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Hindi Pasko Kung…

About B Totanes

Ben is a technical writer who currently lives in Tracy, CA. He is the creator and founder of the Definitely Filipino Facebook page and this blog.

It was the early 199o’s.  The internet was young and a bunch Filipinos, early adopters of this new medium, mingled in this now-almost-forgotten area of the internet called Usenet.  The group’s name was “soc.culture.filipino” and it was basically one of the earliest (if not the earliest) form of Social Networking.  Composed of mostly professionals who can access the internet via dial-up (28.8Kbps, mind you!), ISDN or broadband access at their places of employment, they converged everyday, exchanging information, discussing relevant topics and even participating in ‘flame wars’ against other groups (remember the case against Flor Conteplacion in Singapore?).

I can still remember some of the people such as Ken Ilio, Chuck Gardner (who owned the most popular website at that time, the SCF page at Mozcom.com), and even Lea Salonga herself dropped by every now and then.  However, it was sometime around July of 1996, when one of the regulars, Bobby Factura wrote this now famous post (we call this ‘Wall Post’ in the Facebook era):

“You know you’re a (redneck) Filipino if…. you have several slippers on you doorstep…  feel free to add to this list “

That post grew in a matter of days, and made its way into mailing lists, books, websites with different variants published over the years.  Even I joined in with my own contributions: “you call toothpaste, Colgate”, “you know what ‘chocolate meat is'”, “you own a piano but no one ever plays”, etc.

If someone would write something about internet history in relation to Filipinos, this list should be part of it.  It probably is the first Filipino-related viral piece that ever came out of the internet.

This morning, I was reading the wall posts on the Definitely Filipino Page when I stumbled upon a post by a member, Loven I. who posted something similar, “Hindi Pasko Kung…” followed by several comments by other members.  I said to myself, maybe we should try it and see what kind of response we receive.  What would be a better way to reminisce or pay homage to our own Philippine Christmas tradition than to make a list of why we love it or miss it (to those out of the country), basically something like a “How do I love thee, let me count the ways..” list?

So how about it, and let’s have fun?  Please add your contribution below, not on the Facebook wall since it will disappear down the stream after a few days.   We’ll publish this list sometime in December.

Hindi Pasko Kung…

… walang simbang gabi.

… (add yours as a comment below)


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176 Comments |
  • Jhengjheng

    Hindi pasko kung di kasama ang pamilya at mga mahal s buhay.

  • Carmen Oserin

    hindi pasko kung walang……. mga magagandang ilaw sa kalye at mga bahay….. super love ko talaga un!

  • Carmen Oserin

    walang pasko kung…… hindi tau mahal ni Lord… Kaya may pasko dahil may Jesus Christ our Saviour……

    • Malou Benosa

      un ung pinaka mahalaga sa lahat…. ung pagmamahalan

  • Em Ey

    walang simbang gabi..
    walang puto bumbong..
    walang bibingka..
    walang nagca-caroling..
    walang LOVE. 🙂
    As long as there is love, it is Christmas. Araw-araw ay pasko! 🙂

  • amy

    kung walang malamig na fruit salad sa mesa
    kung walang ham
    kung hindi ka nakatanggap ng pamasko

  • angelina abril

    kung walang parol at Christmas tree/lights
    kung walang Majestic Ham
    kung walang Christmas Party
    kung walang Christmas Carols
    kung walang simbang gabi

  • Roda Rose Manuel

    ..kung walang christmas tree. naalala ko nung bata ako, gumagawa ‘yung mama ko ng christmas tree gamit ‘yung mga tingting na binalutan ng papel de hapon. ‘di ko alam kung wala kaming pambili o gusto lang n’ya ng ganun. pero ,masayang magsabit ng candy at maliit na laruan sa christmas tree namin.

  • Michelle

    Hindi Pasko kung….walang Hamon, Quezo de Bola at Fruit Cake.

  • Jennifer

    Hindi Pasko kung walang pinapatugtog na christmas songs sa bahay at radyo…

  • rey

    walang keso de bola – kc medyo mahal kaya tuwing xmas lang bumibili Mama ko. hehehhe

  • Remelique Espanol

    Hindi pasko kung walang Bibingka at Puto Bumbong.:D

  • Rose

    If there are no Christmas tree from it’s simplest form to the tallest most extravagance one.

  • g’day

    hindi pasko kung walang namamasko sa bahay bahay!

  • Jim

    HindI pasko kung walang christmas bonus!