Category: Culture

What is a Filipino Marriage Proposal

The traditional marriage proposal takes the form of the pamanhikan or pamamanhikan or the “parental marriage proposal”, a formal way of asking the parents of the woman for her hand. The would-be groom and his parents go to the would-be bride’s home, and ask the parents for their consent. Once the woman’s parents accept the […]

Saturday January 7th, 2012 in Culture, Family, Filipina Weddings, History | No Comments »

Filipino Wedding Ceremony

A typical ancient traditional Filipino wedding, during pre-colonial times, is held for three days and was officiated by a babaylan, a tribal priest or priestess. The house of the babaylan was the ceremonial center for the nuptial. On the first day, the couple was brought to the priest’s home, where the babaylan blesses them, while […]

The Road to Baybay

My wife and I travel from Mahaplag to Baybay Leyte to get something to eat. The beautiful and scenic 1 hour trip with a stop along the way at Mingay’s BBQ, Pantalan in Baybay.

Western Men & Filipina Spouses Age Difference

I originally posted this topic Western Men & Filipina Spouses Age Difference with a POLL on the Topix website hoping to get other FilAm couples to vote and comment on this unique topic. My goal was to learn something and encourage others regarding this topic. I have read that this phenomenon is fairly well documented […]

Famous People of Leyte Philippines

Besides people engaged in politics such as former First Lady Imelda Marcos and former speaker of the regular Batasang Pambansa (1984-1986) Nicanor Espina Yniguez (he filed the bill creating the province of Southern Leyte), there are also personalities in other fields such as media and entertainment who made their mark on the nation. Foremost among […]

Tuesday July 12th, 2011 in Culture, People, Points of Interest | No Comments »

The Beauty in Filipina Women is More than Skin Deep

Filipino women are gifted with beauty, intelligence, sensitivity and generosity of heart. They are reliable, protective, conscientious and committed as a friend, mother, wife and worker. While most Filipino women were taught at a young age to be good at domestic chores and housekeeping, they nevertheless grew up to value good education and care for […]

Tuesday July 12th, 2011 in Culture, Filipina Woman | No Comments »

The Value in Todays Filipino Family

The Filipino family is unique, most households in the Philippines differ considerably from what is considered normal to most westerners or anywhere else around the world. While most families elsewhere are composed of a father, a mother or the parents and their children, a Filipino family would normally go beyond this in one household. The […]

Tuesday July 12th, 2011 in Culture, Family, People | No Comments »

Traditional and Modern Filipino Wedding Customs

Filipino wedding customs combine both colonial influence and traditional beliefs. The more common Filipino wedding customs include choosing where to hold the wedding church and who the officiating minister will be. Couples who belong to prominent families usually prefer holding the wedding in an ancient Spanish-time church and enlist a well-known personality for an officiating […]

Filipino Customs And Traditions

Like most asian countries, the Philippines is rich in customs and traditions handed down from generation to generation. While Filipinos have been able to preserve some traditional values and revered practices, some of these customs have become the product of foreign influence, assimilated into the native culture and in time becomes traditional. Filipino customs and […]

Monday July 11th, 2011 in Culture, Festivals, Filipina Woman | No Comments »

The Culture of Traditional Filipino Cuisine

Filipino food is a unique part of the culture and central to Filipino life. It defines their uniqueness and diversity as a people. Most regions or provinces are known for one or several types of food or for the distinctive taste of their home-cooked food. Bicolanos for example are known for a variety of food […]

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 in Culture, Food / Water, Travel | No Comments »