The following is from an interview between me and my friend, Nicole, at Blaze Pizza. Nicole is a Catholic missionary from the Phillipines. We were joined, as well, by another missionary named Carlos. Nicole shared with me a Filipino joke.
Nicole: “Why did the priest stop eating salt?”
Nicole: “Because it was asin. ‘Asin’ means ‘salt’.”
Me: “In– In what language?”
Me: “Is that, like, from the Phillipines?”
Me: “Okay, that’s awesome. And where did you hear that from?”
Nicole: “From my… dad.”
Me: “Okay, did he tell it often, or…?”
Nicole: “Um… it was said among my friends, too.”
Me: “Oh, really? Like, around what age?”
Nicole: “Um… probably middle school…. (Laughs) that’s it.”
I really think this joke took full advantage of the Filipino-English pun potential and struck some serious gold.