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German Guy Selling Donuts In Germany Speaks Fluent Bisaya

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


I remember my first time in Laos with an agency a couple of years back to get my Non-Immigrant B visa. I saw two Caucasians speaking in a language I wasn't familiar with. Out of curiosity I approached them so I could hear them better. They smiled at me and I smiled back. And to my utter surprise one of them asked "Pinoy ka ba? Taga san ka sa Pilipinas?" in fluent Tagalog. After exchanging pleasantries we became friends on Friendster. Friendster? Yes. That was the trend before. 

My experience has some similarities with Asnin Pendatuun and his friends when the MA students explored Europe.

The 24-year-old Pendatun and his friends went to Dunkin Donuts in the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany to have a quick break. And since they were in a group, they talked in their native Bisaya. And much to their surprise, a fully bearded German guy behind the counter talked to them in Tagalog. 

In an interview with Coconuts Manila, Pendatun said that the German guy named Norman asked them if they were Filipinos. "My friend replied yes and said she's from Manila. Then Norman said he knows Manila and that he stayed in Cebu. And then he started to speak in Bisaya."

The group soon learned that Norman lived in Cebu for 20 years and just moved back to Germany eight months ago.

In the video, Norman shared to the group that he's a product of Cebu Doctor's University as a psychology graduate. Unfortunately, his units aren't credited, thus, he just sell donuts to earn even just a little.

When asked if he has plans of returning to the Philippines, the German guy said he may visit the Philippines next year.

And to the group's surprise once again the simple video Pendatun took which he uploaded on Facebook four days ago, went viral like crazy. It has been shared 11,507 times as of this writing.

Watch the Bisaya speaking German guy below.

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I'm a full time travel and tourism lecturer at a university in the north who also loves blogging during my spare time. I blog about news particularly in Thailand, personal travel stories, and anything under the sun.