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What is Bathroom Shower in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Designs

What is Bathroom Shower in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution, and Designs

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The bathroom shower in Tagalog is called “dutsa” but most Filipinos call it “shower.” As we all know, a plumbing fixture that allows users to wash under a stream of water. But unlike in many countries, the shower is not that common in Filipino households. Instead, most Filipinos prefer using the timba and tabo when taking a bath or a shower.  The origin of the shower can be traced back to the Stone Age when tribes use waterfalls as their shower. During Ancient Egyptian times, society advanced and clay jugs were invented. Wealthy families then order their slaves to pour jugs of water that serve as their showers. But since the water is very cold, this tradition is seldom practiced.  Yet, ancient Greeks are considered inventors of the shower and the first plumbers. Instead of using ...
What is Water Bucket in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution from Clay to Plastic

What is Water Bucket in Tagalog? Origin, Evolution from Clay to Plastic

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The water bucket in Tagalog is called “timba” or “balde,” a container commonly found in bathrooms of Filipino homes, along with the “tabo.” The terms “bucket” and “pail” are often used interchangeably but are not exactly the same. A bucket usually has an open top, while a pail has a lid or top and is mostly used as a shipping container.  The term “bucket” first appeared in the 13th century, and is considered as a medieval invention. It was mostly derived from the Old English word, “buc,” which means “pitcher” or “vessel.” At that time, buckets were usually made of animal organs, while water buckets were made of clay. Clay jars or buckets were heavy and cannot be carried by a single person. During the Colonial America era (early 17th century), leather buckets, which were made from...
What is Toilet Plunger in Tagalog? Origin, Types of Plungers and Uses

What is Toilet Plunger in Tagalog? Origin, Types of Plungers and Uses

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A toilet plunger in Tagalog is called “pangbomba sa kubeta,” where “bomba” here means “pump” and “kubeta” means “toilet.” Another Filipino word for “kubeta” is “banyo,” so you may also hear some Pinoys calling toilet plunger “pangbomba sa banyo.” Aside from toilet bowls, a newly bought toilet plunger can also be used in clearing clogged drains and is common in households all over the world. The origin of the toilet plunger has many versions. One version said that it was Samuel Prosser of England who received a patent for his plunger closet design in 1777. But unlike the modern toilet plunger, his invention was unsanitary because waste would stick to the plunger. The following year, Joseph Bramah (also from England) got a patent for his plunger-like mechanism. In January 1875, a c...
What is Water Dipper in Tagalog? Origin of the Filipino Bidet

What is Water Dipper in Tagalog? Origin of the Filipino Bidet

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The water dipper in Tagalog is called “tabo,” but this translation is weak since it’s more than a dipper. This is mainly because the plastic tabo is not common in the US and Europe. Aside from the Philippines, this Filipino version of the bidet is also mostly seen in other Southeast Asian countries including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.  The tabo is a very common bathroom tool in the Philippines used for getting water for various reasons. This includes bathing, hand washing, toilet cleaning, and laundry. Traditionally, Filipinos use tabo with water to clean themselves after using the toilet, instead of using toilet paper. This Filipino bidet is usually placed inside or near the pail (timba).  However, this traditional use of tabo in the toilet is not so appealing to ...