Toilets

  • Toilets are commonly called a ‘CR’, an abbreviation of the delightfully euphemistic ‘comfort room’.
  • Other than at some bus terminals and ports, public toilets are virtually nonexistent, so aim for one of the ubiquitous fast-food restaurants should you need a room of comfort.
  • Most toilets are sit-down affairs, but in remote areas some might not have toilet seats.
  • In Filipino, men are lalake and women are babae.
  • Filipino men will often avail themselves of the nearest outdoor wall – hence the signs scrawled in many places: ‘Bawal Ang Umihi Dito!’ (‘No Pissing Here!’).