8 Filipino Emojis That Need to Happen

Humans have been communicating with each other using pictures since the first cavemen paintings were discovered in Spain dating back 35,000 years ago. Before languages were even invented, developed, and standardized, our ancestors had left their mark on stone using images that depict their daily life. From the ancient Sumerian language of Cuneiform to the Hieroglypghs of ancient Egypt, we have been communicating with pictures since the dawn of time.

Even with the significant advancement of technology, we are still using this system of communication through emojis. Emojis are ideograms which convey a certain emotion or representation through small pictures which can be typed using a keyboard. The word “emoji” is a contraction of Japanese words e which means “picture” and moji which means “character”. The use of emojis first grew popularity in Japan during the 90s, but has later been adapted worldwide.

Filipino emojis that should be part of our keyboard

With Apple’s new iOS 10.2 release, you could only expect more emojis to be available on your mobile device. With the popularity of iPhones, iPads and Macbooks in the Philippines, you can say that Filipinos do use emojis… a lot. From status updates on social media to messages, you can only guess how many times we use these images and how significant they are when it comes to communication. While it may be far cry to actually have emojis developed specially for us Filipinos, we can only wish for them to happen. Here are 8 Filipino emojis that would be an amusing addition to your keyboard:

Jeep emoji

  jeep-emoji    Wikipedia | Lawrence Ruiz

Being a unique form of transportation, nothing can be more Filipino than a jeep emoji. In contrast to the original American jeep, the Filipino jeep has an elongated backseat with passengers facing each other. A jeep emoji while riding a jeep – jeep-ception.

Tricycle or pedicab emoji



Another mode of public transport for most Filipinos in the country, a tricycle and pedicab is basically a motorcycle or a bicycle with an attached side car. It is the perfect mode of transport to reach  narrow eskenitas or small roads because of its compact size. Like the jeep emoji, wouldn’t it be fun to have a tricycle or pedicab emoji too?

Duterte emoji


Philippine Star

The current President of the Philippines known for his political-will and unwavering courage towards wrong-doers, Rodrigo Duterte would definitely be a well-used emoji in the Philippines, especially with the current political climate. With all the memes surrounding our beloved President, why not make him an emoji?

Jose Rizal emoji


Wikipedia | Public Domain

The very face of Filipino nationalism, Dr. Jose Rizal is a true Filipino hero who valiantly died for his country. Publishing two novels that criticized Spanish rule in the Philippines, becoming an accomplished opthalmologist, and fluent in 22 languages, he is considered a genius in today’s standards. He fought colonialism, not with a sword but with a pen. Dr. Jose Rizal’s legacy still lives on today and will continue on tomorrow, in the form of an emoji.

Philippine Eagle emoji



Valiant and fierce, the Philippine eagle, otherwise known as a monkey-eating eagle with a scientific name of Pithecopaga Jifferyi is one of the biggest of its kind, and can be found only in the Philippines. Though the Philippine eagle is considered endagered, efforts to conserve the species and its environment is strongly driven by the government. Its resilience and bold nature definitely deserves to be on this list.

“Mano po” emoji



Respect for our elders is a Filipino virtue which can be shown with a mano or pagmamano. It is a sign of respect and/or acceptance of blessing from your elders whether they are your parents, grandparents, godparents, uncles, unties, etc. It is similar to hand-kissing but instead of a kiss, the person giving the greeting would bow towards the offered hand and press his/her forehead to the elder’s hand and says “mano po”. It is a uniquely Filipino custom which would make as a great emoji.

Kalabaw emoji



We learned from our Sibika at Kultura subject in our elementary years that the Kalabaw or Carabao is a representation of our hard-working and industrious nature. This domesticated water buffalo is a common farm animal that helps farmers plant rice and heave objects across rice paddies hence the Filipino term “Kayod Kalabaw” which means “working hard like a Carabao”. In the absence of tractors, the kalabaw is every farmer’s friend and is valued companion. Wouldn’t you love to have these amazing animals on your emoji keyboard?

Isaw emoji



Every Filipino’s street food, an isaw is a barbecued or deep-fried chicken intestine which can be dipped into several sauces including barbecue sauce, vinegar with onions and garlic, or both. It can be found anywhere and everywhere around the country and is well-sought after, especially if you are on a budget… a very tight budget. Having an isaw emoji on your keyboard would certainly be amazing!

Imagine the possibilities and the things you could do and express using these emojis?! Other runner ups include the durian, barong/ baro’t saya, halo-halo, kwek-kwek, and a bayong.

How about you, what do you think would be a great addition to the list?


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