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’Yan ang Lodi Ko—Petmalu!

’Yan ang Lodi Ko—Petmalu!

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(On Acknowledging an Ongoing Cultural or Linguistic Development) I find absurdity in those who comment against the use of the currently trending (in social media such as Facebook) colloquial words such as “lodi” (palindrome

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Ikaw, Sino ang ‘Lodi’ Mo? (On Codified Lingo and Other Language Changes)

Ikaw, Sino ang ‘Lodi’ Mo? (On Codified Lingo and Other Language Changes)

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Kalat na kalat ngayon sa social media sa Pilipinas yung mga salitang kanto na gaya ng “lodi” (baligtad na baybay ng ‘idol’) at “petmalu” (jumbled syllabication ng ‘malupit’), at marami ang kumukutya rito dahil

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Remembering Filipino Backyard (or Street) Games (part 2)

Remembering Filipino Backyard (or Street) Games (part 2)

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Most of what many Filipinos regard as traditional backyard games of their culture are actually just derivations from or variations of foreign games, which were handed down to the Philippine culture some generations ago,

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Remembering Filipino Backyard Games (part 1)

Remembering Filipino Backyard Games (part 1)

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In the current age of Internet, social media, and modern gadgetry we couldn’t really blame the children of today for no longer interested nor engaged in playing so-called traditional Filipino backyard or playground games.

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A Successful Launching of Dalayoan’s A New Beginning

A Successful Launching of Dalayoan’s A New Beginning

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(a short film documentary review) The pet project of veteran educator Gemma Dalayoan and her son Fernando Dalayoan, the documentary film A New Beginning for Immigrants had its successful, well-attended launching screening on April

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Delightful yet Educational Time for Whatever You Want to Do

Delightful yet Educational Time for Whatever You Want to Do

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(On Responsible Paternal Parenting) I am happy and fulfilled every time my beloved son, Evawwen, is with me. We get to follow a delightful yet educational and responsible routine. As soon as we get

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Where the Streets Have Their Names?

Where the Streets Have Their Names?

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(On the Personalities behind Popular Streets in Winnipeg) If you’ve been living in Winnipeg for a number of years now and have been driving around Downtown area especially, then you must be already familiar

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Can You Lend Me a Dollar or Two?

Can You Lend Me a Dollar or Two?

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Canadians call the dollar coin a loonie and the two-dollar a toonie. However, most likely, many people nowadays—especially of the younger generation—no longer know how these words came about. So, for everyone’s dose of

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Sírit! I Give Up! Spill the Secret Now

Sírit! I Give Up! Spill the Secret Now

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(On Finding or Creating Filipino-English Counterparts) Many Filipinos assume that some Filipino/Tagalog words don’t have counterparts in English because (1) they don’t research enough, (2) they don’t have a broad English vocabulary (which includes

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An Origin of Leche’s Having Become a Curse Word

An Origin of Leche’s Having Become a Curse Word

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In Spanish, ‘leche’ means “milk”; “gatas,” in Filipino. There have been a number of suggested origins of how this word has become a curse word. Here’s one of those, just a personal conjecture based

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