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11 Awesome Ways Latinos And Filipinos Are Totally Connected

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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

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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

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Chisme, chismis. Potato, pohtahto. Let’s call the whole thing fun.

Names

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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.

…And Nicknames

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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.”

Words

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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

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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. 😉

Chancla Jokes

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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

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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?!

Parents, Man

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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

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We have more in common musically than you might think. Listen to an harana (beautiful) or check out some Cariñosa dance moves to see what I mean.

A Shared Affinity for Enrique Iglesias

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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!

See? We have tons in common. So, aside from one little word and a certain beauty pageant mix-up, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be BFFs. XOXO.

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Have another way we’re basically all related? Let us know in the comments. 

The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic? You’ve heard all of those terms before, and you have, of course, also heard the arguments that come over their use. Nowadays, many younger generations of Latinx folks decide to opt for “Latinx” because it’s more inclusive but there are still others who haven’t fully accepted or adopted this term in their daily lives. 

Many people who are of Mexican, Argentinian, Cuban, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan (and many other countries!) descent, have a difficult time coming agreeing to one term that everyone can identify as. 

But that’s the point of having different opinions and experiences, so it’s important to learn more about one’s history and also be open to another’s point of view.

Reddit user u/Aldopeck posted a status on the thread r/stupidpol posted about the Daily Show trying to use “Latinx to seem woke to Spanish people. All the Latinos in the comment section react saying ‘Latinx’ is a bullshit term that’s never going to be a thing.” 

Many people have also tried to make sense of whether Latino, Latinx or Hispanic is any “better” or “more inclusive” of a term. For example, last year, Remezcla published an extensive article on a brief but thorough history of how these words originated.  “Through my conversations and research into the background of these terms, it became clear that the origins and evolution of what we call ourselves is as complicated as our history in the United States,” writes Yara Simón for Remezcla on the topic

“We’ll probably never find a perfect term, especially as some prefer to identify as their (or their family’s) country of origin.”

Arturo Castro went on the Daily Show last month to talk to Trevor Noah about his latest sketch show “Alternatino.” In the segment, Castro spoke to Noah about how difficult it was to juggle his characters from “Broad City” and “Narcos.” But he also talked about his heritage and how his experiences as a Latino influence his work. 

“You know, being Latino, everybody sort of expects you to be, like, suave, you know, and really like spicy food or be really good at dancing,” Castro said. “I really like matcha, you know?”

But regardless of his matcha-loving ways, Castro is very intentional about uplifting his community (he’s from Guatemala) and isn’t one to shy away from major issues affecting people of color through his Comedy Central sketch show, “Alternatino.” For example, earlier this week, Comedy Central aired an episode of “Alternatino” that includes a mass-shooting-themed sketch

In “The Daily Show” interview, Noah then asks Castro, “what do you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about being Latino that you’ve come across in America that you try and debunk in the show?” 

To which Castro replies, “Well, you know, there’s this thing about being ultra-violent or being lazy. Like, you know, the most common misconception is about Latino immigrants being lazy. Where I find Latino immigrants to be some of the hardest-working people in the world, right?” 

While Arturo Castro dropped some gems during the interview, notice that his quotes all referred to his community and himself as “Latino”? Well, when The Daily Show shared a promotional post on Facebook about the interview, they used the term “Latinx” and people were not happy about it.

“Arturo Castro pokes fun at Latinx stereotypes on his new sketch series, “Alternatino,” the social team for The Daily Show wrote on Facebook. 

It didn’t take long for the backlash to pop up in the comments section.

Users were quick to comment on the use of the term Latinx, and criticize the show for inserting the word into Castro’s quote.

While the argument about whether one should use Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic is still up in the air, people can’t help but have opinions about it. 

A reddit user argued that “you can’t really say [Latinx] in Spanish. I mean you can ‘Latin-equis’ but nobody does. The whole thing just reeks of white liberal wokeness being imposed on a community of smelly unfortunates. If they’re so concerned with gendered languages why don’t they do the same thing with French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.?” 

But other Facebook commenters weren’t going to let people off the hook for criticizing The Daily Show’s use of “Latinx” in their promotion. 

As one Facebook user pointed out, “not everyone identifies as binary male/female…hence the use of Latinx…it is for people who can’t or won’t identify as either. If you don’t like Latinx then don’t use it…see how simple that was?”

So, what’s it going to be? Latinx, Latino, or Hispanic? This social outrage also begs the question, if someone didn’t refer to themselves as “Latinx,” then should you omit the use of that term completely? Should brands be thinking harder about this before they hit post? 

You tell us! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Mariah Carey’s Assistant Alleges Singer Used Her Credit Card For Plastic Surgery Procedures

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Mariah Carey’s Assistant Alleges Singer Used Her Credit Card For Plastic Surgery Procedures

Like many Mariah Carey fans or those intrigued by her life, we watched “Mariah’s World” — the reality show/docuseries — that touched on her life, music, and over-the-top divaness. It was a hilarious look at Carey and her extravagant ongoings, and it also showed us that her former assistant Lianna Azarian was a hot mess. So, it came to no surprise when these two ladies parted ways. Now we’re getting more information about their troubled relationship.

Lianna Azarian is alleging that her former boss, Mariah Carey, used her credit cards and racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars on her American Express.

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Azarian told the Daily Mail that Carey used her card to get butt implants, and other plastic surgery procedures and did so apparently so no one would find out she was getting all of that work. Azarian also claims Carey used her money to go on shopping sprees.

The publication got a hold of those invoices from medical professionals that shows “a total of $32,765, and included PLLA buttock filler injections, a LipoFreeze fat-melting laser treatment to her upper breasts and an firming ultrasound procedure to her neck and jawline.”

Now Carey is suing Azarian for blackmail and alleges she tried to extort her out of $8 million or else she’d release medical records.

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Page Six reports that Carey is suing Azarian for $5 million in damages and alleges that Azarian “breached a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement she signed when she was hired in March 2015.”

“Carey expected Azarian would be a loyal ally in her business and personal life,” the court papers show. “Azarian was anything but: she was an opportunist, a voyeur, a Peeping Thomasina, and an extortionist. Unsatisfied with her extraordinary compensation, access, and lifestyle, Azarian sought to grow her wealth by robbing Carey of her privacy.”

While this whole thing is a hot mess, we think it would make for a great “Mariah’s World Part 2” reality show.

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What do you think?

READ: Here Are Some Things Mariah Carey Had To Battle Through Her Whole Life To Be The Diva She Is Today

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