8 Signs You’re a Certified Manileño

By Tynne De Leon

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Ah, Manila. Despite the hate and criticisms made about this place, it’s colorful and full of life, and interesting stories thrive upon its bustling streets. And if you have lived here all your life (like me), or you’ve lived here for years, you have a lot of experiences that are exciting, scary, and everything in between. Here are signs that you’re a certified Manileño:

8. Floral polos remind you of former mayor Lito Atienza

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Floral polos are making a comeback in the fashion scene, thanks to millennials and their “beach fashion” pegs. But let’s not forget the one who started this trend way back in the early 2000s: ex-mayor Lito Atienza! His fashion statement has become his identity, we’ll forever associate floral shirts with him.


7. Divisoria is just within your reach

Divisoria is definitely the favorite one-stop shopping destination for Pinoys on a budget. And it’s an advantage if you’re living in Manila as there’s always an easy jeepney route going there.


6. You don’t go anywhere near Quiapo on a Friday

Quiapo is notoriously busy, and you know how dreadful it can be to go here on a Friday—Quiapo day. Either you find other routes, or when left with no choice, you just pray the traffic won’t be that bad. After all, the church is already in front of you.


5. The feast of Sto. Nino is one of your favorite celebrations

Who says fiestas are only fun in the province? Come here on January and watch the streets of Tondo and Pandacan party! Every year, there are street parades, dance competitions, beauty pageants, and most of all—lots and lots of food! Gotta love fiestas!

4. You’ve experienced the infamous “Espana river” at least once

If there’s one place in Manila to avoid on rainy days, it’s Espana. Unless you live in Sampaloc, or you’re a UST student; then you’ve already mastered how to brave the floods.


3. You’re thankful for Manila Day!

Of course, who could forget the student’s favorite: Manila Day! This holiday falls on June 24, so it gives you an extra day off after that dreadful first week of classes. Not to mention, there are lots of free events and sale during this day.


2. Rizal and Taft Avenue are your EDSA

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There comes a time when you get so stuck in both Avenida Rizal and Taft Avenue traffic that you wish you just endured the long queues and rode the LRT  and its jam packed trains.


1. You use “traffic” as an excuse for everything

Pinoys are notorious for our “Filipino time”, but you can hardly blame them for this nowadays, considering the horrible traffic in the metropolis. As a result, it has become a classic excuse when we’re late in our class or meetings. I hate traffic!


What qualities and experiences did we miss? Tell us in the comments section below!

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