by almost all cable providers. Where Deutsche Welle TV is not broadcast, you can receive it with a local satellite system.
Theft - Unfortunately it also occurs often in the Philippines. When it comes to money and valuables, Filipinos often do not even trust their own family members. Somebody they know is stolen, but mostly only as much as one thinks they can get over. Filipinos who have money even tend to tolerate this theft, which means that more will be stolen the next time. See also: car theft, baby theft, begging children, burglary, first aid, cell phones, snatchers, pickpockets, robberies, valuables.
Disco - In discos where only Filipinos frequent, one should be careful with flirting, usually the partner of the flirting is not far away. Especially at the discos during the Barangay Fiesta, which take place in the open air, caution is advised, there violence occurs again and again and it is almost normal that these acts of violence are ended with the grip of a knife or a gun. Tip: We advise every foreigner not to visit one of these discos for the Barangay Fiesta unaccompanied.
Drama - You can always listen to a drama on the radio as a radio play and dramas are the most popular films on television, even at school sometimes classes are canceled because a drama is being performed. Unfortunately, the Filipinos' love for drama is omnipresent even in everyday life with one another.
Drugs - According to statistics from 2004, the Philippines were the second largest drug manufacturer in the world at the time. Drugs, especially Shabu (drug similar to crack), are widespread in all classes of the population, not just among young people and prostitutes. The penalties for drug possession are harsh, ranging from 6 years in prison to life.
Drug test - In order to get a Filipino driver's license, one must take a drug test, however there are still some who drive under the influence of drugs. Since February 16, 2009, drug tests have been carried out on 5 students at every high school, randomly selected by lottery. If a student tests positive, he and his parents will be informed.
Threats - Some Filipinos are very happy to threaten and they soon implement the smaller threats, which they usually only realize later on. See also: death threats.
Take a shower - When Filipinos have a cold, pain somewhere, or an injury, they stop showering until it's all over.
Egoism - Many Filipinos have a guiding principle that runs like a red thread through their lives and that they apply to everything they do without exception: "First I come and see what is good for me." The selfishness of some Filipinos is so pronounced that they do something even if it can lead to disadvantage or harm for them, just to satisfy their ego.
Honesty - Some Filipinos don't take it that seriously, why do they think, when it is easier and faster to achieve more. See also: Theft by acquaintances, lies, lost items.
Test eggs - It can happen that you get a rotten egg. To test, you put the egg in the water, if the egg goes under it is good, if the egg floats then it is rotten.
Jealousy - Filipinos, women and men are very jealous, even the smallest glimpse of the partner at the opposite sex, but also the lively imagination quickly lead to great dramas here. With women there is also the fact that they know how easy it is to get a man how around and that they then trust the other women, that they could try exactly that with their partner.
Imagination - If a Filipino imagines something then it has to be done immediately. Regardless of whether the project could be done later or whether it makes sense at all, the Filipino will be offended until what he wants happens.
Burglary - Since there is always someone at home in Filipino houses, break-ins are "relatively" rare. If you want to rent a residential complex, you should go through the floors beforehand and look at the doors to see if there are any signs of burglary. If something is stolen from someone's house or apartment, it is usually from their own friends or guests. See also: theft.
Shopping with a Filipina - Anyone who goes shopping at the market as a foreigner with a Filipina must assume that he is paying too much. However, many Filipinas will never complain in favor of their foreign partner, because they like to appear big and because otherwise their compatriots call them a traitor.
Invitation - If a Filipino does not accept a first invitation, the reason is that he is not sure whether the invitation is really meant, so you should get your invitation again so that the Filipino can see that you mean it honestly with your invitation. If Filipinos are invited, many save the food in their own house and accordingly they appear hungry at the invitation. Most of the time, they also bring acquaintances or friends with them, even though they were not invited by the host. It is also customary to take something home with you from the meal for others.
El Niño - This is what the weather phenomenon is called for dry and hot weather. The El Niño weather phenomenon is promoted by the unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the Pacific. As a result, El Niño brings increased air temperatures and decreased rainfall to the Philippines.
English - Although English is taught in kindergarten, some Filipinos speak poor English. In 2010, by the end of August, 75 percent of all job seekers had been turned down because of poor English. See also: language.
Kidnappings - Unfortunately, the number of kidnappings has risen sharply. Wealthy Filipinos bring their children to school themselves and pick them up there, many even have a bodyguard who then waits in front of school until it is over.
Earthquake - The Philippines is on the "Ring of Fire" and according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Central Visayas), it is shaken by around 20 tremors a day, but only a few of them are palpable.
Landslide - The cause of the more and more frequent landslides are usually the Filipinos themselves. The mountain slopes are cleared to make firewood or charcoal, but entire mountain slopes are also removed to use the earth, sand and stones as building material. In the next typhoon, the landslides are another threatening evil.
Exhaustion - For some Filipinos this is the normal state, even a Filipino who has not done anything all day will refuse a job on the grounds that he is too exhausted. See also: Laziness, Kapui.
Upbringing - In the Philippines, children are often brought up in simple families in such a way that they later feed the older ones in the family. Since many Filipinos always go the easiest way, they do not teach their children what is right or wrong, but simply punish them if they do something wrong. Most of the time, the actual upbringing is just as neglected as the consideration of a good school education, but how can you teach someone something if you haven't been taught anything yourself.
Eating a foreigner - What a foreigner eats has to taste good because it was imported, expensive, or cooked with many ingredients. If you let a Filipino try it once and he suddenly disappears outside with his plate, then the dogs will give it to eat because he does not want to admit that he did not like it.
Eating from street kitchens - Filipinos love this quick and cheap way to eat, quality doesn't matter. When cooking food, only the cheapest is used, which is not always the freshest. It is warmed up, if at all, until everything has finally been consumed. Filipinos are not bothered by it, any more than by the hair or the bow tie in food. The cleanliness also leaves a lot to be desired, since hardly any of these street kitchens have running water, so crockery, cutlery and glasses are accordingly dirty. There is hardly a Filipino who has not already ruined his stomach with this meal.
Eating Habits - With Filipinos, the food is usually lukewarm on the table, and it is common to eat cutlery only with a spoon and fork or even with your fingers. But there are also gentlemen who pull a transparent plastic bag over their hands and then eat with their fingers. Many Filipinos eat at a breathtaking speed and always load as much on their plate as they can. What they can no longer manage is then given to the dog to eat. See also: Eating a Foreigner, Eating Street Kitchens, Eating Types, Feeding a Toddler, Hunger, Rice.
Eating types - Eating with your fingers and hastily devouring it is normal, it is quite normal that a lot of it gets stuck in the face and even in the hair, is scattered on the table and falls on the floor. Filipinos are also not afraid to take food off the plate from someone else, even their own children and even their own baby.
Estafa - Estafa is the name for cases of fraud in the Philippines, whenever a person cheats on another person and this is harmed.
Expat - More and more people read the new English word "expat" a short form of "expatriate", the German meaning for it: person permanently living abroad, the expatriate, the emigrant, not native.
Skilled workers - Not everyone who calls himself an expert is a trained skilled worker. Mostly these are former henchmen who are of the opinion that they have watched long enough and can now earn money as skilled workers themselves. Which is why you should first convince yourself that the skilled worker is up to the job when it comes to more demanding work.
Counterfeit money - Widespread. Most of the time, however, the counterfeit money is easy to spot as it is often a simple color copy from a copier. You should take a closer look at your change, especially at markets and fiestas.
Forgeries - There is probably nothing at all that is not offered as a fake in the Philippines. As a rule, almost all fakes come from China. A cheap branded item is certainly not a special offer, but rather a fake. Be particularly careful with documents and stamps, here you should not rely on simple copies, but always have the original shown, although you cannot rely on it itself. Quite a few have already bought a house whose papers were forged because the house is burdened with debts, these debts are transferred to the new owner. See also: Counterfeit money, O.R. - Official receipt.
Family - Family always comes first in a Filipino's life, almost everything a Filipino does, he will do in the interests of his family. The family of a Filipina who has married a foreigner is often expected to serve the rest of the family as well. See also: reasons for separation, cohesion.
Father's Day - Father's Day in the Philippines is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In contrast to Germany, where Father's Day is always celebrated on "Ascension Day".
Admit mistakes - Filipinos, with a few exceptions, do not admit their mistakes. Long discussions do not lead to anything, one should not necessarily urge a Filipino to admit his mistake, so he keeps his face and may even try to make up for his mistake on his own. See also: stories.
Public holidays - In addition to the statutory holidays, there are often short-term holidays, decreed by the President, that only occur once. During the time when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) was president, holidays that were many or not adjacent to a weekend were postponed to the next Monday or Friday. This "Holiday Economics" called by GMA will no longer be used from 2012 onwards.
Watch TV - When Filipinos sit in front of the television watching a movie, those who haven't seen the movie, the one who has already seen it, ask how it all turns out. Since many cannot follow the dialogues, it is also not important for them to be able to listen undisturbed. If no one in the family has the time or the inclination to look after the child or children, the television often simply replaces the duty of supervision. Which is why there is probably not a single toddler in the Philippines who has not already seen films that, for example, in Germany should only be seen from the age of 16.
Fiesta - These are religious festivals and ancient customs. Filipinos love their fiestas, a fiesta usually starts with a church service, after which there is plenty of food and drink and in the evening there is a specially constructed disco. See also: disco.
Finder's reward - The finder's fee is regulated by law at 10 percent, according to Article 20 of RA 386. See also: Lost and Found.
Point finger - Never wave your index finger at a Filipino, it is a humiliation and degradation for Filipinos. It is also considered extremely impolite and an insult, or even a threat, to point at someone with an outstretched index finger. The raised, warning finger represents an open, serious threat. See also: Hand signals come here.
Fish - You can recognize fresh fish by this: Fresh fish does not smell, it may smell slightly of the sea, salt water or seaweed, but never "fishy", biting or tinged. Fresh fish has shiny skin and is covered with a layer of water-clear slime. The eyes are clear and outwardly curved, not cloudy or dry. The gills are bright red, not brownish in color. The meat should feel firm and elastic. A point that has been pressed in with a finger must return to its original shape within a few seconds.
Requirements - Filipinos like to make demands, some even try to enforce their demands with threats, but many generously ignore demands made of themselves. See also: threats.
Women - In families it is mostly the women who have the say, where that doesn't work you often find failed relationships. Many women are also represented in business and politics. Anyone who has sexual intercourse with a married woman can be punished with imprisonment.
Friends - You will only find and have friends among Filipinos as long as they benefit from you, which, with some exceptions, is not always the rule. Filipinos who offer you that they have a friend who can help you usually only offer this because they want to earn money with it. As a rule, you can expect additional demands several times and you wait forever or forever for the result. You should also be extremely careful when doing business with friends, as some Filipinos do not shy away from ripping off their best friends and even their own relatives.
Hair stylist - A job that is practiced almost exclusively by homosexuals. If you let one of these cut your hair, you have to expect that the haircut will be more like the way the homosexual hairdresser likes it and not the way you would like it to be.
Frustration - Once frustrated Filipinos like to vent their frustration on absolutely everyone, including their own loved ones. Of course there are also a lot of frustrated foreigners ... See also: foreigners.
Lost property - Anyone who finds something has to hand it in to the responsible mayor, whoever does not can be reported for theft. The mayor has to look for the owner for 2 weeks, nobody reports, the lost property will be auctioned after 6 months. The finder's fee is regulated by law at 10 percent. See also finder's reward.
Driver's license - A German or an international driver's license is only valid for a period of 3 months from the date of entry, after which a Filipino driver's license is required. You can apply for a Filipino driver's license to be issued at any LTO (Land Transportation Office); if a German driver's license is presented, an officially certified translation is required. A Filipino driver's license is valid for 3 years and expires on the day of the birthday. For an extension, you have to fill out a form at the LTO before it expires, and an eye test and a drug test are also required.
To me - If you show an object to a Filipino, he will immediately say: "For me" (For me) and hold out his hand demanding it, regardless of whether he can do anything with the object at all. See also: curiosity.
Pedestrians - Beware of cars turning and at zebra crossings, even if the pedestrian lights are green, many drivers ignore the pedestrians. If a police officer is present, you should first wait for the green or his sign to cross a street, otherwise you will have to expect a fine.
Feeding a toddler - Filipinos mostly feed their child with a normal tablespoon, the reason for this being that they can finish feeding it faster. The disadvantage here is that even the toddler learns to eat quickly. In order to feed small children cheaper, many ignorant mothers or family members simply give rice with sugar or salt, diabetes or high blood pressure are pre-programmed.
Warranty - You should have the guarantee card filled out when you buy it and keep it together with the receipt. You should also keep the original packaging for a possible exchange at the beginning. It is also better to inquire about the guarantee, whether and how long the goods can be exchanged after a new purchase, or whether the goods have to be sent in for guarantee. Unfortunately, it often happens that wages or spare parts are excluded from the guarantee. See also: packaging.
Birthday - Especially children's birthdays in the first years of life are celebrated pompously and even when Filipinos have to go into debt for it or can no longer pay their bills tomorrow. Bar girls and other light girls also like to claim that today is their birthday, or that their child's birthday is tomorrow, in order to take a few PHP extra from the foreigner. If you have a birthday and don't invite anyone to a party, you will quickly find out who your real friends are.
Gecko - When Filipinos tell someone something and their testimony is interrupted or terminated by the call of a gecko, it means to them that the speaker is telling the truth.
Patience - With a lot of patience, the Filipinos accept most things, even long queues, or waiting for something is no problem for them. Some foreigners should take a good example here.
salary - There are different salary assignments in Central Visayas. Wage level A - Cebu City to Danao in the north and Carcar in the south. Pay level B - Areas outside pay level A and with the exception of Bantayan and Camotes. Pay level C - Bohol and Negros Oriental. Wage level D - Bantayan and Camotes, Siquijor. The same wage levels apply to agriculture, but the minimum daily wage is lower.
Secrets - Filipinos don't know them, absolutely everything is told and you can even count yourself lucky if the supposed secret has not been turned into a disadvantageous story. See also: private, confidential.
Walk - If Filipinos have the opportunity to get from one point to another without having to go, they will always use the nearest means of transport, even over very short distances.
Offended - Filipinos are often offended very quickly, especially when they are accused by foreigners. Often some of these allegations are also inappropriate, as a lot of things are handled differently by Filipinos than we Europeans would.
Lend money - Why split up money when you can also borrow money. Hardly a Filipino who doesn't think so. When Filipinos borrow money, it is almost always with the ulterior motive that the one who has so much money that he can lend can also afford it if he gets it back later than promised or not at all. If you lend money, it is best to have a deposit given as a guarantee, which you can then sell at the first rate of arrears in order to get your money back.
Embezzle money - Some Filipinos, sometimes even immediate family members, take every opportunity to keep an amount for themselves when shopping. Mostly to buy something the funder would not have agreed with, or to pay off part of their debt somewhere. Unfortunately, even though they don't even need it. See also: O.R. - Official receipt, invoices.
Change money - With a moneychanger, you can exchange your euros, dollars and often various checks at better exchange rates than the banks offer. One should compare the rates of several moneychangers. With moneychangers who do their business in busy streets, you should be careful of pickpockets.
Mood swings - Filipinos can suddenly fall from exaggerated optimism into deep sadness.
Talk - Filipinos love to talk about others and they love drama. To make the whole thing more interesting, a few small things are often invented quickly, so small events quickly turn into wild drama, which is why one should not always give the talk too much importance. Many foreigners have adapted seamlessly here and so talking about other foreigners is part of their daily routine. See also: dramas, stories, slander, guesswork.
Dish - As a rule, court proceedings take an extraordinarily long time and often drag on for years, and the outcome of court proceedings cannot always be foreseen. The high legal fees and the unpredictable outcome of the litigation make it often inadvisable to seek your right in court. See also: lawyer, court date.
Court date - Anyone who has to go to a court date needs a lot of time and patience. The court date is usually at 8:00 am for all negotiations that are due on that day, only the judge knows his own date. At the court hearings, accused, plaintiff, witnesses and spectators sit on the spectator benches. When it finally comes to your own appointment, it is often over after 5 minutes and a new appointment is planned. Since lawyers and judges often do not have time for the later appointment and each appointment usually only lasts 5 minutes, the simplest court hearing can quickly drag on over a longer period of time.
Business ideas - Every Filipino has their own very promising business ideas, they invest generously and devote themselves a short time later to a new and even better business idea without having their invested capital back. Most of these business ideas are destined to fail right from the start due to a lack of planning or the wrong location for the business.
Gift - Everyone demands it but not everyone does it. Many Filipinos will always look at a gift from the point of view of what they get for it when they bring it to the pawnshop. See also: Christmas.
Stories - The best stories are invented to the lively imagination of the Filipinos, but also to have an excuse or not to have to admit a mistake. Of course, when it comes to stories, the narrators always come off best, there is no Filipino who would embarrass himself with a story. Since wrong and hasty decisions can be made very quickly because of such twisted stories, it is better to have the story told a second time and the attentive listener will quickly hear some contradictions. Talk, slander, guesswork.
Indifferent - Some Filipinos are very indifferent and mostly the laziness to do something about it is the reason.
Seat belt compulsory - Since 2006 it has been compulsory for drivers to wear seatbelts in the front; offenses are punished with a fine. It happened before that the foreigner sitting in the taxi was issued a fine for not wearing a seat belt in the front seat, but the taxi driver, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was not punished.
Ha? - The Filipinos always say this, often because they have not understood it and it is going too fast for them, or because they don't want it that way.
Habal-Habal - This is the name of motorcycles that you can ride on for a fee. The Habal-Habal only drive on roads where there are no other means of transport. Habal-Habal or Motorcycle-for-hire are illegal, but are tolerated because they are the only means of transport for remote residents.
Hagabat - This is the name of the southwest monsoon, which often causes heavy rains during the rainy season from June to October.
Cockfight - Many Filipino men can be very enthusiastic about this rather dubious pleasure and they then give their cock more love and time than their own family. During cockfighting, the beloved and expensive cocks are tied to the claws with razor-sharp and scythe-like blades up to 10 cm long. Since a cockfight is also a bet, some gamble away their last button or the money they borrowed just a short time before. Instead of paying back a loan, an attempt is usually made to increase the amount in a cockfight, in the end the money and the cock are gone. Anyone who has such an obsessive cockfighting weather in their own family need not be surprised if suddenly something of their own capital has been stolen and bet on secretly.As much as Filipinos can get excited about cockfighting, they accept losses just as indifferently as they lose weight when they are won. See also: neighbors.
Best before date - In the case of goods with an expiration date, it is customary that this is made unrecognizable when it has expired. Either it is covered with a price sticker, or simply crossed out in bold until it is no longer legible. See also batteries.
Mobile - For many Filipinos, expensive cell phones are a status symbol. Raids on the street to take your cell phone from you are unfortunately the order of the day.
Hand signals come here - The hand movement, stretched out horizontally, pointing the fingers to the floor and waving it back and forth means "move away, disappear or get away" in Germany. See also: Pointing the finger.
Household Tool - Most Filipinos only need a knife and scissors for their household, from opening cans to cutting hair, everything is done and you can pry off the lid of a beer bottle with your teeth. That doesn't change even then. when all household tools are available that you actually need. On the one hand because some Filipinos do not even want to learn how to use it and there is only one object left to clean. More important Tip: Bring a radish cutter, you can't buy something like that in the Philippines.
Housemaid - As a rule, these are young girls whose families have no money left for them or who cause problems in their own home and are therefore sent to work. Most of the time they do not have adequate schooling, upbringing and experience with housework. Since hardly any housemaid speaks English, as a foreigner you have to rely on your partner to tell her what to do, but it won't always come out what you actually expect yourself. Many housemaids cause additional problems with their talk about the house they work in, others have their salaries paid in advance, steal and suddenly disappear. If you fire a housemaid, it will often not take long and you will hear slander about your own house.
House cleaning - When using a broom, the free hand is placed on the back in a stooped position and the dirt is swept in front of you. If the floor is to be mopped, a cleaning rag is thrown on the floor and stepped on with the foot and then slipped over the dirty areas.
Pets - Cats are there to hunt mice and dogs to chase away intruders, so the pets are accordingly feral. Unfortunately, many foreigners have had the bad experience that their beloved and well-trained pets have been poisoned, probably because Filipinos are jealous of the cuddly cat or are afraid of the dog that only obeys the foreigner. See also: neighbors.
Skin color - For Filipinos, white skin means that this person is fine, that he or she can spend the whole day in air-conditioned rooms or has a good job in the office. No Filipino will go into the sun with the intention of getting a darker skin color, because dark skin means that you have to work in the sun and have poorly paid work or none.
Medicinal plants - The use of medicinal plants has a long tradition and even doctors give tips for treating minor problems with medicinal plants from the garden. Tip: On our health page, we have more about medicinal plants and their use.
Helmet compulsory - Helmets have been mandatory for motorcyclists since 2003. An offense costs PHP 1,500 for the first offense, PHP 3,000 for the second offense, PHP 5,000 for the third offense, and PHP 10,000 for the fourth offense and confiscation of the driver's license.
Hey Jo - Not always meant to be friendly, mostly called by teenagers just to draw attention to themselves. But sometimes also called to make the foreigner responding with demands for money, gestures or sayings.
Help - Filipinos are very helpful. However, if you have to ask Filipinos for help yourself, so that this will help you, you need not be surprised if they then hold up your hand.
Courtesy - Those who are polite towards Filipinos show their respect, whoever confronts Filipinos openly will still receive a calm, polite answer and a smile, but the success that they would have achieved with politeness is gone.
Homosexuals - There are countless Filipinos, on TV and radio, but it is also commonplace for homosexual men to moderate in public events. With hairdressers and make-up artists you will hardly find a man who is not gay. In night life you should examine the trusting lady very carefully before you have to find out later or be made aware by a Filipina that you are dealing with a ladyboy (homosexual). See also: Bayut, Tomboy.
Hulidap - This is what the police call armed robbery in everyday language.
Humor - Filipinos have a very dark sense of humor at times. Not everyone understands this kind of humor or recognizes that what is said should be a joke, if you address the supposed prankster you always get the same answer: "Just a joke" (just a joke).
Hunger - A Filipino who is hungry is unbearable. A mother will then eat herself first before taking care of her crying or crying child. Even if a Filipino has recently eaten, it won't be long before they'll be hungry again. See also: baby food, rice.
Horns - When Filipinos drive their car, they horn almost continuously and there is really no reason to horn at all, then the ever-twitching finger triggers the horn by itself. Should the horn stop working, the car will be taken to a repair shop immediately, and of course only the horn will be made functional again. In fact, when overtaking, it is mandatory to use horns to draw attention to yourself; when the police record an accident, the question is asked whether the horn was also honored so that the other could have avoided the accident.
Hygiene - In most households outside of the big cities, the water comes from the pump and is not always as pure as it should be. For many people, cleanliness is useless work and a waste of time, why is it getting dirty again after all? You shower next to the pump and with the robe still on your body, you wipe your hands on your body because that's the fastest way. The dishes are washed with the water from which the dog may have already drunk, or with which the dishes were washed yesterday. Because of this often very poor hygiene, foreigners quickly become infected or upset their stomachs. See also: risk of contagion, food from street kitchens, drinking water.
I do not care - What Europeans say is that "I don't care" means that you don't care and you want to have some peace and quiet from this matter. If you say this answer to a Filipino, you get exactly the opposite, here with "I don't care" is meant that the other can calmly do what you don't care about yourself.
I don't no - A popular excuse to avoid an answer or a job, but also a refined sign that the person does not want to comment on it.
Ignorance - If you ask a foreigner what bothers him most about Filipinos, you often hear the ignorance. In fact, Filipinos can be very ignorant and their ignorance then knows no bounds. If they make up their minds and cannot do it right away, then behave accordingly ignorantly towards those whom they blame for being prevented from doing their thing. Then others must also suffer from their ignorance, even their own children and family members. See also: egoism, imagination.
Indigenous - The internationally recognized term indigenous is used for the descendants of people who lived in the affected areas before the colonization. Indigenous people are an independent people who have retained their social attitudes and cultural traditions.
Internet partner - Anyone who chooses their partner via the Internet can also experience nasty surprises. So the photo of the pretty girl can sometimes turn out to be the photo of another person, or there is even a so-called Lady Boy hidden behind it (young man appearing as a girl).
Intrigue - Some Filipinos love to stage intrigues and enjoy watching how those affected squirm out of it, or even get into trouble for it. There are also Filipinos who want to take revenge for something with intrigues. See also: intrigues, vengeance.
Irascibility - Filipinas in particular can often become very irascible and then do not consider anything at all, except for their offended ego. See also: child abuse.
John Doe - John Doe (male) or Jane Doe (female) is an English wildcard name for fictitious or unidentified people. John has long been the most common English male name, while Doe means a doe. The term is mostly used in the United States and was adopted by the Philippines.
Jucy Fruit - When Filipinos speak of a "Jucy Fruit" they mean some kind of chewing gum.
Junk food - Filipinos use junk food to refer to low-quality foods or foods that are classified as unhealthy. The preparation of food by unqualified personnel, or eating without rice, is also considered junk food by Filipinos. If you cook a meal that the Filipinos are not familiar with, you often hear the question: "Is that junk food?" See also: Eating from street kitchens.
Virgins - They are probably not to be found in the bar or disco, although exactly these girls always claim that they are still virgins and are in the bar or disco for the first time today.
Just a joke - Translated as "Just a joke", these words are usually heard as an excuse. Anyone who blames a Filipino that what he is doing is not right will then hear this comment. Applies to everything as a standard excuse.
Cable TV - A cable connection is available almost everywhere except for very remote areas. Anyone who cannot get a cable connection or who does not like the range of programs offered by the cable can receive their desired program anywhere in the Philippines with a local satellite system at staggered prices.
Kalag-Kalag - This is how the holidays, All Saints 'Day on November 1st and All Souls' Day on November 2nd are named.
Kapoy - That means broken, if a Filipino says that he is "Kapoy", he expresses that he is exhausted.
Karaoke - While some Filipinos aren't exactly great singers, all of them love karaoke. No party that doesn't also have karaoke and the longer it lasts and the more you have drunk, the more sentimental and tearful the singing becomes. For the Filipinos it is not important whether someone can sing, the main thing is that it is fun. The only thing that helps for the foreigner's ear is simply singing along or using earplugs.
Catholic - The Philippines are the only country in Asia whose religion is predominantly Catholic. On public holidays like Easter and Christmas, in contrast to other Catholic countries, it is common to have fun, loud disco music, singing and dancing are especially important on these holidays. See also: Crossing, early hour procession.
Deposit - The deposit for renting a house is usually two months' rent in advance, one of which is rent as an advance payment and one rent as a deposit. However, if you move out, you will not get your deposit back;
Children - They are allowed to do everything, decency and behavior are often not even taught to many.
Child abuse - Unfortunately, there are many mothers who have hit their child so badly that they should actually be prosecuted for child abuse. If something doesn't go the way she imagines or wishes for a Filipina, she will also show her displeasure by ignoring her child or even harassing them until they start to cry.
Dress - You can wear light, casual clothing all year round, but warm clothing should also be taken for the cool mountain areas. If formal attire is in, suit and tie or the Filipino barong tagalog can be worn. See also: Barong Tagalog.
Kodak - When Filipinos speak of a "Kodak" they mean a camera.
Kolong-Kolong - This is the name given to motorcycles that have been converted into improvised tricycles for material transport.
Command - Every Filipino tries to order and give orders to someone else, but they just as easily ignore them. When the mood is bad, the urge to command becomes even more pronounced.
Consequences - Some Filipinos do not even think that their actions could have possible consequences, so they only think about it when they have arrived and it is too late to correct their mistake.
Copy - Simply everything is copied and imitated, from the object to the appearance and what the neighbor often wants the other to have and show.
Corruption - According to statistics from 2004, the Philippines are in second place in Asia in terms of corruption. In fact, money can be used to regulate a lot. Be careful with required advance payments, since almost everyone just got rid of their money, but got nothing at all for it. See also: bribes.
Pet names for presidents - Filipinos like to nicknames their presidents. For Joseph Estrada, "Erap". For Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo affectionately "Ate Glo" or "GMA" for short. For Benigno Aquino III affectionately "Nonoy" or "Noy" and "Pinoy" or "PNoy" for short. See also: nicknames.
Cost conversion - Anyone who compares the costs and prices of the Philippines with Germany and has an income of one euro will be happy about the low costs. However, it looks completely different when you compare the costs and prices with a Filipino income, because then suddenly a lot is unaffordable.
Hospitalization - In Filipino hospitals, almost everything has to be prepaid. After a doctor's visit you get a prescription that lists the medication you need until your next doctor's visit and which you then have to get yourself from the pharmacy.
Credit Cards - Are generally accepted, but occasionally a surcharge is charged when paying by credit card, especially in travel agencies. Before paying with a credit card, you should also inquire about the cash price, as this can occasionally be below the stated price.
Criticize - Some Filipinos are very quick to criticize, whether justified or not, this criticism arises from their disappointment that something did not go as they would have liked.
Fridge - Since Filipinos are very curious, they always like to look into other people's refrigerators to see what they have in them. If you want to see who you are dealing with, you should also take a look in their refrigerator, for some the refrigerator reflects the character of the person.
Kulam - Kulam is a type of witchcraft practiced by witches called "Mangkukulam". The Kulam witches are feared by the elderly on the island of Siquijor because of their black magic with which they can put people.
La Niña - This is what the weather phenomenon is called for cool and humid weather.
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