If you’re a woman, be ready to wear your best outfit for the night as your friends are thinking the same thing. You don’t want to be underdressed and not get noticed at all.
Don’t show up in the venue too early or on time. You might end up waiting for hours, getting grumpy, make-up all spoiled and melted. Filipinos are never on time. They love hair-raising arrival and get noticed as they love attention.
Tardiness is usually the woman’s fault because most of Filipino women are “maarte”. Maarte pertains to people, mostly girls, who care too much about certain things, mainly about their looks. Filipino women can spend an hour in the shower and another half beautifying themselves. They have to be flawless from head to toe for the party.
Don’t eat too much for the day if the party is at night time to spare an empty portion of your tummy. Filipinos love to cook and eat. Expect to see the popular Filipino party dishes such as pancit (chowmein), lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls-pork, beef or chicken), skewered red hot dogs, Filipino Style Spaghetti, menudo, kaldereta, adobo, crispy fried chicken, ceviche, rice and a whole lot more. Filipinos prepare more than enough amount of food and it wouldn’t be a Filipino party if the table is not covered with their popular dishes.
Karaoke machine or Magic Sing is the highlight of the evening. Filipinos love to sing. Sometimes they end up hoarding the microphone for the whole night. They take pleasure in singing too much and fail to think to share to others the microphone. If you like to sing and would like to showcase your voice in the party, make a list of your favourite songs and get the chance to sing right away. Filipinos spend ages just by browsing the songbook.
Games are also common. The popular ones are Newspaper Dance, Trip to Jerusalem, Banana Eating Contest, Charades and a whole lot more. If it’s a field party, the common ones are basagan ng itlog (breaking of eggs), kalamansi sa kutsara, Sack race, flour blowing whistle and Hang ’em.
Make sure you’re dressed up really well as the venue will turn into a photo studio after the meal. Picture picture as what they call it. The girls love it. They love posing for the camera. They demand different shots in the same spot with the same pose until they get appeased with how they look in the photo.
In a group picture, make sure you’re always ready for the flash. You might end up seeing your captured grumpy face in Facebook posted by your friends. They don’t really care if you look hideous in the photograph as long as they look stunning and alluring in it.
During the party, men will be babbling about their jobs, sports like boxing and basketball, and sometimes about their recent travels and their wives. Women will retreat into a gossip circle and talk about a scandal of a friend not present in the party. So if you’re invited, attend otherwise you’ll be the subject of tittle-tattle.
Filipinos love to drink. There will always be liquor of any kind. Men loves whisky, brandy and beer while women loves wine and flavoured vodka. Don’t drink too much if you’re not a pro, you’ll end up being the gossip for next day.
If you have a southern Philippines accent, don’t gab too much if you don’t want to be the clown of the night unless you don’t mind. Filipinos tend to switch letter v to b and f to p. It’s a common occurrence in a Filipino conversation. Some members of the circle might take it too rib-tickling and end up rolling on the floor laughing.
If you are the reason of the party, make sure you prepare something to entertain your visitors as they will force you to either sing or dance for them.
Last but not the least, you’ll be bringing doggy bags home for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next day. So make sure to use your biggest purse and have a plastic bag ready. You can bring plastic wares too if you want. If not you’ll end up carrying a paper plate oozing with grease.
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