Pastor Kevin Sanders

"He must increase, but I must decrease." -John 3:30

Filipino Gestures

Something kind of funny happened to me last week. I was having lunch with a group of pastors when one of them asked me a question. Since it was a “yes/no” kind of question, I just raised my eyebrows (quickly raising one’s eyebrows is just like nodding in the Philippines, but it doesn’t mean much to Americans). He stared at me for a couple of seconds before I verbally answered.

I remembered this a day or two later and laughed to myself. Usually I’m able to mentally separate the language and gestures that I need to use for each country. Usually, but not always.


  1. Hehe. Although I’ve heard of this gesture before, I’ve rarely seen it. Probably cause my family has been here over 20 years.

  2. you’re in trouble if you start pointing with your lips!! 🙂

  3. only in the Philippines…lol

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