English Guy Learning Philippine Traditions

He is really into learning more about the Philippines and its traditions. I already have some of it on my past posts. If you are interested to you can check: Part 1 and Part 2 .So, Nigel is interested with my tradition more than telling me more about his tradition. There are times that I ask him about but he told me that I don’t have to know more about it. Let me get this straight Nigel is not really happy now living in UK. He wants to move here. I will not post here why because it’s his privacy and I do respect his opinion about it. I love him from being blunt. I know he reads my blog so I will share here about Philippine traditions. We have a lot of Traditions and I will write about five traditions that I think Nigel needs to know. Our traditions are mostly influence by people who stayed here in the Philippines a long time ago such as Spanish, Chinese and other Asian cultures. For me, Filipino Traditions are unique because we do apply it in everyday basis even if we are living already in a modern world. I know that there are some Filipino are not using it nowadays because they think past should be in the past and focus more in the modern world. My opinion is good thing that I was born on the year that our traditions still exist and my families are very familiar with it and our grandmothers and grandfathers are teaching about it. Our traditions are really important to know by my partner because he will have knowledge about it and he can try to apply it if he will stay here for good. I will not force him to use it every day but he can have an idea about it. My mom is strict about our traditions so it’s better for Nigel to read about this. I am curious about English or British traditions but don’t worry I will find a way to ask questions about it to Nigel. Here are the lists that you can know about Filipino Traditions that is still applied by some Filipinos.

  • “ Mano Po” – this a gesture that performed as a respect to older people and it means a way of accepting from elders. When I was young, I do this every time I meet my grandmother or grandfather or elders. If the time is exactly six o’clock, my cousins and I gathered up and we line up and do this gesture to our elders.


  • Family Oriented – Filipinos love their family so much and they are very important. The family takes care of each other and are taught to be loyal to family and elders and they obey family. This is one of the unique characteristics of Filipinos. Filipinos love family reunions during holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s eve, All Saints’ Day, Holy Week, Fiestas, homecomings, birthdays, weddings, graduations, baptisms, funerals etc. is evidence that Filipino people valued not only our cultural tradition but the spirit of our family. Here in the Philippines we value our families especially children. Mostly adult children are still living with parents. It is not like with other countries that if you are 18 years or 21 years of age you can leave your house and be independent.


  • Courtship – Early times, Men do Harana (serenades women) and he goes the house of the woman to let her know about his serious intentions with her. He needs to sing a love song for the woman that he loves and sometimes the man can bring his guitar or friends with him. There are times that if the woman’s parent thinks that he has good intentions they will give the man more trials. There are times the man can rift woods and get piles of water. These are tests if the man is meant for the woman and if he has clear and good intentions. In the earlier times, if a guy touches your hand the parents will let the guy marries the woman instantly.


  • Christmas and New Year in the Philippines – These holidays are considered to be one of the most important holidays in the Philippines. These are the days that families gathered up and eat at exactly 12 AM. We call these “ Noche Buena” (Christmas Eve) and “Media Noche” ( New Year’s Eve). “Noche Buena’ is the night before Christmas or Christmas Eve (Dec 24, 11:59pm). “Media Noche” is the night before the New Year or New Year’s Eve (Dec 31, 11:59pm). Both times when families from all walks of life share the love, food, and happiness of the yuletide season.

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  • Philippine FoodThe Philippines is considered the melting pot of Asia. Eating out is one of the favorite Filipino pasttimes. A typical Pinoy diet consists at most of six meals a day; breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks, dinner, and again a midnight snack before going to sleep. Rice needs to be in the meal and is usually eaten together with other dishes. Filipinos use forks and spoons but mostly they use their hands to eat especially if it’s sea foods, barbecues and dried fishes. But use their hands if they are at home or informal gatherings. Other popular cuisines are usually influenced by Spanish and Southeast Asian countries. Mainly afritada, asado, chorizo, empanadas, mani (roasted peanuts), Paksiw (fish or pork, cooked in vinegar and water with some spices like garlic and pepper), PanDeSal (salted bread), Sisig (dish that is made from pig’s head or liver and seasoned it with lemon, chilli peppers and egg),   Torta (omelette), Kare-Kare (ox-tail stew), Kilawen ( made from fresh raw fish and seasoned with lemon and chilli pepper), Pinakbet (vegetable stew), Papaitan (Bitter Beef Stew), and Sinigang (tamarind soup with a variety of pork, fish, or prawns). Some delicacies eaten by some Filipinos may seem unappetizing especially to Foreign People include Balut (boiled egg with a fertilized duckling inside), and Dinuguan (soup made from pork blood). Popular snacks and desserts such as Champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge), Chicharon (deep fried pork or chicken skin), halo-halo (crushed ice with evaporated milk, flan, and sliced tropical fruit),puto (white rice cakes), bibingka (rice cake with butter or margarine and salted eggs), ensaymada (sweet roll with grated cheese on top), polvoron (powder candy), and tsokolate (chocolate) are usually eaten outside the three main meals. Every province here in the Philippines have different specialty.


  • Sing-a-long ( Videoke ) – This is a proof that Filipinos are music lovers. I am of those Filipinos who love to sing in Karaoke. Everywhere you may go you can see and find Karaoke machine it can be small restaurant, at the mall, carnivals. Just drop a coin or 5 peso coin and that’s it you can sing a-long and look for your favourite songs.

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I hope this can help Nigel and give him knowledge about Traditions here in the Philippines. These are just the few of our Traditions. I know that Nigel can learn about it step by step. If he is here he will understand it more and learn more about it.


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