Philippine Culture and Traditions

Philippine Culture and Traditions

Philippines Culture is rich is traditions. Even before we colonized by the Spanish , we already believed in our own traditions. We can still witness this said traditions up to now.

Common traditions of Filipinos are: Mano Po (the younger member of a family will take the elders hand and place the back of it to their forehead). The used of Ate or Kuya to show respect to the elders. Holding a gathering or family reunion just to catch up the update of every family members.

Spanish colonization in the Philippines lasted for more than 300 years. That’s why up to this days their influences are still dominating. The language we used, Religion, Arts, Food, Education, Celebrations are all evidence.

The Philippine was once a colony of the United States of America. Their influences are visible too in our culture and one evident is the use of the English language.

Other Asian country such as Japanese and Chinese have been also part of our culture. They influences us through martial arts and asian cuisine.

Family relationships are the basic building block of Philippine culture and society. Because of this tradition of Filipino family, members are provided assistance when needed and expected to give their first loyalty to their kin. This closed relationship is customarily enlarged through ritual co-parenthood called  godparents to sponsor one’s child at baptism and also to sponsor when one member of the family will get married.

The hospitality of the Filipino are known to most foreigners who have traveled around the country. The attitude of the Filipino is one factors towards foreigners too. A typical Filipino house has any facility ready for the guests. It is filled with new and nice-looking items reserved only for them while ordinary ones are for everyday use.

Some foreigners who lived in the Philippines for quiet long time may adopt, and understand this Filipino culture. However, some may find it hard.

Filipinos love entertaining foreign visitors, whether to help, or for whatever reason, interacting with them is unavoidable and may bring something to look forward. Aside from the country’s stunning and natural assets, meeting the Filipinos promises you true friendship and memories to keep.


  1. Mike Henebry says:

    I have been married to a Filipina for 30 years, have visited Phils five times, and we are now finishing up our retirement home in Libmanan, Cam Sur. One of the most attractive things to me about Philippino culture is the warmhearted, close knit families, and their acceptance of me as Lolo Mike.

    • Hi Mike – Congrats on finishing up the retirement home! I hope that you have a great retirement.

    • My Filipina wife is one gem of a lady. We’ve been together over 32 years and have returned to the Philippines 9 times. When we go I don’t look forward to the long flight, but landings are always special. The country crawls with traffic, but the people, their culture and hospitality are hard to beat.

  2. Mike Henebry says:

    My wife and I have been to Spain and Mexico, and we have often remarked on how similar the festivals and general cultures are to the Philippines. My wife really enjoyed seeing where many of her traditions came from (Spain).

    • Hi Mike – Yes, Spain sure did leave a lot of cultural tidbits in the Philippines after their 400 years of colonization!

  3. philippine is undeniably beautiful, aside from its rich culture and great scenery, filipino make it extra ordinary wonderful trough their efforts of building ties and estaying together.

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