Some Cool Tagalog Words

Tagalog is a pretty fun language because of its long and sometimes tongue-twisting words. Here are some of my favorites: Paniniwala: Belief Pananampalataya: Faith Pangangailangan: Need Pinakamakapangyarihang: All-powerful Kapani-paniwalang: Convincing/Believable Kapaki-pakinabang: Beneficial/profitable Nakakatakot: Scary Nakakatawa: Funny Kayumanggi: Brown Magpakailanman: Forever Nakakapagpabagabag: Troublesome/bothersome Pagpapakumbaba: Humility *Less commonly used is the longest word in the Tagalog dictionary: Nagsisipagsisinungasinungalingan, which means  “trying to tell fake lies to another.” (Contributed by Rebecca, Read more about Some Cool Tagalog Words[…]

America’s Influence in the Philippines

America has had a huge influence on the culture of the Philippines. Here’s a few fun facts as well as a few specific ways in which American culture has influenced Filipino culture. History of America in the Philippines In 1898, the United States declared war on Spain, ultimately resulting in what is called the Treaty of Read more about America’s Influence in the Philippines[…]

Spanish Influence in the Philippines

The Spanish have had a huge influence on Filipino culture. Here is a little bit about the Spanish reign over the Philippines and some interesting things that Spain introduced to the Filipino way of life. History of Spain in the Philippines The time that the Philippines was under Spanish rule makes up a major part of their Read more about Spanish Influence in the Philippines[…]

Sari-Sari Stores in the Philippines

You’ll see a lot of Sari-sari stores in the Philippines.  This is a fun part of the culture. Sari-sari stores are cute little vending shops, often attached to people’s houses (but they can also be free-standing). I like to think of them as kind of a mix between a vending machine and a very small convenience Read more about Sari-Sari Stores in the Philippines[…]

Things You Can and Cannot Buy in the Philippines

Is shampoo available in the Philippines? What about cheese, peanut butter, etc.? I remember these were things I wish I’d known before I went. Here’s a list of things that you might be wondering about. Whether you’re headed to the Philippines, or trying to figure out what to send your loved one in a care Read more about Things You Can and Cannot Buy in the Philippines[…]

Common Condiments in the Philippines

Here are some commonly used condiments in the Philippines: Bagoong This is a very popular sauce in the Philippines, made from shrimp or fish (partially fermented) and salt. Bagoong is kind of like an all-purpose sauce in the Philippines. Many Filipinos like to eat bagoong with practically anything. Banana Ketchup Just like regular tomato ketchup, but Read more about Common Condiments in the Philippines[…]

Couple Serves 7 Missions, “Best Decision We Ever Made”

Rodger and Helen Gunn had always wanted to serve missions together. That dream was realized after their children were all grown up and on their own. They made the decision together to “serve missions for the rest of [their] lives.” And that’s what they did (until health conditions no longer permitted it). Having raised 8 children Read more about Couple Serves 7 Missions, “Best Decision We Ever Made”[…]