Old School: Words that will date you
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Note: Originally published on Mar 28, 2013, I decided to repost this because after a recent high school reunion, I realized some of my classmates were still using the words “maong” and “parlor.”
I gently reminded them to say “denim” and “salon” an that using such words now will date us as having been born in the ’60s, which will not sound cool to our kids who say “beast” when they think you’re wearing something cool from like Supreme or Thrasher.
So this is dedicated to high school friends particularly Assumption HS ’84, section 4-3: Please read below and get to know words that will date you. Kthanks. Love you. Bye!

Margiela flats

My mom said something funny after buying a pair of Margiela flats last Sunday.
“Type ko to. Gusto kong mag-groovy for a change,” she told my dad.
Groovy. I haven’t heard that word in years.
“The last time I heard that was in Scooby Doo,” pointed out my sister Ana, 21.

Scooby Doo

I remember the first time I heard the word “type” to mean “like.”
It was the ’70s. My parents and I were watching Miss Philippines on our black and white TV, and my dad points out a contestant and says, “Ayan. Type ko yan.”
I was confused. The image I had in my head was a typewriter.

I bought a typewriter

I had a recent conversation with my sons about the word “epic,” which I hate.
“Epic” to them means “great” or “awesome.” While to me it means “long narrative poem with a hero. You know, like Iliad, Odyssey, Homer?” I told my kids.


Unfortunately, this was the Homer my son had in mind.


So what are the words our parents still say that sound funny to us?
I made a survey on Twitter and found out my folks are just as funny as your folks.

SM Shoemart. My son asked me why some people call SM Shoemart. I told him SM stands for Shoemart because the owner of Shoemart, who happens to be the richest man in the Philippines, Mr. Henry Sy, didn’t have shoes while growing up. So he worked hard until he opened a shoe store, which became a department store, which became a mall and so on. And the name SM Shoemart stuck, as in we’ve got it all for you.

Copon bond or coupon bond.
Some folks actually call it kokomban, in reference to bond paper.

bond paper

According to Investopedia, a coupon bond is “a debt obligation with coupons attached that represent semiannual interest payments. Also known as a bearer bond.”

Coupon bond

That said, I still don’t know why people call it coupon bond.

Kendle. This kind.


Scissor Salad. Back in the ’70s, it was a popular dish in my grandmother’s house.

Caesar Salad

Chit. Not the play money you use to pay in the school canteen or fair. “Chit” is another word for “check” or “bill.”

cheque please

Jingle. Not referring to Christmas bells, but referring to a call of nature, as in “Teka muna. Jumi-jingle pa siya.”

Manneken Pis

Picha pie. You know, like Shakey’s.

Every year I have to have a heart pizza

Cutex. That’s ’70s for nailpolish

massini magic attraction

Kwacker Oats. They’re good for you.

Friendly foods from the Quaker Oats Company | Aliments amicales du Quaker Oats Company

Prigider. Taken from an old brand of refrigerators.

Frigidaire Refrigerator Life Magazine Advertisement November 1965

Colgate. A generic name for toothpaste—even if it’s Close Up.

Colgate Toothpaste

Station waygon. A popular car in the ’70s with a roof extended to the back.

Station Wagon DSC_0038

Transistor. What everyone used to listen to music, news, and dramas.

Vintage Channel Master Two-Band (AM/FM) Transistor Radio, Model 6518, Made in Japan

Nessels Cream. Puede ring Nessels Crunch.

Nestle Reduced Cream
Nestle Crunch bar wrapper - More Fun to Munch - 1970's

Johnson’s buds for cotton buds. I still say Q-tips.

Careful, Mom, if that's for me...make sure it's made by Johnson's

Combo. Not your spaghetti and chicken meal at McDonalds, but a band, like rock band.

Hotdog band

Step-in. Backless footwear, or mules

Berkemann sandals

AC/DC for bisexual. Another funny term for bisexual: silahis.


or “sward” for “gay” (Scan: Video 48)


Mens, meaning monthly period. Or Kotex, for sanitary pads.


Pogi, for handsome—but hey, I still say that


Reduce, pronounced “rejuice,” as in, “Kailangan mo nang mag-rejuice. Meaning, diet.

I'm Dieting to Lose Weight

Parlor. Another word for beauty salon.

be beautiful for him

Shettle’s Best 🙂

Seattle's Best





Other words that will date you: Maong (denim)

Bang Bang jeans

Charol (patent leather) or “wet look”

patent leather dress shoes 2

Pentel pen (marker)

Pentel Pen

Bomba or bold for nudity

Silip movie


postcard - Sweden House Smorgasbord

Anything else I missed?

Hope For Lupus Foundation: Giving hope to Lupus warriors
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With the aim of raising awareness for lupus and supporting patients and their families, Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar launched the Hope For Lupus Foundation last December 4, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks healthy cells and tissues.
Advocating the importance of early detection and treatment of the disease, DIWA Rep. Aglipay said the cause is close to her heart because she was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007.

Rep. Emmeline Villar

“My personal experience is a testament to how early detection can prevent major organ damage of kidneys and blood vessels,” she said. She emphasized that awareness of Lupus and its symptoms will allow patients to seek proper treatment at the earlier stages to avert major organ damage and save lives.

“The lack of awareness has already cost so many lives. With Hope For Lupus, no more lives should be lost due to a lack of information and awareness about the disease,” said DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar.

L-R: PDGen. Edgar Aglipay (ret.), Mrs. Mawie Aglipay, Camille Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar with daughter Emma Therese, DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

The foundation’s launch featured an exhibit entitled Lupus Warriors and a musical by Nicanor Tiongson, in partnership with the University of the Philippines—PGH’s Rheumatology Department.
Mabining Mandirigma is a steam-punk dance musical depicting the life of revolutionary leader Apolinario Mabini. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Bridging Lupus Fund for the benefit of indigent lupus patients in PGH.

Together with co-founders Lila Shahani, Melanie Cuevas, who both have lupus, rheumatologists, Dr. Paulo Lorenzo and Dr. Ging Racaza, Sidney Salazar and Nadine Bernardino, DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar hopes that with the foundation, they will be able to establish a Lupus-free Philippines.
For more information, go to or call 721-98-55.

Yayas and girly boys: More fun in the Philippines
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While Japan and the United States are obviously richer countries than the Philippines, there are certain privileges we have at home that people have to struggle with abroad.
Like nannies for instance. It’s normal for us Filipinos to have nannies or yayas at home, since the day we were born. You don’t even have to be rich to have a yaya. Some yayas even stay forever, long enough to take care of the babies of their former wards.

In my house we have nannies to pick up the kids from school. We have a cook to prepare our meals and maids to clean the house. It’s completely normal to have these.
But watch how Corinne of the U.S. show, The Bachelor is frowned upon as a spoiled brat or freak because she still has a nanny.


Compared to other countries, I think the Philippines is very gay friendly. We’re pretty used to seeing gay men that nobody really gets their panties in a twist whenever they see girly boys at the mall.
But in some cultures it’s not that easy. Take this “genderless danshi” who says, “For us, our fashion choices aren’t necessarily easy—putting on makeup and picking outfits. To be frank, we are shamed a lot from other people.”
He goes through lengths to say he is heterosexual, while explaining his preference for manicured nails, bobbed hair and cosmetics.
If he were in the Philippines, no explanation necessary.


First look at Ayala Malls The 30th: My neighborhood mall
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When I first found out a new mall was opening right in my neighborhood, my immediate thought was, oh God. More traffic. But then it opened today. I was curious, and I visited. And wow, I’m so happy!
The place is called Ayala Malls The 30th, named after its official address at #30 Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig.
This is where you get dropped off. The stairs lead up to the mall.

30th Mall

You’ll be surprised at the open space that will greet you.


We love Ayala because they respect green.

6 2

It may look small from the outside, but inside, it is pretty deep.
It covers two hectares and includes four cinemas, a full-sized Rustan’s Supermarket, and a corte—or outdoor activity center.

Rustan's Supermarket

I can’t wait to take the hubby to the cinema. There are four of them—two have all-reclining seats.
Don’t forget to bring your jacket or blanket. The mall has full-blast airconditioning.


I always say a mall is not complete if it doesn’t have a National Book Store and a Mercury Drug. It has both, including a Watsons which is not yet open.

National Book Store
Mercury drug

Of course it has our family favorites, like Pepper Lunch, Mrs. Field’s, Max’s, Pancake House, and Potato Corner.

Pepper Lunch
Potato Corner
Pancake House
Mrs. Field's

The mall was designed to be a neighborhood place for professionals, students (St. Paul’s Pasig is just within walking distance) and residents of the nearby villages like Valle Verde, and condominiums such as Renaissance Towers and The Alexandra.
The idea is that people can just walk to the mall—or in my case, get dropped off by car, walk home or get picked up by driver.

Among the other dining options are Conti’s, Ramen Nagi, Mamou is going to open, Genki Sushi, Morganfield’s, Wangfu, La Maripili, Kenny Rogers, and many more.
Another pleasant is Floating Island’s first restaurant outside Makati Medical Center. Everyone has his or her favorite dish at Floating Island. Mine is chicken skin.

Floating Island
Father and son Vince and Alex Revilla at Floating Island

Cool interior of Morganfield’s


If you’re craving for S&R pizza, it’s right here.

S&R Pizza

For the AFAM* community, there’s Draft and Lartizan


The mall also offers basic services such as LBC, money exchange, laundry, Nail Tropics, Bruno’s Barber Shop, Piandré, Bench Fix, plus three levels of basement parking.


I love the new look of Bruno’s barber shop. They even serve coffee


This way to Service Avenue


For the kids there’s Timezone and Mystery Manila. In May, Gold’s Gym will open.
For those who love to bake, there’s a Wonder Bake store where you can get baking supplies and take lessons.


Ayala Malls The 30th will also open 20 floors of office space for lease to BPOs and corporations.
Oh, and I’m so pleased with the restrooms. They are plenty, they are spacious, and they are airconditioned.


Ayala Malls The 30th is the first project of Mariana Zobel de Ayala, daughter of Jaime Augusto and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala, for the Ayala Group.

The Team
Mariana (in white) with her dream team

Can’t wait for all the stores to open. This is truly life-changing for our neighborhood.
To know more, follow Ayala Malls The 30th on Facebook and on Instagram @ayalamallsthe30th.

Mall directory

*A foreigner assigned in Manila

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