Introducing Yourself



{These are conversational phrases you can use to introduce yourself.

You’ll sound like a native using these everyday Filipino phrases.}




What’s your name? Ano’ng pangalan mo?
My name is______. / I’m ______. Ako po si _______.
Nice to meet you. {Filipinos say it in English.}
Where are you from? Taga saan ka?
I’m from ______. Taga _____ ako.
Where do you live? Sa’n ka nakatira?
Oh, I’ve been there! Ah, nakarating na ko dun.
How old are you? ilang taon ka na?
I’m _____ years old. ____ po.
I have to go. Naku, kailangan ko na umalis.
I’ll be back. Babalik ako.

Word For The Day: Day 2


Hangin {Wind}


(Pronounced as the English colloq. “ hangin’ ”)

Switchfoot: Live In Manila 2011

Switchfoot is coming to Manila in 7 days for their Hello Hurricane World world tour! How cool is that?


I’ve got two tickets, courtesy of Becca Music Philippines, their local concert organizer and I’m excited to see the rock band, who popularized “Dare You To Move” and “Meant To Live” in the Philippine music scene, singing live at the Araneta.


Of course, Switchfoot is well known for being a mainstream rock band with Christian members and music that has Christian meaning…


Good idea to spend the last weekend of April, aight?


Catch you guys there!




April 30, 2011 (7 days left!)

Phil. Sports Arena

Ticket prices:
VIP                                 P3500
Courtseat                     P2500
Ringside                       P1800
Lower Box                     P1500
Ringside II                     P  800
General Admission        P  500

For more details visit Becca Music`s official site or The Switchfoot Concert In Manila Facebook page

Word For The Day: Day 1


Pang-pang {Shore, sea shore}

Common Filipino Phrases #2: Greetings

Happy Birthday! Maligayang Kaarawan!
Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko!
Congratulations! Binabati kita!
God Bless You! Pagpalain ka ng Diyos!
Take Care. Ingat.
Good morning! Magandang umaga!
Good day! Magandang araw!
Good afternoon! Magandang hapon!
Good evening! Magandang gabi!
Welcome! {There`s no literal translation to this in Filipino… but Mabuhay! which means Long Live! is used when welcoming guests. But Mabuhay can only be used when someone arrives to the Philippines or on a Philippine city or town. It wold be hilarious to say that in a household or office setting.

Tip: {The first four phrases} Filipinos don`t usually use the Filipino counterparts of these Engilsh greetings. They usually say in English. However, the Filipino translation is commonly seen in print ads and on television, so it`s still good to know.
{The Last Five greeting}

Useful Shopping Phrases

{These phrases are common phrases Filipinos say while shopping.}


May I see that?1 Pwede ko pong tingnan `yon?
How much? Magkano po?
How about that one? `Yun pong isa?
I`ll try another. Titingnan ko po muna ung iba.
I`ll take that. Kukunin ko na po.
Is there a discount? May discount po ba?
Thank you! Salamat!
You`re welcome. Walang anuman!
This is beautiful! (declarative) Ang ganda nito.
This is beautiful! (observation) Ang ganda naman nito…
I will come back. Babalik ako.

10 Basic Filipino Phrases You Need To Know


 {Image Credit}

Yes Oo
No Hindi
Good Morning! Magandang Umaga!
Good Evening! Magandang Gabi!
Good Afternoon! Magandang Hapon!
How Are You? Kumusta?
I`m fine. Mabuti.
Thank you. Salamat.
One moment please./ Hold on please. Sandali lang po.
Good bye. Paalam. {most Filipinos usually just say Bye or Ba-bye.} Paalam is most often used in movies or television, and not in normal, everyday language.

10 Common Filipino Food

1. Adobo

Photo Credit: from Flickr

{Filipinos love adobo!}

This is very common Filipino meal made of chicken or pork…stewed in soy sauce, bay leaf and peppercorns. Some recipes include both chicken and pork. Some even add hard boiled eggs and pineapple. This is very common in Filipino homes and you just can`t miss this when you visit the Philippines!


2. Kare-Kare


{Kare-Kare is a peanut-based stew made with vegetables, beef and beef tripe.}

  Vegetarians usually omit the tripe and the beef, and it would taste just as good. The unique thing about Kare-kare is that it is not salted and it is served with fermented shrimp paste called bagoong (available in Philippine grocery stores) to season it.


3. Pancit Malabon

Photo Credit: The Veiled Chamber on Flickr

{This dish is usually served during special occasions.}

People usually don`t cook this at home (because of the specials skills required Winking smile ) and is usually bought on restaurants and specials stores.

It`s made of thick rice noodles, shrimp sauce, shrimps, hardboiled eggs, chicharon, tinapa (smoked fish),  and green onions. Lime juice is squeezed on top before serving.


*Pancit is stir-fried noodles and has many different  types.  Malabon is the city in Metro Manila where this type of pancit originated.


4. Bulalo

Photo Credit: Shuttered Earth on Flickr

{Bulalo is similar to Nilaga (Philippine Beef Stew) only that it uses beef knee cap instead of just beef. }


It is also boiled on onions, garlic and peppercorns. People usually add corn and a lot of greens to this soup.


An all-time Filipino favorite.





5. Pritong Tilapia

Photo Credit: syg on Flickr

{ fried tilapia, usually served with sliced tomatoes and  dipped in onion soy sauce}

It goes well with mango salad during summer!


6. Inasal

Photo Credit: Chuvaness on Flickr

{grilled chicken brushed with soy sauce and vinegar, served with Java Rice}



7. Chopseuy


{pronounced chop-sooy

is a stir-fried vegetable dish that originated from Chinese cuisine}

made with mushrooms, broccoli, young corn, beans, carrots and bell pepper.





8. Sisig


{Dish with hot and crunchy pork, tuna or tofu topped with egg and served with soy sauce, lime, and chili!}

There are many variations of Sisig and the most common is the one with pork or beef liver heart and tongue. It can get really adventurous with pig’s brain and lots of pork fat.


9. Sinigang

Photo Credit: Mang M on Flickr

{Sinigang is prawns, pork or fish in a sour soup base. }

Commonly, people use a tamarind base for meat and prawns and a miso base for fish. This is an all-time Filipino favorite. The radish and greens really tastes great with the sour soup.

10. Baked or Sautéed Tahong

Photo Credit: JoLiz on Flickr

{Filipino love seafood!}

Tahong is one of the best loved seafood of Filipino. It is baked and topped with cheese and bacon on special days and sautéed on regular days along with ginger, onion, garlic and tomatoes.

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