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

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

Bathroom
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 ...