Latinos and Filipinos are two groups cut from the very same cloth. We’re cousins! Friends! Brothers from different mothers! Sisters from different misters! We have a shared history, a common sensibility and a uniting love of chisme. Check out some of the things we totally have in common:
Pork, Pork…and More Pork
Fact: Pork is DELICIOUS. It’s also a huge part of both our cuisines. For example, we both love lechón. And if you’ve never tried pork lumpia or sizzling plate of sisig, well, what exactly are you waiting for?
The Sublime Art and Science of Chisme
Chisme, chismis. Potato, pohtahto. Let’s call the whole thing fun.
Because of our shared history of Spanish colonization, many people with roots across Latin America and the Philippines tend to have names originating from Spain. Check out this list of common Filipino last names and you’ll see an abundance of super familiar ones, like Reyes, Cruz and García.
Chances are, you have at least three nicknames. If you’re lucky, only two of them have to do with your appearance (I am somehow both “gordi” and “flaca” to my family). Filipinos go through pretty much the same thing as our own Lalas, Kikis and Lolos. This is all explained further in this very helpful blog post from “Ask a Filipino.”
There are over one hundred languages in varying degrees of usage across the Philippines. And — again, because of Spanish colonization — certain words in those languages borrow from Spanish. Let’s test it out. Can you guess what “arina” means? “Baryo”? What about “reló”? (Hint: just say ’em all out loud.)
…And No Words At All
It is a known fact that many Latinos (especially Caribbean Latinos… Shout-out to Cubans, Boricuas and Dominicans!) choose to point with their chins and/or lips. So now we’ll always know what our Filipino friends mean when they want to talk smack about someone sitting close by, but don’t want to call attention. We get you. 😉
I mean, just look at that image above and tell me you haven’t also seen the same joke shared by Latino friends dozens of times.
That One @$#&ing Cookie Tin
Bro. We all grew up with this. And 9 times out of 10, it contained sewing supplies. I don’t even think I’ve ever gotten to try these cookies. WHERE DO THEY ALL GO?!
It’s like all our parents got together at some point and decided that we 1) could never sleep over friends’ houses, or 2) leave the house without asking permission by letting them know where we’re going, how long we’ll be out, who we’re with and what their blood type is.
Music and Dance
A Shared Affinity for Enrique Iglesias
Enrique, even though he’s often included in plenty of Latino-oriented awards shows, is actually from Madrid, and has sliiiightly famous parents: his Spanish dad, Julio Iglesias, and Spanish-Filipina mom, Isabel Preysler. He grew up in Miami, though, which lends a certain level of Latinidad to anyone who remains there long enough. So, basically: He’s got connections to both of us!
Have another way we’re basically all related? Let us know in the comments.