Entry for September 27, 2008 – World Class Pinay 7?

27 09 2008



Come in…  

Come in… 

What do you know, I’m back to thinking out loud & about World Class Filipinas again, and I’m glad you are here to listen in or read on to it & to tell me what you think about all these.

I do believe it’s going to be the 7th in this series as I now also consider “Onli In Da Philippines” the 6th part.

Anyway I just so happen to realize that aside from the well know Filipina artistic talents we have out there, we also have one online.

Someone who was at the recently concluded 17th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture at San Pedro, here at SoCal. I really wanted to attend that but there was always something that kept me from going. Anyway here is a link to that particular event:


And here is a short description of our World Class Online Pinay for today from that link:


Christine Gambito (aka HappySlip) is one of the Web’s biggest and brightest stars. Her videos have been seen over 45,000,000 times across YouTube and her site HappySlip.com collectively.

In January of this year, Gambito was appointed as an honorary ambassador to Philippines tourism by the Department of Tourism. In March 2007, Gambito’s video “Mixed Nuts” was nominated for a 2006 Youtube Video Awards for Best Comedy. Gambito’s performances typically include comedic sketches in which she impersonates members of her family. She also sings and plays the piano or guitar. She is notably one of the very few top creators on Youtube that is acting, filming, editing, and producing her shorts completely on her own.

As a SAG/AFTRA actress in New York City, Gambito landed parts in television commercials, movies, and industrials. However, the creation of HappySlip has allowed her to display her unique talents to a worldwide audience right from her own home.


I truly am amazed at the way that she has promoted Philippine tourism online by using her God-given talents & limited resources.

I want to think that I, in my own small way is striving to do the same thing over here in my blogs. And if you know anything about Yahoo Answers, I have tried to do that there as well. Unfortunately I have gone on a sabbatical from YA & that by itself will take a long time to explain, which I will not do within this space.

Enough with that, what can I say personally about our World Class Pinay for today, well I think she is very talented, very fresh & very unique. She can be our own George Lopez or Freddie Prinze for all we know. Someone who can put out the Filipino Way out there & have good clean fun. And I like the way that she can speak English in a Pinoy accent & English in an American accent. I only hope that she can learn to speak Tagalog as well.

But I find that really funny.

And I too do that, I change my accent whenever there is a need to do that. Well I speak in a Chinese accent when I speak to somebody from China, I speak in a Hispanic accent when I speak to somebody from Mexico, I speak in our Pinoy accent when I speak to Pinoys, British accent to Brits, Australian accent to Aussies & I speak in an American accent to Americans which I do sometimes by instinct. And most times I laugh at myself for doing that. LOL (Well I really do not think that I do a good job with my British nor my Aussie accent but what the heck I also do German, Eastern European, Japanese, Indian & many other accents, all pathetic if you ask me)

Anyway another thing that I like about Happy Slip, aka Christine (by the way if you still haven’t figured it out yet, all those six people at the photo above is all Christine). So what I like about her is that even if she was born in the US, she still loves the Philippines & she does & she makes fun of Filipino idiosyncrasies in a nice non-offensive manner & that to me is really what a Filipino is, one who can laugh at himself, at his problems & his predicaments.

She also embodies the Filipino in her craft as not only can she act, she can do behind the cam stuff, she can sing & play a number of musical instruments as well. Dancing? I don’t know but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that she’s also good at that…

If only each one of us Pinoys & Pinays can be a good ambassador for our country where ever we are in the whole wide world (onlin
e & off).

Anyway I will post links to her videos, especially her trip back to the Philippines for the very first time, at the end of this post but I’ll do that later as I have to do something else right now…

So, Hasta la vista baby…

Okay I’m back & here are the videos:

HappySlip Jingle:


French Fries:


Did You Know?


Experience Philippines! Episode 1: It Begins


Experience Philippines! Episode 2:Let’s Dance in Bohol


Experience Philippines! Episode 3: See u in Cebu


Experience Philippines! Episode 4: Boracay to Palawan


Experience Philippines! Episode 5: Extremely Hot Therapy


Experience Philippines! Episode 6: My Other Home


See more @ http://www.youtube.com/happyslip or http://www.happyslip.com

See yah later…


Entry for September 26, 2008 – A Philippine Parable

26 09 2008

“O, nandyan ka pala, hindi ka man lang nagpaparamdam…”

Come on in…

Don’t worry, I don’t bite. (arf, arf)

So what brings you here?

Or what brings you back? Or should I say are you back for more? I hope so…

Anyway, I just got a short but nice comment so I decided to go in here & write a new blog post, just for you.

And I hope you would enjoy it too.

It is about a parable…

A parable written by a person who is known as Orion Dumdum.

I can post the link here or cut & paste it in here, but I decided to do the former (“La lang”)

Here is the link:


Visit it & please come back here, to tell me what you think about it…

And when you do come back, please bring something with you… you know… “pasalubong”…

“Dapat lang may dala ka naman para sa akin paminsan-minsan pag bisita mo dito noh…”




Oh eto kain na…


This was embedded from Mai’s flickr website.

Feast for a king, if not feast for the eyes for those who aren’t fond of Philippine Food.

Entry for September 24, 2008 – Only In Da Philippines

24 09 2008

Hello. I’m back…


I had to take care of some business, but I’m back & I’m glad to see you here…


Come in, come in… Have you been waiting long?


Anyway, if you are expecting to see some more World Class Filipinas, you will have to wait, I completely forgot about that series.


But anyway today, I wanted to talk about the Filipino in general but have less time than I would normally want to spend on it, so I decided to repost this email that has been around the world for some time now, it does seem to originate from a Filipina (so well you can still consider this part of the World Class Filipina Topic).

Here it is with a few addition I made which I typed in in parentheses)

101 Ways To Tell If You’re Filipino

By smbea

I’ve always been sure about who and what I am. First, a female. Next, a Filipino. It’s often said that our culture defines what we are. How we see ourselves is more likely how other people will see us. We’re a sunny kind of people. We laugh at hard times and we smile in spite of everything. The typical Filipino is more likely to take an optimistic view of things, even if things are really bad. One of our better traits is our ability to laugh at ourselves. We’d laugh even if it’s ourselves we’re laughing at.

Though we’re a very mixed race, everything we do is distinctly Filipino. Our identity almost always shows wherever we are. Confused about your identity? Don’t know how Filipino you really are? Well, here’s a not-so-scientific way to find out. See if you’ll find yourself nodding your head more than you’re shaking it. You might find that these 101 things are a lot truer than if you took out your birth certificate.

1. You point with your lips. (I do?)

2. You eat using hands and you have it down to a technique. (smile)

3. Your other piece of luggage is a balikbayan box. (Sometimes all your luggage are balikbayan boxes)

4. You nod upwards to greet someone. (nodding my head)

5. You put your foot up on your chair and rest your elbow on your knee while eating.

6. You think that half-hatched duck eggs are a delicacy.

7. You have to kiss your relative on the cheek as soon as you enter the room.

8. You’re standing next to eight big boxes at the airport. (LOL)

9. You collect items from hotels or restaurants “for souvenir.”

10. You smile for no reason. (smile)

11. You flirt by having a foolish grin in your face while raising your eyebrows repeatedly.

12. You go to a department store and try to bargain the prices.

13. You use an umbrella for shade on hot summer days.

14. You scratch your head when you don’t know the answer. (scratching my head right now)

15. You never eat the last morsel of food on the table. (Of course I don’t)

16. You like bowling. (Of course it’s one of the Big B’s of Philippine Sports)

17. You know how to play pusoy and mah-jong. (I used to, anyway)

18. You find dried up morsels of rice stuck on your shirt. (LOL)

19. You prefer to sit in the shade instead of basking in the sun. (smile)

20. You add an unwarranted “H” to your name, i.e. “Jhun,” Bhoy,” “Rhon.” (Whhats whrong withh thhat? Maybe I should change my name to Jhaphs.)

21. You put hands together in front of you as if to make a path and say “excuse, excuse” when you pass in between people or in front of the TV. (Don’t forget to duck down)

22. Your middle name is your mothers maiden name. (Sadly)

23. You like everything imported or “state-side. ” (Guilty as charged)

24. You check the labels on clothes to see where it was made before buying. (By instinct)

25. You hang your clothes out to dry.

26. You are perfectly comfortable in a squatting position with your elbows resting on your knees.

27. You consistently arrive 30 minutes late for all events. (Sadly that is still early for some of us)

28. You always offer food to all your visitors. (Constantly & feel hurt when they do not accept the offer)

29. You say “comfort room” instead of “bathroom.” (Cumport ruum?)

30. You say “for take out” instead of “to go”

31. You say “open” or “close” the light. (Instead of turn on or turn off)

32. You ask for a “pentel-pen” or a “ball-pen” instead of just “pen.” (Sometimes I still do)

33. You asked for “Colgate” instead of “toothpaste. ” (Hmmm)

34. You refer to the refrigerator as the “ref” or “pridyider.” (Instead of a fridge)

35. You say “kodakan” instead of take a picture.

36. You order a McDonald’s instead of “hamburger” [pronounced ham-boor-jer]

37. You say “Ha” instead of “What.”

38. You say “Hoy” get someone attention.

39. You answer when someone yells “Hoy.”

40. You turn around when someone says “Psst” (I hate it when I do that)

41. You say “Cutex” instead of “nail polish.”

42. You say “he” when you mean “she” and vice versa. (Hahahaha)

43. You say “array” instead of “ouch.” (Yes sometimes with an American accent)

44. Your sneeze sounds like “ahh-ching” instead of “ahh-choo.” (Local)

45. You prefer to make acronyms for phrases such as “OA: for over acting or “TNT” for, well, you know.

46. You say “air con” instead of “a/c” or air conditioner.

47. You say “brown-out” instead of “black-out.”

48. You use a “walis ting-ting” or “walis tambo” as opposed to a conventional broom.

49. You use a “Weapons of Moroland” shield hanging in the living room wall.

50. You have a portrait of “The Last Supper” hanging in your dining room.

51. You own a karaoke system. (LOL)

52. You own a piano that no one ever plays. (Hahaha)

53. You have a tabo in the bathroom. (Only one)

54. Your house has too many burloloys. (LOL, don’t forget the car)

55. You have two to three pairs of tsinelas at your doorstep. (A lot more really)

56. Your house has an ornate wrought iron gate in front of it. (LOL)

57. You have a rose garden. (You got me)

58. You have a shrine of the “Santo Ni��o” in your living room.

59. You have a “barrel man” [you pull up the barrel and you see something that looks familiar. Schwing…]

60. You cover the living room furniture with bedsheets… (Funny, I have actually seen some people do this)

61. Your lamp shades still have the plastic cover on them. (LOL)

62. You have plastic runners to cover the carpets in your house. (Once I did)

63. You refer to your VCR as a “beytamax.” (Not anymore)

64. You have a rice dispenser. (I threw it away)

65. You own a turbo boiler. (Nope)

66. You own one of those fiber optic flower lamps. (Never)

67. You own a lamp with oil that drips down the strings. (Nope)

68. You have a giant wooden fork and spoon hanging somewhere in the dining room. (No)

69. You have a giant wooden tinikling dancer on the wall. (No)

70. You have capiz shells chandeliers, lamps, or placemats. (Hmmmm)

71. You have a Mercedes Benz and you call it “chedeng.” (Of course but sometimes I call it Benz)

72. You own a huge van conversion. (We used to have a Kombi, German engineering)

73. Your car chirps like a bird or plays a tune when it is in reverse. (Hahaha)

74. Your car horn can make 2 or 3 different sounds. (Onli in da Philippines)

75. Your car has curb feelers or curb detectors. (I don’t know about this)

76. Your car has too many “burloloys” like a Jeepneys back in P.I.

77. You hang a rosary on your car’s rear view mirror.

78. You have an air freshener in your car. (Of course)

79. You have aunts and uncles named “Baby,” “Girlie,” or “Boy.” (Luckily not me)

80. You were raised to believe that every Filipino is a aunt, uncle or cousin.

81. Your Dad was in the Navy. (I wish)

82. Your mom or sister or wife is a nurse. (No)

83. You have a family member or relative that works in the Post Office. (No to this too)

84. Your parents call each other “Mommy” and “Daddy” or “ma” and “pa.” (Hmmmm)

85. You have family member that has a nickname that repeats itself, i.e.”Deng-Deng, ” Ling-Ling” or “Bing-Bing” (Hahaha, no)

86. You put hot dogs in your spaghetti. (I guess so)

87. You consider dilis the Filipino equivalent to French fries. (Funny but no)

88. You think that eating chocolate rice pudding and dried fish is a great morning meal. (I miss that!)

89. You order thing like tapsilog, tocsilog, or longsilog at restaurants. (I miss that too!)

90. You instinctively grab a toothpick after each meal. (Not really)

91. You order a “soft drink” instead of a “soda.” (Hahaha, not anymore though)

92. You dip bread in your morning coffee. (On occasions)

93. You refer to seasonings and all other forms of monosodium glutamate as “Ajinomoto.” (No I have never used MSG in decades)

94. Your cupboards are full of Spam, Vienna Sausage, Ligo, and Corned Beef, which you refer to as Karne Norte. (Only in da Philippines)

95. Goldilocks means more to you than just a character in a fairy tale. ( 🙂 )

96. You appreciate a fresh pot of rice… (Very, steaming hot at that)

97. You bring your “baon” most of the time to work. (Never really had, but okay on occasions)

98. Your “baon” is usually something over rice… (Not anymore)

99. Your neighbors complain about the smell of tuyo on Sunday mornings. (I miss tuyooooooooo)

100. You eat rice for breakfast. (I miss doing that too)

101. You use your fingers to measure the water when cooking rice. (Is there any other way?)

(Onli In Da Philippines, “aminin” some of those are what make you who you are– true blue Pinoys & Pinays).

ONLI IN DA PHILIPPINES: embedded from ourphotoworks Flickr page


Entry for September 16, 2008 – World Class Filipina 5

16 09 2008
Don’t just sit there, click the link & come on in…




I am now thinking out loud for the fifth time about World Class Filipinas & you are most welcome to listen in & speak what’s on your mind at end.

So how have you been?


All’s well I presume? If you are like me then you just wanted to take a little break from the real world & go online to see what’s going on in the world of cyberspace.


Well it’s still the same & as I have said here in Japs Land, I’m still thinking about Filipinas & you are most welcome to join in this discussion which has now become a series. Today we are on the fifth part.


And so if you are a Filipino immigrant to the US especially in the East Coast, New York in particular, you should have heard of Ms. Loida Nicolas-Lewis who for many many years now have undoubtedly become the ultimate Poster Girl for Successful Filipino Immigrants in the United States of America.


Included on her long list of accomplishments are that she was not only the First Filipina but she is the First Asian to pass the American Bar in 1974, without having studied in the US of A. By the way if you are curious she was a cum laude graduate from St. Theresa’s College and she took up law at the University of the Philippines.

She was a General Attorney in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for eight years.

She has written a number of books and at least two best-selling ones, one, “How to Get a Green Card,” after winning a discrimination suit in 1976. And her late husband’s bestselling biography, “Why Should White Guys Have all the Fun?…How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire”.

She took over their family business after the untimely death in 1993 of her husband, who was considered one of the most successful/richest African-Americans of all time.  

After her husband’s death Loida successfully headed their business & was as instrumental as ever to the company’s growth. This has managed to achieve, at the same time as she was running her household & taking care of her children. (Superpinay) pinay

Currently she is the Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC (the Lewis Family investment firm), TLC Beatrice China (operates retail convenience stores in four major cities in China) and TLC Beatrice Foods Philippines (operates a meat processing plant in Naga City).

And she is also National Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). Loida was born in Sorsogon and considers New York and Manila as her residence.

She speaks English, French, Spanish and Filipino among other languages.  

She has two daughters, both cum laude graduates of Harvard College.  

She is truly a World Class Filipina, one who symbolizes what every Filipino immigrant in the US or elsewhere can achieve.  



Entry for September 13, 2008 – World Class Filipina 4

13 09 2008

Come in, come in…

“Bukas ang pintuan, tuloy kayo…”

Make yourself at home, mi casa es su casa…

Welcome to Japs’ Land!

Today is another new day & once again I’m thinking out aloud, what else but about World Class Filipinas.

And today, I cannot help but smile as I am thinking about this & I am remembering that Desperate Housewive Fiasco, regarding Teri Hatcher’s character who delivered a boo-boo in one episode of the show & stuck her foot once more inside her mouth by uttering a line that the show’s writers have written for her character, offending not a few Filipinos.

Anyway, it was a statement to the effect that she wanted to be sure if the doctor she was seeing didn’t have a diploma from a school from the Philippines alluding to some hanky panky going on if he did & apparently poking fun at the expense of Filipinos holding diplomas from any Philippine Medical School.

Apparently, that particular writer/writers forgot to realize that it is a Philippine born doctor who for more than eight years was the top White House doctor, who for all those years had to make sure that the world’s most powerful person was physically fit to do their jobs as Commanders-in-Chief of the US of A, being their personal doctors.

And that this Filipina has the longest tenure as a White House Physician, attending to not one, not two, but three US Presidents, Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton & George W — the longest service in American history.

A World-Class Filipina who served as a physician in the most prestigious household in the entire US of A, if not the whole world.


Dr. Eleanor Concepcion “Connie” Mariano, a Rear Admiral of the US Navy, the highest military post ever occupied by a Filipino-American woman in the mighty United States Armed Forces.

Connie, was Director of the White House Medical Unit during President Clinton’s tenure & before that appointment, she was Senior White House Physician.

And even before that she was the First Military woman to serve as White House Physician under President George Bush.

Her most noted previous assignment prior to going to the White House was being the sole physician on board USS Prairie, taking care of the ship’s company of 750 men and women.

So if the powers that be, are willing to place a Filipina in such powerful positions, making critical decisions day in & day out, handling its daily duties and responsibilities & giving a great of service to the American nation, then maybe just maybe the image of the Filipino Medical Professional in the USA should be something to look up to & not looked down upon.

Hay, it’s just me again, thinking out loud.

Come back anytime…

Entry for September 11, 2008 – World Class Filipinas III

11 09 2008

Welcome, welcome, welcome…

Welcome back if you have been a past guest.

“Tuloy po kayo.”

I know it is 9-11 today also known as Patriot Day in memory of the victims of the 9-11 attacks of 2001.

But as my mind has now been busy thinking about World Class Filipinas, I have been drawn of course to the most visual aspect — the beauty of the people of the Philippines, which have been drawing international acclaim since the Americans first came here.

Anyway, I did a little research that even though the country have yet to bag a Miss World Title, the country has bagged numerous other titles in numerous other pageants since the 1950s.

Currently, the country has won four Miss International Beauty Titles

  • Miss International 1963 Gemma Cruz
  • Miss International 1970 Aurora McKenny Pijuan
  • Miss International 1979 – Mimilanie Laurel Marquez
    Face of the 80s winner in New York in 1985
    and First runner-up Supermodel competition in 1986
  • Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman

The country has also so far won four Miss Asia Pacific Beauty Crowns:

  • Miss Asia Pacific 1982 Maria del Carmen Zaragoza
  • Miss Asia Pacific 1983 Gloria Aranas Dimayacyac
  • Miss Asia Pacific 1989 Lorna Villanueva Legaspi
  • Miss Asia Pacific 1993 Michelle Aldana

And numerous other smaller international pageants too many to mention in here.

But surely the Philippines is or was once among the favorites in any Miss Universe Beauty Pageants, at least from the 1950s to the end of the 1990s.

Winning twice already:


In 1969, with Gloria Diaz, becoming only the third Asian to win the title & the Philippines’ first.


And in 1973 with Margarita Moran, who also won the Miss Photogenic Award, becoming the pageant’s second winner from the Philippines.

And not only that from 1954 to 1999, the country come up with six finalists and six semi-finalists, not a small feat for a tiny island country.

And the Finalists were:

1963 Lalaine Betia Bennett
1975 Rose Marie Singson Brosas
1980 Maria Rosario Rivera Silayan
1984 Maria Desiree Verdadero
1994 Charlene Bonnin Gonzalez
1999 Miriam Redito Quiambao (First Runner-up winner)

The Semi-Finalists:

1954 Blesilda Mueler Ocampo
1965 Louise Vail Aurielo
1966 Maria Clarinda Garces Soriano
1972 Armi Barbara Quiray Crespo
1974 Guadalupe Cuerva S��nchez
1987 Geraldine Villaruz Asis

As far as the Miss World though, none so far, the latest that came closest to winning it was Second Runner-up (Princess) Sharmaine Ruffa Rama Gutierrez in 1993. She was the winner of the Queen of Asia and Oceania for that year.

And twenty years before that, there was Evangeline Luis Pascual, who became First Runner-up in 1973.

And here’s a little trivia for you, did you know that if Miss Evangeline Pascual would have won the Miss World Crown that year instead of being runner-up, then the Philippines could have been the First Country to have Won In All the Three Big Beauty Pageants of the World, namely Miss International, Miss World & Miss Universe.

So there you go, that is why the Filipina is known worldwide for their inherent grace, poise, beauty & splendid English among many others attributes.

Definitely, something to think about.

Now what happened since the start of the new century even in the last decade?

It looks like our proficiency in spoken English & other atributes have slowly left us… what do you think?



Prime Example?

Entry for September 10, 2008 – World Class Filipina II

10 09 2008

“Tuloy… tuloy…”

“Huwag nang mahiya, pasok na, tayo, tayo lang no…”

Come in… Come in…

I just ate lunch & I hope you did too but in case you haven’t then you should afterwards.

I welcome you back if you have been here before, if not then welcome, thanks for dropping by.

I again am thinking out loud & this might be a series by the looks of it as I am thinking again about apparently another World Class Filipina. Which I just caught on the Oprah Show.

I am not a fan of Oprah but being Oprah, you know there is no escaping her, she is everywhere & one cannot help but catch her sometimes. Offline, online, tv, print, you name it.

But this is not about Oprah but her apparent kindness on helping out an unknown little girl from a small town in the other side of the world raised by a single mom.

It is about the great Oprah pushing David Foster to manage her, influencing great singers to sing with her & otherwise launching the worldwide career of this unknown Filipina.

Who is she?

Oprah who else.

No, who is this unknown 16 year old Filipina who even Ellen Degeneres had on her show, well Oprah guested her I think twice already the latest one you can see in the clip below (dated September 9, 2008)

Who is she, some people say she should be called the “Goosebump Kid”, as that’s what you are most likely to get when you really listen to her sing.

Most get the chills, some just find themselves shedding tears, some really touched & some just utterly amazed.

I have heard about her. I don’t really know how good she was & I have even asked a question in Yahoo Answers about her some months back. But I basically know very little about her, other than the fact that she is a Filipina & that she is going places now.

She is supposedly a very good singer & should only get better & from the looks of it she should be added to our short list of World Class Filipinas.

She is Charice.

Take it away…

(Oprah 9-9-2008)



(And now Madison Square Garden 9-15-2008)