Powerful Women in the Philippines and the Macho-“machunurin”

As I mentioned few weeks ago in a similar article in Tagalog and in some other articles in English (this is one of my favourite topics), women in the Philippines can be more powerful than their husbands.

I’ve seen families in which the wife is a teacher, a lawyer, a university professor and so on while her husband barely works or does menial jobs such as tricycle driver, farmer etc.

An interesting play on words for these men who play the macho when they drink or drive (or drink and drive) but get constantly henpecked by their wives is machunurin, a combination of “macho” and masunurin (submissive).

Men in the Philippines also call themselves tigasin or strong when, in fact they often end up being tiga-saing (a play on words for taga-saing, the one who cooks rice), tiga-salok ng tubig (one who gets water), tiga-luto (the one who cooks) etc.

Interesting, isn’t it?

3 thoughts on “Powerful Women in the Philippines and the Macho-“machunurin”

  1. yes, even in our home, my mom works and my father is the housemaid…. my mom is the king but only within our walls… outside, they give quite a performance.. probably because mom does not want anyone to look down at her husband…

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s