In the Philippines, when you want to get a mans attention, you can yell Hoy Kuya! Basically this is saying, excuse me, or YO BRO. Kuya is used address adult men as a sign of acknowledgement and respect. However, I am sure a young boy would feel courage to be addressed as an older male. Keep in mind, this phrase “hoy kuya” can come off as in-polite, so make sure you say it in a fun way with a smile for them to turn around to.

All Filipinos know this playful Tagalog phrase.  If you are planning a trip to the Philippines here are several reasons why you should learn Tagalog.

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