Filipino culture guide

The people of the Philippines fall into a number of different social groups, and each of these has their own unique cultural practices and customs. Generally speaking, the people of the Philippines are warm and welcoming, and it is not unusual for visitors to be invited to share a meal in a family home.

The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, and while the majority of people are of Malay origin, a real mixture of people can be found here. Care has been taken to preserve the traditions and cultural values of the native tribes, and traditional songs, dances and other practices still form an important part of everyday life.

Art & literature

Filipinos are naturally artistic people and throughout the history of this diverse nation the many tribes and peoples have expressed themselves with paintings, sculpture and writing...more

Music & dance

Everyone in the Philippines seems to play a musical instrument and every bar has a live band. Karoake is extremely popular here and people will burst into song at the drop of a hat...more

Religion

The Philippines is proudly the only Catholic country in Asia but there is a lot more to Filipino religion with a strong protestant following plus Chinese Taoist devotees as well...more

Etiquette

Everyone agrees that Filipinos are some of the friendliest people on the planet, but this nation is also governed by strict rules of etiquette which foreigners should be aware of...more

Brief guide to Filipino culture - Philippines artistry

Music and dance are intrinsic in the culture of the Filipino people, and while many of the styles here seem to have their roots in European and American influences, others are entirely unique. Filipino rock and reggae are both extremely popular these days, while folk music can still be heard all over the country.

There are also distinct forms of folk dance in the Philippines, and bamboo sticks are used to accompany the intricate steps that are performed. These folk dances are always performed in groups and are often performed during wedding ceremonies and religious occasions, while visitors can often watch special folk dance performances in tourist hubs such as Manila.

Traditional forms of artwork such as paintings are also an important part of the Filipino culture, and the current popular artistic style originated in the 17th century. Traditional skills such as weaving and pottery are also kept alive in special craft villages throughout the country, and great care has been taken to preserve these skills for future generations. Woodcarving is also a skill that is revered throughout the Philippines, and most homes proudly display intricately carved pieces of wood, which are often used to adorn doors and windows.

A special type of short poem known as the Tanaga originated in the Philippines and is the pride of the people here. These types of poems are still practiced in schools to this day and are often written in Tagalog.

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