4. Boom Panes
The Expression: Coming into vogue sometime in 2014, “boom panes” is an expression that means you said or did something that is drop-the-mic worthy. Unfortunately, a lot of people misuse and abuse this expression.
You knew this was coming.
The only reason Vice Ganda isn’t on this list more is that I really wanted to keep it to one example per possible “artist,” but we all know Vice has a habit of taking in-vogue expressions and making songs out of them. And it’s no less annoying now than it was then.
3. Pag May Time
The Expression: Often used sarcastically, “pag may time” tends to indicate that someone should do a certain something important if they ever have time for it, such as “basa-basa din, pag may time.” It’s Filipino snark at its best.
We can Xian anomalous pattern emerging…
Oh, great. Another pop ballad, this time from someone we vaguely know. I would leave it at that, but Xian Lim isn’t the only one who cashed in on “‘Pag may time,” if you recall. There’s also Pride Powder, and a song uploaded in 2014 but supposedly recorded in 2003 ( which means it came around before “Pag may time” became an expression), “Wagas,” by Grin Department. Considering the band’s lead singer passed away in 2013, it’s pretty interesting they came up with something as timely as this.
2. Haba ng Hair
The Expression: An expression that came from parloristas, “haba ng hair” implies that someone is looking great, so that when, say, a celebrity asks for your number, “ang haba ng hair” mo. Not really a surprise where the expression originated from, is it?
Selling out never felt more emasculating.
Earworm you hate? Abra killing any remaining street cred he ever had? Generic music that sounds like every other jingle they’ve ever had? Rejoice has you covered!
1. Dami Mong Alam
The Expression: In line with the anti-intellectual slant some Pinoys have, “dami mong alam” makes it a point of ridicule for someone to know stuff in the middle of an argument. This is when “ikaw na” goes back to being a sarcastic expression, so that when someone is winning a debate, the losing party tries to deflect it by saying, “ikaw na! Ang dami mong alam, eh,” as if it’s a bad thing to know shit. How typical.
So why isn’t this guy opening for Kanye and Whiz Kalifa?
Describing this would just be a losing effort. Listen to the “Chris Brown ng ‘Pinas” himself and find out first-hand how far the world of Pinoy hip-hop has come.
Wait, wait. You’re telling me I’m being sarcastic when I say that? Pffft. Dami mong alam.
What other songs can you think of that cashed in on our favorite expressions? Let us know of them below!