Conversations With Lola: Aling Dionisia’s Illness

Note: Filipino words are translated below.

Scenario: I was eating in lola’s room when a report about Aling Dionisia’s illness was played on the tv.

Lola: Alam mo nag-swell daw ung buong katawan ni Aling Dionisia. Hinala nila…

Me: Allergy?

Lola: Hindi, kulam!

Notes:

[1] “Alam mo nag-swell daw ung buong katawan ni Aling Dionisia. Hinala nila” can be translated as, “Do you know that Aling Dionisia’s whole body swelled. They suspected it was because of…”

[2] “Hindi, kulam” can be translated as, “No, witchcraft.”

[3] Aling Dionisia is the quirky mom of the famous Filipino boxer Manny Paquiao.

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