Kaladua  November 2 is All Souls’ Day and the 2nd day of Dáun. It is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of our departed loved ones. Kapampángans have a special view of the “twin soul”, and this is possibly a reflection of its origin from the root word for “two”. KALADUÂ • … Read more

Urquico Family Plot

Urquico Family Plot “Sketches of Manila”Art by Architect Riel A. A. Diala Located across Manila are numerous structures of great architectural beauty, both big and small. The city’s streets and the structures located along them are perhaps the largest gallery of the city, especially for architecture. From family mausoleums and tombstones to monumental churches and … Read more


This word may sound funny to Tagalog speakers. But for Hiligaynon speakers, BATITI is often used to refer to breastfeeding mothers. It also means to take great care of, not just to nurse a child or a sick person. Examples of usage are Batitihá ang bátà sing maáyo (Take great care of the baby or … Read more


Sabadu It’s the last Saturday of the month! How do you say “Saturday” in your language? SÁBADU • (SAH-buh-doo)SaturdayTagálog (Filipino): Sábado EtymologyFrom Spanish sábado (“Saturday”) You may want to read: Biernis


Lintik This Kapampángan word for “drizzle” looks very similar to a Tagálog word that has a different meaning and usage! LINTIK • (lin-TIK)drizzle, light rainTagálog (Filipino): ambón Lintik: Kapampángan vs. TagálogIn Kapampángan, “lintik” means “drizzle”. In Tagálog, “lintík” means “lightning” and is a mild curse used for damnation. For example, “Lintík kang háyop ka!” means … Read more