Doors and the Direction of the Stairs Should be in the Right

Doors and the Direction of the Stairs Should be in the Right

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Filipinos give importance to the house structures. When a couple will decide to buy or build a house, old people say that the door should be in the right side and stairs should be straight or turn right to keep the couple loyal to each other. ‘Right’ as a direction is ‘kanan’ in Filipino and ‘right’ as proper is termed ‘tama’. They should be on the right to keep things ‘tama’. The term ‘left’ as a direction in Filipino is ‘kaliwa’, and ‘left’ as a verb (past tense of leave) is ‘iwan’. When someone becomes unfaithful, they term it as ‘nangaliwa’ from the root word ‘kaliwa’.  If doors are on left side and the stairs turn left, old people will say, “dahil nasa kaliwa yan, mangangaliwa yang isa at mang-iiwan” which means because it is on the left, one of them will become unfaithful and will leave the other.