The Cebuano that I know

richellet By richellet, 26th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ad_f91i/
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This is my simple view what we Cebuanos are. As a native Cebuana, I am looking forward to be understood in as far as diversity is concerned. Indeed, I just want to let you know.

You are so Bisdak!

Bisdak or Bisayang dako is a slang term for Cebuanos. Because there's no google translation for Cebuano doesn't mean to say that our regional language isn't growing. I remembered a line I memorized in grade school: "Philippines is an archipelago with 7,107 islands." During those times I didn't even know what the word "archipelago" meant and a little confession, I only looked it up in the dictionary when required to study for a vocabulary check up test. The island groups created language variations, even with practices. Just like the 48 states of North America, the Philippines does have all the rights to be diverse due to it's geographical peculiarity. We have 8 major languages: Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. I speak Cebuano or what we academically call here as "Subuanong Bisaya." I am a native Cebuana and I want to tell you about to the Cebuano that I know.

The industries

My American trainer once told the class: "I like Cebu because it's laid back yet competitive." He had been to Manila (the capital City and is the most industrialized area in the country) and he can really tell the difference. One thing he mentioned, less traffic jam.

Some of the Industries prefer Cebu for their business. We have several BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies here. The above image is a glimpse of our corporate life. IT Park Cebu is a big village of buildings mostly are of BPO companies. Aside from the call center industry, Cebu leads in manufacturing too. We have MEPZ (Mactan Export Processing Zone) in Lapulapu and Mitsumi in the Danao (Northern part of Cebu). Thus, explains why we are competitive.

Behind the laughters

The laid back side has something to do with our way of living. Behind the busy schedule, we still give time in living our life the simplest way possible. We enjoy nature and bonding with the family or friends. Let me call it "Cebuano humility." We are fortunate with the bounties of nature from the mountains to the wonderful beaches. Imagine a place overlooking the whole City and is just a 20- minute drive away? I am talking about Cebu Top Hills in Busay Cebu City. Well, who says that a 20-minute ride is the only option? Together with my friends and with a little stretching routine, our legs did all the traveling. We were amazed with nature on our way to the top and took random photos of the place including ourselves. One thing I want to confess about us Cebuanos, "we love to goof around and laugh as hard as we can." There is this Cebuano standard that we uphold, we are hard to please but we can easily find something funny. So if you are with a Cebuano, please be aware that our nature is to find something weird and laugh at it, be in silence (at the back of our minds) or outloud. It's really nothing against anyone, it's nature.

Silence

And after long moments of laughter and fun, we stop, look what's around us and reflect. And what do we reflect about? Life. Cebuanos at first look are like bunch of easy go lucky people as we love to laugh and crack jokes in a serious situation. Some may say that we have poor fashion sense. One revelation about us is our sensitivity. In our moment of silence, we just don't think about what's the work schedule for next week rather we think about the things we neglect to give our attention while in the city. We appreciate the blessings given to us and the wind that touches our skin is an assurance that we are one with the mountains and the seas that surround us. Guess, that answered the question where the poet in each one of us is coming from.

Now, if you ever find or meet a Cebuano and thought that all this person knows is how to fool around, think again. There is always something deep in there. We are great thinkers reason why we are hard to please and have a good judgement. Our sensitivity about life is what we are all about. The peaceful beauty of nature in our land says it all. It's silence shouts what we have and who we truly are.

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Business, Call Center, Cebu Philippines, Cebu Top Hills, Laguages, Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Process, Processing

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I consider myself a scribbler. When I feel my heart is full, I suppress speech and write my heart out. I write from things that awakens my sensitivity as a person. It is my passion. It is simply me.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

What a well written and a entertaining piece. I love to hear about different cultures. I had a 5 year stint in Guam back in the 70's. I just love the island life and mentality. Just a joy to read. Great photos and I would love to be there with you one day, it just sounds and looks like a great place to be. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Feb 2012 (#)

A wonderful insight into your lovely corner of the world, just delightful, enjoyed this informative page, beautifully done richellet...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Dittto Denise O's and Delicia's comments.

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author avatar richellet
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Denise: Hope you can also come here. It would be a pleasure touring you around.
Delicia and Jerry: Thank you so much for taking time reading this little page of mine. :) take care!

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author avatar Buzz
27th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi, Richellet. Very nice article. You're so correct. I've been to Cebu once. Great to see you back with this new article. Angel told me you work night-shift.:)

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author avatar richellet
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz and yes I work in a graveyard shift...

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author avatar Chum
28th Feb 2012 (#)

I''m so proud of you Rich!!..amazing article!!!

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author avatar richellet
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Chum :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Very entertaining article, the view from the top article reminds me a bit of the view we have from Devil's peak towering over the city of Cape Town. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Manny
24th Apr 2013 (#)

Actually google translator does translate Cebuano. But for some reason it calls it Filipino. It doesn't translate it very well and it isn't very trustworthy for Cebuano. It translates Tagalog better but it's always best to have a human translate it. It doesn't list Cebuano as a language. But if you take some Cebuano text and run it through the translator it will recognize it as Filipino.

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