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#1 Timely Question: What Is Pinoy?

July 6, 2022
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"Pinoy pride", "Pinoy food", "Pinoy music". Have been encountering this word a lot, don't you? If you're into Filipino culture, it's quite impossible not to encounter this word. You can see it all over social media, websites, movies, and more. But the thing is, most foreigners don't even know what the word "Pinoy" means. They easily get confused about Filipino, Pilipino, and Pinoy. Well, that's the beauty of the Tagalog language, so in this blog, let's learn what it means.

 

What Is Pinoy?

What Is Pinoy?

"Pinoy" is a very important word for the national and cultural identity of Filipinos. "Pinoy" is simply the term used to refer to Filipino people or anyone of Filipino descent. It's a term for self-identification But if you want a deeper understanding of it, just keep reading.

Etymology

The first thing to learn is where these words came from. For those who are learning the Tagalog language, you might have learned that people from the Philippines are called Filipino in English and Pilipino in their national language. Here's the explanation behind that.

The word "Pinoy" is a shortened version of "Pilipino."The term is created by taking the last four letters of Filipino and adding the Tagalog diminutive suffix -y. This results in the formation of the word. Just a short background, the diminutive suffix -y is also used for Filipino nicknames like "Inday" and "Noynoy."

Since it is the shortened version, it is mostly used in informal situations. It shouldn't be used in formal ways like writing a formal essay unless it's part of the topic. Just notice how it is usually used in social media.

Pronunciation

The pronunciation of Pinoy is "pee·noy." The rules about Tagalog pronunciation and spelling are pretty straightforward "Kung anong bigkas, siyang baybay," which means, "How you say it is how you spell it." The Tagalog language does not have special sounds of the letters, so you can read it the way it is.

Pinoy As A Noun

Pinoy is the abbreviation, colloquial version for the Filipino people—never the language. Filipinos refer to themselves as "Pinoy." Whether they are still living in the Philippines, in the Filipino diaspora, or overseas, Filipinos are considered "Pinoy." Even those half-blooded Pinoy like Bruno Mars, Olivia Rodrigo, Vanessa Hudgens, Bella Poarch, Bretman Rock, and more.

However, "Pinoy" was used by the first wave of Filipinos to enter the continental United States before World War II in a pejorative sense and as an endearment, comparable to Chicano. Pinoy and Pinay are considered disparaging by some younger Filipino-Americans, but Filipinos and Filipino-Americans extensively use them.

As the word "Pinoy" gained its mainstream usage, it has now evolved as a slang term used to refer to all people of Filipino descent, not just as a word created to differentiate those immigrating to the U.S. Always remember that it should always start with a big letter since it refers to Filipino origin or descent.

Pinoy As An Adjective

Pinoy can also be used as an adjective to describe something from Filipino culture or country. Nowadays, Pinoy is applied as an adjective to various nouns underlining their relationship to the Philippines or Filipinos.

 

What Is Noypi?

If the word "Pinoy" is already an informal form of "Pilipino," "Noypi" is more informal. It is literally the same word but inverted. You can never hear it in formal situations unless it's the topic. There is also a song written by Bamboo called "Noypi," as a title which is about being a Filipino

 

Pinoy VS Pinay

Filipinos informally refer to themselves as "Pinoy" or sometimes the feminine "Pinay." In the Tagalog language, "Pinay" is only used for Filipino women. Filipinos sometimes use the letter "o" for terms for men and the letter "a" for women, like "tiyo" (uncle) and "tiya" (aunt).

 

Terms With The Word Pinoy

Recent mainstream usages tend to focus on entertainment and music, which have shaped and played a significant role in developing national and cultural identity. Here are the terms with the word "Pinoy" that emerged when it became a slang term for Filipinos' identity.

Pinoy Culture

Pinoy culture is a slang term for Filipino culture. Nowadays, you can mostly see or hear this on social media like Facebook posts, vlogs, songs, and others. Since it's short, it's easy to use to attract readers or viewers. But, if you're talking about Filipino culture in a formal situation, maybe using the word "Pinoy culture" is not advisable.

Pinoy Food/Pinoy Streetfood

Pinoy food simply refers to food or dish originating from the Philippines. adobo, sinigang, bulalo are a few of popular pinoy food. For street food, kwek-kwek, isaw, and fishball are some of the crowd's favorites.

Pinoy Music/Pinoy Pop

Original Pilipino Music, which is now more often called Original Pinoy Music, Original Philippine Music, or OPM for short, used to be a term for popular Philippine pop songs, especially ballads, from the late 1970s to the present.

Pinoy Bands

Pinoy bands emerged as the OPM industry rose. Some of the greatest Pinoy bands of all time are Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, Rivermaya, and Kamikazee. Today, a new generation of OPM bands emerged like the IV of Spades, Ben and Ben, and The Juans.

Pinoy Movies

Pinoy movies are also reaching the international stage. Of course, there are these classic Pinoy movies that have won awards like The Flor Contemplacion Story, Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?, and Himala. Today, there are lots of beautiful Pinoy movies to watch like Seven Sundays, Heneral Luna, Four Sisters and a Wedding, and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.

Pinoy Celebrities

Pinoy Celebrities may refer to Filipino actors, actresses, singers, models, hosts, and even beauty queens. You'll often hear the word "Pinoy celebrities" on television since it is easier to say, which is perfect for TV commercials and spiels.

Pinoy Pride

Pinoy pride is a unique perspective on being Filipino and a manifestation of Filipino nationalism. It is something that can be brought to the table to prove that Filipinos have a lot of things to offer. Some of the Filipino pride nowadays are Manny Pacquiao (Boxing), Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray (Beauty Pageants), Maria Ressa (Journalism), Lea Salonga (Singing), Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting) and Carlos Yulo (Gymnastics).

Pinoy Big Brother

Pinoy Big Brother also referred to as PBB or just Pinoy Big Brother, is the Philippine equivalent of the Big Brother reality television series. This is one of the biggest and most awaited TV shows of all time that is still airing today.

Larong Pinoy

Larong Pinoy refers to traditional Filipino games. Some examples are luksong baka, luksong tinik, piko, patintero, and tumbang-preso.

Asong Pinoy

Aspin or Askal is the Tagalog name for native mixed-breed dogs in the Philippines.

Tatak Pinoy

Tatak Pinoy is a term used to describe something that originated or has a Filipino touch.

Chinoy

Chinoy is a slang term used to refer to people who are half Chinese and half Filipino.

 

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