Philippine Folk/Pop Culture

Folk Culture Pop Culture
Food “Lechon”  

The entire pig is spit-roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part.

“Halo Halo” (Mix-mix)

Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl.




Two very popular fast food chains in the Philippines



Tinikilng is a traditional folk dance where bamboo sticks are brought together and apart in a beat, while people dance in and out of them.

“Bahay Kubo”

One of the most well known fool songs in the Philippines. Bahay Kubo tells the story of a small hut.


Karaoke is a popular activity among Filipinos, Karaoke Bars are numerous and prosperous, while many families own a karaoke machine for home.


Hip-hop influence has spread among the Philippines.

Clothing “Barong”

The barong is a traditional dress shirt that men wear on special occasions.

Women can wear them too! But theirs are more colorful.


“Westernized Clothing”

Lot’s of Western looking clothing is trendy in the Philippines, but of course still very colorful.

“Fashion Shows”

Western fashion spreads to the Philippines, and you’ll see Western style clothing on runways in the Philippines.


Lot’s of local Filipinos live in small homes made of palm and bamboo.

“Nipa Hut”

Traditional house on stilts for people who live on/near the water in the Philippines.


“Sky Scrapers” 

In prosperous cities skyscrapers can be spotted; western influence.

“Nuvali, Philippines”

Western-influenced architecture is present in the Philippines.


“Indigenous Tools”

Tools made from indigenous Filipinos.


Machetes are commonly used to cut down bamboo trees, and help get through the tropical forestry part of the Philippines.


“Filipino Taxis”

Western influenced taxis.

“Cell Phones”

Cell phones are popular in the Philippines.

Beliefs A lot of Filipinos are very superstitious. Some of their traditional superstitions are…

Pregnant Women: Pregnant women should not cut their hair, or their baby will be born bald.

Newlyweds: Upon entering their new home, the couple should go up the stairs alongside each other so that neither one will dominate the other.

Popular superstitions in the West with Philippino twist.

One should not open an umbrella while inside a house; a centipede is likely to fall from the ceiling and he will be bitten by it.

Seven (7) is a lucky number and all other odd numbers are lucky.


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