Philippine Culture and History

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    This thread is about the Philippines, about its culture with a little bit of history.

    A brief summary about the Philippines is that it is republic nation-state and an archipelago in the Asia-Pacific. It has about 7,000 islands. The Filipino culture is originally a Malay culture but was later influenced by Indian culture, dynastic Chinese culture, Spanish culture and American culture, thus creating a somewhat "unique" blend of East-meets-West.

    Adding to that is the myriad of local cultures across the Philippine archipelago.

    Majority of the Filipinos adhere to the Roman Catholic faith though there are also Filipinos that adhere to Christian-based faiths, including Christian-based faiths that were established by Filipinos such as Iglesia ni Cristo. Another religion Filipinos adhere to is Islam, which is more common in the southern island of Mindanao.

    For more info about the Philippines, it culture and traditions.

    http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/cultural-discoveries/
    http://www.phillispage.de/culture_and_tradition.htm
    http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/philippines-country-profile.html
     
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    Festivals In Philippines (Alphabetical Order):

    • Apribada -- Donsol, Sorsogon -- 4th week of January
    • Arya! Abra Festival -- Abra -- March
    • Ati-atihan Kalibo -- Aklan -- 3rd weekend of January
    • Bayluhay Festival -- San Joaquin, Iloilo -- 3rd Saturday of January
    • Black Nazarene -- Quiapo, Manila -- January 9
    • Biniray - Romblon - January 9
    • Bonok-Bonok Festival -- Surigao -- September
    • Carabao Festival San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Pulilan, Bulacan; Angono, Rizal May 15
    • Caracol sa Makati -- Makati City, Manila -- last Sunday in January
    • Catandungan Festival Catanduanes October
    • Chinese New Year Chinatowns Late January or early February
    • Cutud Lenten Rites San Fernando, Pampanga April
    • Daro Sinulog - Dumaguete, Negros Oriental - 3rd week of January
    • Dia de Zamboanga Festival Zamboanga City February 26
    • Dinagyang Iloilo City 4th Sunday of January
    • EDSA Day -- Mandaluyong City -- February 25
    • Flores de Mayo Nationwide Month of May
    • Festival of Hearts -- Tanjay City, Negros Oriental -- February 14
    • Grand Cordillera Festival Baguio City November
    • Helubong Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato Second week of November
    • Hot Air Balloon -- Clark Subic, Zambales -- February 9-12
    • Ibalong Festival Albay Second week of October
    • International Bamboo Organ Festival Las Piñas Church February 15 to 25
    • Kaamulan Festival Malaybalay, Bukidnon Late February to early March
    • Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival Davao City 3rd week of August
    • Kagayhaan Festival Cagayan de Oro August 28
    • Kahimonan Abayan Festival Butuan City July
    • Kalilangan Festival -- General Santos City -- 4th week of February
    • Kansilay Festival Silay City, Negros Occidental November 5 - 13
    • Kinabayo Festival Dapitan City July 24
    • Lantern Festival San Fernando, Pampanga December 24
    • Lanzones Festival Camiguin October25-28
    • Lingayen Gulf Landing - January 9
    • Lubli-Lubi Festival Calubia, Leyte August 15
    • Maradjao Karadjao Festival Surigao City September
    • MassKara Festival Bacolod City Third weekend of October
    • Misa de Gallo Nationwide Starts December 16
    • Moriones Festival Boac, Mogpog & Gasal, Marinduque Holy Week
    • Mudpack Festival Murcia, Negros Occidental June 24
    • Our Lady of Candles Festival Jara, Iloilo February 2
    • Pagoda Festival Bocaue, Bulacan July
    • Pahiyas sa Quezon Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas in Quezon May 15
    • Palo-Palo Festival Batanes August
    • Pamulinawen Festival Laoag City, Ilocos Norte February
    • Parada ng Lechon Balayan, Batangas June 24
    • Peñafrancia Festival Naga City, Camarines Sur 3rd Saturday of September
    • Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) Baguio Flower Festival Late February - Early March
    • Piat Sambali Festival Cagayan Last week of June
    • Pilgrimage on a Caravan La Union, Pangasinan Lenten Month
    • Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Tacloban, Leyte June 29
    • Pinta Flores Festival San Carlos City 3-5 November 3-5
    • Pinyahan sa Dael Daet, Camarines Norte June 15-24
    • Sagayan Festival Tubod, Lanao del Norte First week of July
    • San Clemente Higantes Festival Angono, Rizal November 23
    • Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City July 1-2
    • San Fernando, La Union Festival -- La Union -- February 7-10
    • Santacruzan Nationwide Month of May
    • Sarakiki Hadang Festival Calbayog City, Samar September 7
    • Sayaw sa Obando Obando May 17, 18, and 19
    • Shariff Kabunsuan Festival Cotabato City Third week of December
    • Sinukwan Festival San Fernando, Pampanga Early December
    • Sinulog Cebu City, Cebu 3rd Sunday of January
    • Sinulog de Tanjay Festival Tanjay, Negros Oriental July
    • Suman Festival -- Baler, Aurora Quezon Province -- 3rd Week of February
    • Sumbali Festival Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya A Week in August
    • Taong Putik Festival Aliaga, Nueva Ecija June 24
    • Tawo-Tawo Festival -- Bayawan City -- February 17
    • T'boli Tribal Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato September
    • Tinagba Festival Iriga City, Camarines Sur February 11
    • Turumba Festival Pakil, Laguna Week before Holy Week
    • Vigan Town Fiesta -- Vigan Ilocos -- January 25
    • Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival Zamboanga City October 1-12
    • Zambulawan Festival Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur 3rd Sunday of January
     
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    Filipino Adobo

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    What is Adobo?

    Adobo refers to a method of marinating and stewing any cut of meat or fish in a briny mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, and spices. This cooking method, like most of Filipino culture, is of mixed heritage. While not official, many consider Chicken Adobo to be the national dish of the Philippines.

    There are many regional varieties of adobo, but most recipes include vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper. The meat is marinated then stewed in this mixture which yields a very flavorful, tangy, and tender meat. Adobo is usually served over a bed of fluffy rice to absorb the deliciously tangy sauce.

    Filipino adobo should not be confused with the spicy Spanish adobo sauce. Although they both share the Spanish name, they are vastly different in flavor and ingredients.

    More -> http://foodreference.about.com/od/traditional_foods/a/Filipino-Adobo.htm
     
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    It may be a little "too late" to post this, but this article is about how Filipino tradition regarding the Holy Week.... and yes, this include that bizzare tradition of some Filipinos nailing themselves on the cross. :eek:

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    Holy Week in the Philippines

    Kwaresma is Lent. It is the season when Filipinos remember Christ’s passion (his suffering and death) and resurrection. It starts on Ash Wednesday, forty days before Easter Sunday. On this day, you will see Catholic Filipinos returning from church with ash smudged on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. If you don’t have the mark, you will be asked if you have attended Mass.


    Semana Santa (Holy Week) is from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, then Easter Sunday. It is traditionally a solemn occasion in the Philippines, a time for serious atonement.

    Holy Week is when many people perform holy rites in fulfillment of a vow they made when they asked God a favor, such as a cure for an illness. Priests and religious statues are dressed in purple to symbolize gloom. Devout Catholics go to church everyday; some fast.

    Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, Filipino Catholics bring palaspas (palm fronds) to church to be blessed by the priests. Then they bring the fronds back home with them.

    For most of the week, especially after Tuesday, the towns are eerily quiet with TV and radio stations going off the air and no loud noises or revelry whatsoever. Catholics stop eating meat, turning to fish, and the more devout ones go on a completely liquid diet. Many businesses are closed, so make sure you have supplies, especially food, stocked up.

    The traditional pabasa (the “reading” or chanting of verses about the suffering of Christ) starts on Sunday and ends on Maundy Thursday, which is the day when the washing of the feet is celebrated.

    Good Friday (Mahal na Araw) commemorates the crucifixion and death of Christ. On this day, you will see religious figures being carried through the towns on top of carrozas (carriages). The religious images and statues are veiled in black in mourning of the death of Jesus.

    The most striking feature of Holy Week celebrations in the Philippines is the sight of Filipinos publicly whipping themselves. These are reenactments of the torture and death of Jesus. Some Filipinos not only whip their backs into a bloody mess, they also have their feet and hands nailed to a wooden cross.

    MORE -> http://tagaloglang.com/holy-week-in-the-philippines/


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    Holy Week in the Philippines

    Holy Week or Mahal na Araw in the Philippines includes numerous traditional events. This is the country where Roman Catholics make 81% of population. 5% of Filipinos belong to Protestant churches. 4% of population belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Philippine Independent Church, Seventh Day Adventist, United Church of Christ and other Christian communities. Christianity of the country was in many ways influenced by the Spaniards who ruled the country for more than 300 years.

    MORE -> http://traditionscustoms.com/religion/holy-week-philippines
     
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    I have some questions for you.

    1 ; When are the next elections ?
    2 ; Are the main candidates "pro or anti" China ? Who's leading the polls ?
    3 ; What are the defence plans of the leading candidate ? (If he/she has any.)

    Thanks !
     
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    1. The upcoming presidential election is this year while the next presidential election is in 2022.


    2. There are five presidential candidates:
    Of the five candidates ,Binay, Poe and Duterte have platforms that sees "warm" relations with China, the former being more pro-China than the latter two (though Duterte may be even more of a pro-China than Binay). Roxas will simply continue the current administration's stance about the territorial disputes. Santiago is quite unknown given her health issues.

    At the moment, Poe is leading the polls.


    3. As for national security and defense issues...

    - It is unknown what Binay's platform is but given his pro-China stance, though he said he will strengthen the PH military. The question is that if he opts on bilateral talks with China, will China force him to "give up the Spratly and Scarborough claims, and to halt the PH military modernization because it "hurts the feelings of the Chinese people.""

    - Duterte is more vocal, he focuses more on internal security and may likely disregard national defence - in other words he prefers to have an army that is focus in dealing with internal security issues while leaving the PH defenseless against China's aggressive claims; he already criticize the Philippines procurement of the FA-50 jets. In my opinion, Duterte has a wrong view of the PH military modernization because he thinks this is more of "going at war against China". Also, because he wants bilateral relations with China (and even proposes to let China build railways), I think Duterte may jeopardize the PH security despite having good proposals such as federalism and political decentralization.

    - Roxas is likely to continue the program of Aquino III though many people don't trust him because of his blunders, particularly in handling the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan back in 2013, as well as several blunders of the current administration, where Roxas had served as the head of the interior local government agency, and before that, the head of the transportation and communications agency.

    - Santiago has health issues and may backout soon from the race. She does support the PH case in UNCLOS.

    - Poe is actually a newbie in the political scene but she said that she will modernize the PH military to same levels as Singapore... though she also wants to "restore" the relations with China.
     
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    Every April 9 in the Philippines...

    The Day of Valor in Philippines

    Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as the Day of Valor, marks the greatness of Filipino fighters during World War II. It is marked on or around April 9 in the Philippines each year.

    What Do People Do?
    Araw ng Kagitingan is a non-working holiday that is part of a long weekend in the Philippines. World War II veterans parade in different cities in the Philippines on this day. There are small parades in different localities in the Philippines but the Araw ng Kagitingan’s main highlight occurs when the country’s president gives a speech at the Mt Samat shrine, in the Bataan province, to commemorate the heroism of the Filipinos and American troops during the World War II.

    Public Life
    Araw ng Kagitingan is a regular holiday in the Philippines and occurs on or around April 9. Many streets are closed and public transport routes may be redirected to give way for parades. Malls and other leisure areas remain open and most people may go to these places and use this day as a family day.

    Background
    The Day of Valor, also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, commemorates the heroism of Filipinos and American Soldiers when the Japanese occupied the Philippines during World War II.

    More -> http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/araw-ng-kagitingan
     
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    Happy valor day. :-0-:

    A little bit late. |Bag|

    Which one do you think will win?
     
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