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The Eating-With-Bare-Hands Challenge, The Philippines

Culture, indeed varies. Every mannerism a person does speak of a culture. Thus, when we see a group of diners that are using a fork and a knife, we refer them as Europeans. Chinese are popular of their chopsticks as utensils when eating. One thing we are used to may be unpleasant to other erudite people.

Filipinos have a rich history. Their beliefs were nourishes with different invaders who brought different values and lifestyles with them. Amidst this very fact, they had still remained its basic identity as simple with unusual things to be proud of.  Hence, the government of the country launched the newest slogan so-called: “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”  The reasons behind this catchphrase is to let the world knows how much fun it is to be here, to settle down, and to appreciate life here.

Tourists who have visited and see the place could corroborate how unusual the gesticulations of Pinoys are. The most popular is eating with bare hands. It sounds rare and uncommon. Call it nasty and unhealthy, it doesn’t change the thoughts. Others use spicy and flavorings to add more taste and excitement to its taste. However, Filipinos are contented to this manner to ensure a grateful way of dining. According to most Filipinos, it adds palate and appetite. It is just awesome. It is just great.

But, oops! How does it work? Well, it is just easy. First, wash your hands with soap and clean water. Second, wipe it with a cloth to dry up. Third, sit comfortable and olala! Ready to eat!


Even the world has modernized; we come back to our basics. Thus, this lifestyle is still popular amidst the computer generation and still will be seen during social gatherings like town fiestas, reunions, birthdays and even simple meals at home with one leg up while sitting.

People as we are who would find a way to experience a new lifestyle, Filipino or not, would probably hit this fresh trick. Why not? After all, culture is acquired. Culture is learned. Culture is appreciated.

// Wrote bySheena Lou Y. Alagao, The Philippines