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Quiz: Which Tita are you?


Neal P. Corpus

Posted on October 26, 2020

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The lockdown has turned us all into certified titas — but which kind are you?

The past seven months in lockdown has brought about many major lifestyle changes, and with that comes behavioral changes, too. We’ve all become home bodies and certified titas in more ways than one.

The explosion of Tik Tok during the pandemic has given birth to many a tita personality we’ve related to online. But we must give reverence to the OG: the popular twitter account @TitasOfManila first appeared online in September 2014, and was the typical bougie tita we all knew.

The comedy gold was brought to life by writer Danielle Veluz, who in fact, was not a tita in the traditional sense when she started it. But it was the familiar pang that made the character fly: She was the Mary Grace-dining, weight-commenting, slightly-conservative-but-still-a-riot aunt.

Since then, she’s birthed a number of offshoots, including the fitness tita, the plantita, and Auntie Julie, the wantawsan-giving tita who’s the same riot but with an open mind and a keen sense of what’s right.

So which one are you? There’s a little bit of tita in everyone — take this quiz to find out!

What time do your mornings start?

A: Whenever my cat decides to lick me awake

B: When the scent of delicious brunch wafts into my room — my nose just knows.

C: 4:30 a.m. sharp, gotta have that coffee kick in before my workout

D: Either at 6 a.m. or at 1 p.m. — either I brace myself for the morning news cycle or skip it completely

What does your YouTube homepage look like?

A: Appliance reviews, karaoke tracks, and plant care videos

B: Anything Sohla El-Waylly and everything Never Too Small for chic homes

C: Yoga follow-alongs for when I practice at home

D: Lots of Vox and explainer videos

Which restaurant do you frequent the most?

A: Mary Grace at U.P. Town Center, ano pa ba!

B: Mamou in Serendra or Ayala Malls the 30th for when I’m feeling a little *chef’s kiss*

C: Salad Stop in Glorietta for the post-run meal in the CBD

D: Manam in Greenbelt 2 — the sinigang and gising gising keep my senses alive

What’s your quarantine coping method of choice?

A: Catching up with friends on Zoom

B: Cleaning my house and rearranging my furniture

C: Exercise. Endorphins are the only thing keeping me sane right now.

D: Alcohol and crydancing

Most used app on your phone

A: All the messaging apps

B: Pinterest and Instagram

C: Strava

D: Twitter

Your most prized quarantine purchase?

A: A cordless vacuum

B: A vintage chair I miraculously got first dibs on Instagram

C: A shiny new gravel road bike

D: A brand new journal to help me process

What’s your biggest quarantine achievement?

A: Learning a Tik Tok dance that didn’t embarrass my pamangkins

B: Finding the perfect chocolate babka; although this is a constant quest

C: Posting my first century ride (100km) on Strava

D: Managing to stay sane under the longest lockdown in the world

What’s on your Spotify?

A: Ring My Bell by Anita Ward

B: So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings by Caroline Polachek

C: Honey (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) by Robyn

D: Heart of Glass (Live from the iHeart Festival) by Miley Cyrus

Mostly As: A Tita’s Tita

Visit Barcino at Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Greenbelt, and U.P. Town Center.

You’re an actual tita — one that’s devoted to their nieces and nephews. You’re eager to try new things you hear from the bagets, and installing Tik Tok is just one part of their influence.

You probably also got a cat to keep you company in these lonely lockdown times—plus, the fur is an excuse to use your brand new cordless vacuum that you got at one of the online date sales. You terribly sipping on sangria with your amigas in person, but for now, Zoom will have to do.

Mostly Bs: The Tita of Taste

Visit Philux at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

You probably have an exquisitely furnished home—a project that you began when you realized this lockdown was not going away in a month. Might as well make a beautiful home, right?

You scour Instagram shops for pieces both vintage and pre-order, always ready to comment “mine” in under 2.36 seconds. In fact, you can do it with your eyes closed.

To your friends, you are the budol queen but a voice of reason at the same time. Your tight ranking of food items on Instagram keeps them from buying mediocre pastries, and everyone is all the better because of it. She’s a connoisseur!

Mostly Cs: The Power Tita

Visit Gran Trail Cycles at Ayala Malls Circuit.

You are a fitness beast. You probably had a combo of a gym and indoor cycling studio memberships, but since the lockdown, you’ve become an actual cyclist. And since you’ve been forging hamstrings of steel in those spin classes, you have no problem keeping up with more experienced cyclists.

Strava is your only social media these days—I mean, how else do you stay motivated to beat your friends?

You’ve also discovered that a gravel or cyclocross bike is the best weapon for taking on Manila’s streets—fast enough for overtaking and sturdy enough for overcoming potholes. The same streets have also probably pushed you to become a cycling advocate. Where are the protected bike lanes?!

Mostly Ds: The Socially-Aware Tita

Visit Fully Booked at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta, Greenbelt, TriNoma, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Malls Abreeza, Ayala Center Cebu, and Ayala Malls Central Bloc.

You probably hate being called “the woke one,” but if that gets your friends to pay attention to what’s happening, then sure. You aren’t afraid to take a stand, have a keen sense for spotting fake news, and always do a bit of research before Tweeting About Something.

You keep an open mind about controversial things, and are the first person your friends come to for advice on what to do when they get into a sticky situation (moral or otherwise). Not that you ride a high horse—constant evaluation of the self is key, as you say.

Now that you're a certified tita, don't forget to pick up a thoughtful gift for your loved ones (as titas do) on your next Ayala Malls visit. A home coffee kit, perhaps?

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