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Sinigang, a Filipino Classic Comfort Food

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

7 February 2017

Quezon City – Growing up as a child in the second largest and southernmost major island in the Philippines, I was never accustomed to eating sinigang. In Mindanao, I ate adobo, humba, or kinilaw, most of the time diligently … Read more


Festivals and Their Importance to the Filipino

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

24 January 2016

Cebu City – The start of 2017 is celebrated with festivals left and right–from the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila, to the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, and to the Dinagyang in Iloilo, to name a few. Almost every provin… Read more


Interesting Filipino Traditions on New Year

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

4 January 2017

Quezon City – New Year is one of the most anticipated celebrations in the Philippines. Young and old alike stay awake until midnight to greet the forthcoming year with loud noises. The fete commences on December 31st up … Read more


The Agta Tribe of the Sierra Madre

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

19 December 2016

Baler – The once-isolated Sierra Madre Mountains, which extends from northern to central Luzon along the Pacific coast, have completely transformed in the last few decades. It is the longest mountain chain in the count… Read more


Romblon Islands and Its People

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

5 December 2016

Tablas – Romblon is perhaps one of the hardest provinces to reach among the many islands of the Philippines. Despite its pristine beauty, not much is known about this noteworthy province consisting of numerous islands si… Read more


Friendly Borders's Commitment to Preserve Cultures and Languages

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

21 November 2016

Manila –  Since its inception in 2004, the Friendly Borders Organization (FBO) has aided in educational missions and generated programs to help educate younger generations. Through numerous journeys to differe… Read more


The Journey of the White Russians in the Philippines

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

3 November 2016

Borongan – In 2013, one of the world’s strongest typhoons devastated the Philippines and killed thousands of people. In light of the destruction, the Russians were quick to lend a hand. They were among those who helped a… Read more


Traditional Music and Instruments of the Philippines

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

21 October 2016

Quezon City – Everyone loves music, regardless of what culture we are from. We all have at least one song that evokes emotions when we listen to it; it either boosts our mood at that particular moment or transports us back to a … Read more


Cultural Affinity between the Filipinos and Jews

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

7 October 2016

Makati City – Conflicts and wars have continued to displace people from around the world. Although the outcome is uncertain, millions have sought refuge in different countries to escape suffering and to live a better li… Read more


The Peace-Loving Higaonon Tribe of Bukidnon

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

21 September 2016

Malaybalay – Covering more than half of Northern Mindanao and bordered by mountain ranges with picturesque spots, Bukidnon is an ideal place for locals and tourists alike. The fourth largest province of the Philippin… Read more


Ilocanos from End to End

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

4 September 2016

Vigan – Ilocanos comprise the third largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines, whose population are the largest in Region 1 or the Administrative Region located on the northwestern coast of Luzon. According to … Read more

The Moncadistas in Samal Island

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

18 August 2016

Davao – Over the years, Samal Island located in the Davao Gulf has been recognized to have one of the best beaches in the Philippines. Its beautiful mountain landscape, crystal clear waters, and fine white sand are a perfect … Read more

Healthy and Delicious Marang Fruit

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

20 July 2016

Quezon City – The abundance of fruits almost everywhere in the Philippines is an added perk of visiting the country, apart from the weather and the beaches, of course! Mangoes, pineapples, bananas, and coconuts a… Read more

Preserving the Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

24 June 2016

Las Piñas – For two centuries, an exceptional, beautiful music has been emanating from the suburb of Las Piñas, a city located in the southern part of Metro Manila. Crowds from all over the wo… Read more

Foreign Influences on Filipino Culture

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

30 May 2016

Quezon City – Long before Magellan reached the island of Limasawa in Southern Leyte located in the Eastern Visayas, Filipinos have already established trading and diplomatic relations with other neighbo… Read more

The New Concept of Filipino Parents

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

25 April 2016

Quezon City – One of the greatest blessings in life is to have parents. They are our first teachers who helped us shape our characters, values, and even how we view the world. Growing up with Filipino parents is a pri… Read more

Reviving Philippine Baseball

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

4 April 2016

Quezon City – If one looks back at the colorful history of baseball in the Philippines, it is hard to fathom how the sport has struggled in recent years. Once described by the Washington Post as being more talented than the a… Read more

The Subanen People of Mindanao

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

21 March 2016

Quezon City – In the island of Mindanao, particularly in the Zamboanga Peninsula, there exists a group of lumad or non-Muslim indigenous cultural community called the Subanen. They are also known as Suba… Read more

Old-Fashioned Filipino Games

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

7 March 2016

Quezon City – As a little girl living in the countryside, I was used to running around the neighborhood to play with other children in my area. Summertime was the best, because no rain could dampen our games and everyone can pl… Read more

Baguio and its Timeless Charm

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

29 February 2016

Quezon City – Planning on a budget-friendly getaway this summer? Look no further. The City of Pines will mesmerize you with its timeless charm, in addition to its cool climate all year round. Baguio City is abo… Read more

Philippine Folk Dances

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

15 February 2016

Quezon City –  K-Pop hip-hop, and breakdance are just some of the famous dance moves today. As the world continues to evolve and change, younger generations are slowly taking over, leaving many of the old traditions b… Read more

Basketball Intertwined in the Philippine Culture

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

1 February 2016

Quezon City – It’s Saturday and Emar is hurrying to join a basketball game with his friends from high school. Now 33 years old, he still actively plays every weekend with people who share his passion for the sport. “… Read more

Pasalubong: Symbol of Thoughtfulness

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

17 January 2016

Quezon City – Leftover chicken sandwich from my father’s afternoon snack was what he would usually bring my sister and me after he came home from a day’s work. It was the kind of pasalubong he knows would make his littl… Read more

Ube – the Purple Royalty of Philippine Gastronomy

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

3 January 2016 

Quezon City – The color purple is often associated with royalty, grandeur or prosperity. In culinary circles, purple is the latest food fad. A plate filled with purple carrots or potatoes seem to be the latest additi… Read more

Maligayang Pasko

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

23 December 2015

Quezon City – Literally, "Merry Christmas" in Tagalog! Have you ever celebrated the most festive time of the year in the Philippines? If yes, then you know that it is difficult to be sad when e… Read more

Women in the Philippines (How they have more equality here than in many other countries)

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

14 December 2015

Quezon City – The Philippines ranked 9th in the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum, still the only country in the Asia Pacific region to be included in the 10 most gender-equal nations. Th… Read more

The Rebirth of Filipino Football

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

16 November 2015

Quezon City – Although football (known as soccer in the United States) is hugely popular worldwide, the Philippines has preferred basketball since the start of the 20th century. After the last FIFA Wo… Read more

Marikina: The Shoe Capital of the Philippines

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

2 November 2015

Quezon City – Famous for its durable and affordable shoes, the City of Marikina was home to some 200,000 shoemakers and 7,000 factories during the shoe industry’s heyday in the 1970s. Today, it fl… Read more

Filipino Overseas Foreign Workers

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

8 October 2015

Quezon City – Ruben, an engineer, was already a manager in a Japanese firm in Cavite when he opted to work abroad. He now lives away from home, at least for awhile, in pursuit of higher wages to improve his family&rs… Read more

Growing Up with Three Different Languages

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

16 March 2015

Quezon City – The Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands, around 2,000 of which are inhabited. It is not surprising, therefore, that more than 170 languages are spoken in the country and that more than half of the popul… Read more

Night Culture in the Philippines

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

11 January 2015

Quezon City – Nightlife in the Philippines is quite diverse and options abound: clubs, cafés, bars, cultural shows, karaoke joints, and casinos. A night owl in Metro Manila need not search hard for chic, swan… Read more

Philippine Mango

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

07 December 2014

Quezon City – With its sweet, unique flavor, it’s not surprising that mango ranks high among the world’s favorite fruits, and is the Philippines’ national fruit. In fact, an international stud… Read more

San Isidro Pahiyas Festival

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

11 November 2014

Quezon City – Lucban is a typical quiet town at the foot of Mount Banahaw in the province of Quezon, where farming is the main source of livelihood for many locals. Every 15th of May, the town's houses come alive, as … Read more

The Tranquil Town of Oslob

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

4 October 2014

Quezon City – Oslob: an idyllic countryside, perfect for those who want a quick getaway from the urban hustle and bustle; a small town, rich in history, that recently became world-famous for its whale sharks, which can … Read more

Halsema Highway

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

29 August 2014

Quezon City – The sheer, rugged Cordilleras* flaunt one of the most breathtaking views in the island of Luzon: lush green trees, a winding river, peaks enveloped in clouds, and vigorous vegetation everywhere. The upl… Read more

Filipino World Wanderlust on the Rise

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

9 May 2014

Quezon City – While the Philippine tourism industry scrambled to lure millions of visitors — and succeeded to a large extent — the past three years also saw a surge in the number of Filipinos traveling abroad. T… Read more

A Day with the Samahan of Ciudad Mistica

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

18 March 2014

Quezon City – In the Southern Tagalog region, about 170 kilometers southeast of Manila, stands what many people stoutly believe is a sacred mountain. Every year, pilgrims, tourists, and the sick flock to Mount Banahaw … Read more

Filipinos Love Singing

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

21 January 2014

Quezon City – You hear singing almost anytime, anywhere. That’s nothing out of the ordinary when you’re in the Philippines.

The Filipino penchant for singing is legendary. Whether in a restaurant, on t… Read more

Paulino Alcántara: The Greatest Filipino Footballer

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

10 December 2013

Quezon City – Whenever you ask a Filipino what the most popular sports in the country are, basketball and boxing are almost always the top two choices. That is to be expected, as both sports have produced many world cha… Read more

Chinoys in the Philippines

by Michelle L. Pua, Freelance Writer

29 October 2013

Manila – A Chinoy or Tsinoy is a Philippine national of Chinese descent, who is born or raised in the Philippines.  The word is derived from Chinese (or Tsino, the Filipino pidgin for the Spanish term for Chinese) … Read more

Coping with the Bisaya Accent

by Ethnic Groups Philippines

18 September 2013

Quezon City – Koya… Ati… are a couple of dead giveaways that the speaker is Bisaya (Visayan). Those from "down south," be it the Visayas or Mindanao group of islands, who are living in Metr… Read more

Datu Alfonso on Preserving the Sama Tribe

by Michelle Mira, Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

27 October 2012

Quezon City – Datu Alfonso Velasco San Juan is one of the many tribal chiefs who are striving to preserve the culture and traditions of the Sama tribe in the Island Garden City of Samal. The tribal leaders are pushing to p… Read more

Four Filipino Food Craves on Rainy Days

by Michelle L. Pua, Freelance Writer

2 October 2012

Manila – Rain, rain go away… It’s that soppy time of year again! When the raindrops start their pitter-patter on your roof then crescendo into a waterfall roar, home becomes the location of choice. You dig in an… Read more

Philippine Languages

by Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

12 September 2012

Manila – An elderly lady in Caramoran, Catanduanes, wearing a multicolored sun dress, squats next to her grandson and offers him a glass of water. She speaks to him in her native language of Bicolano; in Buug, Zamboa… Read more

Halo-halo in the Philippines

by Michelle Mira, Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

15 July 2012

Quezon City – Bring out the sunblock, bikini, and flip-flops and get ready to plunge into the clear waters around the 7,107 islands. Summer in the Philippines starts around March, as temperatures proceed to climb, hitti… Read more

Preserving Ethnicity in a Modern Society

by June Cecille Reyes, University of the Philippines, Dilimam

30 June 2012

Quezon City – What is ethnicity? What does it mean to be ethnic? A formal definition states that being ethnic means belonging to a certain group or community that shares a common culture, language, or dialect; traditions… Read more

History of the Spanish Community in the Philippines

by Dr. Isaac Donoso Jiménez, University of Alicante, Spain

21 May 2012

Madrid – The pressures, to which the Spanish community in the Philippines was subjected to, throughout history a notable peculiarity as compared to other Spanish migrant groups. On one hand, during the modern age, the Philippi… Read more

The Ikalahan People

by Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

13 February 2012

Quezon City – The Kayapa Ikalahan population was widely scattered in northeastern Pangasinan, western Nueva Vizcaya, and western Ifugao on the main island of Luzon.  Included in the generic term Igorot, mea… Read more

Disappearing Languages in the Philippines

by George Molina, Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

9 January 2012

Manila – Languages around the world are dying at an alarming rate. It is unclear to linguists and historians how many languages have vanished in the past centuries, but some estimate that more than 10,000 languages once exist… Read more

Zamboangueño Chavacanos: Preserving a Language and Identity

by George Molina, Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

12 December 2011

Zamboanga City – The vigorous original Zamboangueño Chavacanos, also referred to as simply Chavacanos, are composed of families that are native to the old Zamboanga. Their language is called Zamboangue&… Read more


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