20 ways to tell if you’re a real Cebuano

OCCASIONS and celebrations come and go. Yes, just like seasons in the sun. After Christmas came Sinulog. Now that these are over and done with, what’s next?

There’s Valentine’s Day, then the Holy Week, graduation, summer holiday, Labor Day, school opening, Independence Day etc.

Cebu really never runs out of celebrations, and along with these, the sale promos at the mall or anywhere else. Be proud to be a Cebuano. Are you?

Cebuano ka ba o Cebuano ba ka? Yup, you’re a Cebuano if…

1. You have no “L” in your vocabulary: Bay, Wa, Di.

2. You know the meaning of the words mosuroy, manglimbong, mangilad, maningkamot, mamakak, makighimamat, lumad.

3. You know the meaning of these modern short-cut terms: naning, promdi, McDo, spag.

4. You know Vino Kulafu, Rufina Patis, San Mig.

5. You know Titay, Shamrock, Alejo, Villalonga, Didang.

6. You know where Fuente, Colon, Junquera, Taboan, Pasil etc. are.

7. The family names Osmeña, Gaisano, Ludo, Rama, Singson, Cuenco ring a bell to you.

8. You would miss eating lechon or sinugbang baboy or isda (grilled pork or fish) with your hands.

9. You bring danggit, otap, dried mangoes, or even one whole lechon, as pasalubong (souvenir) to friends and relatives.

10. You’re familiar with Sutukil, budbud, bibingka, masareal, otap, rosquillos.

11. You know where Gaisano Colon, Lao Eng Chong, White Gold, Taoist Temple, BTC, STK, JY Square etc. are.

12. You ask a friend when you bump into him in the mall: “Nag-unsa ka?” or “Ikaw ra?” or “Kinsa imong kuyog?”

13. You say “Bitaw” and “Mao gyud” if and when you agree on something.

14. You say “Puera buyag” when somebody appreciates your beauty or talent.

15. You say “More pa, mamatay pa ko” when you try to tell the truth, while making a cross sign with your fingers.

16. You know how to sing Usahay, Matud Nila, Bisan Sa Damgo Lang.

17. You feel happy and excited when you meet a fellow Cebuano in Manila or in the U.S.

18. You use “Bai” or “Dong” or “Day” in addressing a person whose name you don’t know.

19. You knock on wood and say, “Simba ko lang, palayo” when you don’t want something bad to happen or to drive away a bad omen.

20. Your Tagalog sounds very hard and is distorted: “Mag-inusapay muna kayo diyan,” “Huwag mong katihin ang likod mo,” “Ang mahal naman. Patawarin mo ako,” “Huwag mong libugin ang utak ko.” 🙄

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