Pinoy na Pinoy
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Disclaimer: This is not a faint attempt to dishonor my countrymen or become a Russell Peters to be an expert in Pinoyology. But these are everyday observations that I experience in the most multi-cultural city in the world, Toronto.
But yes, just got from the gym this morning and I was guilty of this, and then I saw a kababayan doing the same :) - stepped into the gym showers and stepped out dressed up :) while the rest go out in their full birthday attire or the lack of it with their natural towel holder literally used that way.
Yesterday, in the subway, I was reading the subway ads intently and someone wanted to cross my reading path. Guess what, he clasped his hand as if praying, bent down and passed by saying "excuse, excuse". Ah, Pinoy.
Ron Josol once said that "if you are Filipino nobody knows what you are. In Miami, I am Cuban. Then in LA, they think I'm Mexican. But when you get to the Samoan Islands, they'd think I'm a newborn baby."
In the internet, you will see Pinoys being proud of their kapwa Pinoys by asking if this celebrity is a Filipino or not.
Speaking of which, did you know that Tim Lincecum, the recent Major League pitcher of the SF Giants and winner of the Cy Young award is 25% Filipino? No, not because he's small (well at 5'11 and a pitcher in the major, yes, that's small) but he said it himself that his grandfather, Grandpa Asis, is a Filipino. Cool.
Really he is. He is humble and never thinks of himself highly, "I don't buy into this stuff about me being super-dominant," he said. "I just want to become better every day, every outing. There wasn't any time during the season when I felt, 'This is it and this (award) is going to happen.'"
Just for you to be prouder - Here's the video and listen intently: (00:53)
Still in doubt? Why don't you ask his locker room teammates for his after shower ritual :) or watch him if he strolls into the mound while you watch the 7th inning cheerleaders, see if he bends down and in praying stance, says, "excuse excuse".