Tag Tuesday: How Filipino Are You?

filipino familyOver time, the Filipino way of living has changed a lot, thanks to the influence of the western culture. The once-simple living has gone wonderfully sophisticated that it seems we have gradually lost the traits unique us Filipinos. Even so, we can't and won't deny the fact that rooted in our spirit and being is the pride that we are indeed Filipinos.

But how Filipino are you? Are the Filipino traits strong in you? Are you the typical Filipino? Take this simple quiz I have fabricated to determine your being Filipino. Read the items below and tell whether or not you do or exhibit them and count the items that are true to you. After evaluating all the items refer to the gauge below with your points. Remember to take seriously the frequencies (at least once, twice...) in the items; if you lack even one frequency, then don't count the item.

Here it goes:

  1. you can speak Filipino (erstwhile Tagalog)

  2. whenever necessary, you take the hand of an elder relative and pat the back of the palm of that hand to your forehead and say “mano po”
  3. you know "bayanihan" and had witnessed it personally at least once
  4. you've seen a bahay kubo at least once
  5. you've ridden on a jeepney at least five times
  6. you have separate clothes for in-house and outside use (pambahay at panglakad)
  7. you've eaten adobo, dinuguan, kakanin, tuyo, dilis
  8. your meal is incomplete if without rice
  9. you hear Sunday masses and attend Misa de Gallo with your family
  10. you can sing "Lupang Hinirang" very well, with no lines missed
  11. you don't care donning ragged and torn clothes exclusively for use inside home
  12. you have bought items in a "sari-sari store" at least ten times
  13. you have played patintero, tumbang preso and piko during your childhood
  14. you can sing at least five OPM songs, and know what OPM means
  15. you know the Philippine presidents from the year of your birth onwards
  16. you have witnessed "balagtasan" at least thrice
  17. you've been recounted with stories involving aswang, tikbalang, manananggal, nuno sa punso
  18. you've been read, have read or have heard Filipino legends (Ang Alamat ng...)
  19. you've lived, stayed or visited Philippine places other than your city or town at least seven times
  20. you've visited local (or public) wet market at least five times
Here's the gauge to tell how Filipino you are:
19 - 20 = The Filipino blood, spirit and flame burns intensely in you. You are the typical Filipino, who takes pride of your nationality.
15 - 18 = You are proud of your being Filipino and that the traits unique to most Filipinos live in you.
11 - 14 = You are the Filipino who, even adopting strongly the cultures of other nations, still don't forget some old ways of the Filipino life.
7 - 10 = The Filipino culture has little by little been forgotten by you. You need to at least try some of the items mentioned.
4 - 6 = The Filipino culture has substantially faded in you, or that you have not been exposed to the true, authentic traits of being a Filipino.
1 - 3 = You're a Filipino, only that you may have not been born and raised in the Philippines and had not lived up or been accustomed to the ways of Filipino living.
0 = You're not a Filipino.

As this is a tag meme, here I am tagging a dozen of Filipino bloggers who I'd like to challenge to evaluate themselves how Filipino they are, and if they are proud of it. They are JoanJoyce, Monaco, Makoy, Tessa, Chuy, Christian Bryan, JoyJoy, IdealPinkRose, Anah, Bariles, Cecil, and Tsaiko.

This does not prompt you to repost this quiz, however it would be better if you did. You have to add at least three items to the quiz, and you should tag a dozen people after your post. There are a lot of unique Filipino traits and I don't see any reason why you can't think of three of them. Do not copy or rephrase the listed items; provide/make your own and add them to the list above. Let's see how long the list can get.

Once you're done with your post, link back directly to this original source of post so I can trace how far the list goes. And since three or more items will be added to the pre-listed 20, the gauge should also change, and the range of the gauge lies on your own discretion. For example, if you have added four items, then the first range should be 19-24, or 21-24, whatever you like. Just make sure to use good judgment when changing the range.

Let's get it on. Every Tuesdays until the end of February, I will post those who responded to these post, and I will link back to them, too. Now that's another Technorati authority.

Photo by Mickey.

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It's good for Filipino migrants.

Zang said...

well, yeah, i think so.

t3ss4 said...

Hi Zang, thanks for the tag. I like your idea. Btw, I've added some stuffs. I hope I did it correctly :D


Anah said...

Hi Zang, Salamat sa tag at sa pag visit. I will let you know when I'm done. :) Have a wonderful day!

Tsaikoboy said...

haha! nice post zang! thnx for the tag,,i'll get to it when i have the time!

joy-joy said...

hi zang, salamat sa tag na ito ;d di ba merong book na "u know u are a filipino if... " ? hindi ko na tanda kung ano yung saktong title...

Zang said...

@ t3ss4 - i've read it already, and you got it right. nice additional items!

@ anah - sure. no probs!

@ tsaiko - no worries!

@ joy-joy - i haven't read that book, let alone known that suck book exists

Anah said...

Hello Zang, I'm done! Thanks ulit- just check this link : http://anasbuzz.com/blog/2008/01/31/how-filipino-are-you/

Pinay WAHM said...

Hi Zang..

Salamat sa dalaw and the paliwanag on the gauge....I got a bit lost there for a bit. Will edit the post to reflect the new 'developments'. O di ba parang breking news...


Anah said...

Hi Zang,

Na edit ko na yung links mo sa blog ko. Good job sa tag na to, daming pipol ang interested mag post nito. :) Oke na din yung gauge- na change ko na to 1-24.

O cge, have a nice weekend!


Zang said...

@ anah - nice! yun lang. haha

@ juliana - breaking news talaga ha? hehe. ur funny.

@ anah ulit - di ko nga alam na marami magrerespond. i just tried it. pumatok naman. cguro it's one of the many unique characteristics of Filipinos: pag ginawa ng isa, gagawin din ng iba. di ba? kung baga, di magpapahuli. this is evident naman, look at all the cellphones Filipinos buy, and other gadgets too. ayaw paiwan.

Cecil said...

hi just finished doing the tag. please check here kung tama: http://cecildejesus.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-filipino-are-you.html. thanks again for including me on your meme... TC!

Zang said...

well done, cecil!

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