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What does it mean to feel “kilig?”


Ever wondered where that warm-and-fuzzy-feeling-you-get-when-you-see-the-apple-of-your-eye comes from? That elusive and uniquely Filipino concept of “kilig?” Dr. Danilo Tuazon, a neuropsychologist, says “kilig” is actually hormones at work. In an interview on “24 Oras,” Dr. Tuazon explained the role of hormones in bringing two people together: “You have to take note of testosterone, kasi ang testosterone nag-e-energize sa atin, nagbibigay sa atin ng motibasyon.” Aside from testosterone, the hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine, which are produced by the human kidney, also plays a role in stimulating a person’s emotions. Adrenaline increases a person’s heart and pulse rate, while norepinephrine affects some parts of the brain which regulates emotions. But before you let yourself get carried away with “kilig,” sociologist Bro. Clifford Sorita says its important to understand and weigh these feelings first. Define “kilig” "Kilig" is one of those Filipino words for which there is no translation in English. Bro. Sorita defines “kilig” as an initial attraction. “Ang tawag natin diyan, either A) crush or B) infatuation.” Netizens from Twitter also shared what makes them “kilig.”

“Kilig is not yet love” There is no doubt that “kilig” is a happy and positive feeling, but Bro. Sorita also warned that it’s just the first step of the whole staircase: “Hindi mo naman pwedeng sabihin na unang tingin pa lang malalim na ang pagtingin mo sa kanya.” “Kilig” may also lead to love if it progresses through a more meaningful interaction with the person. Time is another factor which should be considered. “You have to grow. Kinakailangan mag-develop ka. Kailangan magkaroon ka ng ‘getting to know you,’ para beyond the kilig is now love. Because kilig is not yet love,” the sociologist added. From “kilig” to love True enough, there are some people who found life partners because of the “kilig factor.” It’s indeed the spark with which many relationships begin. Jojo Sto. Domingo, a construction foreman, said that many years ago, he saw a beautiful girl named Helen when he was at work and got initially attracted by her. “Doon ako kinilig sa bahay na ginagawa ko. Parang gusto kong gumawa rin ng bahay para sa kanya,” Jojo said. Meanwhile, Bobby and Violy Dulay, who already have a grandchild, say that they still hold hands in public. According to them, they still feel the same romantic spark that they did when they were young. What makes you “kilig?” Stories about love and romance are some of the most talked-about on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  Here are how some followers of the GMA News TV docu-drama program “Wagas” experence “kilig.”  

Some netizens say that they also get “kilig” when they witness other people’s love stories on television: What makes you feel “kilig?” –Rica Fernandez/PF, GMA News
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