Boodle fight

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Men of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army are joined by civilians in a boodle fight.
Boodle fight in Baler, Aurora.

A boodle fight, in the context of Filipino culture, is the military practice of eating a meal.[1][2][3]


Sources indicate that the term "boodle" is American military slang for contraband sweets[4] such as cake, candy and ice cream. A "boodle fight" is a party in which boodle fare is served.[5] The term may have been derived from "kit and caboodle"; caboodle is further derived from boodle or booty.[6]

Table manners[edit]

A boodle fight is a meal that dispenses with cutlery and dishes.[7] Diners instead practice kamayan, Filipino for "eating with the hands".[8] The food is placed on top of a long banana leaf-lined trestle table and in the true military practice, diners do not sit in chairs but instead stand shoulder to shoulder in a line on both sides of the table.

A senior officer or enlisted personnel then utters the traditional command for the boodle fight to begin:

"Ready on the left,
 Ready on the right,
 Commence boodle fight!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dumdum Jr., Simeon (10 June 2012). "The boodle fight". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  2. ^ Altheyie. "Boodle fight and the battle of Filipinos – A preview of OFW's life in Canada". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ Marcaida, Joana Joyce (26 August 2015). "The boodle fight". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ Dolph, Edward Arthur (1942). "Sound off!" Soldier Songs from the Revolution to World War II. Farrar & Rinehart. p. 579.
  5. ^ Dickson, Paul (2014). War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War. Courier Corporation. p. 132. ISBN 0486797163.
  6. ^ "Whole kit and kaboodle". World Wide Words. April 10, 1999. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Boorman, Charley (2009). Right To The Edge: Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means: The Road to the End of the Earth. Hachette. ISBN 0748113150.
  8. ^ Lowry, Dave (6 January 2016). "Hand-to-Mouth Combat: Experiencing a Kamayan Dinner at Hiro Asian Kitchen". Retrieved 16 June 2017.