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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Business Signs/Names/Ads - Pinoy Style

This forwarded email made my day. I added some notes for our non-Filipino readers. Corrections are welcome... :)

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Filipinos are funny and creative when it comes to business signs and posters. Here are some examples:

* A parlor in San Juan is named 'Cut & Face'
* A wholesaler of balut in Sto.Tomas, Batangas: ' Starduck '
* A fastfood eatery in Nueva Ecija: 'Violybee'
* A small internet cafe opened among squatters named itself, 'Cafe Pindot' [Note: Pindot is a Filipino term meaning "to push a button, press a key (of a computer keyboard)," etc.]
* In Manila, there's a laundry outlet named, 'Summa Cum Laundry'
* A petshop in Kamuning: 'Pakita Mo Pet Mo' [Note: Lit., "show me your pet"]
* A Bakery: 'Bread Pit'
* A bank in Alabang: 'Alabank'
* A noodle restaurant in Pampanga named, 'Mekeni Rogers' [Note: Mekeni is Kapampangan (language spoken by those who hail from the province of Pampanga) for "come," used in say, invitations for meals.]
* There's a restaurant in Pasig named 'Johnny's Fried Chicken: The 'Fried' of Marikina
* A tombstone maker in Antipolo: 'Lito Lapida' [Note: Lito Lapid is a famous Filipino action star-turned-politician]
* There's a copy center in Sikatuna Village called, 'Pakopya ni Edgar' [Note: Parokya ni Edgar is the name of a popular local band]
* There's a beerhouse in Cavite called, 'Chickpoint'
* A laundromat in our neighborhood at Sikatuna: 'Star Wash : Attack of the Clothes'
* There's an internet cafe in Taguig named, 'n@kopi@' [Note: Nakopia is a Filipino term for "copied or imitated," a play on a better known internet cafe called 'Netopia']
* Name of a kambingan, 'Sa Goat Kita' [Note: Kambingan is an eatery where goat meat is primarily served; 'Sagot Kita' is a common Filipino expression which can mean "my treat"]
* A salon somewhere, 'Curl Up And Dye'
* A lugawan in Sta. Maria, Bulacan: 'Gee Congee' [Note: Lugaw = "porridge"]
* There's a water refilling station in Dapitan named 'Wa-Thirst'
* Along Sucat road, a store selling feeds for chickens: 'Roboco - ck'
* Shoe repair in Marikina: 'Dr. Shoe-Bago' [Note: Bago = "new"]
* Shoe repair store along Commonwealth,'SHOEPERMAN: we will HEEL you, save your SOLE, and even DYE for you'
* A Petshop: 'Petness First'
* Flower shop: ' Susan's Roses' [Note: Susan Roces is the widow of the lamented "Action King of Philippine Cinema," Fernando Poe, Jr.]
* A Taxicab: 'Income Taxi'
* A 2nd hand watch store: '2nd Time Around'
* A squid stall in a wet market: 'Pusit to the Limit'
* A shrimp store: 'Hipon Coming Back'
* A gay lawyer's extension office: 'Nota Republic'
* A ceiling installer: 'Kisame Street'
* A car repair shop: 'Bangga ka 'day!' [Note: Bangga = car crash, fender-bender; 'day = short for Inday, a common reference to a lady/girl househelp; in so-called Philippine 'Vogaybulary,' the word is used by gays as an address to females or to their fellows; this could also be interpreted as a play on the expression (and the title of a song), Bongga (Filipino slang which can mean "ostentatious," "loud," etc.) ka 'Day!]

* An aquatic pet store in Malolos: 'Fish Be With You'
* A beauty salon: 'Saudia Hairlines'
* A bakery in our village: 'Anak Ng Tinapay'
* A resto along Mayon road in Manila : 'May Lisa Eatery'
* A Laundry: 'Wash Your Problem Here'
* This mobile massage business name isn't funny, but their slogan is: 'Asian Mobile Massage Service: Massage only, God is watching'
* Ice cream parlor: 'Dila Lang Ang Katapat' [Note: Lit., "tongue is (it's) only match/equal"]
* Chicharon store: 'Chicha Hut'
* Neighborhood pizza store: 'Pizza Hot'
* A barbershop in Cagayan de Oro: 'Pinoy Big Barber'
* A Resto in Baclaran: 'The Last Supper'
* A goto resto: 'Goto Ko Pa! ' [Not: Goto = a type of porridge; here, the whole expression is used as a sort of baby talk for Gusto ko pa ("I want more")]
* My mom used to ride a bus for work. One day she saw a peanut vendor's cart with a funny name: 'Mani ni Papa' [Note: lit., "Daddy's peanuts"]
* A gym in Malolos: 'Gaymann Fitness Center'
* My brother's party needs business: 'Balloon-Balloonan' [Note: balun-balunan = fowl gizzard]
* A Chinese restaurant in Pasig : 'Lah-Fang'
* A store selling fresh chicken, owned by a woman named Dina: 'Dina Fresh Chicken' [Note: Dina can be read as short for Hindi Na = "not anymore"]
* A bakery in Pateros: 'Trimonay Bakeshop'
* A Hair Salon in Makati : 'Hair We Go Again'

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I also note here two barbershops in Naga City and Baguio City with these signages: "Hair Jordan," "Hair Force One."

And at SM Baguio: "Going Straight" (Hair Salon), "Let's Face It" (Facial Center)

2 comments:

carl said...

hahaha! nice compilation. blogger ka met gayam. kaisarsardeng ko laeng iti blogging. hay, kailangah gamin nga iurnos ko pay dagiti masapol nga urnusen.

uray nu kasdiay, see u in class this pm, kabsat.

scott saboy said...

ala sige, irevive monto jay blog mo kabsat -- ipublish mo met dagijay formalist, structuralist etc nga analysis mo kadagiti nadumaduma nga literary pieces :) appear! hehe