Only in the Philippines: Weird Establishment Names
I want to do a series on what people will find only here in the Philippines. There are a number of stuff that you only find here, but we’ll start with the Filipino’s odd choice of establishment names.
This is a fishball stand. The Philippines is known for its abundant street food stalls found almost anywhere you go. The man who owns this wants to get his message across, apparently. Don’t be shy, come on!
Kisame is a Filipino term which in English means “Ceiling”. They do know how to get customers. I think this just made them more trustworthy and my ceiling agrees.
Inasar actually means “tease”, but it took me a minute to realize he used the term to mean “vexed”. This one is based on a chicken store named Mang Inasal. In Bacolod, Inasal is used to describe how the chicken was cooked. Mang Inasar’s slogan really explains what your experience will be when you eat their chicken, Maasar ka sa sarap! (which according to my mom translates to, “It will drive you nuts!”)
Obviously, this one is based on the famous “Kenny Rogers Roasters”. But this one is no restaurant, this is what we call turo-turo or carinderia. It’s basically like a public cafeteria where you just point what you want to eat and the person behind the counter will either put everything you chose in plates if you’re going to eat there, or in a plastic if you’re going to “take-out”. It’s fairly cheap actually, plus most Filipinos like company in everything we do, even while we’re eating so conversations with us is always a guarantee.
This one is based on one of the best boxers the world has ever seen, “Manny Pacquiao”. A Mami is a kind of noodle soup with light broth, chicken and lots of vegetables. It’s very delicious actually, and in a country like ours where almost half the time it’s raining, this is one of the best choices to keep warm and hunger-satisfied at the same time.
This is a Bakery. And I’m guessing that whoever own this store is a fan of Brad Pitt.
A barbershop named after Harry Potter. We might actually find the last horcrux here.
Need I say more…This must be where all the soldiers are getting they’re haircut. Hurry Cutter needs to up his game if he wants to beat this one.
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They’ve traveled far and reached middle earth with one goal, to find the best chicken there is. Lord Of The Wings, in theaters nationwide.
Want your car fixed but still stay classy? Go to Carbucks. Not only is it catchy, but it also tells you how much you’ll be paying for a tune-up.
This are just some of the many names Filipinos chose for their businesses. This just shows that not only do we want to profit from it, but we’d like to have fun doing it. Next attraction: Filipino Food. I know you’ll love that.
(I’m thanking tumblr for this )