Has anyone used this cheesy line on you “Sana exam mo nalang ako, para sagutin mo din ako”? Or how about this line right here, “Pinaglihi ka ba sa keyboard? Type kasi kita eh”. If not, well I’m sure you’ve heard of them before. These lines are called “ Tagalog pick-up lines ” or “Pinoy pick-up lines”, said by Filipino men to Filipino women whom they want or whom they want to spend the night with. Usually these lines are thrown as a conversation opener. Filipino men found a simpler and easier way of expressing their immediate “feelings” to the women, but in a more tacky way unlike expressing through love letters and poems where one has to really reflect ones deep feelings for the significant other.
Pinoy pick-up lines are the worst when used repeatedly at winning a lady’s heart, but one thing’s for sure, it definitely gets her attention. They have different impacts on ladies because some may find it corny, while others find it hilarious and cute. If we really put a deep thought into it, Filipino guys use pick-up lines to show off their sense of humor and in return, they get praised for their quick improvisation, not to mention the confidence they have in delivering these lines. Imagine having to create cheesy lines like these in an instant! “Akala ko noon, dagat lang ang lumalalim, pati din pala feelings ko sayo ganun din”, or “Parang wala ako sa sarili ko, siguro nasa iyo ako” or “Sana hacker nalang ako para hackin ka nalang”. The one who came up with these lines is a downright genius.
At present, pick-up lines are frequently used up by guys and it is starting to become a cliché. The downside? Well Filipino men tend to choose the easy route or the shortcut to get what they want – which is the women. By using these popular lines, they are unconsciously unable to express their genuine feelings to the lady they particularly like. It becomes a disadvantage for guys because on the other end, there is no assurance for honesty.
Although humorous and a display of romantic interest, the usage of Tagalog pick-up lines as a starter for conversation, as well as an attention-grabber, is effective. But ladies be mindful! Don’t be stupid enough to fall for any of them unless your guy is an exception. And guys don’t be naïve! Be unique and express your own feelings. Pick-up lines are just there to help you at the beginning. In the end it’s still up to you. Remember, “ang taong nagmamahal ng tapat, hindi basta-basta bumabanat.”