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Chichirya are munchable Western-style processed snacks such as potato chips. They are thought of as junk food in the Philippines.
The Filipino word meryenda, often translated as “snack,” refers to more wholesome between-meal snacking in the middle of the morning or the middle of the afternoon. Meryenda is often a pastry, piece of fruit, or a boiled or fried root crop.
In contrast, chichirya comes from out of a plastic bag or a foil pack. Examples are corn chips and potato crisps.
The word is spelled tsitsirya in classic Tagalog orthography. Other spelling variations: chichiria, tsitsiriya, sitsirya