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The Filipino Eyebrow Flash

Updated on September 20, 2009

English Eyebrows

In England we have a look which is described as 'Quizzical'. One or two eyebrows are raised in wonderment, questioning or astonishment.

The answer to this eyebrow query is verbal and along the lines of "I was just......" or "Well it worked last time" or even "I knew you wouldn't believe me." You get the drift, an eyebrow raised is an unspoken question or expression of disbelief.

The quickly lifted and descent of the eyebrows in a flash can indicate that there is sexual attraction to another person. It is an unconscious gesture and easily missed.

Time it right and the flash can be an unspoken greeting to practically anyone over a distance. It can also be a statement assuming that the sender and reciever are both party to the same information. For example attending a lecture. An amazing fact is presented and you exchange a glance with a colleague which can imply something along the lines of "Amazing!" or "The man's a Wally".l

Philippine Eyebrows

In the Philippines it is different. Many of the body language signals are the same but the use of the 'Eyebrow Flash' is an art in itself. It is almost an unconscious gesture but packed full of meaning. I have been greeted by Filipino babes in arms with an eyebrow flash, leaving me to wonder at what age they pick it up.

At its simplest the quickly lifted eyebrows...'the eyebrow flash' is an unspoken greeting. It can also be a sign of agreement or recognition of a question. The meaning can only be interpreted when taken in context with other facial expressions.

The eyebrow flash can also be a flirtatious question or invitation or interaction especially if accompanied by a coy smile. "Can I sit and talk with you?" but no words spoken. You really have to experience this to understand it. I have met some wonderful people as a result of this very simple facial movement. It would never happen in England ;-)

Eyebrow Dance


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    • bingskee profile image


      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      hmm.. eyebrow flash. maybe true for some Pinays. well, i will begin observing meself and the other girls. he he

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      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, Peter, sir, action speaks louder than words in the Philippines.

    • Paraglider profile image

      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      It's on my list of places to visit while I'm still based in the Gulf.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Paraglider - Stop in the philippines for two weeks and you unconciously pick it up.

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      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Peter - nice observation. I've noticed it too, from the many Filipinas working in the Gulf, in bars, shops and restaurants. I've (correctly) interpreted it on occasion to mean - hello, welcome back, I'll bring your drink, but don't speak because then others would know I'm jumping the queue for you! All in the eyebrows ;)


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