A friend who knows am an old member of Gen X (LOL) added me to Classic Pare Titos and Titas of Manila last Sunday and I actually woke up to all these strange posts on my timeline. In fact, so much flooding that it’s akin to Typhoon Signal No. 1! With almost half a million members as of this writing, Classic Pare is undoubtedly the hottest Facebook group in the Philippines right now. And to think the idea is just simple: reminiscing the good old days when technology and other things didn’t dominate our lives! It’s nice not to talk about EJK, fake news, Ellen Adarna and politics for a change.
Anyway, I can very well relate to one of the questions raised by a member because I recently told my 17-year daughter to get the LABAKARA and she had this deadpan expression on her face like “duh?! what are you talking about mom?” And there goes our generation gap. Petmalu! 🙂
1. Labakara is really nothing but a face towel which they sell in Watsons, SM or Divisoria but this word is now lost on our millennials who do not even carry handkerchiefs. Oh well.
2. Bentilador. You can bet on it that our millennials don’t call electric fan bentilador anymore. They probably think it’s an autocorrect version of ventilator….so there.
3. Arinola. WTF. Am not sure if our millennials still know this because most of them city dwellers live in 20 square meter studio shoe boxes of SM residences where the toilet is four steps away. So yes, correct me if am wrong, nobody uses arinola anymore?! 🙂
4. Antipara.This sounds like a Spanish word but kinda unfashionable to hear for our millennials who change the color of their eyeglasses depending on their OOTD of the day and even better, they now wear contact lenses.
5. Karsonsilyo. Another term for men’s underwear but dang, only a millennial’s dad or grandpa will use this term now.
6. Takure. Okay, this is another word for kettle. The one you wash your underwear in hotel rooms. LOL. (in reference to an article we read a few weeks ago about what hotel guests do with the in-room electric kettles in hotels)
7. Kwaderno. Getting out of terminology because the written word is dying. There’s a chance some millennials haven’t heard this because they now use their smartphones and tablets to jot down notes.
8. Hilod, panghilod. Our millennials scrub, exfoliate, put on facial masks. There’s a chance they don’t do hilod anymore until the libag appears. I mean…ewww.
9. Kasilyas/kubeta. Because a CR these days is a CR, a washroom or a toilet.
10. Lamiseta. And other words like aparador, tukador,batalan, banggera, paminggalan. Interior design these days is more compact and more modern. Millennials would rather get rid of grandma’s bulky furnishings. Sign of the times.