There was once a rather funny email that went around talking about ways to identify if someone was Filipino. Among 175 signs,
I was guilty of my favourites were:
- You collect items from hotels or restaurants as “souvenirs”
- At Immigration, when they call out ‘Maria’, you and 46 other women stand up (my Mom, two sisters and almost all aunts and cousins have Maria as a first name)
- You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping (and especially those bows) next year.
- You hate to waste food…(a) Even if you’re totally full, if someone says they’re going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you’ll finish them. (b) You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
And of course, if you think someone claiming to be Filipino is not, ask them where something is. If they use their fingers to point to it then you can confidently declare “Impostor!” as all Filipinos point with their lips and not their fingers!
The entire list is found here. If you’re Filipino, the list is worth reading for a good laugh. If you aren’t Filipino – have a read and see whether any of the traits are true of the Filipinos you know.
This is salad is undeniably Filipino as well.
No exact proportions for the recipe here folks – that’s how effortless this dish is. It’s made with salted eggs, red onions and the juiciest tomatoes you can find. Sometimes the salad is dressed with olive oil, cilantro or mangoes – but they are optional. What isn’t optional however, is that this is always served as an accompaniment to many Filipino dishes like adobo, grilled seafood or meat, and always with a big plate of rice!