Earlier this week, on Tuesday, I went and had a haircut. For the past year or two, I have a regular barber that I always go to. From time to time, when I go to the barber shop, Joel is not there, and in those cases, I have a “regular backup” at that barber shop, his name is Dodong. About 80% of the time, Joel cuts my hair, about 20% of the time Joel is not there when I go for a haircut, so Dodong takes care of it. I really like the work of both barbers, and am happy with either. Since Joel was my first “suki” at the barber shop, I always go to him first if he is there.
In case you are wondering what a suki is, that is a term that signifies a “regular relationship” that you have in business. Joel is my “go to” barber, so we have a “suki” relationship.
Anyway, as I said, on Tuesday, I went to the City for a haircut, and sure enough, Joel was there, so I hopped into his chair, and he got started cutting my hair.
I had not been sitting there more than 2 or 3 minutes when these guys came into the shop from the street. There were 3 of them, or so, and they were carrying a TV camera. I heard them asking my other favorite Barber, Dodong, if they could film in the ship. Dodong went and got the manager, and she said it was OK for the crew to film.
So, I sat there getting my haircut, and listening as the TV crew (from ABS-CBN TV) began interviewing Dodong and a couple of other barbers. They were asking things like how many heads per day they cut, if business was good or not, and that sort of thing. I’m not really sure why they were asking such questions, I figured that maybe they were doing a story on how the local economy is doing.
After 10 minutes or so of me watching the TV crew shoot, they came over and asked if they could interview me. I could tell that they were a bit nervous, and also not too smooth with their English. I told them that it was OK to interview me, though, and they got all set up with the camera. I did not tell them that I could speak Cebuano, though, I just let them suffer through the English while talking to me.
They asked me only one question:
Uh, sir, do you like the haircut here at Nong Doming’s Barber shop?
I looked at them very seriously and thought for a second, and then replied to them in straight Cebuano:
Oo, ganahan ko, kay gwapo kaayo ang gupit diri sa Doming’s!
They broke out laughing, feeling a sense of relief that they didn’t have to struggle with the English any more! My barber, Joel knows that I can speak Cebuano, of course, and I think he knew I was going to do that. The TV crew really liked it, though!
That was the entire interview. To be honest, I don’t know for sure if the interview aired or not on TV, though, because I was unable to catch the TV Patrol News on ABS-CBN that evening, I had something else going on that kept me away from the TV. Whether it aired or not, though, I enjoyed the experience, and I think the people at the barber shop, and the TV crew also enjoyed it!
Here’s a quiz for you… who can translate my reply that I gave to the TV crew?
Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.