By Anna Galathea

If there’s one thing Filipinos are known for, it is their sense of humor. It could be swift and sporadic, or spontaneous, or sarcastic, or sometimes, uncalled for.  We love to laugh even at the silliest things. We find humor in tragedy. We often think of people’s liability as funny. It is quite easy to tickle our bones.

The Filipino sense of humor could either be positive or negative. When tragedy struck, after a brief hiatus, they make a joke out of it. For example, victims of super typhoons will always find a reason to smile and laugh, and find humor in their difficult circumstances. That’s the Filipino trademark, “Tatak Pinoy” they say.

Too often, we laugh at other people’s blunders and even at an “ugly” face. Sadly, we love to poke at people’s physical liability or when they make mistakes. We laugh when someone slips, or falls, or skids, or stumbles. We laugh at wrong grammar or imperfect English. Sometimes, we fail to see our own imperfection but we laugh at others’.

We laugh when a nervous beauty queen rambles her answer against a contest question (e.g. “Major, major”). We laugh at Dolphy’s slapsticks, Rene Requiestas’ Tarzan ignorance, Joey De Leon’s toilet humor, Wow Mali’s pranks, Bubble Gang’s antics, Ai Ai De Las Alas’ long chin, Eugene Domingo’s award-winning comedic antics, and now, the country’s leading comedian, Vice Ganda and her too-often-sarcastic punch lines that subtly criticizes within intended puns.

We are not ideally, fanatically amused at pranksters like how Americans and Japanese do. Our reality shows that intend to stalk celebrities and people and make them look stupid are not that much. And that is one of our differences from other culture. The Pinoy humor can be anything under the sun as long as it tickles his funny bones.

One thing positive about our own sense of humor is being positive in a negative situation. We tend to find beauty in ashes. We laugh at our misfortune. The Filipino spirit cannot be quenched. It remains indestructible. He will always rise up from the bad circumstances and find humor in them. He is capable to make light of everything and cheer up his neighbours.

We love jokes, we love cheesy pick up lines, we love to shoot punch lines spontaneously, we simply love to laugh or create something to laugh about. Whatever the intent may be, humor runs in a Filipino’s blood. After all, laughter is still the best medicine. “A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Ref.: Proverbs 17:22)

“A good neighbour is someone who never puts a password on his wi-fi.”

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