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Saturday, June 10, 2017

THE FILIPINO'S SENSE OF HUMOUR: PHILIPPINES DIARY BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL

THE FILIPINO'S SENSE OF HUMOUR

The Filipino's sense of humour stems from a close-knit family.  After the
Angelus, the prayer at 6:00 pm, a Filipino gathers for supper.  The dining--
Filipino style is not a formal one but a spontaneous exchange of stories and
jokes.  And they don't just smile, they all laugh with gusto and delight.

A favorite form of conversation is called the grill-type.  One person in the
group is highlighted and all forms of humour is poured unto him until
he is already blushing red!  But it is taken in good context; no harm is
intended for him.  The purpose is just to have a springboard for jokes.

When one see a Filipino on the road, one will notice a generous smile on
his face.  Filipinos are fun-loving.  The community has always a pondahan
(a table infront of a store where people gather for a drink coupled with
stories that they bring with them).  As expected, it is always full of joy and a
source of relaxation especially for the community's adult males.

Jokes are a part and parcel of the Filipino life.  These jokes seem to
neutralise a difficult life at times.  The Filipino people are resilient; they
generally cope with adverse situations and crises.  Their sense of humour
is innate and natural; it is inbuilt in their psyche passed on by tradition
and culture.  So next time you meet a Filipino, think twice, he might just be
joking!
Cheers.  Cynthia Abegail

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