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What is Towel in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Tuwalya ng Baka

What is Towel in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Tuwalya ng Baka

Personal Care
The towel in Tagalog is called “tuwalya,” while the smaller face towel is called “bimpo” or “labakara.” As we all know, bath towels are pieces of thick but soft cloth we use to dry our body after taking a bath or shower. They are available in a wide variety of fabrics, including bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen, polyester, ramie, and wool. Towels are essential in every household, regardless of social status. The towel originally came from Bursa, Turkey, around the 17th century. The Ottomans, who ruled Turkey back then, were experts at making carpets. They used their skills to make towels with fluffy loops, which we now call terry cloth. Towels started as fancy, often hand-embroidered cloths called pestamals. This traditional Turkish towel was long enough to wrap around the body. At that tim...
What is Plate in Tagalog? History, Types, Styles, and Materials

What is Plate in Tagalog? History, Types, Styles, and Materials

Kitchen Tools
A plate in Tagalog is called “plato” or “pinggan,” a specific type of dish where we put solid food. Technically, a dish can be anything that we put our food (solid or liquid) for serving or eating. However, there is no direct Tagalog translation for dishes and Filipinos use terms such as mangkok (bowl) and tasa (cup). A dishwasher in Tagalog is called “taga hugas ng pinggan,” where”hugas” means “to wash.” The exact origin of plates is not well-documented but is assumed that early humans used leaves, large leaves, or flat stones as makeshift plates to hold and serve food. In ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, people used various materials for plates, including clay, wood, and metal. These plates were often simple and utilitarian in design. Meanwhil...
What is Nail Clipper in Tagalog? Origin, Designs, and Evolution

What is Nail Clipper in Tagalog? Origin, Designs, and Evolution

Personal Care
Also sometimes called a nail cutter, a nail clipper in Tagalog is called “panggupit ng kuko,” where “gupit” means to cut and “kuko” means fingernails and toenails. This grooming tool is common in every part of the globe, including the Philippines. Its design is somehow different from the nail cutter, but this term is not common in the country. Instead, most Filipinos refer to both of them as “nail cutters.” The origin of the nail clipper is not well documented but nail-cutting can be traced back to ancient civilizations. At that time, various methods were used to trim and maintain fingernails and toenails. In ancient Egypt, around 3000 BCE, people used small knives or sharp stones to cut their nails. This practice was not only for personal grooming but also held cultural and religio...
What is Textbook in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Printed vs Digital

What is Textbook in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Printed vs Digital

School Supplies
A textbook in Tagalog is called "aklat-aralin,” where “aklat” means “book” and “aralin” means “study.” However, Filipinos today call it a “textbook” or simply “teksbuk.” In today’s digital era, students have a new way of reading textbooks through various devices. Yet, a lot of them still prefer using printed textbooks over electronic textbooks, also known as e-textbooks. The origin of textbooks goes back a long time and shows how education and sharing knowledge have changed over the years. It all started in ancient times, like in Mesopotamia and Greece, where people used clay tablets and papyrus scrolls as early learning materials. These first sets of textbooks covered many subjects, like mathematics, astronomy, and stories. During the Middle Ages, people made books by hand. The ...
What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

Toys and Games
The iconic hand game Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog is called “Bato bato pick.” But in the early days, Filipinos called it Jack en Poy, which came from Janken Pon, the Japanese version of the game. Also called RPS, this simple yet fun game is mostly used as a decision tool. And in case you’re not aware, there are also professional RPS tournaments in different parts of the world. Where Did Rock Paper Scissors Originate? While the exact origins of Rock Paper Scissors remain unknown, it has a rich history and has evolved. According to records, the game has ancient roots, with variations dating back to during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in ancient China. In the early Chinese version, it was called “shoushiling” and hand gestures represented a frog, a slug, and a snake. Rock Paper Sci...