Are You a True Filipino?

01 February 2008 0 comments

Are you a true Filipino?

I got this quiz from Lucille. Thanks 'Cille. :)

Over time, the Filipino way of living has changed a lot, thanks to the influence of the western culture. The once-simple living has gone wonderfully sophisticated that it seems we have gradually lost the traits unique in us Filipinos. Even so, we can’t and won’t deny the fact that rooted in our spirit and being is the pride that we are indeed Filipinos.

But how Filipino are you? Are the Filipino traits strong in you? Are you the typical Filipino? Take this simple quiz I have fabricated to determine your being Filipino. Read the items below and tell whether or not you do or exhibit them and count the items that are true to you. After evaluating all the items refer to the gauge below with your points. Remember to take seriously the frequencies (at least once, twice…) in the items; if you lack even one frequency, then don’t count the item.

Here it goes:
1. You can speak Filipino (erstwhile Tagalog):


2. Whenever necessary, you take the hand of an elder relative and pat the back of the palm of that hand to your forehead and say “mano po”.

I used to do this when my grandfather was still alive. With my aunts and uncles, it's a peck on the cheek.

3. You know “bayanihan” and had witnessed it personally at least once.

I've only read about it but haven't seen in 'live'.

4. You’ve seen a bahay kubo at least once.

Yes, in the provinces.

5. You’ve ridden on a jeepney at least five times.

Can I say "Mama, bayad." LOL

6. You have separate clothes for in-house and outside use (pambahay at panglakad)

Doesn't everybody?

7. You’ve eaten adobo, dinuguan, kakanin, tuyo, dilis.

Yes to all, although I'm not fond of dinuguan - tried it once or twice.

8. Your meal is incomplete if without rice.

I've learned not to have it everyday.

9. You hear Sunday masses and attend Misa de Gallo with your family.

We do, except for Misa de Gallo. We used to do it in California, we go to mass before Noche Buena.

10. You can sing “Lupang Hinirang” very well, with no lines missed. I

I 'm afraid I forgot some lines. :(

11. You don’t care donning ragged and torn clothes exclusively for use inside home.

Never wore ragged or torn clothes.

12. You have bought items in a “sari-sari store” at least ten times.

Yes, when I was growing up.

13. You have played patintero, tumbang preso and piko during your childhood.

I enjoyed playing these games with neighbors.

14. You can sing at least five OPM songs, and know what OPM means.

Of course I know what OPM means. :) I can sing along.

15. You know the Philippine presidents from the year of your birth onwards.

Hmm, Marcos, Cory, Fidel, Erap and Gloria. Tama ba?

16. You have witnessed “balagtasan” at least thrice.

Again, haven't seen one 'live'.

17. You’ve been recounted with stories involving aswang, tikbalang, manananggal, nuno sa punso.

Yes, I was enthralled by these stories from my mom and our maids.

18. You’ve been read, have read or have heard Filipino legends (Ang Alamat ng…)

It's a required reading in school. I love the old Filipino legends.

19. You’ve lived, stayed or visited Philippine places other than your city or town at least seven times.

Of course :) Only lived in 3 cities.

20. You’ve visited local (or public) wet market at least five times.

I used to go with my mom after church.

21. You have heard guys trying to sing Englebert Humperdink songs on a karaoke machine.

Umm, no. LOL

22. Your main means of expressing anger is tampo.

Not me.

23. You eat with your hands or use your fork and spoon together.

I grew up using the fork and spoon. My cousin taught me how to eat with my hands when I was vacationing in the province. Isn't rice supposed to be eaten using a spoon? Look at those who try to eat rice with a fork, it's taking them forever to finish. LOL

24. You visit home taking with you a few balikbayan boxes.

I never used a Balikbayan box. My mom and dad do. :)

25. You visit your home town and start to say english with full fake slang to all your neighbors, family and friends, in bathrobe and highheels house shoes...

Are you serious? LOL

26. You drink your hot coffee with the teaspoon on it. Naka curlers pa ang hair.

No, I dont. I use a stirrer. No curlers either.

27. You join a Paluwagan.

I did when I was in grade school.

28. Picking up things on the floor with using the feet.

I don't but I've seen my kids do it. LOL

29. Using "pssst" when calling the attention of somebody.

I don't remember using 'pssst' to often when I was growing up.

30. Telebabad for hours

Once in a while but not that often.

These are my 3 additions:

31. You have Filipino condiments and food in your cupboard (Patis, Toyo, Sukang Paombong, Sinigang mix, Bihon, chichacorn, etc.)

I have all of these and more!

32. You still use 'po' and 'opo' when talking to elders.

I grew up using these and feel funny if I don't.

33. You eat/have eaten street foods like fishballs, banana-que, nilagang mais, etc.

I miss all of these.

Here’s the gauge to tell how Filipino you are:
19 - 20 = The Filipino blood, spirit and flame burns intensely in you. You are the typical Filipino, who takes pride of your nationality.
15 - 18 = You are proud of your being Filipino and that the traits unique to most Filipinos live in you.
11 - 14 = You are the Filipino who, even adopting strongly the cultures of other nations, still you dont forget the old ways of the Filipino life.
7 - 10 = The Filipino culture has little by little been forgotten by you. You need to at least try some of the items mentioned.
4 - 6 = The Filipino culture has substantially faded in you, or that you have not been exposed to the true, authentic traits of being a Filipino.
1 - 3 = You’re a Filipino, only that you may have not been born and raised in the Philippines and had not lived up or been accustomed to the ways of Filipino living.0 = You’re not a Filipino.

And the score is....Pinoy pa rin daw ako! Hay salamat naman. LOL

This does not prompt you to repost this quiz, however it would be better if you did. You have to add at least three items to the quiz, and you should tag a dozen people after your post. There are a lot of unique Filipino traits and I don’t see any reason why you can’t think of three of them. Do not copy the listed items; provide/make your own and add them to the list above. Let’s see how long the list can get.

I'm tagging Mira for this. :)

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