The Chabacano Expression 'Pone Por Pecho'

In Tagalog, we know this expression as dibdibin (something) and one will often hear it in Tagalog TV programs (e.g. huwag mong dibdibin ang sinabi niya sa iyo). In English, I don't believe there is an equivalent but this idiomatic expression would roughly translate to taking something very seriously (normally something bad that someone said or did to you).

As you may now have guessed, this is an expression that occurs a lot in Filipino culture. What can I say, Filipinos are very sensitive creatures. For those of you out there who are not familiar with Filipino culture, here are some Chabacano dialogues which will help you understand the Chabacano expression pone por pecho.

Mother to son: Porque bajo el de vos mga grado na escuela? Con quien ba vos ya saca? No hay bobo na de aton familia. (Why are your grades in school low? Who do you take after? Nobody in our family is stupid.)

Father to son: No tu pone por pecho aquel cosa ya habla tu nana. Dejalo, estudia lang enbuenamente para ay saca tu buen grado. (Don't pay attention to your mom. Just study hard to get good grades)

This Chabacano expression might not be known to young Chabacano speakers and those who speak it as a second language.


  1. "In Tagalog, we know this expression as 'dibdibin (something)'."

    Sound like the Spanish expression, tomar algo a pecho.


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