To know our country, let me take you in time talking about Philippines people culture tradition and values.
It's what we call Philippine history - rich and precious to us, Pinoys.
Let us create a vision for you to be able to see through our eyes as we reveal what we are all about as Filipinos with our native tongue spoken language as Tagalog / Filipino.
The picture on the right describes how close the people are, the Pinoys.
Look at the faces, the children and their dress.
Portuguese Conquest by Ferdinand Magellan
Even long before Portuguese, Ferdinand Magellan said to have discovered the Philippines in March 16, 1521 when he set foot in Homonhon Island, Samar, we already have our oldest ancestors believed to be the Negritos who came some 30,000 years ago. This is when our first Philippines people culture was actually established.
The Malay Race and Our Muslim Native
It is believed that these first native Filipinos were the first ones to set foot through makeshift sailboat from rafts to the first old boats or probably a "balsa" roaming in the sea looking for land, shelter and food. These people were believed to have come from the neighboring islands of Sumatra, Malaya and Borneo which gave us our oldest existing race, the Malay race.
Our Muslim Philippines people culture as we now believe may be attributed to visits from 14th century Malay and Borneo Arab traders. Its date stretch back as far as the Southernmost Philippines, now Mindanao.
First Philippines Name
While very few would know more of Philippines people culture, it was Ruy Lopez de Villalobos, an explorer from Spain who actually gave our country one of its first names - FELIPINAS which actually came from the name of the son of CARLOS 1 named, PRINCE FELIPE 2.
Spanish Conquest by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi
The Spanish navigator and governor, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, being the first believed Spanish conquistador had our country on his control back in 1564 and it wasn't until 1571 when Manila was made into a city of the Philippines by the same navigator. All these conquests were due to the strong trade presence for spice and the warring factions from Portuguese and Spanish conquerors led to small battles and discover of more islands to rule.
Chinese Conquest through Limahong
3 years later in 1574, another navigator, the Chinese pirate, Limahong revolutionized the establishment of Chinese colonial period, an important part of Philippines people culture. Even before that time, Chinese trade with who is believed to be the first Filipinos were already strong but interests on rich land as the Philippines became stronger as different navigators set hold in the island through galleons and pirate ships and trade ships and boats. This is the galleon trade, a trade and war for spices for which the island is rich of.
We love the concept of family. Proof to this is the fact that most Pinoys even if they no longer live in the country still choose to live together as family in harmony making free calls to the Philippines to chit chat with relatives. Married siblings love to stay in the same house with their parents living together and taking care of one another sharing food, shelter and showing love in everyday living. the young use "po" and "opo" in show of respect which many countries do not have or use as part of their native dialect - it is unique to Pinoys only.
Keeping the family intact as part of Philippines people culture is the fact that it is still being practiced today (which may be a bit feudal in nature) in many provinces and rural areas that only the father (tatay) of the house works outside while mothers (nanay) stay at home taking care of the kids helping them grow in strict Filipino values while doing all the household chores and trying to teach siblings how to do it at the right age.
Special mention to Jepoykalboh.deviantart.com for the photo of Philippine Fiestas. It really is more fun in the Philippines with this nice picture that describes part of our tradition as Philippines people.
Part of what the Philippines people culture got from the Spaniards during Spanish colonial era is the love of celebration of diverse occasion, wedding traditions and fiestas. Since then, Filipinos have chosen to get indebted in loans and borrowing money from rich neighbors just to have something to offer in the dining table for visitors during local fiesta celebration. Whole year through, we celebrate these feasts with bountiful food as a sign of blessings and we dance and sing in karaoke (of today) in streets.
Characterized by local Filipino dishes / food on the dining table, each house without you knowing anybody living in it will try to invite strangers and visitors alike to come eat and try what they have on the table and probably drink a shot glass or two of the local beer - San Miguel Beer or in provinces, the local wine called "lambanog" or "tuba" (naturally fermented coconut flower sap or resin).
Festivals In Philippines (Alphabetical Order):
Literature history is rich in our country. This is because we believe language is basic for Philippines people culture. If you want to follow the rule of thumb in visiting places like the Philippines here's what you have to understand - as the saying goes, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do". So when in Philippines, you should learn to speak Tagalog. Therefore it is a must at least to learn basic Filipino language to enjoy more than what tripping benefits are waiting for you but the beauty of our smile of appreciation.
If you may, there are plenty of ways to learn common Filipino phrases. One is to hire yourself a Tagalog translator or get yourself an online help via word translator programs by Firefox or Google used as browser plugins. Learning early in advance will always yield better travel experience anywhere you go.
You may also opt in to buy yourself a cheap Tagalog English dictionary. In this case, it is advisable to get it from National Bookstore, a trusted center for educational and language translation resources in the form of pocket sized books of small varieties. A local map of the place you want to visit would also be handy so buy one too.
Otherwise, if you are an online geek with an android phone and you want to do it in today's mobile apps review world using your cellphone, you can always download your Philippines people culture helper when it comes to learning how to speak Tagalog - the free android mobile app from Google Play App store - English Tagalog Dictionary here or you may opt in for Google Translate. A great choice if you are looking to travel Philippines is to hire a tour guide who is known and qualified to be a good Filipino translator and knows English translation not by the book but by phrase. A knowledge of the travel places is definitely a plus factor.
In Wikipedia, it states that the Philippines people culture is diverse due to a range of about 171 native languages or dialects that Pinoys speak and this does not include English, Spanish, Hokkien (Lan-nang), Cantonese, Mandarin, and Chavacano. We will list the 13 major ones later below for reference.
Different countries have different languages that they speak. Philippines have one of the most diverse multiple languages while we have a history that is rich from our different Philippine presidents era and even before to contribute to Philippine history.
13 Indigenous Languages
15 Presidents of the Philippines
Some of our personal favorite in the family are those cooked by Rosebud Benitez, the chef mom from the program Quickfire Recipes (10-minute cooking) in QTV back a few years ago. Although with respect to Filipino recipe, we must speak in general so let us open up the plate and menu for all of you to see how visitors in our country love eating common easy Filipino recipes to cook. We have quite a list that never runs out of getting laid in the Philippines people dining table in every tradition and fiesta celebration. The list below are only some of our family's favorites.
For the ingredients, how to cook procedures and other recipe specific details, please navigate or click on each recipe link. Indulge and enjoy eating.
Filipinos love and honor their heroes. We have a big list of these wonderful Philippines people we owe part of our national heritage and culture from. We have native Pinoys as well as diversified race from Spanish, Japanese, American, Chinese and our majority which is of Malay nature. We celebrate many national heroes day like that of the part Spanish part Pinoy, Jose Rizal who happens to be our official national hero (pambansang bayani). We recognize the bravery of Gat Andres Bonifacio leading the Katipunan in his time. His day is also celebrated as Bonifacio Day which is November 30 while Rizal Day is celebrated December 30.
Other parts of the republic where Philippines people culture and historical heritage include Philippines fashion, celebrities, costumes, museums, libraries, arts and event places. For proof on how diverse and widely covered the history of Philippines people is and to find more information, please navigate in About Philippines sidebar navigation.