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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

An Tuba ha Leyte (The Tuba from Leyte)

by Dr. Wenihilda Magayones, University of the Philippines, Diliman

7 November 2011

Manila – The first time I tasted Tuba was when I was in third grade. My family did not let me sip that orange to reddish liquid so I could take part in the Waray drinking culture; rather, they made me sip it so that I would be appalled … Read more

“Chinoy Languages: Minnan and Cantonese”

by Dr. Fan Dei, Jinan University, Jinan University, China

10 October 2011

Guangzhou – Chinese had been living in the archipelago that was to become the Philippines long before the islands were overrun by Spanish colonizers. However, the specific era of the Chinese migration to the Philipp… Read more

The Mandaya People

by Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

12 September 2011

Quezon City – Consisting of both the non-Christian and non-Islamic, the Mandaya are found throughout Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Mindanao. Their name denotes the “first people upstream” an… Read more

The Ifugao People

by Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

11 July 2011

Quezon City – The Ifugao call themselves as i-pugao or "inhabitants of the known earth"; other variations of the name are Ifugaw, Ipugao, and Yfugao. They live primarily in the province of Ifugao in Central Cordille… Read more

The Bagobo People

by Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

6 May 2011

Quezon City – The Bagóbo are a proud people with proto Malayan features and with a strong social structure enabled them, as a group, to integrate with the main body politic while retaining much of their indigenous customs, … Read more

The Kalinga People

by Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

7 February 2011

Quezon City – Esteemed as “the strong people of the Cordilleras”, Kalingans, simultaneously, profoundly cherish family and kinship. A Kalinga household consists of a nuclear family and sometimes, an aged g… Read more

Christmas The Filipino Way

by Dr. Wenihilda Magayones, University of the Philippines, Diliman

13 December 2010

Manila – In addition to having one of the longest Christmas celebrations in the world, The Philippines has a unique way of celebrating this holiday. It may seem odd to a foreigner, but when the first "ber" m… Read more

Korean-Filipinos, Filipino-Koreans

by Dr. Seong-woo Choi, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

4 October 2010

Seoul – The term “Korean-Filipino” refers to a person (1) who is half-Korean and half-Filipino, and lives in the Philippines or (2) who was born in the Philippines to Korean parents. Since the Philippines allow… Read more

Ala eh! – All about the Batangas Dialect

by KC Cayamanda, Batangas

20 September 2010

Batangas – I was born and raised in Batangas, and had no idea I had been using a lot of words that other Tagalog speakers were not familiar with. In my numerous conversations with friends and colleagues, I would usually leave … Read more

The Sama Indigenous Group

by Jeffrey Acaba, University of the Philippines, Diliman

5 July 2010

Quezon City – In the heart of Davao Gulf in southeastern Mindanao lies the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), homeland of Sama indigenous group. Popularly known as simply Samal Island, IGACOS can be reached by ferry boat from D… Read more

The Fishermen of Zambales

by Dr. Wenihilda Magayones, University of the Philippines, Diliman

21 June 2010

Manila – Zambales, a picture of tranquil, unspoiled black-sand beaches, is close enough to Metro Manila for weekend jaunts, yet idyllic enough to be a respite from urban drudgery. A stroll along the shore, feeling the fine sand … Read more

The Hiligaynon Language of the Ilonggo

by Francesca Cimacio, University of the Phlippines

10 May 2010

Baguio City – Most people find the ethnolinguistic group Hiligaynon to be malambing (affectionate). Popularly known as Ilonggo, Hiligaynon is said to have originated from the term Yligueynes or people of the coast, consideri… Read more

The Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines

by Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

19 April 2010

Quezon City – The American occupation was a period of diverse and dynamic religious experience in the Philippines. While the politicians saw the occupation as a way to expand democratic principles, leaders of various denomi… Read more


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Visitors explore the historic Fort Santiago in Manila, a military fortress built by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.

Visitors explore the historic Fort Santiago in Manila, a military fortress built by the Spaniards in 1571

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