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Bahay Kubo


Bahay Kubo Lyrics

Bahay kubo, kahit munti
Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari.
Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
Sitaw, bataw, patani.

Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa
At saka mayroon pang labanos, mustasa,
sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
sa paligid-ligid ay puro linga.
(sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga.)


Only in the Philippines


I got this 100 list in my email.. so true I guess?..

1.Merienda. Where else is it normal to eat five times a day?

2.Sawsawan. Assorted sauces that guarantee freedom of choice, enough room for experimentation and maximum tolerance for diverse tastes. Favorites: toyo’t calamansi, suka at sili, patis.

3.Kuwan, ano. At a loss for words? Try these and marvel at how Pinoys understand exactly what you want.

4.Pinoy humor and irreverence. If you’re api and you know it, crack a joke. Nothing personal, really.

5.Tingi. Thank goodness for small entrepreneurs. Where else can we buy cigarettes, soap, condiments and life’s essentials in small affordable amounts?

6.Spirituality. Even before the Spaniards came, ethnic tribes had their own anitos, bathalas and assorted deities, pointing to a strong relationship with the Creator, who or whatever it may be.

7.Po, opo, mano po. Speech suffixes that define courtesy, deference, filial respect–a balm to the spirit in these aggressive times.

8.Pasalubong. Our way of sharing the vicarious thrills and delights of a trip, and a wonderful excuse to shop without the customary guilt.

9.Beaches! With 7,000 plus islands, we have miles and miles of shoreline piled high with fine white sand, lapped by warm waters, and nibbled by exotic tropical fish. From the stormy seas of Batanes to the emerald isles of Palawan–over here, life is truly a beach.

10.Bagoong. Darkly mysterious, this smelly fish or shrimp paste typifies the underlying theme of most ethnic foods: disgustingly unhygienic, unbearably stinky and simply irresistible.

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Philippines Time Line


* 1521 Magellan discovers the Philippine Islands March 15, tries to subdue the native chief Lapulapu, wades ashore on Mactan April 24 with 48 men in full armor, and is killed in a skirmish with Mactan warriors. Only three of Magellan’s original five ships have made the Pacific crossing, the other two have been lost, his men have come close to starvation, but survivors of the Mactan encounter sail on in two remaining ships to the Moluccas, or Spice Islands.

* 1524 Maize grows in the Philippines where Magellan’s men introduced the plant 2 years ago.

* 1543 Spanish conquistador Ruy Lopez de Villalobos is driven out of the Philippine Islands by the natives a year after discovering the islands and giving them their name. He is captured by the Portuguese.

* 1564 Miguel Lopez de Legazpe, 54, leaves New Spain with four ships to colonized the Philippines.

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Behind Names



The Philippines was named after the Crown Prince Philip II of Spain. He was reputed to be an extreme introvert, austere, humorless, and unpopular. Dubbed the “Spider of the Escorial” because he seldom left his palace, Philip II reigned over the vast Spanish empire handed down by his father, Charles V, and was a leading patron of Catholicism. He was elegant and slender and, in his youth, good-looking. Philip’s reign, however, marked the decline of Spanish power, leading one historian to describe him as essentially mediocre and paralyzed by indecision. (From Bong Barrameda’s Pinoy Trivia Vol. 2, Anvil Publishing, 1993).


The term Filipino originally referred to Spaniards and Spanish mestizos born in the Philippines. Espanoles-Filipinos was the term that these people called themselves. Later, the native indios and Chinese mestizos also called themselves Filipinos in the belief that education and wealth gave them the cloak of Spanish culture. (From Bong Barrameda’s Pinoy Trivia Vol. 1, Anvil Publishing, 1993).


It is believed that the term Pinoy to mean Filipino originated from the early Filipinos who came to the United States. The Manongs (uncles) as the “oldtimers” were also known called themselves Pinoys to distinguish themselves from Filipinos living in the Philippines. (Contributed partly by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon whose family has been using the terms Pinoy/Pinay since the 1920’s.)

credits to:http://www.tribo.org/history/index.html