In case you do not know what the Tagalog idiom/matalinghangang salita on the title means, here’s how to decipher it the BRAIN TRAIN way, with Ma’am Dew speaking:
The root word of “naninningala” is “tingala”, which means to look up. “Pugad” on the other hand represents a house or a home. Back in olden days, a typical Filipino home has a “silong”, so the families could keep their animals under their homes (pigs, chickens, dogs, etc.) Thereby even humble homes were quite high or elevated. And once upon a time, the binatang Filipino would woo a girl via harana. You know how it works—the guy and his cohorts would sing for the girl while looking up, waiting for the girl to peek out her window. Thus, I guess, the term “naniningalang pugad” for the vernacular “nanliligaw”.
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OK, so enough with formalities. Parang nanliligaw na si Ravivo, and he’s not even three years old!!! Just the other day, Randy and I were early when we fetched him from school. I like it when we’re early because I’d peek through the glass on their door. I enjoy watching him and his classmates sing their goodbye songs and hug each other before getting their things. So ayun na nga. On that day, I peeked through the glass. I was surprised that Raviv wasn’t his usual jubilant self—normally he was among the most active in enacting the action songs. But not on that day. You know why? Because he was focused on a particular female classmate! As in doon lang! He was caressing the girl’s shoulders and intertwining his hands with hers! My golly!!! Take note that his other classmates were merry-making ha! Makes me think of Close-up commercials wherein a boy and a girl in love would be oblivious to the hullabaloo around them. Parang ganun ‘yung peg ng dalawa!!! In fairness, the girl was cute. She’s half-Korean and half-European/Russian (I’m not sure, basta mahirap i-pronounce ang apelyido n’ya).
When Raviv was dismissed, I talked to him…
Me: Baby, why were you not singing and dancing? Why were you just touching Yuna?
Raviv, smiling sheepishly: Kasi pretty si Yuna, Nanay eh. Kaya touch-touch ko siya.
Me: How did you touch her?
Raviv: Here (and then he smiled again and demonstrated how he caressed Yuna’s shoulder intertwined his fingers with Yuna’s.
Me: Do you like Yuna?
Raviv: Yes Nanay I like Yuna. Pretty siya!
My goolai ‘di ba?!?
In fairness, Yuna is really cute. Pero naman, is this normal?!? And remember his infatuation with MJ? Hay naku. Kay Yuna na lang ako, actually.
Raviv is just about to turn three this December. Parang magiging chickboy ‘ata ang anak ko! He really loves pretty girls talaga. Whenever there’s a Pond’s commercial on TV he’d stop what he’s doing and stare at the pretty commercial models.
And when we went to Thailand…hay, take a look:
Patay tayo jan! Kelangan ‘ata natin ng dibdibang usapan (no pun intended, I swear) ‘pag binata na. Baka maging tunay na lola ang lola n’yo agad-agad!!!
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