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A 70-year old 'lolo' from the province was accompanied by a grandson to the US Embassy in Manila for his VISA interview. The lolo spoke not a word of English so the grandson translated for him. The Consul told the youngman to ask his grandfather why he wanted to go to the States.

"Bakit daw ho ninyo gustong pumunta sa Amerika?" The grandson translated.

"Sabihin mo gusto kong makita yung mga anak ko doon.."

"He said he wants to see his children there."

Fair enough, that's what the lolo's application indicated.

The Consul had another question. "Ask him why does he have to

go there?

Why can't his children just come and visit him here?"

The grandson translated this in Tagalog.

Lolo replied: "Sabihin mo kasi dito pinanganak yung mga anak ko. Nakita na nila ang Pilipinas. Gusto ko namang makita ang Amerika bago ako mamatay."

(Translation: "Tell him, my children were born here. They've seen the Philippines already. I just want to see America before I die.")

The HEARTLESS Consul was unimpressed as he declared, devoid of any emotion, that he was rejecting the visa application "because the applicant
was unable to speak any word of English."

"Reject daw yung visa ninyo kasi hindi daw kayo marunong mag-Ingles."

The lolo was equally unimpressed. "Sabihin mo ito sa kanya at huwag na huwag mong papalitan ang sasabihin ko: "Putang ina niya, bakit siya nandidito eh hindi naman siya marunong mag Tagalog! ?"

Translated, "He said: You son of a bitch, how come you are here... you do not know how to speak Tagalog!?"

Taken aback, sense of humor still intact, the consul relented and approved lolo's visa application in pronto.

Go LoLo...Mabuhay ang Pinoy!!!

(Taken from The Philippine Star (newspaper), written by Boo


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Pete said...

This is great! I also found your post on Melissa Roxas very interesting. Keep up the good work!

honey Ü said...

thank you pete (= well the melissa roxas was done by my cousin, Jean. all credits goes to him (=

Pete said...

I saw in your profile that you're a dietitian/nutritionist. Do you encounter a lot of Type 2 diabetes in your line of work? I used to work in a pharmaceutical company (hence my rather bizarre blog) but am taking time out for travel (currently having a great time in NZ).

honey Ü said...

yes i did before in my previous jobs... why do you ask? wow! would like to go to travel someday too... hope you have a great time in NZ :)

Pete said...

I should say Happy New Year before responding since it is still (just) Jan 1 here.

I worked on some Type 2 diabetes (very early stage) research projects when I worked in the pharmaceutical company so it's an area I'm still interested in. I reckon it's going to be a huge problem in South America and probably is already a problem in French Polynesia since I saw lots of fat people in both. Such a shame that you can't force people to eat healthy food and do exercise!

I hope that you get a chance to see some interesting places sometime. I have some travel pics on facebook so let me know if you'd like to see them. My blogger profile links an email address and the blog links a facebook group (I'm listed as the creator and easy to find) so please feel free to get in touch by either route.

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