Philippine Culure

Filipinos highly value the presence of their families more than anything. Regardless of the liberal influence they have gotten from the west, the family remained the basic unit of their society. This trait clearly shows among Filipinos abroad who suffer homesickness and tough work just to support their families back home in the Philippines. In […]

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Custom & Tradition

 My brother-in-law, who is in his late twenties, is traveling back to the Philippines for the very first time since he and my husband’s family came to the United States to emigrate more than two decades ago. Before he left for the Philippines we (my husband, sisters and brothers-in-law,cousins, uncles, aunts, and I) gave him […]

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Tagalog Languge

Basic Tagalog:Some words commonly used by visitors and tourists. English Tagalog English Tagalog accept tanggap lunch tanghalian afternoon hapon map mapa snack merienda medicine gamot apple mansanas mirror salamin ask tanong money pera aunt tiya morning umaga banana saging mother nanay bank banko moviehouse sinehan beautiful maganda name pangalan bed kama near malapit beer beer […]

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Superstitions and Beliefs Related to Death

Superstitions and Beliefs Related to Death 1. If a black butterfly lingers around a person, it means that one of his relatives has just died. 2. No one should go out before the utensils used in eating have been washed and put away, otherwise a member of the family will die. 3. One must not […]

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Unlucky and Lucky Days and Dates

Some Filipinos believe in lucky and unlucky dates and numbers. 1. The lucky dates of the twelve months of the year are the following: January 1, 3, 4, 5, 28, 29 February 2, 4, 5, 17, 26, 27, 28 March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 April 2, 6, 25, 26, 27 May 1, 2, 3, […]

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Philippine Folk Tales 1

The Children of the Limokon The Sun and the Moon The Virtue of the Coconut Under The Mango Tree Why Dogs Wag Their Tails The Poor Fisherman and His Wife The Monkey and the Turtle The Creation Story The Creation Story When the world first began there was no land, but only the sea and […]

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The Philippines – Then and Now

The Philippines is located in the southeastern portion of Asia. Her neighbor on the north is the Republic of China (Taiwan or Formosa), while on the west is Communist Vietnam. Further west is Thailand. Immediately to the south of the Philippines is Indonesia and to the southwest are Malaysia and Singapore. The Philippines is separated […]

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Philippines Human Rights Report 2007

Philippines Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  – 2007 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor March 11, 2008 The Philippines, with a population of 89 million, is a multiparty republic with an elected president and bicameral legislature. On May 14, approximately 73 percent of registered citizens voted in mid-term elections for both houses […]

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Philippine Fiestas and Holidays

Philippine Fiestas and Holidays The fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture. Through good times and bad times, the fiesta must go on. Each city and barrio has at least one local festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere […]

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Philippine Wedding Customs and Superstitions

Philippine Wedding Culture and Superstitions From: http://www.weddingsatwork.com Filipinos still adhere to numerous widely-held folk beliefs that have no scientific or logical basis but maybe backed-up by some past experiences (yet can be dismissed as mere coincidence). Below are just a few that concerns weddings. Some are still practiced to this day primarily because of ‘there’s nothing […]

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