Picture Perfect

Philipine culture, values and traditions are unique in many ways. That’s what makes us stand out from the others. Although our cultural attitudes are influenced by Spain and America, we stay firm with our own beliefs and ways of life. Whether it’s about our choice of food, the value of family closeness, show of respect towards elders and older people, hospitality, religious belief, marriage values, honor and the “bayanihan” spirit and more; the Filipino culture, values and traditions are just mong those appreciated by many that know Filipinos worldwide.

 

 

Note: Picture is borrowed, courtesy of Charles Ordan, one of Bicol’s beauties, Mayon Volcano at sunrise. You can find this at the Legazpi City Facebook account. Also thanks to Daniel J Schwarz and Rocio Guillen from Unsplash for their kind contributions by sharing their portraits to the public.

This section is dedicated in memory of those we love, that left us too soon. The moments they spent with us will remain forever treasured in all our hearts and minds. So long… God is with you till we meet again.

Ma & Pa Enhanced Picture

Many natural disasters have passed that destroyed most of our family pictures. This is the only picture we have of them together, during their younger days, and so we love to keep this enhanced picture preserved, to pass on to the next generations.

We wish this serves us as a reminder of how our beloved parents were, when they were at the peak of their youth. Ma, Pa, we love and miss you  so much!

Ate Thelma & Jo

Here’s at the peak of a vibrant, joyous family with Jo and her two daughters, Anja and Johanna. We miss your voiceterous laugh, your colorful view of the world, the toughness of your heart on how you faced your many challenges.

Your fiesty attitude that brought your strength, and the funny things you’ve said and done. These memories remain steadfast to us, and we truly miss you for that. Wish you’re around to see your twin grandsons grow. You’ll be pleased for sure!

Manoy Henry & Manay Luth

Taken in January 20, 2002, during one of our family gatherings. It’s sad to see them leave us too soon, perhaps sadder for their children, Jeni and Beau, but we know, one day we will all be together again, on the other side of the next journeys of our lives.

There are people who are meant to be together, forever, and you are them. May peace always be upon you, for you are always loved and remembered in many ways.

Andrew Kier & Family

A picture of a young family, enjoying each other’s company. That cutest look from Hans, staring at the food while patiently waiting for Mama Mayon and Papa Andoy to eat, is priceless.

Miss you, Kier. Your act of kindness towards people you don’t even know sometimes, your love for music, and fondness in cooking. You really left too soon, but everything happens for a reason. Your son is growing smarter and wiser due to that. We know you’re watching him.

Manay Caring & Kuya Roland

Taken on their wedding day, in December 20, 1980. Those memories of you, are always in our hearts and will remain a treasure to keep. No doubt, specially to your only child, Jonjon’s heart.

His Pa’s flambouyant character that’s full of life, and his Ma’s hardworking, yet fiery attitude, but with a heart filled with love and devotion. And we know you are all at peace, together in heaven with God. Until next time.

Filipino values, culture and traditions are expressed through folk dances, on how we approach difficulties and challeges, the ways we cloth ourselves, the food we cook and eat, how we honor and give gratitude to those who help us in times of need, and our preferrence in music and arts.

Native Filipino Dances

Pandango Wasiwas

A timeless, traditional Philippine folk dance of grace and balance, Pandango sa Ilaw originated from the 7th largest island in the Philippines called, Mindoro. The dance term is derived from the Spanish Fandango, a dance of 3/4 time. Pandango sa Ilaw requires a female dancer’s skill to be able to balance 3 lighted oil lamps on two hands and on her head, while dancing. The light of the lamps represents fireflies that glow in the dark at night.

Singkil

Sinkgkil is perhaps one of the oldest, most popular Filipino Muslim dances that has become part of the many traditional Filipino folk dances, usually performed in many Filipino dance presentations worldwide. This type of Filipino dance tells a story of a Muslim princess, who was tragically lost in the forest wilderness when an earthquake caused by the fairies, occurred. Dancers of Singkil are skillfully trained to manipulate fans with rythm and grace. Singkil is considered a noble dance to the Filipino Muslims and royal princesses are required to learn and perform it.

Banga Salidsid

Banga Salidsid involves body balancing, and rightfully so, the dance itself means “Balancing of Life”. Originally performed by Igorot women, this dance demonstrates a woman’s struggle in life, and the art of balancing a large pot on the dancer’s head as she gracefully dances, represents how a woman juggles her tasks and problems everyday. Banga refers to a pot made of clay, exclusively crafted by Kalinga women, for cooking and fetching water.

Tinikling

Tinikling has originated during the Spanish colonial era. This traditional Philippine folk dance involves one or two dancers who are very skillful in syncronized hopping, jumping and turning in between two bamboo poles, while two kneeling people are beating, tapping and sliding the poles on the ground. The pole tapping and sliding starts from a slow to a certain speed, correlating with its dance music. The Tinikling dancers must be in sync with the music and the pole movements to avoid their legs from being caught as they move along with the rythm of the music.

Filipino Muslim Fan Dance

Filipino Muslims represent about 11 percent of the Philippine population. As part of the Philippine society, they provide a major contribution to the Filipino culture and traditions in many ways. Singkil and the Muslim Fan dance demonstrate rhythmic movements of the hands and arms along with such colorful costumes, which represent Filipino Muslim culture.

La Jota Moncadeña

La Jota Moncadeña is a Spanish-inspired Filipino folk dance, where partners use bamboo castanets, loosely held and unstrung. This Filipino folk dance is a combination of Spanish and Ilocano dance steps and music. The moves on this dance starts from lively to a slow beat, then picks up into a faster beat in the end. The sound of the bamboo castanets as the dancers tap them together with their fingers, while they move to the rythm of the folk dance music, makes La Jota Moncadeña a lively and enjoyable dance move.

Traditional Filipino Costumes

Filipino Muslim Costume

A traditional Filipino female Muslim costume, displays a colorful design which is inspired by a mixture of clothing style between Arab, Malaysian and Chinese. The common Muslim clothing fabric is usually made of silk and batik design.

Maria Clara, Filipiniana Dress

The Maria Clara dress or gown is sometimes referred to a Filipiniana dress. In spanish, it’s called as traje de mestiza, which is openly acknowledged as the aristocratic version of the Kimona dress. Just like the Barong Tagalog, Maria Clara or Filipiniana dress is often displayed by many entities representing the Philippines. They are usually worn by beauty contestants, specially during international competitions. The former dictator’s wife, first lady Imelda Marcos, displayed so many designs of this dress in particular.

Salakot

What is displayed in this picture is called Salakot. It’s the traditional, dome-shaped or cone-shaped head protector that Filipinos wear against the sun and rain. This headgear has been in existence among all ethic groups in the Philippines, most often worn by farmers during rice farm plowing and harvesting seasons. Salakot is is made from a variety of tools including bamboo, rattan, nito, bottle gourd, buri straw, nipa leaves, pandan leaves, carabao horn, and tortoiseshell.

Kimona Dress

Originally worn in the Visayan region, a typical Kimona dress is made with a matching blouse and usually a knee-length or above an ankle skirt. Just like a male Barong Tagalog, a Kimona blouse is most often transparent. due to its fabric which is made from pineapple fiber. Its skirt is printed like that of a Patadyong pattern, but unlike the Patadyong skirt, Kimona skirt is of floor-length long.

Igorot Women Costume

While the Igorot men simply wear colorfully handwoven bahags or g-strings with front covers, Igorot women’s outfits feature similarly colorful, handwoven clothing that measure up to 4ft long and 5ft wide, which are usually wrapped around the waist. In the old days, it was normal for Igorot women to be topless without malice. Oftentimes the only tool covering their breast were large necklaces. As a result of modern pressures, Igorot women nowadays cover themselves with similar types of colorful upper clothing, wrapped around their shoulders, which matches their “tapis” or skirts.

Bilao

Bilao is a round, woven tray made of bamboo sticks that is traditionally used to clean uncooked rice, meaning seperating raw rice from its husks, which many Filipino women are experts of. Bilao is also a useful tool for serving food. Even to this day, many natives use this woven tray for the aforementioned services. Its use is demonstrated in one of the native dances that Filipinos often perform, just as the picture here shows.

Barong Tagalog

Although there seems to be conflicting information of its origin as to whether it’s of Spanish or Chinese roots, Barong Tagalog remains to be seen as the Filipino men’s native outfit. It is popularly worn in many special occasions including wedding ceremonies, other social gatherings and usually worn by prominent people and politicians representing the country. Barong Tagalog started as collarless with buttons on the front, then over time many designers improvised in styles and designs. Just like a Kimona blouse, a high-quality Barong Tagalog, is made from pineapple fiber.

Patadyong

In the old days, Patadyong is orginally a tube-like, wraparound skirt worn by both, Visayan men and women. It’s also worn in parts of Luzon, mainly in Pampanga and Sorsogon. This outfit is a combination of a transluscent blouse made from pineapple fiber, an undershirt and a printed skirt that’s below-the-knee in length. Patadyong is known to be identical to that of “malong”, a costume mostly worn in Midanao, although the malong skirt, is longer than the Patadyong skirt. This blouse and skirt(baro’t saya) has evolved into a Kimona during the Spanish colony.