I was recently talking about machetes and bolos with my dad. He felled a small tree and planned on using his hand saw and machete to reduce it to manageable size (for the exercise). The man loves to swing a machete. I mean he loves it!
Anyway, during the discussion of his penchant for using anything bolo-like in our back yard, I asked him if he knew the term "parang." I've seen the term when people (usually non-Filipinos) who are talking about Filipino-ish martial arts with respect to big knives that we (my dad and I) would call a bolo. He was not familiar with the word.
Today it dawned on him that another word for bolo in our family's dialect (Pampangan) is "palang." Seems like it's probably the same word, maybe separated by a few provinces here and there.
Does anyone know which dialects or regions use the term "parang" instead of bolo or palang? Or is it a completely different kind of biga** knife?