I’m a Popular Guy in Guimaras

Made a solo trip this past Sunday morning riding shotgun in the jeepney to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. Had to make a stop in Iloilo before the big trip to Manila.

  • "Biyad " ("pay now") I said to my driver with the shaved head as I handed him the fare of 13 pesos.
  • "Do you know Ilonggo, sir?" he asked. (Illongo is the local language, the proper name for it is "Hiligaynon.")
  • "Indi" ("no") I replied. "Just a few words."
  • "You are an American, sir?" the jeepney operator inquires.
  • "Yes, married to a Filipina."
  • "I know, sir." he informs me.  Turns out that my driver, Ronald, is the second cousin of Albert, who owns the motorcycle repair center near our "Compound" in Guimaras.  Was relieved to hear that since I am somewhat leery of anyone that we do not know in Guimaras aware of our location.DSC

The jeepney travels the main road to the Jordan Wharf, and I notice the passing jeepneys honking their horns and waving.  As is often the case when it is possible I might be the one  attracting any attention since I am in the front seat, I check my trousers to make sure I'm completely zipped up. I am.

  • "You're a very popular person in the Philippines, sir." Ronald says.
  • "I am? Why do you say that?" I ask.
  • "The drivers all say you are a friendly guy. A nice American. Very talkative." "They are honking and waving because of you." Ronald informs me.
  • "Well, I try to be a nice guy most of the time, " I tell Ronald."I try to be respectful of everyone." (Man, he sure got that "talkative" part right, my asawa would firmly agree with that.)

Well, I'm certainly pleased to hear I have made some new friends in my home of Guimaras. I later tell my asawa what Ronald had to say about my popularity. She just sort of grunts (in a feminine way, of course) and simply nods her head 'yes" when I bring up the "talkative" part. But it's so sad to see that green-eyed monster of jealously rear its ugly head when it comes to someone you love.  Let's see how many jeepney drivers honk and wave if she ever sits in the front seat.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

17 thoughts on “I’m a Popular Guy in Guimaras

  1. Hi Dave: Being referred to as “a talkative and a nice guy” is a high complement in the Philippines. That means that you are sociable in a very good way. Vehicles honking and people waving to you could indicate a serious contender for “Mr. America In The Philippines” contest!

    1. I think you’re right, EJ. I asked my wife what the proper phrase is before I wrote the article. I had to ask repeatedly and could sense she was getting a little ticked at me. I’m changing it to “bayad.” Sometimes I hear people say “bayad” or “bayad O” or whatever the heck it is. I’m just going with “bayad” from now on. Thanks!

      1. Dave,

        Either way, you could use “bayad” or “bayad o” where “o” is a shortened word for “ito” which literally means “here it is”. So, “bayad o” can be translated to “Here (This) is my payment”. BTW, you probably can win hands-down “Mr. Congeniality” in Guimaras. Nice post!

        1. Thanks, Jonathan. I appreciate your clarification on this issue. I usually say “bayad o” because I want to impress the jeepney drivers with my vast knowledge of Ilonggo and not just say “bayad.” I was mispronouncing the word for “two” (when I needed to pay for two jeepney fares) for months until my asawa finally corrected me. If I have any further language issues I will be sure to check with EJ and you first. Me? “Mr. Congeliaity?” in Guimaras? Awww, shucks, thanks. 😉

          1. Sure Dave, glad to be of help but make sure to ask only about tagalog because it’s the only local language that I can confidently help you. I do understand a bit of bisaya coz of my mother but when the conversation goes deeper, I’d say “are you guys from another planet?” hahahaha…

            1. Trouble is, Jonathan, I learned a number of Tagalog words and phrases before moving to the Philippines and of course most people in our province use the local Ilonggo language. A guy just can’t win. 😉

  2. Dave, that is a gorgeous photo of the beach there. Is that from your home in Guimaras? You don’t want to be advertising that too much or else all the tourists will flock over there and you will lose that paradise.

    But your asawa sounding unappreciative is typical of Filipina modesty, and not necessarily out of jealousy. I think she did not want you to end up too proud – an undesirable Filipino trait.

    1. Nope, Christine, though we have many beautiful beaches in Guimaras, I cannot access my Picasa pictures from my sister-in-law’s place in Manila since I don’t remember the passwords. That is a photo that my Web master Supreme had loaded in the Media Library for this website, and I have no idea where the photo was taken.

  3. John, I am just a talkative guy in public, and I was a talkative guy at my old job at AT&T (just ask my former co-workers.) When I’m home, I’m lucky if I put together three complete sentences the whole day. Always been that way. My Dad is pretty much the same way. I appreciate your vote, however, thanks. 😉

    1. Dave and John,

      You both should get votes for Mr. America in the Philippines. You both show respect by using names of people you meet. Please keep up the great articles.

  4. NI Dave, nice blog you have here. My awawa and I moved to Iloilo back in 2002 and I discovered Villia Igang over there in Guimeras behind John B Lacson after a most unpleasant overcrowded beach Raymonds or Alibihad. Been going over to Guimeras ever since.
    Amazing thing over here is when you smile and are nice to people they are nice back :). You could not drag me back to the states.

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