Two weeks ago, during a courtesy call of the members of the Sikat Solar Philippines car team at the Consulate General in Sydney, we had the opportunity to witness the other side ~ the lighter side~ of the team members.
Asked to accompany them to the consulate during their 3-day stop-over in Sydney, we asked ourselves: What can we give these 15 young Filipino solar energy pioneers and advocates that they can take home after their successful World Solar Challenge campaign?
We were thinking of something that they would enjoy and something that is not available in the Philippines, much less in Australia?
That’s when we remembered that we still have in our library collection some copies of The Best of PinoyJokes.net. (The pocketbook was published by emanila.com from the pages of PinoyJokes.net website. It was launched in June 2004 on its initial release at the Powerbooks in Greenbelt Makati. The book was distributed by Powerbooks and National BookStore. A few months after the launch, the book was sold out.)
As one would expect, the book is now “out of stock”, and we have not replenished the supply yet. Probably until next year when we release the second edition.
In the presence of Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and Consul Marford Angeles, we presented to each of the team members a copy of The Best of PinoyJokes.net and we were pleasantly surprised that they quite liked the jokes book.
One of the team members even said:”This is what we should have in our bags during that long and arduous 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide.”
Which reminded us of what we wrote more than 10 years ago about Filipinos’ great sense of humour. It is indeed very hard to find a Filipino who does not enjoy a joke or two of Pinoy jokes.
Here is a copy of what we wrote which we dug from the archives of emanila website:
Filipinos have a great sense of humour
By ROMY CAYABYAB
I envy my friend, Wally. Heâ€™s quite a guy, an entertainer. Whenever heâ€™s in a group, he can make others happy. Make them laugh.
He has a bagful of jokes for all occasions. I remember when his father in law passed away, he delivered his eulogy with a joke – narrating his late father in lawâ€™s first encounter with the Aussie twang.
At times, though, his jokes are corny. Over-used. But perhaps because of his imagination, he can really make an old joke sound like a brand new one. He can even make a rude â€˜greenâ€™ joke sound like a sophisticated, subtle, and highbrow yarn.
And he’s very good at body language too. Which makes me wonder whether itâ€™s the paunchiness of his jokes that are funny or his body movements that make you laugh.
Filipinos have a great sense of humour
Yes, my friend, Wally, is a Filipino. A Pinoy through and through.
Why am I relating this to you?
I would probably be telling you what is already known: That Filipinos have a great sense of humour. Not a day passes by without exchanging, or throwing on someone, a joke or two.
And Pinoy jokes are now well known. Aside from being amusing, Pinoy jokes reflect the Filipinos’ strong ability to adapt to changing times. They also show the Filipinos’ skill in story telling and improvisation. Pinoy jokes also demonstrate the Filipino way of looking at things, making fun out of their own misfortunes. “Why worry? Be happy!”
Jokes are contextual
And that is Wally. A very funny guy. But one day, when he visited us I saw him in a different mood. My son who grew up in Australia was already laughing himself out of his seat watching a TV sit-com but Wally was just staring at the TV screen as if the set was not on at all.
What happened? Has Wally lost his plot? His highly developed sense of humour? No, heâ€™s still a funny guy. Except, he could not relate to a joke that was outside his own experiences. That applies to me as well.
And that also applies to Pinoy jokes. Jokes are contextual. For someone to understand Filipino jokes, one needs knowledge of the Filipino language, the different social, economic, geographical, and political systems in the Philippines. A little knowledge of Philippine history will help. And an understanding of the Filipino values and aspirations will really go a long way to appreciate Filipino jokes.
Share your jokes online
Listening to jokes is a different exercise altogether from reading them. Thatâ€™s why I really admire people who can write jokes that really make people laugh. Especially, in the Internet where the rules of writing are a little bit different – loose, yes, but sometimes more difficult.
With rules of brevity somehow already an online requirement, jokes need to be extra concise. And as in the physical world, the delivery of the punch lines is also very critical.
But there are a number of online “uploaders” who meet these criteria. And many of them are Filipinos too, or with Filipino background.
A number of web sites are now specialising in Pinoy jokes. Recently, the creators and developers of emanila.com have joined this growing number of special sites. Their aim is to provide an interactive environment where people can upload and download jokes.
The spirit of a jokes site is sharing and fun. While you’re online, share your jokes. Jokes make life more fun. And more bearable, perhaps?
Jan 30, 2000