10 Threats Crazy Asian Filipino Parents Make

September 15, 2018

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When I say crazy Filipino parents, what I really mean is funny.

Filipino parents can sometimes have an exaggerated version of discipline. But now that I'm a parent myself I can completely say that I inherited some of these crazy and funny Filipino habits that parents do when they're mad. Have you used one of these phrases?

"Bahala ka na sa buhay mo"

Parents say this to their kids when they want to seem like they have surrendered on you. But what they really mean is, you can do whatever you want just as long as you do it their way.

"Makuha ka sa isang tingin!"

What they really mean is that if you don't stop doing what you're doing. You'll probably get whacked not by their hands, but by whatever they get their hands on. And it's never something soft so better wise up when you see those bulging eyes.

"Guard! Sige, papakuha kita sa Guard! Guard!"

Parents usually do these at malls when kids are acting up. They will, of course, never hand you over to the guard or the police. It's just plain crazy talk but it works wonders for kids.

"Huwag na huwag mo ako susubukan"

Or sometimes they'll challenge you by saying "Sige, subukan mo ako!". Both versions are downright scary so if I were you, don't.

"Nasaan ka nanaman?"

They're not really asking where you are or what you're doing. It's a subtle way of telling you that if you don't get your ass home in the next hour, they will lock you out of the house.

"Pag di ka umuwi, sa labas ka na tumira!"

Similarly related to the previous point. If you don't get your ass home immediately or if you try to turn your phone off hoping they'll stop calling (believe me, they won't) - You'll come home with you clothes outside. Talk about making a point, right?

"Nakuha mo yang ugali mo sa tatay mo"

I don't know what it is with Filipino moms and why they always put the blame on dads. Is this because we tend to be lenient (and cool unlike you)?

"Aba, aba! Sumasagot ka na ngayon ah!"

If you answer the question, you're accused of talking back and if you DON'T answer, you're seen as indifferent. Either way, you're dead. There is no right or wrong answer here.

"Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako!"

What your Filipino parents mean is that they're the expert. God forbid if you answer them back or try to question their choices for you.


And the ultimate favorite of any Filipino parents. Counting to three, repeatedly. They will never get to three but will count from one to two until you do what they're asking. But when they do get to three, you'll never hear them say it. You'll just get hit. So, never let them get to three.

Crazy Filipino Parents And Definitely Asian

At the end of the day, they're still your parents. As you get older you'll realize why they do and say these kinds of things. You'll eventually realize that most of these are just empty threats and are just crazy talk.

You have to understand that most of our parents never had it easy. And that their parents were even harder on them than they are on us. They know the value of hard work and they're afraid that you'll grow up entitled and an inconsiderate member of society.

Your parenting style is somehow a reflection of how you were raised. And if people are telling you that you're doing a great job at parenting well, maybe your parents did a good job raising you. If you still don't get it, bahala ka na sa buhay mo!

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  1. My parents are not guilty of them except for one. "Isa, dalawa..." HAHAHA! I and my siblings stop fighting when we hear that. We know what comes next if it reaches tatlo! LOL

  2. I never thought I'd use the counting threat on my kids, but I catch myself using it nowadays. I try not to, though. they said it gives mixed messages to kids when we do that.

  3. Such a funny post! I remember my parents because of your post! HAHAHA.


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