Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Que pasa?

I think an order through Wal-mart.com started it.

I say that because shortly after I ordered a DVD from them, I started getting ads from Wal-mart--

in Spanish.

Apparently, when you see my full name written,

Generosa Magsarili,

it conjures up images of South America, olive skin, and spicy food.

If it was just Wal-mart I wouldn't think too much about it. But a few months ago Verizon jumped on my "Latin American" bandwagon.

All my Verizon advertisements look like this:



Again, I haven't thought too much about it. I throw it all into the recycle bin and move on.

Oh.

But today, it's just too much.

This was my mail today:


I now have my very first copy of Hispanic Magazine.

I didn't even know there was an Hispanic Magazine.

But don't miss it...


It's the Latinas Issue!!

People. People. People. Wal-mart, Verizon and now Hispanic--

Hear me now,

I.

Am.

Filipino.

Can we say "Filipino" boys and girls?

"Fil-i-pino."

Very good.

And to make sure there are no doubts, here is a list of Top 10 Reasons why I am a Filipina:

#10-- I buy rice in 25 pound bags and soy sauce in gallon jugs.

#9-- I always offer food to visitors.

#8-- I was raised to believe every Filipino adult was either an Aunt or an Uncle.

#7-- I take my shoes off when coming into a home.

#6-- I regularly have dried rice stuck to my clothing.

#5-- I flush a public toilet with my foot.

#4-- I eat food like adobo, pancit, and lumpia.

#3-- I can point with my lips.

#2-- I smile for no reason.

and the #1 proof I am Filipino... (drum roll)

I can pick things up off the floor with my toes.

***

Now if you'll excuse me... "Hey has anyone seen my copy of Mabuhay Times?"


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14 comments:

Meghan said...

So where does Lainie come from if your name is Generosa Magsarili?

Lainie said...

Sorry, I should have clarified... Lainie is my middle name and the name I've always been called (except for two elementary teachers that INSISTED on calling me Generosa--pronouncing it with a proper 'heh' sound and a priest who called me Jenny of all things!)

I love Generosa because it was my grandmother's name but it's a bit much for everyday use. KWIM?

And I'm definitely not a 'Jenny'. I'm too strange to be 'Jenny'. 'Jenny' is sweet and gentle and probably quiet. :)

Abigail said...

You're killing me, Mom. even though I witnessed the entire affair... OH my.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

lol! That's too funny. But so many Filipinos have spanish names so you probably aren't the only one with those problems. Your post comes at a timely manner for me. The woman who used to babysit me for my ENTIRE childhood from baby until teen years has died. Her name was Corazon Larot. She was the most kind woman i have ever met, and yes she was Filipino. I loved her food, her accent and her companionship. I will never forget her.

Mary Lou said...

I really needed a good laugh this morning! Thank you for that! But not only for that but by reading your post I was instantaneously transported back in time to when I lived in Zamboanga City! The smells! The food! and most importantly......The people! Thank you for posting this!

Four For France said...

You crack me up!

Ann said...

I think I am filipino too. I eat all those things and can DEFINITELY pick up things with my toes, I eat cucumber and meatloaf with rice, and of course...MY TAN just gives me away aaaallll the time. :) ehhehehheheheh

Abigail said...

Now you just have to eat Ube Bread Ann- haha! Just kidding. You are most definitely an honorary Filipino. Congrats! Not that you didn't already know all this. Heh heh...

Tammi Kay said...

Are you sure you're Filipino?..sure sounds like you could be Hawaiian!

Abigail said...

Hawaiian... too funny!

Alicen said...

What a hillarious post! I can relate with many of the items on your list, well, except for the pointing with lips things... that's too funny!

My mother once caught a fly with her toes. She kicked up with her foot & caught the annoying bug.... then she hopped toward the back kitchen door & released it!

She's quite "handy" with her toes just like you. :)

Abigail said...

No! That's crazy! I've never heard of that one! Even better than catching fly with chopsticks!

Ann said...

Oh yeah...I LIKE Ube bread!!!

Abigail said...

Well, I couldn't be sure...

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