Filipino Signs of Wit
The sign in a flower shop in Diliman called Petal Attraction
A 24-hour restaurant called Doris Day & Night
Barber shop called Felix The Cut
A bakery named Bread Pitt
Fast-food place selling 'maruya' (banana fritters) called Maruya Carey
Then, there is Christopher Plumbing
A boutique called The Way We Wear
A video rental shop called Leon King Video Rental
A restaurant in Cainta district of Rizal called Caintacky Fried Chicken
A local burger restaurant called Mang Donald's
A doughnut shop called MacDonuts
A shop selling 'lumpia' (egg roll) in Makati called Wrap and Roll
And two butcher shops called Meating Place and Meatropolis.Smart travelers can decipher what may look like baffling signs to unaccustomed foreigners by simply sounding out the 'Taglish'. The Philippine version of English words spelled and pronounced with a heavy Filipino such as:
At a restaurant menu in Cebu ? We hab sopdrink in can an in batol?[translation: We have soft drinks in can and in bottle].
Then, there is a sewing accessories shop called Bids And Pises[translation: Beads and Pieces --or-- Bits and Pieces]There are also many signs with either badly chosen or misspelled words butthey are usually so entertaining that it would be a mistake to 'correct' them like.......
In a restaurant in Baguio City , the 'summer capital' of the Philippines : Wanted: Boy Waitress
On a highway in Pampanga: We Make Modern Antique Furniture
On the window of a photography shop in Cabanatuan : We Shoot You While You Wait
And on the glass front of a cafe in Panay Avenue in Manila : Wanted: Waiter, Cashier, WashierSome of the notices can even give a wrong impression such as:
A shoe store in Pangasinan which has a sign saying:
We Sell Imported Robber Shoes (these could be the 'sneakiest' sneakers!)
A rental property sign in Jaro reads: House For Rent, Fully Furnaced (it must really be hot inside!)Occasionally, one could come across signs that are truly unique - if not altogether odd.
City in southern Philippines which said:Adults: 1 pesoChild: 50 centavosCadavers: fare subject to negotiation
European tourists may also be intrigued to discover two competing shopsselling hopia (a Chinese pastry) called Holland Hopia and Poland Hopia- which are owned and operated by two local Chinese entrepreneurs, Mr. Ho and Mr. Po respectively (believe it or not!)
There is a carinderia here in my town that's called DOLLYBEE.
A "Mang Donalds" Vulcanizing Shop.
"Coo-boh" selling nipa hut cottages.
more to come!