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C. E. Smith virtual museum

So many things and informations about "Peoples of the Philippines" - "Crafts" and with links in a "Alphabetical Listing of Cultural Groups" for reading about all the single groups, just look around - start click the red "C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology" on the mainpage.

The problem with our tax system and how it affects us
by JC Punongbayan January 21, 2017

Not only do our taxes disproportionately burden the poor and benefit the rich, but they also yield too little revenue given the distortions they create. Needless to say, both problems need to be resolved soon....


2016: Change is here
Dec 30, 2016

Watch Rappler's 2016 yearender video
Do you agree that ‘change is here?’
July 26, 2017
Change, the key promise of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, remains elusive to many, but others concede things have invariably been altered. For better, or for worse?

Filipinos and the politics of acceptance
by Frankie Concepcion December 06, 2016
What I have learned from history is that often, Filipinos have been asked to accept the very tragedies which have defined us.

"AboutPhilippines" says: An article giving thoughts!

Good riddance, 2016!
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 02, 2016
6 reasons to look forward to the end of the year.
Like others, I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2016. Many awful things have happened and these are bearing down hard on our democratic values, striking at our long-held foundations, and even on our private spaces, our equanimity.
Our national conversation has crackled with threats and profanities, led by the angry voice of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Vin d’Honneur
A traditional morning reception called the “Vin d’Honneur”

“Vin d’Honneur” takes place biannually at Malacañan Palace: first and primarily to mark the New Year, and second, held on June 12, to celebrate the anniversary of Philippine Independence.

Filipino Pride

“There are so many things that we can be proud of about our country... We just have to know them.”
“You are a Filipino if you are proud to be one! This is the message of this book ... Not everyone nor everything that makes Filipinos models for citizens of other countries is in this book, but this is a giant step towards restoring Filipino pride...”

Navigating the Filipino Work Culture
talks about the Filipino values and characteristics in the workplace. Check it out!
Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio February 13, 2017
How does one call people appropriately these days? When is 'dear' acceptable? Or, for that matter, 'bok'?
There has been a lot of analysis that social media has become a monster, what with fake news and trolling. It’s a bit like inviting the dumbest people and the worst perverts into your home via your computer screen.
Turn a Child-Sex Tourist Into an Ex-Tourist

If you see anything that makes you uneasy or raises your suspicions you must call the authorities. They will carefully investigate the situation and act if a crime is being committed

CALL (+632) 911

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Kidnapping, Terrorism and Terrorgroups - Terrorist organizations in the Philippines


Intro about:

The Philippines

Geography, Politics, History, Culture, Economy, Nature, History, Colonial Influence

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National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and task to administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs in line with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts.


NCCA Term Report 2011-2013 Nov 30, 2014

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Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP

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Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Tours

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How CCP is digitizing decades-old Filipino art, culture and history so it will be preserved for the future

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP has partnered with hardware storage firm EMC to digitally archive the country's nearly 50 years of historical and artistic works, as well as other old materials in its library, so it will be preserved for the future. Uploaded on Mar 7, 2011

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Making Cultural Heritage Alive Making Cultural Heritage Alive in Contemporary Philippine Culture

Fr. Ted Milan Torralba

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The Sagisag Kultura (SK) ng Filipinas

aims to gather, select and promote the cultural icons of the country, creating a database and registry of these symbols of Philippine culture.

Virtual Sentro Rizal

Sentro Rizal is a Philippine government-sponsored organization whose main objective is the global promotion of Filipino art, culture and language.

Feb 10, 2015

Look also the article HERE


The History of Us

What do REAL FILIPINOS look like?

Many netizens online are arguing if Miss Philippines candidates or Filipino celebrities are in European or Indian descents, whereas the real thing is, most of them are pure-blood Filipinos. This makes foreign people think that all Filipinos should look similar in most features. Such as Koreans in Korea, Chinese in China, or Caucasians in Western and European countries.

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100 Years of Beauty
Produced, Directed, and Edited by  May 19, 2015


Look also the article The Real Filipina: Morena, Mestiza, Chinita or Negra? Look the article as pdf HERE

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The Philippines Culture of The Philippines

history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family

"AboutPhilippines": this article is one of the best, we have seen.


is a Filipino word derived from the word bayan meaning town, nation, or community in general. "Bayanihan" literally means, "being a bayan," and is thus used to refer to a spirit of communal unity and cooperation.

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The way we change: Top 10 things
by Maria Isabel Garcia September 16, 2016

Learning something about nature and/or ourselves forces us to rethink how we have been doing things

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini
by Ian Christopher B. Alfonso March 11, 2017

If only Apolinario Mabini's draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses, Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) back Maria Ressa, Patricia Licuanan: ‘We will not be intimidated’
by Mara Cepeda January 24, 2018

The TOWNS awardees say there is a frequent harassment of the Duterte government against women leaders 'who are doing their jobs with competence, dignity, and integrity'

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Of marriage, morality and misogyny
by Nina Somera November 28, 2016

Why a double standard exists in Philippine politics and society.

The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession:
Who benefits?

Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women

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Are beauty pageants sexist or a celebration of femininity?

Pageant advocates respond to criticisms of sexism by insisting beauty contests empower women in more ways than one

Both by Natashya Gutierrez January 27 - 28, 2018 - with Video


Where does the Filipino woman stand today?

Remark this an album "Labels Against Women - Where does the Filipino woman stand today?" in the album "Filipino present culture"
She For She Forum: Panel discussion on feminism today in the Philippines - May 16, 2017

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She For She Women's Forum
May 18, 2017
The French embassy in the Philippines organized "She For She", a forum for and about women, on Tuesday, May 16.
Women from diverse backgrounds and industries attended the event, including Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Watch the discussions videos.

Feminists slam Duterte, Pia Cayetano for 'enabling' misogyny
by Natashya Gutierrez May 17, 2017
Labels Against Women, and

Where does the Filipino woman stand today

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Pantene Philippines and Rappler have launched #Whipit, an integrated advertising campaign focused on putting an end to labels about women and #Whipit

Empowering women: Because women can and women will
April 06, 2017
Filipinas learn to embrace themselves and their capabilities during the 2nd BDJ Women's Summit
Redefining Labels
Can women make the terms that at first seem derogatory work for them? How ‘bossy’ or ‘introverted’ can be positive. Watch the Pantene #ShineStrong roundtable held on Nov 11 2014. Nov 11, 2014
Power Filipinas on ExPat inSights

Philippines has long been known as a matriarchal society. Women don't just lead on the domestic front here but, as history tells, they have also led and changed communities and the country.
Pia Cayetano: Glass ceiling, not brick wall, for PH women
Rappler talks to Senator Pia Cayetano about gender equality and women empowerment. Aug 31, 2014

She says, "“We do not have the brick wall but we have the glass ceiling.”

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All for gender equality by/Marivic Añonuevo May 03, 2014

Q and A: ‘Glass ceiling, not brick wall, for PH women’ by/Ayee Macaraig Aug 31, 2014

Women, where art thou? by/Fritzie Rodriguez Mar 07, 2015

International Women's Day: Where are women now? by/Fritzie Rodriguez Mar 08, 2015 Do Filipino women and men have a fair playing field in terms of power, labor, and governance?

The Philippines: A nation of superwomen by/ Mar 08, 2015 The contemporary superwoman is a slew of different things, but most importantly, she is the captain of her life

Women in the Philippines The role of women is explained based on the context of Filipino culture, standards, and mindsets. The Philippines is described to be a nation of strong women, who directly and indirectly run the family unit, businesses, government agencies and haciendas.

Gregorio del Pilar, province of Ilocos Sur

Many Traditions, Beliefs and Practices e.g.:

MAIKASING/MAITANI (Parental marriage)
DAWAK (Grand Wedding Celebration)
PATIAM/ RAMBAK (Common Wedding Celebration)

Philippine Journeys

Many links to introduce Philippine culture

12 signs you grew up Pinoy
July 15,2015

For a lot of Filipinos, their childhood memories and current plans consist of big family gatherings, strange but long-standing advice, as well as lots and lots of food.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award

an annual award established to perpetuate former President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered to be Asia's Nobel Prize.

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The 2015 winners of Asia's Magsaysay Awards

By the numbers: Ramon Magsaysay Awardees
by Katerina Francisco July 30, 2016
Since 1958, the Ramon Magsaysay Awards have recognized outstanding Asian leaders and organizations making a difference in their communities

HERE and the Videos

2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awards 8/31/2014
CCP, Pasay City.
Aug 31, 2014
Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2014 - Sep 28, 2014

The Outstanding Filipino, TOFIL Award

a project of Junior Chamber International, JCI Senate Philippines and the Insular Life Assurance Co., Limited.

Conceived in 1988 to institutionalize public recognition of men and women, 41 years of age and over, whose exemplary achievements are worthy of emulation, TOFIL celebrates the time-honored traditions of excellence, hard work and fidelity demonstrated by our senior heroes in the task of building a free, fair and peaceful society.

Look also HERE

Culture - Customs - Traditions

The Philippines Then and Now
Filipinos Unique Traditions
History of the Filipino Language
Philippine Wedding Culture & Superstitions
Philippine Fiestas & Holidays


Filipino present culture
Your Culture, Your Identity
Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework

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The myth of 'kapwa'
by/Frankie Concepcion, Rappler March 05, 2016

'If kapwa is so central to the Filipino experience, then why do we see so little of it in our everyday lives?'
Kapwa is a word meant to bring Filipinos together, but it seems to have lost meaning in recent times.

Chinese Influences in Philippine Culture Chinese Influences in Philippine Culture

Maningning C. Miclat

In De Olde Worlde: Views of Filipino Migrants in Europe

Written mostly by Filipinos based in Europe, the 26 articles contained in the publication trace the history and trends of Filipino emigration to different countries in Europe.

The MANY languages in the Philippines

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Maps showing the languages of the Philippines, Which - Where

Chabacano varieties and Spanish

Filipino "Body" language

Languages: History & Heritage, Evolution, "Dead", Endangered

Media, Journalism, Literature - Libraries, Writers, Books, Novels, Blogging, Bloggers, Ethics, Etc.

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Learn the languages of Philippines

Bibles - Blessings - Prayers - Prayer Book - Sacraments etc. in Cebuano - Bicol - Tagalog etc. languages

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The Commission on the Filipino Language

 is the official regulating body of the Filipino language and the official government institution tasked with developing, preserving, and promoting the various local Philippine languages.

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What the PH constitutions say about the national language

by/Nigel Tan Aug 07, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014

Language Policies in the Philippines
by/Clemencia Espiritu, Ph.D.

Manuel L. Quezon and the 20-peso question
by/Joshua Justin D. Ramos August 15, 2015
What does a P20-bill got to do with the Filipino language?

Look more about Father of the National Language: Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina

Theories of Origins of Filipino Language and People

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Mother-tongue based multilingual education Mother-tongue based multilingual education in the Philippines: Perceptions, problems and possibilities
by Priscilla Angela T. Cruz Department of English Ateneo de Manila University and Ahmar Mahboob Department of Linguistics University of Sydney
What does a second language give you?
by/Maria Isabel Garcia June 11, 2015

Being raised in a household that speaks more than one language improves more than just a child's communication skills.

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The gift of language
by/ Cherry Malonzo April 14, 2016
'I find my mother tongue to be such an important part of my identity that I cannot imagine denying it to my own children'

Why I speak only Filipino to my American baby
by Kristine Sydney November 19, 2016

What I hope my daughter will get someday: an understanding of where I am from, of where she, too, is from

About Stereotypes and Prejudices on Being Cebuano

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Definition of the word "Cebuano" - People and - or Language

and HERE and



Yoshihiro Kobari



The MANY Languages of the Philippines!

Dictionaries - translation (on-line) -  apps - etc.

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Do Filipinos know the name of the language they speak?
Aug 24, 2012 by Travis Kraft

Article 14, Section 6 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution states:
"Section 6. The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages."

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Languages of the Philippines

According to linguists, there are around 5,000 languages spoken in today’s world. The Philippines alone, has over a 170 languages and 4 that have no known remaining speakers.

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Maps showing the languages of the Philippines

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What's the future of Filipino?

What's the future of Filipino as both the national language and as a living language? What about the other languages of the Philippines?


"Filipino" Vs. other Languages of the Philippines

What is the difference between Filipino and the other Languages of the Philippines?


Moves to save dying languages

Philippines moves to save dying languages. The Philippines has started a new programme to try to save its dying languages. The archipelago is home to more than 170 dialects, but some of them have only a few speakers left and there's concern many of the indigenous languages could be lost forever. Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports on what's being done to keep them alive.


Philippine Schools adopt regional languages

Linguistic Society of the Philippines

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The State of Linguistic Research in the Philippines: Trends, Prospects and Challenges

Mamanwa texts
Supplementary Series No. 5 1991

SIL - Also known as "Summer Institute of Linguistics"

is a volunteer, non-profit organization that has worked in the Philippines since 1953. In cooperation with the Philippines Department of Education, SIL members carry out linguistic research and documentation of Philippine indigenous languages

Culture CULTURE e.g.


The Difference Between Bisaya, Binisaya, Visayan and Cebuano
Cebuano language, alphabet and pronunciation
Cebuano Phrase-Book
A handbook of the Cebuano language spoken in the Visayas region of the Philippines, containing a glossary
The Kalagan language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian group of languages and is part of the Davawenyo family. Basically, it is identical as Tagakaolo, with some Tausug, Maguindanaon, and Islamic terminology added to the mix.

Look also Kalagan Culture

English to Visayan Translation - on-line
On-Line Dictionary

English - Cebuano - Tagalog - Hiligaynon (Ilonggo)

The Boholano Language
Inati vocabulary Inati vocabulary Author: Delia Panden - March 2015
Ati (Inati) is a language of the island of Panay in the Philippines. The Ati people also speak Kinaray-a and Hiligaynon.
Look also HERE
Visayas - Visayan languages
Waray languages

(also Waray-Waray, Binisaya, Winaray, Samarenyo and Samar-Leyte)

specific to the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and in the north-east of Leyte Island

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This writing on the Waray culture is a response to a need and a challenge.

Bikol or Bicol is one of the Bikol languages

alphabet and pronunciation

Look more about the Bikol languages HERE

Buhid language, alphabet and pronunciation
Capiznon (Spanish: capiceño)

is an Austronesian language spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines. Capiznon is concentrated in the province of Capiz in the northeast of Panay Island.

Look Capiznon Phrasebook HERE

Filipino Language

Filipino is the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, is an official language; designated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Look also's Online Dictionary
This site can translate Filipino words and vice versa:

Tagalog to English
Cebuano to English
Waray to English
Kapampangan to English
Ilonggo to English
Ilocano to English

Look also Filipino Translator An online English-Major Philippine languages translator

Filipino Words One Needs To Learn Filipino Words One Needs To Learn

Learning these words is important as they reflect a lot about the Filipinos' personality

Cribko Difference between Tagalog and Filipino; Filipino vs Pilipino
by Janina Abayari


This site is designed primarily for learners of Filipino Tagalog language. It deals with general vocabulary of more than 1,000 words & phrases for quick access to meanings.

Tagalog language, alphabet and pronunciation

Look also About the Tagalog Language

and HERE

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is a Visayan language spoken, along with the Asi and Onhan languages, in the province of Romblon. The language is also called Ini, Tiyad Ini, Basi, Niromblon, Sibuyanon, and Bisaya.


A Fragment of the Ilocano Lord's Prayer, 1620, including an Introduction of the 1621 Dotrina Cristiana.

Hiligaynon also known as Ilonggo Language

alphabet and pronunciation

Look also HERE and

Hiligaynon Folk Utterances

Interjections and Proverbs
by Amorita C. Rabuco, Ph. D.


Hiligaynon - English Dictionary

Hiligaynon (Ilongo) to English

English to Hiligaynon (Ilongo)


Kapampangan language, history and culture.

Center for Kapampangan Studies

The language was spelled Capampañgan and is also called Pampango, and in the Kapampangan language: Amanung Sisuan, meaning "breastfed language".

Established in 2001, the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies aims to sustain interest in the study of Kapampangan language, history and culture. It is housed in Holy Angel University and contains a gallery, a museum and a library. The Kapampangans or Pampangos or are the sixth largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group.

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE

the Video

The Kapampangan language :

Kapampángan or Capampáñgan

Kapampangan Lexical Borrowing from Tagalog: Endangerment rather than Enrichment

An Introduction to the Kapampángan Language

all by Michael Raymon M. Pangilinan


Motivations for PÁMANAKMUL AMÁNU
‘word swallowing’ in Kapampangan
by/Hiroaki Kitano and Michael Raymon M. Pangilinan

Ibanag language The Ibanag language (also Ybanag or Ibanak) is spoken by up to 500,000 speakers (the Ibanag people) in the northeastern provinces of Isabela and Cagayan

is an Austronesian language spoken by majority of the population of Maguindanao Province in the Philippines. It is also spoken by sizable minorities in different parts of Mindanao - and more places.

Itawis language

Cuyonon, a language of Palawan province

Look also Useful phrases in Cuyonon and HERE

Eskayan is the language of the Eskaya cultural minority of Bohol

The Eskaya Script
by Hector Santos

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 Introducing the Eskaya writing system: a complex Messianic script from the southern Philippines.
by/Kelly, Piers 2016
This paper introduces and documents the Eskaya writing system of the Philippines, developed ca. 1920–1937.

Look also HERE

Pangasinan language is called "Pangalatok" - "Oangasinan" or "Pangasinese" (Pangasinan: Salitan Pangasinan; Spanish: Idioma pangasinense is one of the twelve major languages

Most books word "pangasinense or oangasinan" referring to people of Pangasinan and the language which is spoken along the central part in many towns

"Ibaloi language, which belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages family. It is closely related to the Pangasinan language" - Look also Princess Urduja: The Mother of Ibalois?

the Videos

Keeping alive the Pangasinan language

Erwin Fernandez and his children's story, Liwawa

Poets Santiago Villafania and Jesamyn Diokno

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My heart will go on - Ibaloi version

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Grammar of Bontoc Igorot LAWRENCE A. REID:

Seidenadel's Grammar of Bontoc Igorot: One Hundred Years On

Look also A topical vocabulary - English, Pilipino, Ilocano, Eastern Bontoc

Ifugao Terms Ifugao Terms Proposed for Incorporation Into the Vocabulary of the National Language by/Manuel Dulawan
Ilokano (Ti Pagsasao nga Iloko) also called Ilocano, Iluko, Iloco, Iloko, Ylocano, and Yloco is the third most-spoken language
Surigaonon is a local language spoken by Surigaonon people in the province of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and some portion of Agusan del Norte especially the towns near the Mainit Lake. Though it is related to Cebuano, solid Cebuano speakers can hardly understand Surigaonon speakers.

Look also Surigaonon Dictionary

Sama Language

Sama also known as Sinama or Inner Sulu Sama, is the language of the Sama people of the Sulu Archipelago. There is some difference between the islands, and Ethnologue divides it into three languages based on mutual intelligibility. Pangutaran Sama to the west is more distinct. The prestige dialect is that of Simunul.

Look also Sama–Bajaw languages

The Ivatan language

known as Ibatan is an Austronesian language spoken exclusively in the Batanes Islands.


Purificacion G. Delima, PhD

Tagbanua Language Tagbanua Language in Irawan in the Midst of Globalization by/Teresita D. Tajolosa
Defenders of Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago (DILA)
English in the Philippines English in the Philippines
by Doray Espinosa
Asi Dictionary - on-line

Look also HERE

Mansaka Mansaka dictionary
Calantas Young Dreamers Foundation, Inc. (CYDFI Philippines)

Nabuclod Aeta Journal with a Pampango - Baluga - Pilipino - English Dictionary

Biga Boyowa Vocabulary of Biga Boyowa

by Father Bernard Baldwin

Can translate many different local languages in the Philippines

Speak Tagalog/Filipino - Mobile applications (App)

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Tagalog < > English Dictionary - Mobile applications (App)
English to Cebuano and tagalog (and many more languages) dictionary for Android Phone
Chabacano and Spanish language

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Instituto Cervantes de Manila - ICM

Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991.  It is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the teaching of the Spanish language.

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ICM Director Jose Rodriguez interviews DEPT. OF EDUCATION SEC. JESLI LAPUS for CERVANTES.TV.

Jose "Pepe" Rodriguez, director of Instituto Cervantes in Manila, explains to reporters why the Spanish cultural center honored Philippine national hero Jose Rizal on his 150th birth anniversary. Rodriguez also encourages Filipinos to study the Spanish language, pointing out that it being the second most spoken language in the United States.


Spanish Language in the Philippines

The Spanish language was the lingua franca of the country until early 1900. When Americans imposed English, Spanish was gradually lost, but now it is struggling to return it back to schools. Guillermo Gomez Rivera and Teresita Liboro show us how they speak the Cervantes' language today in the Philippines.


New Prospects for the Spanish Language in the Philippines

What is left in Philippines after more than 350 years of Spanish domination? Why don´t they speak Spanish. Why do they believe in Jesus? The videos made by VJ Movement reporters.

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New Prospects for the Spanish Language in the Philippines

Hispanic - Filipino Identity: Loss and Recovery
by/Elizabeth Medina

Spanish language in the Philippines

Influence on the languages of the Philippines

and also HERE

The Early History of Chavacano de Zamboanga (1635 - 1718)

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Chavacano - Chabacano - Chabakano - etc.

a Spanish-based creole language spoken in the Philippines. It is the common name for the six dialects of what is formally known in Linguistics as Philippine Creole Spanish.

Zamboangueño Creole Spanish
by John M. Lipski and Salvatore Santoro

Chabacano dialects, alphabet and pronunciation

Chavacano Language

Chavacano varieties
Chavacano Language – and the many several varieties of this creole and their classification

Chabacano/Spanish linguistic identity
by John M. Lipski

Bien Chabacano
It's all about the Chabacano de Zamboanga. Bien Chabacano is the first and only blog designed for Chabacano language enthusiasts which discusses and analyzes Chabacano word origins, Chabacano grammar and vocabulary.
Look e.g. Differences between the Chabacano Ermitaño - Chavacano de Ermita and the Chabacano de Zamboanga


Chabacano Lesson These simple lessons are placed here in response to requests from Cavitenos, who wish to learn Chabacano.

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Learn Chavacano Online Free Learning Languages

Chavacano Basic Phrases - Mobile application (App)

Chavacano Medical Phrases - Mobile application (App)

The Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library, KRIS

The only way to save Chavacano, Zamboanga City's pidgin Spanish language, is to teach and encourage young Zambuenos to speak it up with pride. Much as we admire the rise of many Chavacano-speaking page/groups in FB, we are alarmed seeing few young people joining in. As it is, Chavacano is in danger of dying with the older generation. At the Kristiyano-Islam (Kris) Peace Library, we encourage all Kris scholars and library users to speak pure Chavacano.


"Chavacano Yo"
Mar 5, 2014
Cavite is the home of Chavacano, a Spanish-based language that has long been spoken in a few communities but is said to be dying. Howie Severino and his documentary team journey to Cavite in search of this ancient tongue.

Chabacano Cavite - Comprendes criollo español de Filipinas?
El chabacano es un idioma criollo de Filipinas.
Lamentablemente, el idioma esta en peligro de desaparecer debido al uso generalizado del tagalo en la ciudad de Cavite y la disminución de los hablantes nativos.

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Speaking chabacano in Zamboanga

At Ateneo de Zamboanga, some students introduce themselves speaking in chabacano a pidgin language of Spanish and Cebuano

Porque - Chavacano love song
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"Body" Languages

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Tampo - pouting/sulking
Filipinos silent treatment

You don’t want to find out about “tampo” the hard way. Most Americans and Europeans hate the silent treatment. They can get annoyed really quickly but that’s what “tampo” is all about. This Filipino trait is a way of showing your dismay or disapproval of something your partner or friend did.

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Tampo (Oh, Lord! Not Again!!!)

and HERE and HERE

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Filipino Gestures Conversation

Body - Eye language
This video is a part of the above article

Gestures in the Philippines

Signs and body language - Philippines example

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Filipino Body - Eye language

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A Traditional Form of Literacy by/Brad D. Washington, MA

Understanding Filipino Body Language

Filipino Body Language

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Fans are called "paypay", "pamaypay", "abaniko (abanico)" in the Philippines

The abaniko, together with the baro't saya, was once a part of a lady's attire. Read about the various ways of using and holding the abaniko may convey different meanings.


Si la mujer escondía los ojos detrás del abanico, estaba diciendo a su interlocutor que lo quería.

If the woman hid her eyes behind the fan, she was saying to her would-be suitor that she loved him.

Si colocaba el abanico sobre la mejilla izquierda, la respuesta era: No; y si lo posaba sobre la derecha, la respuesta era: Sí.

If she placed the fan on her left cheek, the answer was: No; and if she placed it on the right cheek the answer was: Yes.

Si la mujer se abanicaba con rapidez, significaba que estaba comprometida; y si lo hacía lentamente, le transmitía que estaba casada.

If the woman fanned herself quickly it meant that she was engaged; and if she fanned herself languidly, she indicated that she was married.

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Daily life, work - Etc.

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Filipino Time
Posted on 2016/02/15

Have you ever had an appointment set at 10:00 in the morning, and as you hurry your way so not to be late, you find out that the one you’re meeting with wouldn’t be there for an hour or so?

Here in the Philippines, it’s called “Filipino time.”

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Living and Working in the Philippines
Country Life in the Philippines
Parts 1 - 21, 22 - 30 parts with descriptions on the videos
Updated Jan 31, 2018

Daily Life in the Philippines
People in the Philippines going about their daily activities. Feb 16, 2015

Ice Men
Preparing blocks of ice delivered to the Danao Public Market for distribution to customers. The ice needs to be cut into smaller blocks or crushed for use by meat and fish vendors. Nov 14, 2015

Smallest Barber Shop
My regular barber shop was closed so I looked in Compostela for another one. I was surprised to discover one that I could barely fit into. The barber had to move the chair so he could turn it so I could step over the foot rest and sit in the chair.
When I started shooting video I had to stand outside and aim the camera at the mirrors inside the shop. Mar 2, 2017

All 4 by/Peter White

"AboutPhilippines" thinks these above videos are some of the best about the daily country life 
Faces, Costumes and Traditions
Cotabato City - Maguindanao An Assignment for DPJ 192 Advance News Photography, Feature Photography. Dec 23, 2012
by/Global Coach Center
Living and Working in the Philippines
Chris Ducker wrote: I get asked what it like to live and work in the Philippines, all the time...! So I thought I'd shoot this quick clip to give you a bit of an insight. Hope you enjoy it.
Typical Philippines - Life in Province
Life in the Philippines - Small Roadside Restaurant with Charming Women.
Carabao - Delivery truck of the Province - Karaoke - Bato - Leyte - daily life. Jul 26, 2015 by/Makoy Unggoy
Safety tips for Escalator Users
Published on May 3, 2017
Safety expert Dr. Ted Esguerra demonstrates what to do when one's limbs get stuck in an escalator.

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Photo Ops: The heavier, the better
April 29, 2017 By Seth delos Reyes
WHILE others complain when given a heavy load to carry, members of the Push Cart Labor Association (PCLA) serving at Farmers Market Center in Barangay 2-A, Davao City are happiest when there are tons to deliver.

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AboitizPower on diversifying energy sources and the power situation in Mindanao
May 10, 2017

Mindanao now has an oversupply of power according to Sebastian Lacson, AboitizPower COO

From perennial brownouts, Mindanao has now an oversupply of power - which Lacson says is a challenge. The company, however, is positive that growth in Mindanao will increase power demand to meet the current supply.

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Elderly Care - Retirement and Laws - Rights - etc.

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Have a "Stay", Live and Retire, be an Expat and General - nessecary to know

Health centres, Home care, Hospice palliative care service - Etc.

For and about Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

Poverty - Progress

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Read these great articles:
We are all Tizons
by Shakira Sison May 19, 2017
Slavery is wrong, but how do we really treat the Lolas in our lives?

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My Family’s Slave
Alex Tizon June 2017 Issue
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.

Slave story of Pulitzer Prize-winning FilAm writer sparks online debate
by Don Kevin Hapal May 18, 2017
Filipino American author Alex Tizon shares a haunting story of slavery within his own family, drawing mixed reactions online.

The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave' should not end with a feast
by Lian Buan May 18, 2017
When the issue is slavery, we shouldn't adjust our standards so low that we let a piece go unchallenged for being a memoir.

'Slave' Eudocia is 'Kosyang' to her family in Tarlac
May 21, 2017 - with video
Look the video(s) in HD HERE

Finding Eudocia Pulido in her hometown in Tarlac
by Lian Buan May 21, 2017
Eudocia 'Kosyang' Pulido's story tugs at the heartstrings of any Filipino who belongs to a clan of overseas domestic helpers

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Little Big Man’
by Frank Cimatu May 21, 2017

'Lola' Pulido: Piniga, binarat, at kinahon sa plastik
by Patricio N. Abinales May 21, 2017
We have to hand it to Tizon – his plan of getting away with the crime and still keeping the public on his side is an excellent strategy that would make Niccolo Machiavelli proud.

56 years a slave
by Caroline Hau May 21, 2017
'We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong/kasambahay back home.... It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not.'

Si Yaya, ang aliping sagigilid
May 22, 2017
Alex Tizon's 'My Family's Slave' reminds us of our middle class lifestyles that soared on the back of a servile system that takes advantage of the poverty pool.

What Lola's story tells us about ourselves
May 23, 2017 By Tyrone Velez

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My Family's Slave' Eudocia Pulido, kilalanin
Published on May 23, 2017
Ilang taon mula nang siya ay pumanaw, naging usap-usapan sa social media ang kuwento ng isang Pinay na nagsilbing katulong sa Amerika sa loob ng higit 50 taon.

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4 in 10 senior citizens still have no access to pension – COSE
by Patty Pasion October 05, 2017

Advocates and lawmakers call for the passage of a measure that seeks to establish a universal social pension system for Filipino elderly.
Some 40% of Filipino senior citizens are still left behind in government efforts to provide social protection for the sector, based on estimates of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE).

Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) is a Non Government Organization working with and for older persons, especially the most disadvantaged ones, in urban and rural areas in the Philippines to address issues of poverty, exclusion, and invisibility so they may live in dignity.


Is pension for all possible?
October 05, 2017

How can the Philippine government implement a universal social pension?
As the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wraps up the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, Rappler's Patty Pasion speaks with the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) to discuss the proposal for a universal social pension.

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Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas
by Camille Elemia October 10, 2017

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs.

Where to take your lolo and lola for Grandparents Day
September 08, 2017

If anyone deserves a special treat, it's your grandparents
September 10 is National Grandparents Day in the Philippines and if you haven’t planned anything for your beloved lolo and lola yet, you definitely should.

Annually this jolly holiday takes place on the second Sunday in September.

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family
by Raisa Serafica October 19, 2017 - with Video

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family


Oldest detained Kadamay member's daughter appeals for mother's release
Apr 7, 2017
Susan Rufa appeals for the release of her mother Epifana, 83, who is the oldest Kadamay member detained in Camp Karingal over charges of trespassing and coercion.

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Daughter of oldest detained Kadamay member seeks mother's release
by Raisa Serafica April 08, 2017
Epifana Rufa, 83, is the oldest Kadamay member detained in Camp Karingal over charges of trespassing and coercion.

Taguiwalo appeals for release of detained elderly Kadamay members
by Patty Pasion April 05, 2017
Senior citizens have been arrested with a group for occupying a site from which they were evicted. They sleep on pavements, wooden planks at Camp Karingal.

Prisons and corrections, Probation, Penal

Removal of seniors' VAT exemptions 'counter-productive' – lawmakers
by Mara Cepeda September 27, 2016

'In our culture, we respect senior citizens. So why would we remove the exemption granted to them?' asks veteran politician and Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza.
Two veteran lawmakers oppose the Duterte administration's plan to remove some of the value added tax (VAT) exemptions granted to senior citizens, calling the move unfair for aging Filipinos.

Pension for all seniors to lift 3 million out of poverty – study
by Patty Pasion February 19, 2017

A study says providing a universal social pension of P1,500 for Filipinos 60 and above would cost the government P143.97 billion or 4.80% of its expenditures.

Without pension, senior citizens forced to continue working
by Patty Pasion June 18, 2017 - with video

In Caloocan, 72-year-old Arturo Fabular walks for 10 hours each day to sell ice drop candy just to make ends meet

The centenarians of Narvacan
by Frank Cimatu May 28, 2017
There are 9 residents of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, who are 100 years or older. They are all women, and here are the secrets of their longevity.
Emilia Viloria Cabotage of Aquib village in Narvacan celebrates her birthday Sunday, May 28. Residents of her entire barangay are invited to a party. The mayor, Zuriel Zaragoza, has promised to bring her a cake. She's turning 104.
Special Report: The old and the restless
August 29, 2016 By Jujemay G. Awit
Republic Act (RA) No 10911
or the anti-age discrimination law

Look also IRR RA 10911

FAQs on RA 10911

DOLE issues IRR for anti-age discrimination law
February 11, 2017
Republic Act 10911, passed into law in August 2016, prohibits employers from hiring workers based on age

The Video:
RA 10911 Implementing rules ng Anti-age Discrimination Law, nilagdaan na
Published on Mar 20, 2017
Pwede nang makipagsabayan ang mga naghahanap ng trabahong may edad na sa mga mas batang aplikante dahil epektibo na ang Republic Act 10911 o Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act.





Elderly Filipino Week


Elderly Filipino Week Celebration


Centenarians Act of 2016

Look also IRR for Centenarians Act to be signed on Monday
September 25, 2016

Republic Act No. 9994



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Aquino signs Centenarian bill into law
by Camille Elemia June 27, 2016
A week before stepping down, the outgoing President signs the bill giving cash incentives to centenarians into law.

The bill seeks to amend Section 4 of Republic Act 7432, the bill shall be known as the "Centenarians Act of 2012
The House approved its version of the "Centenarians Act " embodied in HB 5780 on third and final reading on June 9, 2015 while the Senate passed SB 449 on final reading on May 23, 2016.



Read also: Senior citizen or elderly refers to any resident citizen of the Philippines at least sixty (60) years old

Department of Social Welfare and Development


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RA 9994 Expanded benefits for senior citizens Reported By: Arra Perez, October 2, 2013

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Republic Act No. 7641 Retirement Pay Law


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Private Pension Schemes Private Pension Schemes in the Philippines: (Regulatory Practices)



Look also this article by/Jee Y. Geronimo Nov 11, 2014:

President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act (RA) 10645 on November 5 2014, amending RA 9994

The new law removes the qualification that a senior citizen has to be an indigent before being covered by PhilHealth HERE

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RA 10645 - Senior citizens automatic members ng PhilHealth - Senior citizens awtomatiko nang miyembro ng PhilHealth

Good news para sa mga senior citizen. May bagong batas na nag-uutos na awtomatikong gawing miyembro ng PhilHealth ang mga may edad 60 pataas. Nagpa-Patrol si Adrian Ayalin. TV Patrol, Nobyembre 12, 2014, Miyerkules Nov 12, 2014


Do we have sufficient health benefits for the senior citizens?

Watch this report of Lala Roque about Lola Nora who is suffering from poverty and illness. What can PhilHealth give to senior citizens like Lola Nora? Nov 18, 2014

by/Shelley F. de la Vega
Senior Citizen Benefits and Person With Disability Privileges in the Philippines

Look the Benefits and Privileges as pdf HERE

Seniors’ pension to be delivered at your doorstep
by/Official Gazette February 16, 2016

The DSWD is adopting this scheme to make it more convenient for our older persons who have difficulty in traveling. Likewise, by delivering their pensions right to their doorsteps, they can save on transportation expenses in going to payout venues.

By Ruel G. Lucentales
Assistant Secretary
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Time for senior citizens to fight for our rights
by/Rafael E. Evangelista September 24, 2015

'It is about time that the young be taught to sit, listen and learn once again at the footsteps of the wise and the experienced'
We must fight against the growing pernicious culture in this country of "copy-catting" the western world's practice of putting its senior citizens out to pasture simply because they have reached their 60s.


Oct 16, 2015

ELDERLY, HUNGRY & HOMELESS: THEIR GOLDEN YEARS….Why do they have to beg? Where are their children? Living on the street, often sick and disabled….Who will take care of them? We want to help. Do you? Contact us: - Please share. Thanks!
Despite old age, crocheter works hard to make a living
Aug 12, 2017
Nanay Ely is one of the hundreds of Filipino senior indigents who are still working despite old age.

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Nanay Ely, the 82-year-old crocheter of Tayuman
by Raisa Serafica August 12, 2017
Nanay Ely is just one of thousands of Filipino indigent seniors who continue to work to make ends meet.

Can you help Nanay Ely, the elderly crocheter of Tayuman?
by Raisa Serafica August 15, 2017
The story of Luisa 'Nanay Nely' Pagindian, the 'manggagantsilyo' from Manila, inspires online users. Here’s how you can find her and support her small business.
Elderly abandonment
Published on May 20, 2017

Failon Ngayon tackles the problem of elderly abandonment and GRACES officials expose concerns with the poorly maintained amenities of their facility.
Philippines grapples with care for elderly

In the Philippines, relatives are expected to look after family until they pass away - making the idea of rest homes for the elderly a foreign concept. But that is now changing and as Marga Ortigas reports, there's growing concern over how many of the country's 7 million elderly are being left to fend for themselves. Sep 29, 2015
Care for the Elderly, Davao city
2 videos Jan 18, 2013 and Mar 28, 2013
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Who needs the SSS?
The Social Security System (SSS) is the Philippines' private sector social insurance system and pension program for retirees. While around two-thirds of its members are regular employees who supposedly get the minimum wage, at least 4.4 million members are voluntary contributors from the informal sector who only pay the minimum premium and therefore get the minimum benefits. Feb 5, 2016

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What are the symptoms of andropause?

To all the men out there, are you already in your 40s or above, do you easily get irritated and tired? Maybe you are already experiencing andropause. Aug 30, 2014

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Living Arrangements Living Arrangements of the Elderly in the Philippines

by Socorro D. Abejo

Demographic and Social Statistics Division
Household Statistics Department, National Statistics Office

Nutritional Status An Assessment of the Nutritional Status of Selected Filipino Urban Elderly
Contributed by MPE de Guzman, ZV. Narciso, RLana, M Adriano, C Magsaysay, J Magbitang and MRA Pedro
The Kamanggagawa Foundation Inc. is a Manila-based non-profit organization which seeks to improve the quality of life of the indigent, especially the elderly, the disabled, the sick, and the fatherless
Missionaries of Charity Home for Abandoned/Neglected Elderly

"The DeSales University group conducted various acts of mercy at the home for the abandoned and neglected elderly at Tayuman, Manila. The home is managed by the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity

Blessed Family Homecare Facilty

#71 Jersey Street, Toro Hills, Proj.8, Quezon City, Philippines

Respect in the Filipino Culture and Mano Po - Respect to Elders

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Respect in the Filipino Culture

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Understanding respect in the Filipino culture


Mikey Bustos Pinoy Lessons "Respect For Elders"

Philippine Culture and Mano Po

In the Philippines, children are taught to respect their elders. One way of expressing respect is by "kissing" the right hand of an older person when you greet them. Several symbolic ways in which respect is given to elders is in the use of language by calling older Filipinos “Po” and older siblings, cousins, and family friends “Kuya” and “Atee”.

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Filipino Culture and Traditions


Tradition vs. Modernization

geeblaire wrote on Jul 13, 2011: I'm not so good in grammar and all but this will be the start of my "talking-about-random-stuff videos" This is a credit to those people who are striving hard to preserve our Filipino-arts

Chabacano and Spanish culture in the Philippines

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Hispanic culture in the Philippines

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Filipino Names

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Philippine names

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Filipino Baby Names

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Romance, Dating, Courtship, Wedding, Marriage, Divorce, "Live-in"

Traditional and in some Ethnic, Indigenous and Tribal Groups

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Culture, Paperwork, Rules, Guidelines & Requirements - Etc.

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Sexuality - etc.

Marrying a muslim - Muslim Courtship & Wedding - Rituals & Marriage - Divorce

Human Rights  & No to Sharia Law, Equality Rights for Man & Woman & Children

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Important about Dating - Romance - Courtship - Engagement

Wedding Culture - Marriage in the Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina

Filipino-Chinese, Japanese, Indian Wedding Rituals

"Open" relationship

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Child Spouses - Early Marriage

Poverty in The Philippines

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Authorities - Law, Paperwork - Registration of all kind of marriage - Etc.

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Tighter laws eyed on foreigners marrying Pinays

Lawmakers want to strengthen the rules regarding foreigners who want to marry a Filipina. It is found out that marriages like these cause Filipinas to be abused and profited by foreigners. Aug 22, 2014


‘Online in love’
Feb 11, 2017 - Aired: February 11, 2017
Susuriin ni Jay Taruc ang konsepto ng dating sa social media sites. Makikilala niya ang iba’t ibang tao na nakatagpo at nasawi sa pag-ibig sa modernong paraan na ito ng dating o panliligaw.
Who Should Text First After A Date? Here Are The Dating Rules
by Sonya Schwartz

Have you been on your first date and are now unsure whether to text him first or wait until he texts you? The can be one of the most exciting times but also the most anxious times of your life.


How Filipinos say 'I love you'
Feb 15, 2017
How do Filipinos express their love for one another?
On Valentine's Day, February 14, MovePH crowdsourced the different ways Filipinos say "I love you." There are more than 150 languages in the Philippines. That's more than 150 ways to express love.
Here are some contributions from our Movers across the country - from the Ilocano's "Ay-ayaten ka" to the Hiligaynon's "Palangga ta gid ka."
Dating and Marrying a Filipina by/Kevin Sanders

a pastor, blogger, husband, and caffeine addict. He spent 11 years as a missionary in the Philippines before returning to America with Mare Cris, his wife.

This Playlist from YouTube includes videos with many good advice.

Look more HERE and HERE recommend to look all the good advices

Romance scams and marriage scams

The Philippines is a country with a notably poor reputation regarding internet scams and fraud.

Romance scams and marriage scams via the internet are the two most common internet fraud types in the Philippines.

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Chat Girls and the Videos

Scam and Indentity theft

Romance Scams in the WORLD

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IMPORTANT: Take care not to avoid falling victim to a “Catfish” - "Romance Scams" or "Drug syndicates" Look more about that HERE

Void Marriages

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by/Mary Ann Manja Bayang


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Why Some Philippine Women Marry Americans & Foreigners - Culture & Visas

Personality & Marriage in Fil-West Relationships

Movie "Closer to Home"; Filipina-American Dating Marriage Visa

Closer To Home – Trailer

Filipinas (Pinays) marrying and migrating overseas.

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A documentary about Filipinas marrying Australian. Cultural differences sometimes makes their marriage turns rock and roll.

The same situations you will find also about Filipinas marrying - migrating to many other countries, maybe worse .....

IMPORTANT to read!

Violence and Discrimination Affecting Migrant Women and Girls

Violence against women is one of the most pervasive global and systemic forms of human rights violations that exist today.

Philippine Marriage Requirements
Requisites of Valid Marriage in the Philippines

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Church Requirements for Mixed Marriages
by Gladys Pinky Tolete


The Chancery Department of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila. One of its functions is to receive documents and authorize changes and corrections in the registers of baptism, confirmation and marriage.


Look about the possibility to get help from PSA (former NSO) and FAQ about ALL kind of civil registrations

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Need a birth, marriage, death certificate or CENOMAR (Singleness)? e-Census allows you to request these documents anytime, anywhere!

A Guide on Living after Marriage
Marriage of a Filipino

Getting married in Sweden

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UDI: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

How to Marry a Filipina without marrying her in the Philippines?

Immigrant Visa for a Filipina Spouse or Fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen

The Visa Hour: Fiancé(e) Visas
The Visa Hour proudly presents Fiancé(e) Visas. Streamed live on May 7, 2015

Start a new Life in the USA with a Fiancee / Fiance Visa!
"Announcing a Fast, Easy Way To Get Your Fiancee Visa."

Avoid the hassle of dealing with the government bureaucracy. Let us give you professional assistance at a fee you can easily afford!


Marriage to a Filipino citizen and spousal sponsorship to Canada

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Getting Married in The Republic of The Philippines

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Philippine Legal Forms is the site to find the basic formats of standard and frequently used legal forms, contracts and agreements.

All Philippine legal forms and contracts on this website are free for site visitors to copy and revise for single use.


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Filipino Rural Wedding - by Godofredo Stuart
The intrusive march of modernization into the bucolic ways of rural life has been relentless....

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Think of what your relatives will say, if you will be a BALIKBAYAN

Look also Being a Balikbayan, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)

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'Ang yabang mo na!' and other things balikbayans are told
by/Shakira Sison Nov 20, 2014

Why do we call balikbayans "mayabang"? Even before they say a word, the difference in their attire, mannerisms, or speech suddenly brands balikbayans as boastful. You came home one day after a few years of living abroad. After the welcome hugs came the comments of who you've become now that you're back from another land.
Overseas Pinoys help when they can, but being abroad where there may be better opportunities does not mean there are no financial struggles. Wearing different clothes or having a different outlook does not make OFWs mayabang (braggart) or hindi na maabot (unreachable). Not raining money on everyone does not make them madamot (selfish).

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 He wants me to stop 'throwing away' money on my family
by/Dr Margarita Holmes and Jeremy Baer November 15, 2015
Everything's great – except he hates that she supports her brother financially, saying that it's 'disgusting that Asian children are expected to spend for their families...

When OFWs come home
by/Shakira Sison Dec 25, 2014
The OFW will say he or she wants nothing because they can always buy it abroad. The truth is that they'd spend their last money on something that would make someone else smile.

Dating - Romance - Courtship - Engagement - Etc.

Wedding - Marriage in the Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina & Wedding Culture

IMPORTANT look also The Pope's statements on family - etc.

Look also above: Open relationships, Mistresses, Hook-up culture - Etc.

and more about Dances - Indigenous - tribal traditions and Romantic PH travel destinations

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.....Think of other than yourself.....

We have been married for more than 27 years and having a "network" of foreigner-filipino couples, so we think, we have a good knowledge, so:

First thoughts - advices for both of you before start of dating:

  • FIRST of ALL - IF you are a foreigner, visit Philippines OUTSIDE the tourist places, learn about the life & culture in small cities, municipalities and barangays BEFORE you start a dating, and if you can´t speak ENGLISH, so FORGET everything about dating. Only very very few filipinos can speake more than their own language and English.

  • NEXT - You the foreigner: What do you know about how the rules are for getting an immigrant visa to your fiancee - spouse to your country? Many countries have very special rules, and it can be very difficult to get...... There can be many denials for getting a visa.....Control all the rules in your country before you start a dating - e.g. it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse to live with you in DENMARK!

  • IMPORTANT: Take care not to avoid falling victim to a “Catfish” or a "Romance Scams" Look more about that below HERE

  • Think about Long Distance Relationship and The Do's and Don'ts on how to survive a Long Distance Relationship

  • Marrying some-one who does not share the same culture with you and grew up with different background in all manners, then it is quite a challenge.

  • IMPORTANT: Take care not to avoid falling victim to "Drug syndicates" who use social media for recruitment. Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship. Look HERE

  • Sexuality in Philippines can be much different to sexuality in other countries .... virgin ....

  • What about Children LEFT-BEHIND?

  • How will your families and local societies accept mixed-blood-color children? Think e.g. about the problems for many Amerasians

  • NEXT, don´t think of dating a married person, that will only give problems read about divorce HERE

Thoughts about disabilities:

  • Think of what kind of problems it will be - give for a relationship, where one or maybe both of you have disabilities of many different kinds, which need a lot of money and maybe do, that you can´t travel??? Look more HERE In most situations, we can´t recommend a dating from a foreigner with disabilities to a filipina, that´s words from our hearts, because many filipina nearly try to run away from poverty, and maybe your girlfriend had hope to get a better life in your country, but would that be possible – better in a situation with maybe a foreigner's hard disability - OR -  maybe – even you - the foreigner - have known her for long time over cyberspace – she know very well that a relationship is impossible, so maybe she just try to use you for getting support….. SCAMS

Thoughts about Why:

  • WHY are you doing it?

  • WHY is the Filipino looking for a spouse abroad? Is she or he knowing anything about the comming foreign country, nature, climate, culture, language etc., OR -- try to read "Flee from Poverty" HERE and Poverty in the Philippines.

SO you - The Filipina - Filipino - HAVE TO MAKE UP  your mind about these:

  • If you are a Filipino - Filipina, so learn so much as possible about the comming country and the life there, best of all if it´s possible, so visit the country, speake with other filipino - filipina in that country and hear from them about the life, religions, laws, climate and ACCEPT of filipinos both in the country and the local area - community, where you maybe will come to live. Take care of countries with "SHARIA LAW"......... NEVER NEVER accept a spouse living after "SHARIA LAW" if you want a life with the HUMAN RIGHTS!

  • Do you know, what Muslims believe about insurance? IMPORTANT - WARNING! Read HERE

  • Don´t date a DANE, because it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse comming from outside DENMARK to live with DANE in DENMARK!

  • The nature - climate - life - culture - language are maybe MUCH different in the new country, even the "sign of letters" MUCH different.

  • Every Filipina should ask a potential Foreign Pen Pal these questions before agreeing dating with reference to a later marriage & answer these questions to HER from Him. Look the "Questions to HIM and HER" HERE

  • What do you know about be a Balikbayan?

  • What do you know about the religion of the comming spouse

  • What do you know about "Violence and Discrimination Affecting Migrant Women and Girls" IMPORTANT: Look and read above "factsheet"

SO you - The foreigner - HAVE TO MAKE UP  your mind about these:

Are you dating for getting SEX? Forget it and find that from your own people and don´t destroy a filipino, who trusted you and hoped for a future!

  • Take care of Romance scams - Marriage scams - via the internet. These are the most common internet fraud types in the Philippines. Look more HERE

  • What do you know about the culture and the different in culture from province to province and language from island to island in Philippines?

  • What do you know about the religion the catholic of the comming filipina spouse

  • What do you know about the many tribes in the Philippines, their tradtions and rituals, if you find a partner in one of these?

  • What do you know about Sexuality in the Philippines?

  • Every Filipina should ask a potential Foreign Pen Pal these questions before agreeing dating with reference to a later marriage & answer these questions to HER from Him. Look the "Questions to HIM and HER" HERE

  • IMPORTANT - WARNING! Think of the areas with Terrorism & Terrorgroups - Don´t risk to be a part of that because of a "comming family circle"

  • Think about LEGAL age........Don´t make a Child Marriage....and putting lives at risk!!!!!!

  • Think about and READ the Philippine law "Deportation of Aliens"

  • What do you know about the history of the Philippines?

  • What do you know about family codes & life and traditions in Philippines?

  • Remember that more than 90% of filipinos are Catholics

  • Remember that divorce is not legal in the Philippines, so if....but read about it HERE

  • What do you know about DOs & DONTs in Dating in the Philippines?

  • What do you know about Etiquette in the Philippines?

  • The nature - climate - life - culture - language are maybe MUCH different in your country, even the "sign of letters" MUCH different.

  • What´s the law - rules for residence permission in your country for a comming spouse? Some countries have very strong rules, so control the rules in your country, BEFORE you start a dating!

  • What´s the rules for getting family from Philippines visiting your country?

  • How often will it be possible to go home and visit the family in Philippines - that´s expensive (think of how often you have contact with your family in your country)

  • Marriage for a Filipino means much more, than it does for many foreigners - divorce is not accepted

  • What about adoption of child - children, if the comming spouse already have child - children?

  • What about child - children Left-Behind?

  • If the marriage don´t work, what´s so the situation for the Filipino, what about the residence permission?

  • What about children - maybe adopted, who have got new citizenship - , if the Filipino have to leave your country?

  • Remember, that many countries don´t accept "Dual Citizenship". Are the filipino maybe ready to get only a new citizenship?

  • How will a Filipino be accepted in your family.....Have a serious talk with your family

  • How will your local community react?

  • Are you ready to help with BIG support for the family home in Philippines? So many families need to get support from children living abroad.

  • Maybe the filipino just try to use you - marry you for getting support to the family home AND NOT because of "LOVE to YOU". Many filipina nearly try to run away from the poverty for getting help to the family home.

Thoughts for both of you about Languages - Religion & rituals of Dead, Funeral, Burial etc.:

  • What about the languages in your family after marriage? Try to think..........

  • Maybe the language have quite different "letters" so you don´t understand a word of a written text, and maybe have to sign, a document you don´t understand.... maybe even have to be read in the "wrong" direction.. TAKE CARE of THAT, don´t sign anything, you don´t understand 100 % in your own language.

  • What about religion if you don´t belong to the same, which one will you accept for maybe comming children? What about the Filipino’s wishes?

  • Would you (and your family) accept a spouse practising another religion than yours?

  • Would you (and your family) accept to bring up, educate and keep the children in that religion - church, you and your spouse selected for them from birth untill their Legal age?

  • What do you know about the traditions - rituals of "Death, the Dead, Wake, Funeral, Burial & Mourning, Beliefs, Rituals & Customs - Etc." in both the Philippines folklore - culture and the comming "new" country - culture - religion?

Thoughts for both of you about Divorce:

  • If the situation will happen and a marriage don´t work because of ???? so it´s very difficult to get a divorce valid in the Philippines for a filipino citizen, even she - he has got a divorce valid in another country READ HERE


  • If you are a NON-Muslim NEVER - NEVER date a Muslim

  • IMPORTANT - For a non-Muslim it´s very important to read and hear from other about their experience bad - good in a NON-Muslim - MUSLIM marriage for both them and children, and get accept from own family of such a marriage, before he - she accept dating - marriage. - How will your families and local communities react?  Read more HERE and think many times before... if you are a Non-Muslim - Read also HERE and look video HERE THINK - THINK and THINK!


  • IMPORTANT - How much do you know about the religions - family codes - catholic laws - muslim laws etc. of the filipino and the filipino of yours? Are BOTH of you and your families ready to accept.......

  • IMPORTANT - Read about muslim POLYGAMY HERE.

  • IMPORTANT - Read Muslim Father, Christian or ?? Mother: What About the Child? HERE.


Our advice: DON´T JOIN AN INTERFAITH MARRIAGE - RELATIONSHIP between MUSLIM faith ALL other kind of religions - faiths!



Kindly regards

A Danish - PHIL lucky married couple

This is our best advices here in this "frame"

PS. Don´t date a DANE, because it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse comming from outside DENMARK to live with a DANE in DENMARK here in 2018!

.....Think of other than yourself.....

Modern Filipino families: How does the state protect them?
by Patty Pasion September 29, 2017

A family life expert says the Family Code should be more inclusive of non-traditional family setups, like single parenthood, live-in arrangements, blended families, and LGBTQ relationships

The Ultimate Guide to Girls in the Philippines
August 18, 2014 By Matt Forney

Advices for foreigners: If you want to date Filipinas, you better be prepared to play a whole new set of games.

The Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law - Republic Act No. 6955

Look the Video

Philippines Doesn’t Limit Human Trafficking

The Philippine congress enacted Republic Act 6955 - the Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law.

Remark this is an album in the album "Romance, Dating, Courtship, Wedding, Anti Mail-Order Bride Law, Etc."

Look also: Top 10 Facts About Mail-Order Brides

and the Laws


Do Filipinas like foreigner guys?
Jul 27, 2016

Eight College Grad, working girls were asked this questions. Check their response...

Questions Every Filipina Should Ask A Potential Foreign Pen Pal Before Agreeing To Marriage & Questions to HER from Him

How to Spot Scammers in Filipina Dating Sites?

Filipina Scammer Test

The basics of the Filipina Chat Scam

IMPORTANT: Look also the links HERE


How do you define romance?
Feb 13, 2017

Most of the millennials, or those ages 18-34, are fond of expressing their affection toward other people. We see them often sharing statuses, photos or videos about their "relationship goals" on social media, while others share their sentiments about break-ups or why they opt to stay single. (Tovya Kaiko Galeon, USJ-R Intern/SunStar Philippines)


Long Distance Relationship, LDR and The Do's and Don'ts on how to survive a Long Distance Relationship

starrgurl92 (Stacey) wrote: So yea here is just a little advice on how to survive a LDR (long distance relationship) As you may or may not know I have been in a LDR for 2 years now so I felt I share some of my tips on how we do it.
"AboutPhilippines" say, very good advices for all kind of LDR everywhere in the world and for all ages

Look also the article Long distance love April 25, 2015


Long Distance Relationship (TRUE LOVE) STORY Filipino - Norwegian
by/Vibeke Kvernø Feb 13, 2015
Part 2 Apr 23, 2016

Long Distance Relationship
Feb 13, 2017

Johnliz Temphanne Nillas and Arvin Mari Carreon have been together for four years. Both of them are seafarers, and for them, their profession is what made the distance between not an issue.


Loving beyond distance, differences
Feb 14, 2017

This Valentine's Day, SunStar asked some couples on how they make their relationship strong, and here are their answers.
(Pia Noreen Bilar/SunStar Philippines)


Dwarf couple proves true love exists
Feb 13, 2017

For two decades now, Aling Josie Matias and Mang Boy Matias raise their three children with love despite of the condition of dwarfism.


Remark these are albums  in the album "Talks about that, there´s never easy to do" in the album "Romance, Dating, Courtship, Wedding, Anti Mail-Order Bride Law, Etc."

Filipino - romances
Filipino-Foreign romances

Why have a foreign partner in the first place?

Answers, questions about Filipinos engaging in a romantic relationship with foreigners.
Jan 18, 2013 & Jan 18, 2013 Remark both part 1 & 2 are in one video
Online Dating Dec 1, 2012
Age gap. Are you too old or too young for your partner? Jan 25, 2013
Long Distance Relationships. Can long distance relationships really work? Mar 29, 2014
Cougar-cub relationships. Curious about Cougar-cub relationships? Feb 1, 2013

Look also the articles 5 Misconceptions about Cougar/Cub Relationships and Cougars and Younger Men - Can there be a Long Term Relationship?
Panliligaw. Is courtship still a thing among Filipinos? Aug 16, 2014
First love - Feb 15, 2013 and

Re-meeting your first love - Feb 23, 2013
High school relationships. Can a high school romance withstand the pressures of university life? May 31, 2014
Dating single parents. Jun 7, 2014

Look also the article Migration and Filipino Children Left-Behind
Marrying a Filipino - Does first love really never die? Feb 8, 2013
Dumping never easy to do - ending a relationship. Aug 2, 2014
Being dumped. Would you rather be dumped than do the dumping? Aug 9, 2014

Breaking Up Oct 20, 2012
Love on the rebound. Jan 4, 2013

The "rebound" is when a person gets dumped and almost immediately starts dating another person. This other person is said to be the "rebound".

Look also the articles HERE and HERE
Student-teacher relationships. A topic that may or may not involve a large age gap but is still considered quite controversial. Nov 8, 2013
Unrequited Love DEC 07, 2012 --
Stalking - 3 parts:

What is stalking? - Being stalked - Do you have stalker tendencies?
Male Cheaters - Female Cheaters

Caught your significant other cheating on you? How should you deal with it?

Talk about infidelity with questions from you! SEP 08, 2012
Friends with benefits Dec 14, 2012

The truth about falling in love with a foreigner
by/ Anna Faustino February 20, 2016

'A lot of people think we fall into the common stereotype of me being with Tom for his money, or just to get a visa,' writes Anna Faustino, who shares her thoughts about being in a relationship with partner Tom, from the UK.
Let me tell you a little secret. The truth is, there is no difference to falling in love with a foreigner than with a fellow Filipino. Sure, they come from a completely different culture and are used to doing things differently; however, at the end of the day, race has nothing to do with love.

Filipino Customs and Traditions:

Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage

Courtship and Marriage:
Look also the articles:

Courtship in the Philippines

General overview etc. and practices in different regions

Courtship in the Philippines


Courtship and Marriage Rites in Philippine Provinces

Courtship Secrets of a Filipina

Filipino Pre Wedding Rituals
Pagtatapat (Proposal)
Singsing/Paghingi ng Kamay (Engagement Ring)
Pamanhikan (The meeting of two families)
Paninilbihan (Serving the Family)
Pa-alam (Inform the family)
Dulog (Meeting the “Father”)
Alay-Itlog kay Sta. Clara (Offering eggs to St. Claire)
Kasal-Kumpisal (confessions)

Pamalaye Or Pamamanhikan

Tips for Your Pamamanhikan

Filipino Wedding Traditions Style
Common Filipino wedding day beliefs
Nuptial ceremony

Marriage and wedding customs in the Philippines - Wikipedia

Typical Filipino Courtship and Marriage

Filipino Traditional courtship (LIGAWAN)

9 Filipino Pre Wedding Rituals

Filipino Wedding Traditions
by/Rafi Michael

Filipino Wedding Customs & Traditions

Wedding Traditions Explained
Discover the reasons behind some common wedding traditions

Philippine Wedding Customs and Superstitions

Philippine Dating and Marriage

Beliefs on Love, Courtship, and Marriage

Love’s Tests and Rituals from Courtship to Marriage

Attitudes toward Marriage
by/Lindy Williams


Wedding Belle Magazine

a local guide to getting married in the Philippines. It gives fantastic tips on wedding, fashion, beauty, love and relationship advice and so much more!

Look also the Videos:

Wedding Belle magazine AVP

Wedding Belle magazine is a fun, fresh lifestyle magazine for the modern Filipina bride!

Wedding Belle with Claire Unabia

Video by Pobre Zebra Studios

In Style and Grace

A sneak peek into our upcoming editorial for our e-magazine!

The Troy Philippines Culture Blog

The harana and other filipino courtship/marriage traditions

Look also Filipino Courtship - Tradition - Harana vs. Modern
The Filipino way of courtship is probably among the most romantic in the world.


A glimpse of the Filipino tradition "HARANA" - Then and Now

Look also the Video

Philippine Opera Company's "Harana"

Look the full description of the video HERE

Remark this is a album in the album "Opera & Choir Ensembles"

and the articles:

About the Music of Harana

What is Harana?

by Florante Aguilar/Filipinas Magazine

The Vanishing “Harana” in Cavinti


Modernong harana, handog ng PHLPost ngayong Valentine's Day
Feb 12, 2017
"Sabi sa kanta... Uso pa ba ang harana? Well sa Philippine Postal Corporation o PHLPost, mayroon silang pakulong ganyan ngayong Valentine's Day!

Remark this is an album in the album "Philippine Postal Corporation" in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."


Filipino courtship: then and now


Filipino Courtship before and NOW 2012
How Courtship Changed In The Philippines
Courtship in the Philippines today

Look this IMPORTANT article as pdf HERE

Ilonggo traditional courtship, wedding rites

Traditional Filipino Courting Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

This video is a brief overview of the beautiful and unique tradition of Filipino courtship. Enjoy!

Polygamy involves sexual activity with mutiple partners without or with marriage. When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, it is called polygyny. When a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry.

In the Philippines polygamy is only legal for Muslims.

Polyandry can never happen in the Philippines, although there are reported cases in the barangays where a brother has a secret affair with his sister in-law or a sister with his brother in-law. This is absolutely not allowed in the Philippines infact it is a crime and worst some Filipino families indulge in a more serious crime of incestuous affair.


TADEK - Courtship and Wedding Rites of Nueva Era

by Ed Antonio

This was shown during the Ragrag-o Festival at the Ilocos Norte Capitol.

Wedding in

The Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines

Links and advices about e.g. requirements, mass, hymns, blessings etc.

Weddings in The Philippines

The Philippines has fabulous customs, especially when it comes to weddings, using a mix of earlier Filipino traditions and later Latin customs introduced by their colonial masters. The weddings reflect the strong traditions of family - and extended family. Therefore Filipino wedding ceremonies typically involve many people and the wedding rituals 'speak' to the couple personally.

Read much more with MANY good advices about Jim´s and Nila´s wedding HERE (version1) and HERE (version2)

What disgraces the Image of Filipina for Marriage

How to Incorporate Filipino Traditions into a Wedding Reception

Filipino wedding receptions are not so different from traditional American wedding receptions. There are, however, unique festivities that are incorporated into the Filipino celebration or program. From the money dance, which aims to give the married couple a prosperous start, to the...

On Being Chosen as Ninong or Ninang

godfather - godmother

by Fr. Vimal Tirimanna
CSsR Executive Secretary FABC Office of Theological Concerns

Look also Mixed marriages and Women and early marriage Both By Tingting Cojuangco

and Sacraments - Matrimony - Interfaith Marriage Threads

Interfaith Marriages


Look also

Mixed marriages

Women and early marriage

Both By Tingting Cojuangco

Look also HERE

Religion and divorce

e.g. No Catholic Church will remarry divorced persons, unless they previously have their marriage annulled, which is only possible in some circumstances.


Girls Not Brides

a global partnership of organisations working to end child marriage all over the world. Together, we aim to give a voice to girls at risk of child marriage, to defend their rights to health and education, and to give them the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.


PHILIPPINES: "THE NUMBER OF TEEN BRIDES IS ALMOST FIVE TIMES MORE THAN THE TEEN GROOMS," THE NSO SAID CITING 2009 DATA. Women forced into marriage, the current extreme hardships that women face (particularly with regards to female sexuality). Reduce unwanted pregnancies.

Look the full description of the video HERE
A mother’s wish to end child marriage
Published on Mar 14, 2017
Save the Children visits Min, a 9-year-old indigenous girl. Her mother doesn’t want Min to experience forced early marriage like she did. Instead, she wants Min to finish school.

Remark these are albums in the album "Romance, Dating, Courtship, Wedding, Anti Mail-Order Bride Law, Etc."

Look also HERE and

Legal age of marriage

Legislation on sexual offences against children Etc.




Look MUCH more, here Early Marriage - Child Spouses putting lives at risk


A philippine wedding set in the tiny village of General Luna, Siargao Island


A wedding in Kalinga

All video footages are recorded, edited by Wencel Angeles.

Filipinos marrying foreigners to flee poverty
So You Want to Marry a Filipina So You Want to Marry a Filipina

Look also So you STILL want to marry a Filipina


5 things to prepare before marrying a filipina

by/Mira K - Oct 26, 2015

The rules for how to marry a Philippine citizen
Getting Married in the Philippines
A crazy glimpse to wedding planning
October 19, 2017 By IVY C. TEJANO
Getting married is such an overwhelming thing. It is a mix up emotion for the lovers, particularly for the bride-to-be.

Look also

New wedding trends
October 19, 2017 By KARINA V. CANEDO
PERFECT, and memorable – are two words every couple want on their wedding day.
With modern technology, couples hold their dream wedding day with twists at par with modern trends and style.

Filipino Wedding Traditions
Wedding Ceremony Traditions

with link about dresses, clothes etc.

look also Filipino - Costumes & Dresses

Kasalan, Filipino Wedding

Jose 'Pitoy' Moreno, Asia's Fashion Czar has a book on weddings, apply titled Kasalan. The book is a must for Filipinos and their friends, who need to update themselves about the customs, traditions, fashion designs and ceremonial frills of a traditional Filipino wedding.

With permission from the author. Maynila Netzine is proud to publish important aspects of a truly Filipino Kasalan!

Look the important article as pdf HERE

Wedding Culture and Superstitions
Wedding Tradition and Beliefs Wedding Tradition and Beliefs
Marriage Cultural Adaptations Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Rite of Marriage Cultural Adaptations

Wedding Ceremonies of Takcheg Cherweg This is what we did in performing the kalang ceremonies
Lopis Marriage Ceremonies Lopis is the term for the first marriage ceremonies that a couple performs after they begin living together as husband and wife. There are a number of recognized and named ways to perform these ceremonies
Kalon Wedding Ceremonies This kalon ceremony, it is the beginning of the living together of a husband and wife. But it is only the rich who are able to have a kalon ceremony. Not everybody who marries can have a kalon ceremony for this reason, two water buffalo are killed.
Ilonggo traditional courtship, wedding rites and marriage
Baguio landmark now has love locks a la Paris
by/Jessa Mardy Polonio September 27, 2015
The century-old Dominican Hill and Retreat House in Baguio City has a fence where lovers can put that symbolic pledge of lifetime love to their partners.

Look more about the history HERE

Filipino-Chinese, Japanese, Indian Wedding Rituals

go to overview

Wedding Guide - Chinese Wedding Wedding Guide for Your Chinese Wedding

look also HERE, HERE and HERE

Look about Filipino Chinese HERE and

A Guide to the Filipino-Chinese Wedding Rituals
by Jonathan Dionisio


Chinese Marriage and Wedding

Chinese tea ceremony wedding

In a modern Chinese wedding, Chinese tea ceremony wedding is the most significant event.

Wedding Guide to Ceremony - Buddhist Wedding Traditions look also about Buddhism in the Philippines
Wedding Guide to Traditional Hindu Wedding look also about

Hinduism in the Philippines

Live-in” & Open relationship

go to overview

Common-law marriage, live-in relationships
Family Code of the Philippines Articles 147 and 148 of the Family Code of the Philippines are the governing laws on property relations between a man and a woman in a live-in relationship.
Common Law Marriage Common Law Marriage in The Philippines
What are the legal ramifications of living with a Filipina?  Like most Filipino law it is complicated.
Divorce - Annulment of Marriage - Breakup

IMPORTANT look also LAWS and The Pope's statements on family - etc.

go to overview


House hearing on divorce and other grounds for dissolving a marriage
February 07, 2018

The House of Representatives' committee on population and family relations conducts a hearing on divorce in the Philippines, as well as other grounds for the dissolution of a marriage, February 7, 2018
The Philippines is the last country in the world that does not allow divorce.


The Millennial Way: How do you handle a breakup?
Feb 13, 20

Most of the millennials, or those ages 18-34, are fond of expressing their affection toward other people. We see them often sharing statuses, photos or videos about their "relationship goals" on social media, while others share their sentiments about break-ups or why they opt to stay single. (Tovya Kaiko Galeon, USJ-R Intern/SunStar Philippines)

How to get annulled
Updated December 26, 2015

Here's a guide to filing a petition for annulment and how long it could take.
How long does it take to get annulled? Irene Bianca Distura, deputy director of the national committee on legal aid of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, gives us a basic timeline of the steps involved in filing a petition for declaration of nullity of marriage.

Look - download the poster in full size HERE

Look also the serie:

Part 1: The annulment business
Part 2: Cotabato court issues spurious annulment documents
Part 3: Cavite: Haven for paid-for annulments?
Part 4: Bribery in annulment mills
Part 5: Annulment scam
Part 6: Recto: Certified fake


Annulment & Legal Separation
Jun 5, 2014

Join Atty. Karen Jimeno and Atty. Rod Nepomuceno as we know more about Annulment.


Annulment of marriage Philippine style
by/Atty. Mark Tolentino Jul 11, 2013


Annulment in the Philippines
Published on Aug 19, 2017
Failon Ngayon presents why marriage ends up with annulment and how it works in the Philippines.


Marriage, Annulment & Divorce in the Catholic Church


Divorce in the Philippines Mar 30, 2015

Is the Philippines ready for a divorce law?
Rappler's columnist Ana Santos talks about divorce.

Discussing the issue with her are annulment lawyer Evalyn Ursua and Ginger Castillo, a lawyer who represented herself in court during her own annulment case.

Look also the article HERE


Divorce and Annulment in the Philippines
May 4, 2016 by Kevin Sanders

The Philippines is now the only country in the world that does not allow a divorce. That's the topic of this video with special emphasis for those who are considering getting involved with someone who is "separated" from her spouse but still legally married.

Annulment or Nullity of Marriage in the Philippines
Grounds for Annulment of Marriage in the Philippines

Look also:

The difference between divorce and an annulment

Declaration of Nullity of Marriage in the Philippines


What is the Process of Annulment in the Philippines?

Look the article as pdf HERE and

Who Needs Divorce

Charmian K. Gloria Divorce - Remarring in "Filipino - Foreigner Marriage"

The only exception is found in Article 26 of the Family Code of the Philippines, which states that “where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.”

Look also Divorce between 2 filipinos is illegal even if obtained in foreign country

There is one exception to this general rule of Article 26 of the Family Code of the Philippines

Yes to divorce
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio July 31, 2017

However, divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized.
The rest of the world has realized that people can dissolve a marriage for many good reasons ranging from the practical to the spiritual.

Divorce is NOT ALLOWED under the Philippine law.
However, there are certain cases where Divorce secured abroad by the Foreign Spouse not Filipino citizen and even by former Filipinos are recognized under Philippine law

Allowing Absolute Divorce in the Philippines?

Look also

When your spouse wants a divorce abroad
By Lourdes Santos Tancinco - Philippine Daily Inquirer

No Divorce: Only in the Philippines No Divorce…
Etiquette with these sections - Etc.

Etiquette, Customs, Protocol, Do's and Don't's

Attire and Etiquette in the church and in the cemetery

Filipino table manners, etiquette and Dining and Drinking Tutorials - Etc.


Respect in the Filipino Culture - Mano Po


WEB Etiquette - Social Media - Etc.

Blogging - Bloggers - Ethics - Etc.

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Etiquette, Customs, Protocol, and Do's and Don't's

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Bureau of Immigration of Philippines - BI

Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007


The public shall be denied access to the bureau if they fail to observe the Dress Code Policy


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Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio February 13, 2017
How does one call people appropriately these days? When is 'dear' acceptable? Or, for that matter, 'bok'?
There has been a lot of analysis that social media has become a monster, what with fake news and trolling. It’s a bit like inviting the dumbest people and the worst perverts into your home via your computer screen.
Re-introducing the Filipinos to the Escalator Etiquette
September 06, 2016
It’s the usual morning scenarios for the Filipino commuters – the constant pushing and nudging, sometimes accidentally, most of the time, intentionally during rush hours in MRT/LRT and bus stations in the country.

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Safety tips for Escalator Users, May 3, 2017

Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

Social, Business, Dining etc.

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Etiquette in the Philippines

Etiquette - Customs & Protocol

Etiquette & Customs

Meeting Etiquette
Gift Giving Etiquette
Dining Etiquette
Table manners
Business Etiquette & Protocol

Philippines Etiquette

Philippines Etiquette 2

Filipino Society, Etiquette, Protocols & Customs

Etiquette for Expats, Tourists and Other Visitors to the Philippines
by/Jessica Zafra

Cultural Etiquette

Filipino etiquette and behaviour

Proper Manila etiquette for business and introductions

by/Dean Danny Cabulay

Business Etiquette in the Philippines

by/Christina Hamlett, Demand Media
Business Meetings
Gifts to a Filipino colleague

Philippine Social and Business Culture

The Philippines Travel Etiquette

Catholic funeral mass etiquette for non-Catholics

Dress codes for foreigners

A Discussion about Dress codes for foreigners living in the Philippines


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Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

This video demonstrates the difference between eastern and western culture. Filipinos are known to be much more conservative than European and American, they are more promiscuous. This video illustrates the right and wrong way about: Social, Business, Dining etc.


How To Survive A Filipino House Party

Xochilt Sanchez is invited to her first-ever Filipino House Party. Mayhem ensues as she tries to navigate her way through the night's events, making one misstep after another. Will Xochilt survive? Take off your shoes, bring your appetite, Mano Po your elders, and get your karaoke pipes ready to find out.


Local Etiquette - Manila

How to behave in social situations in Manila.

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Gym Etiquette

This video explores standard gym etiquette. Jun 21, 2014


Underwater Etiquette

Scuba diving and taking underwater images is a great way to learn more and share what our oceans have to offer. Leaving them the same way we found them is vital for continued enjoyment of this precious resource. Through the videography of Steve De Neef the folks at Atmosphere Resorts have created a great resource to teach good diving etiquette to avoid harming both coral and critters, as well as yourself, and make the dive an enjoyable experience for all divers. This video was filmed and edited by Steve De Neef - and provided to ReefID by Atmosphere Resorts - in the Philippines.

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“Do’s and Don’ts in the Philippines”

to every non-Filipino planning a visit. It’s full of funny anecdotes and you will be sure you won’t make any big mistakes or offend anyone.

Some Do's and Don't's - IN PHILIPPINE SOCIETY

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Philippine Culture: DOs and DON'Ts

Don't be surprised to see kids and adults alike waving as you make your way through the welcoming streets of the Philippines - it's really in the nature of the Filipinos to extend their warmth to any guest of their country.

Walking naked in QC? Think twice or you'll be fined
January 30, 2018

Roaming around Quezon City shirtless will be fined P1,000

Attire and Etiquette in the church and in the cemetery

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Proper Catholic Etiquette at Mass and Away

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Church Etiquette

walkwithfriends wrote on Jul 31, 2011: A video we made at Silay about proper church etiquette

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'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops
by Agence France-Presse November 08, 2017

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

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Attire and Etiquette in the church

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Reminders for the proper acts of respect inside the church


A clip from Why Do Catholics Do What They Do? In Church

Symbols and signs are essential to the Roman Catholic Liturgy and Ritual. Candles: - What do they represent? How and when are they used and how do they effect us? What is the meaning of the water? Why do we kneel? This program will help young people, catechumens and even life-long Catholics to better understand the important reasons for these traditions and how they help us grow in faith.

General about being a catholic.

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Do's and don'ts in the cemetery

Aside from you and your family, there are others who will also pay respect to their departed loved ones. Know how to act properly in the cemetery with these reminders from Unang Hirit. Oct 27, 2014

Filipino table manners, etiquette and Dining and Drinking Tutorials - Etc.

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How to: Setting a Buffet Table

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Dining etiquette in the Philippines

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Table Manners

Like any other culture, Filipino culture has its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to table manners. Some of which cause Westerners to proclaim that all Filipino are rude.

This is NOT really true. It is completely acceptable behavior within Filipino culture.

Some of the traditions are also overwhelming POLITE

Eating with a Fork and Spoon

Eating with Hands (Kamayan)


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How to Set a Dining Table

Before you set the table for fine dining, you must first consider the table itself. True fine dining necessitates a large table with ample room for the dinnerware that will serve several courses and beverage pairings. Under the most lavish conditions, there will be an expansive table covered with linen or lace, an appropriate centerpiece, candles, china, crystal and sterling cutlery.

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Filipino Dining Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

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Eating With a Spoon and Fork

We, Filipinos, eat with the spoon in tandem with the fork because our meals involve pairing rice with everything. This video shows the efficiency of the spoon-and-fork technique when eating the Pinoy favorite, chicken adobo and rice. By/Ruby Bayan (


How to eat with your hands: Kamayan

This is a tutorial of how to eat with your hands.

Filipino Drinking Tutorial

Filipinos are fun to socially drink with, and this video explores some of the unique quirks of a Filipino drinker.
Filipino Coffee Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

Coffee is a big part of the Pinoy lifestyle. Here are some things I've observed with my family and kababayans when drinking coffee.

Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

Social, Business, Dining etc.

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Awareness, Attitudes and Structures

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By Bernadette Reyes

Whistleblower charged: Interview with Jun Lozada
August 30, 2012

Making whistleblowing safe: a view from the Philippines or as pdf HERE
by/Nica Dumlao 25 November 2015

BuCor whistle-blower gunned down
February 04, 2017

The whistle-blower on the alleged irregularities at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) was gunned down by men riding in tandem at about 9 a.m. Saturday in Carmen, Davao del Norte.


Protecting Whistleblowers
Is whistle-blowing...


Whistleblower Association of the Philippines
Balitaan - Ulat ni Noel Perfecto: Whistleblower Association of the Philippines, nanawagan kay Benhur Luy at iba pa na magsabi ng totoo. Sep 25, 2013

Orders, decorations, and medals

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Definition of Terms.

The following terms, as used in this Executive Order 236, shall be defined as follows:

Order: An Order is an award that grants membership in an exclusive  association of honored individuals, and which by tradition carries with it distinctive insignia to be worn by recipients.

Decoration: A Decoration is a wearable award usually conferred for a specific act of meritorious service.

Medal: A Medal is a wearable award usually conferred to recognize service and/or achievement or to commemorate a significant event.

For purposes of this Executive Order, Orders, Decorations and Medals, which are awards of the highest prestige, are collectively referred to as Honors.



Executive Order Number 17 Creating Order of Lapu-Lapu

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Duterte to confer 'Order of Lapu-Lapu' on supporters of his advocacies
by Pia Ranada April 17, 2017

Orders, decorations, and medals


Philippine Medal of Valor
is the Philippines' highest military honor awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the Philippines to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and allied military personnel, including recognized guerrilla forces

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FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges
by Carmela Fonbuena December 20, 2017
Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

PNP medals
The Philippine National Police confers awards and medals on its members in due recognition of outstanding performance. This policy was established by virtue of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 93-018 issued by the National Police Commission, dated September 23, 1993, with the subject “Prescribing the Authorized Decorations, Service Medals, Ribbons, and Badges of the Philippine National Police” as amended by NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular 2006-003 dated November 30, 2006.
FACT CHECK: Is the PNP’s 'Medalya ng Kagitingan' different from the 'Medal of Valor?'
by Bea Cupin February 15, 2017
While Napolcom recommends the awarding of medals, it is the Special Promotions and Awards Deliberation Board of the PNP that does the deliberations.
Medals Awards and Decorations
Orders, decorations, and medals - >ribbons

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Philippine Legion of Honor - rank of Chief Commander

President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander to Secretary Jesse M. Robredo posthumous, August 28 2012, the same day as the State Funeral for the late Secretary.

The medal was made by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the official manufacturer of State awards

Decorations and Medals of the Philippines


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The National Artists of the Philippines

Order of the National Artist of the Philippines

The Order of National Artists, Orden ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts.

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The Aesthetics of Philippine Law and the Order of National Artists, 1972-2009

Philippine Nat'l Artists for Literature and Historic Literature

The Presidential Medal of Merit Award given by sculptor Willy Layug of Betis, Pampanga


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Other nationalities Cultural centers in the Philippines - Etc.


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Exploring Transnational Communities in the Philippines

The volume chronicles the history and emerging trends of South Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese influx and settlement in the Philippines, and describes how these foreign resident populations compare with early foreign inflows into the country.

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, KCC

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The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)

Its main objective is to deepen the global understanding of Japan and enhance mutual cooperation through the promotion of various cultural activies like lectures, film festivals, exhibitions and performances.


The Philippine Institute of Japanese Language and Culture

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