The Do’s and Don’ts of Filipino Culture

The Do’s and Don’ts of Filipino Culture – Health, Party, and Food

There are many dos and don’ts that can be found in the Filipino culture. There are many different kinds of things that people should remember too when they go there. Well, if you are planning to go to the Philippines, make sure that you are able to take note of these things. This way, you will be sure to fit in and enjoy your stay in the Philippines.

Among the other nations of the world, the Filipino people are known to be one of the most traditional. This simply means that they have many different kinds of customs and traditions. Alternatively, there have been one too many nations that have colonized and influenced them. This being said, it is understood that the Filipinos carry with them traditions that are left to them by the Spanish, Malay, Chinese, and Americans – apart from their own. 

When spending your birthday in the Philippines, it is very important to serve either spaghetti or rice noodles. Remember, spaghetti and not any other pasta. To the Filipino people, this will signify a long life. This being said, when Filipinos spend their birthday, there is always spaghetti at their tables.

When you are dining in a Filipino household, there are many different Filipino customs and traditions as well. When a spoon falls down, they believe that a female visitor will be arriving. When a fork falls down, on the other hand, it means that there will be a male visitor to come. When you see a cat rubbing its face with its paws that is where the visitor will be coming from. The Filipino people will not expect you to know these. However, it’s cool if you do, right?

When already eating, make sure that you don’t get the last piece of food on any platter. This will signify that you will be an old bachelor or maid. When everyone is not yet done eating, even when the majority is already done, do not clean up as the person who is still eating will not get married. When someone in the household is leaving when everyone else is still eating, turn the plates clockwise to make sure that the person leaving will not get into any accidents. Indeed, these customs may not make sense to many. But then again, you won’t lose anything if you do them so when you are in a Filipino house, make sure to remember them. 

When you are at a party, there are customs too that you should remember. If you are giving a wallet or a purse as a gift to anyone, make sure that you put there some notes or coins as this pertains to good luck. Alternatively, it is bad to leave the purse or wallet on the floor because doing so may lead to your budget running low. During New Year’s Eve, jumping will mean that the person will grow taller. If you wear clothes with polka dots during the same, you will be lucky money-wise that coming year. If you are happy and smiling during New Year’s, you will be smiling and happy the whole year and on the contrary, if you pout or are sad, then you will pout and be sad the year-round.

Anywhere you will go, you will surely be able to encounter many different kinds of customs and traditions. It is very important that you do not make fun of them no matter how weird and senseless it seems to you. This applies to the Filipino culture, customs, and traditions as well. The Filipino people, much like anyone else in the world, will not appreciate being made fun of. 

Pinoy Indoor Games (Larong Pinoy)

 

While you may think that Philippine games (commonly known as Larong Pinoy) are mostly about running around chasing people, they are not. If you are not really someone with that much stamina, you should engage in many of the Filipino indoor games.

Many of these indoor games are played by certain regions in the country, so when you ask someone, they may not be familiar with a particular game. While Philippine games are usually popular with children, traditional indoor games are more popular with teens and adults. Here are a few interesting indoor games you might like to play to pass the time.

1. Pungitan

This Larong Pinoy is played by drawing a circle on the floor or a board. You place a shell in the middle of the board. Each player takes turns in trying to make the shell move out of the circle. To do this, they would use shells and attack by placing the shell in between the upper parts of the forefinger and thumb and tossing it forward the shell, similar to how a marble is thrown.

2. Tablita

Tablita makes use of a 26-square diagram (the corner boxes are taken out). Each player has copper disks and they toss the copper disks into the air to land in the square diagram. If the player’s disk lands on a line, he does not score a point. To score, the copper disk must sit perfectly inside the square. The player with the most number of copper disks inside the square wins the game.

3. Cara-cruz

Cara-cruz is a Larong Pinoy that is very popular with adults. While this is an indoor game, it can be played on the streets too. Basically, it is a heads or tails coin guessing game. While gambling is prohibited in the Philippines, many adults play cara-cruz to pass time. Most of them also place bets but since you are betting coins, there’s really not much profit for winning.

4. Birachapa

Birachapa is a variation of cara-cruz. Instead of tossing the coin in the air, the mediator will spin the coin on the ground. As it slowly stops, he will place a coconut shell on top of it. People will then bet on whether it is heads or tails.

5. Dama

Dama is a very popular indoor game. Many people who stay outside their houses (I usually see this game being played at tricycle terminals) also play this. Dama is basically checkers. You may apply the rules of checkers here where you go diagonal and take your opponent’s pieces as you pass them. There is also another version of this Larong Pinoy. In this version, you would allow your opponents to take your piece. It means that if they can take it, they cannot avoid it. The first player who loses all his pieces wins the game.

6. BINGO

Bingo is so popular that you can even see this being played in the malls now. This is one of the favorite Filipino past times. The same American rules apply to this game. A number is drawn and players cross out the numbers that have been called on their card. They win if they complete a particular BINGO pattern.

7. Sungka

Sungka is one of the oldest board games played in the Philippines. It uses a sungkaan, a wooden table-like structure with 16 shallow holes. Each side has 7 holes and the end has 2 bigger holes. Each of the seven holes on each side gets 7 shells each. The first player usually selects the second hole closest to the enemy’s bigger hole and starts distributing one shell for each of the next holes. Then, he would end up with one shell on his empty hole, after which he would choose another part to distribute. Each time he takes a particular hole to empty so he could distribute the shells, he would pass on his side of the hole to bring in more shells. If the last shell happens to stop on the enemy’s holes, the other side would take turns. In the case that he stops on an empty hole on his side (not the big one), and that empty hole has one shell, he would take the opposite hole shells for his own. The objective of the game is simple – fill your own side of the big hole with more shells.

 

There are many more interesting Larong Pinoy in the Philippines. Whether you are an active outdoor person or a mellow indoor person, you can surely engage in these games for fun.

Filipino Culture: Legends and Mythical Creatures

As small as a country the Philippines is, Filipino culture is full of many legends, folktales, and quite a lot of mythical creatures.

Filipino people care much about faith. That being said, Filipino families have passed on generation to generation many folktales and legends as well as mythical creatures that are surely interesting.

There are many Filipino traditions that are based on these stories as well. Therefore, if you want to know Filipino culture, I suggest you learn about the different legend and mythical creatures that Filipino people have.

Malakas and Maganda

The most famous legend of Filipino culture is the legend of Malakas and Maganda (which means Strong and Beautiful respectively). This is the legend told by Filipino people that resemble the creation of man (in the Philippines). The story is about the God of Sky and the Goddess of the Sea always fighting. But the God of Air reconciled them. They, later on, they fell in love and produced seed. This seed grew to be a bamboo tree. When a bird pecked on this special bamboo tree, it cracked open and released a man and a woman who were named Malakas and Maganda. They procreated and procreated and the Filipino people are born.

Filipino people are believers. They believe in many Filipino traditions as well as in mythical creatures. There are creatures that have never before been heard in the western world. Sometimes, they have resemblances but some of the Filipino people have made clear that there are sightings of these said mythical creatures.

Let’s get to know them.

The Aswang

The Aswang is the most famous mythical creature in Filipino culture. The Aswang is always a woman. They are some sort of bad witches that are known to terrorize lands bringing sickness and misfortune. Aswang is the creature that most Filipino families use to scare their children. They say that the Aswang gets little children who don’t obey their parents.

The Manananggal

The Manananggal is like Aswangs too, but they are the ones that fly. Yes, they fly. They are women as well. These are the mythical creatures of Filipino culture that are known to hunt pregnant women. During the daytime, they are said to be normal Filipino people. But when the night comes, the body of these women get split in half, leaving their bottom part wherever they desire.

The top part of their bodies grow wings and they find their victims by flying. Then, when they have spotted their victims, they go to the roof, and with their long tongue, they target the belly of the pregnant women and eat their child.

Scary, huh?

But don’t worry as Filipino people know how to defeat the Manananggal. To kill this creature, Filipino culture states that you should find the lower half of the body and bombard it with salt.

Yup, it’s easy to defeat it – as long as you find where the body is.

The Kapre

The Kapre is a hairy giant man that lives in trees. Unlike the Aswang and the Manananggal, Kapre does not harm people. They are, however, known to play pranks on people. Many Filipino people say that what’s scary about the Kapre is their looks.

The Sirena

The Sirena is a mythical creature known all over the world – it is a mermaid. The Sirena, however, is told to abduct fishermen by their song. Just like any other mermaid, the Sirena has a body of
a human and the tail of a fish. Again, Sirenas are women. It is said in the Filipino culture that they victimize only men.

Everywhere you go, you will get to hear legends and get to know mythical creatures. Filipino culture is rich in these two. The Philippine Islands are so far apart from each other that they are known to have different Filipino traditions, legends, and mythical creatures to believe in. If you will notice, the mythical creatures are always of a scary nature. Well, the Filipino families, over centuries, have found a way to defeat them. So don’t worry. If you are in the Philippines and you come across some of these mythical creatures, just visit Filipino families and your problem will be solved.

The Last Piece Syndrome


No category about Filipino culture would be complete without mention of what is called “the last piece syndrome”.

Filipino culture insists that one leave the last piece of anything (food) for someone else.

What do I mean? Well, this is how it works:


Let’s say you’re eating out with some friends and have a whole pizza in front of you, sliced up and ready to be eaten.

Everyone takes a piece, and then a second piece until there is only one remaining piece of pizza left.

Now in any other place than the Philippines, I bet people would either race for that last piece or leave it for whoever gets its first -not big deal right?

This is where Filipino culture kicks in because here nobody wants to be the one to get that last piece!


(There maybe one or two who do want it but for some reason, getting that piece is so difficult to do)


Normally, a conversation about that last piece of pizza will go something like this:


Friend 1: Go on, Friend 2, get the last piece, I know you’re hungry.
Friend 2: No, I’m ok, Friend 3 should have it, and she’s the skinniest.
Friend 3: No, I don’t want any more, Friend 1, you can have it.
Friend 1: Ok, Let’s just share Friend 3.


As to how long the conversation will last, well it depends on how many of you there are and probably how close you are.

How is this ‘dilemma’ solved? Well, after the above lines get said all around the table, someone will, finally, say “ok, fine-if you guys insist, I’ll have it” or else, the piece will just be left on the table.


I have noticed that pushing back and forth usually is shorter when among close friends. I think in these cases, it really is just a matter of abiding to tradition.

I really have no idea where this ‘last piece syndrome’ comes from but I guess that’s the beauty with Filipino culture-it needs no origin or explanation-it is just what it is.

Filipino Culture: Filipino People: Ethnic Groups

 

Being an archipelago, the Filipino people are divided into many, many ethnic groups. This is one factor that brings Filipino culture much variety. This is one reason why there are so many Filipino traditions and festivities that the whole country honors. When you go to the Philippines and travel from the northernmost part to the south, you will get to see many Filipino families of different ethnic groups. To be sure that you will be able to relate to each Filipino family, I suggest you get to know the different ethnic groups of the Filipino people. 

The Tagalog.

The Tagalog Filipinos are those that live in the country’s capital, Manila. They are the ones that speak the Tagalog dialect, where the Filipino language is based from. As of now, there are somewhere around 25 million Tagalog Filipino people there. If you come to the Philippines and land in Manila, you can expect Tagalog Filipino people and Filipino families to welcome you there. The Tagalog Filipino people are most commonly of the Roman Catholic religion. However, given the variety of the Filipino culture, there are many Tagalog Filipino people who are not.

The Ilocanos.

As the name of this ethnic group implies, the Ilocano Filipino people are the ones that hail from the Ilocos region, from the northern Philippine coasts. Most of the Ilocano Filipino people are farmers and fishermen, given the topography of their home. There are somewhere around 9 million Ilocano Filipino people as of now. They speak the Ilocano dialect. When a Filipino family you come across with is Ilocano, they are most likely frugal and hard working. These two are the main characteristics of the Ilocano Filipino people. They celebrate quite a lot of Filipino traditions too, much like the rest of the Filipino people. Some of the most famous Filipino people that are Ilocanos are the former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Fidel Ramos, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – speak about being hardworking, huh.

The Bicolanos.

The Bicolanos are the Filipino people that hail from, you guessed it, the Bicol region. This is found in the south east part of Luzon. Much like the Tagalogs and the Ilocanos, the language of the Bicolanos are Bikol. As of present, there are approximately 6 million Bicolanos. The Bicol region is known for their famous volcano, Mt. Mayon. This certain volcano is renowned because of its perfect cone – no matter how active it is. Another famous part of this Filipino culture is their cuisine. The Bicolanos are known to cook well. They love spicy food as well.

The Kapangpangans.

The Kapangpangan Filipino people are the people who hail from the center part of the Luzon Island. The Kapangpangan people speak the Kapangpangan dialect. There are around 3 million of them at present. They are known for being brave and courageous. They are the Filipino people that are credited to be the first Filipino people who defended the country from the Spanish invasion back in the 16th century. They are known to have notorious Filipino traditions as well. The Kapangpangans are the Filipino people who literally re-enact the sufferings of Jesus Christ – yes, literally. They are the Filipino people who ask to be nailed on a cross during the Holy Week so as to repent for their sins.

The Visayans.

The Visayans are the Filipino people that live, well, in the Visayas Islands. The thing is that there are many little ethnic groups under this. The main reason is that this certain part of the Filipino culture is composed of many little islands. Each of these islands are home to different ethnic groups. They speak the Visayan language but there are many variations under this. They are the majority of the Filipino people as there are somewhere around 33 million Visayans in the entire Philippine Islands at present. The Visayas region is also known to have the most colorful Filipino traditions such as the Maskara festival (the Masks Festival), the HIgantes Festival (the Giants Festival), and many others.

The Philippines, being composed of 7107 islands is indeed home to many ethnic groups. What’s nice about all this is that the Filipino people are united. They love working together. The Filipino families pray together as they spend most of their time with each other as well. This is the core of the Filipino culture. This is the core of the Filipino traditions. I, therefore, highly recommend that you take a trip around the Philippines. I am sure that you will not just have fun, you will learn a lot as well.

Filipino Culture: Tagalog – The Filipino National Language

The Filipino language

Tagalog is the dialect that has been chosen as the Philippine national language, formally known as Filipino.

Filipinos are known to be bilingual (having proficiency in two languages), in the languages Filipino and English.

 

English as the secondary language

In the Philippines, you can go at almost any corner and have someone speak with you in English. However, I cannot guarantee that they would be able to employ good grammar and vocabulary, but at least you will be able to understand them and find your way to wherever you needed to go.

The capital of the Philippines, Metro Manila, has the greatest percentage of Filipinos speaking English, at a rate of more than 98%. It is also in this region where most people go to school.

All schools in the country teach at least some English, but knowledge of a Filipino about the English language somehow depends on how high the educational attainment he or she has reached. Nonetheless, Filipinos can still learn and develop English skills outside school through experience and practice.

The immediate area around my home (in Metro Manila) already has a lot of Filipinos, young and old alike, who speak English well. To give a scenario, a person who has already graduated from primary (elementary) education will be able to communicate with a foreigner easily.

 

Tagalog in the provinces

Formal education is obviously most available in major cities in the Philippines. Practically, all schools in the country teach languages English and Filipino (specifically Tagalog).

For countries with a significant number of population, citizens have different dialects. I honestly do not know all of those dialects even though I am a Filipino, but by searching the Internet, here they are: Cebuano, Ilokano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Bikol, Ilonggo, Waray, and of course Tagalog.

Even if Filipinos living in remote provinces have their own dialects, they still know and speak Tagalog (though when I talk to them, they speak with a different tone). If you are a Filipino who lives in Metro Manila (the capital region of the Philippines) and know and speak Tagalog very well, then you will notice that a person came from the provinces by his or her manner of speaking.

Filipinos in the provinces should indeed study the Philippine national language which is Tagalog (I am not trying to be bias here, since I know only Tagalog among the Philippine languages), because communication is important for Filipinos as part of culture. Mutual intelligibility allows them to learn Tagalog fairly easy, because Filipino dialects have some words in common.

 

Filipino phrases

I have mastery of speaking both Filipino (Tagalog) and English languages, and I can freely switch between the two. Because you are reading this article, I would like to introduce you to some Tagalog words which all Filipinos use. I guarantee the correctness of the translations below.

If you could remember this section after reading and happen to visit the Philippines soon (if you are not there already), then you will definitely be able to impress Filipinos with your talent and interest in the Filipino language.

 

English greeting Filipino counterpart
How are you? Kumusta ka na?
Good morning. Magandang umaga.
Good afternoon. Magandang hapon.
Good evening. Magandang gabi.
Thank you. Salamat.
Goodbye. Paalam.
Take care. Ingat.

 

English question Filipino counterpart
How will I go to Manila? Paano ako pupunta sa Maynila?
How much (is this)? Magkano (ito)?
How much (is that)? Magkano (iyan)?
Where is Manila? Saan ang Maynila?
Where are you? Nasaan ka na?
Have you eaten (your lunch)? Kumain ka na (ng tanghalian)?
Where should I go? Saan ako dapat pumunta?
Who are you? Sino ka?
What is your name? Ano ang pangalan mo?

 

With the few sentences that you have seen above, you might think that learning the language is difficult. I could say that it is always difficult the first time trying, as when I tried to studied foreign languages (which includes Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish, except English of course), looking at their terms and grammar makes the first few weeks studying them difficult.

 

Polite use of Filipino language

Through the influence of culture, Filipinos should always show verbal respect to the elderly, superiors and strangers. This also includes customers and clients of any business.

Knowing the Filipino language is much more than just the use of proper words and grammar; it is also about the use of honorrific words, most commonly “po” (most appropriately placed between the predicate and the verb of the sentence) and “opo” (the polite version of “yes”).

The use of a honorrific word has no strict rules which have to be followed. For example, the words “ate” and “kuya” (literally meaning “older sister” and “older brother”, respectively) are nowadays used to informally call an employer of a small business, or a stranger which has almost the same age as the speaker.

In a similar manner, the words “tita” and “tito” (literally meaning “aunt” and “uncle”, respectively) can also be used to call the mother and father of a friend whom you have developed a close relationship to. Likewise, while the words “lola” and “lolo” literally mean “grandmother” and “grandfather”, they can be used to politely call any elderly Filipino.

 

Filipino Culture: National Costumes in the Philippines

Unlike the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese people whose National costumes are popular around the world, the Philippine National Costumes are rarely heard of. This might be because it is not common to use them nowadays. In fact, I’m pretty sure there are many people who do not own a set of these clothing in the Philippines.

The national costume for girls is called Baro’t Saya. For boys, it is called Barong Tagalog. These costumes stand as unofficial costumes though. Since the Philippines is composed of many different tribes, there are many that can be considered as National Costume.

The Baro’t Saya originated from the Spanish period. It is composed of a blouse (Baro) that is usually made from Pineapple or Abaca threads. The skirt (Saya) is usually woven from silk in different colors. It is rare to see a woman wear the baro’t saya in this day and age. Women might wear them if they are to attend an August Buwan ng Wika (National Month for the Filipino language) event at school or special gatherings requiring the wearing of such. Otherwise, it’s practically hard to find one, especially for an adult.

The Barong Tagalog also originated from the Spanish period. It is made of pineapple, abaca or banana threads. It is usually transparent and the guy would have to wear a dress shirt inside. The Barong Tagalog is paired with black pants. We see the Barong Tagalog more commonly than the Baro’t Saya. Men use this for formal events, especially during weddings.

While these two costumes are commonly thought of as the national costumes, there are many costumes in the Philippines worth looking at too. Here are a few of them.

  1. Igorot Costume.

The major tribes in the northern part of Luzon are called Igorot. There are many tribes that use the name Igorot. Basically, this term is used for people living in the mountain ranges whose usual occupation is rice-farming. These tribes date back to the pre-Spanish period. They have maintained many of their cultural practices until this day. Unlike the Baro’t Saya and Barong Tagalog, which are used only for special occasions, the tribes of Luzon wear their costumes on a daily basis.

There are many terms for their costumes. It changes names for each of the tribes. Typically, Igorots are really good weavers of cloth. Women usually wear two separate garments. An upper blouse is usually woven with colors of red, brown, black and yellow. The same is done for the skirt. The skirt is usually wrapped around the waist and goes until the girl’s foot. Women also adorn themselves with wooden beads. Their wooden beads are also popular tourist merchandise.

Men on the other hand wear something that looks similar to a G-string. The cloth is wrapped around the waist and thighs, with end hanging loose in front of the body. The cloth used is also usually woven. Big chunks of beaded necklaces made of wood and animal bones are uses to adorn their body. Furthermore, tattooing is popular to the native Igorots.

 

  • Visayan Costume

 

People from the middle part of the Philippines wore different clothing from the other islands. Women often wore a version of the Baro’t Saya of the Tagalog region. The upper garment is called kimona, which is usually a thin, woven cloth made of pineapple or abaca threads. This particular clothing is sometimes open at the sides and placed on top of an inner garment (like a poncho). The skirt is called patadyong, a woven skirt usually having a plaid pattern in colors of green, yellow, red and orange. Unlike the saya which is made out of silk, the patadyong looks humble and is usually made of cotton.

Men on the other hand, wore something also similar to the Barong Tagalog. They wore a kamisa de chino, a shirt made of cotton. Sometimes they adorn it by tying a red scarf on the neck. They work pants with it, usually made of cotton.

 

  • Mindanao Costume

 

The settlers of the southern islands of the Philippines usually have very colorful and elegant costumes. Both men and women usually wear two separate garments – an upper and a lower garment. These costumes are woven and are usually made out of the finest silk. They are adorned with artistic embroidery. The more intricate the embroidery is, the higher the status of the wearer. Some women also wear a malong, a cloth made of fine cotton and silk and is wrapped around the body.

Muslim women usually wear a scarf on their head to cover the hair and shoulders. Men may also wear a flat hat.

There are still a lot of different costumes in the Philippines because it is a country composed of many different tribes. While these costumes are not worn most of the time, we reserve them for special occasions. They also serve as reminders of the rich culture and heritage we have to protect even with the modern times.

Filipino Culture: Aswang: The Filipino Version of Monsters

Part of the Filipino culture is our superstitious beliefs. We have a lot of superstitions in the Philippines and they include the belief in creatures we call “Aswang”. The world has stories about mermaids, vampires, werewolves, white ladies, zombies, while the Philippines keep the superstitious culture by telling stories about aswang.

Stories about aswang began during the Spanish period, and they are known to be the most fearsome creature in all of Philippine folklore. There are many types of aswang. The aswang is regional. Each region in the Philippines has something they qualify as such. It can apply to witches, shapeshifters, and bloodsuckers.

Particularly popular of all aswangs is the manananggal. The manananggal is a woman monster which could split her body in half. Once she does, her upper part of body is able to grow wings and fly. She usually feeds on young children and the unborn. It is commonly believed that the way to kill a manananggal is to find the lower half of the body and douse it with salt or garlic bulbs so the upper body cannot attach itself again.

There are other types of aswang though, each as fearsome as the manananggal. There’s the balbal, a monster that eats human corpses and replaces it with a tree trunk. There’s also the tikbalang, a half-man half-horse who preys on young women. There’s also the mambabarang, a human with supernatural powers that allows him/her to bewitch someone so that worms and other bugs would eat his flesh or come out of his body.

While the Filipino culture is filled with stories about the aswang, modern technology has made them less prominent. In the early days, the presence of the aswang was the answer to all mysteries – why children suddenly disappeared, why women get miscarriages, and why people get untreated illnesses. The story of the aswang is still part of the modern Filipino culture, but it is mostly used to scare off children so that they could be kept off the streets at night.

The presence of aswang stories is also becoming rarer, especially since most of them are situated in the Visayas region. Since the population is higher in the regions in Luzon, we get fewer stories about them. With the onset of modern technology too, less and less people believe about aswang and their threats to the human race.

If there is one thing common about the many types of aswang, it is that they have the ability to shape-shift as human beings. While their presence in modern Filipino culture might be dying, it is not extinct. Many people believe they still live among us. Aswangs are usually characterized to portray as shy and gentle human beings. They are mostly women who look pure and innocent, which can be really charming to many men. Since they can dress up as human, the mystery sort of makes things exciting, so many people still believe in their existence today.

It is a mystery to many how the aswang came about in this world, and many theorize that they can turn other human beings into something like them, much like how a vampire bite can turn a person into a vampire too. Others believe that there aren’t really any aswang, just people with a mental illness. In order to keep this part of the Filipino culture despite the changes that modern technology is bringing, people do films and documentaries based on aswang. Parents also still like telling children frightful stories about the aswang to scare them away from the streets. My parents did this to me as a child so I never went home past 6 o’clock. I know I would do it too to my future children.

Philippine Travel and Culture: Festivals

Colorful Festivals to See in the Philippines

Culture Parade in Philippines

Your Philippine travel adventure would not be complete without seeing at least one of the Philippine festivals. There are over a hundred Cultural festivals in the Philippines – usually celebrating something to be thankful for.

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Filipino Dating: Pamalae-Filipino Way of “Meeting the Parents”

Filipino Dating Culture: Pamalae-Filipino Way of “Meeting the Parents”

The Philippines has one very unique aspect of culture when it comes to relationships and dating.

Filipino dating culture may be in sync with the rest of humanity in the beginning stages of dating and courtship only perhaps a little more conservative. But there is one thing that sets them apart that’s called ‘PAMALAE’. Anyway, before we get to that, here’s an idea how dating, courtship works up until marriage.

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