Filipinistic Gestures

The art of pouting or puckering up your lips (happily or sadly?) to point something.
The art of pouting or puckering up your lips (happily or sadly?) to point something.
This "L" sign means that you should fight for your rights.
This "L" sign means that you should fight for your rights.
Thumb up sign for saying alright or okay.
Thumb up sign for saying alright or okay.

Filipinos way of expressionism

Just a nod of your head will mean approval to us Filipinos. A pout of one's lips will signify negative comment. Flashes (up and down arching) of the eyebrows will mean you don't believe of what the other says or something to that effect.

Being a Filipino, other people, like Europeans often wonder why many Filipinos use their mouth to pinpoint something. That's queer, they will often say. I'll always explain that we don't want to be bother using our forefingers to give directions or the place being asked if we're busy working with our hands.

How about "yes" or "no"? Westerners will simply nod if they will say yes and hunch their shoulders to mean no coupled with negative facial expression. Indian citizens will move their heads side by side to say yes and raise their heads backward if they will denote negative answer.

Filipinas are most acquainted with facial expressions. flashing of eyebrows if they like flirting or dislike someone. Raising their eyebrows can usually mean they didn't believe anything you say or just being sarcastic with you for being braggart or a showoff.

Among men, we jockingly develop this kind of pouting if we want to greet our fellow Filipino seamen. You be the judge if it means, we don't have money or something else (hehe!).

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bacville 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Pointing our pouting lips at a particular direction is unique among Filipinos.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Filipinos, like me, are used to using our lips to point something. It's because they don't want to be interrupted while working on something.

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