Filipino Travel Destinations – Tagalog Culture for kids

The more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines in Southeast Asia have many beaches to explore.  You can see volcanoes and natural wildlife.  The most common places to travel are the city of Manila, the islands and the sites of natural beauty.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines.  You can see the old walled city of Intramuros.  There are many museums, shops and places to eat.  You can visit the Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago.  This fort was once a Spanish fort.  Other popular places to visit are Manila Ocean Park and Malacanang Palace.  The palace is an 18th century building that the President of the Philippines now lives in.

Boracay is a small island north of Panay.  The beaches are very popular.  You can try many water sports, swim and enjoy the beach.  The water is very clean.  There are many vendors who sell things at the beach.  You can buy sunglasses, jewelry and watches.  There are lots of places to eat and many hotels.

Banaue and the Rice Terraces are one of most popular places to visit. These terraces were built to water the hills overlooking the city of Banaue over 2000 years ago. There are many hotels and restaurants in the city.

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Bohol Island has many beaches, the Chocolate Hills, and Spanish colonial architecture. The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation with over 1,000 hills in a 50 square kilometer (20 square mile) area.  During the dry season, the green hills turn brown.  The world’s smallest primate known as the Tarsier lives on Bohol Island. They are about 15 centimeters long with a skinny tail that is about 20 centimeters long.  They have soft beige fur. The waters around Bohol have many coral reefs for diving.  The island has about 1,400 caves to explore.

Panglao Island is nearby.  This island has many beach resorts.  You can see dolphins swimming between the islands.

There is a volcano island in the middle of Taal Lake in Tagaytay City.  An Enchanted Kingdom theme park is a popular spot to visit.  Nearby this city, you can visit Pagsanjan Falls and The Flower Farm.

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Tagalog Alphabet and Common Words – Tagalog Culture for kids

Since 1957, Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. This language is used in schools and universities.  English is widely used, too. The Filipino alphabet has changed over the years.  The last change was in 1987 when the letters ch, ll and rr were taken out of the alphabet.  Below you will see the Filipino alphabet and how these letters are pronounced.

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The letters C, F, J, Ñ, Q, V, X and Z are not used in every day speech.  They are only used in proper names and nouns, scientific and technical terms, and words native to other languages of the Philippines.

Filipino Alphabet

Tagalog Alphabet

 

Filipino Language

The Filipino language is based on the Tagalog language.  The Tagalog language is the native language of the Philippines.  Today, many people say the two languages are the same.  Tagalog has many Spanish and American words.  Most Filipinos say Tagalog and English words when they speak.  When these words from two languages are used together in sentences, the language is called Taglish.  The Filipino language continues to change with the addition of foreign words and English words.

Hello/How are you?I am fine.

Goodbye!

Please.

Thank you.

You’re welcome.

Yes.

No.

Okay.

I don’t know.

Kumusta? (Koo-moo-STAH?)Mabuti. (Mah-BOO-tee.)

Paalam! (Pah-AHL-ahm!)

Paki. (Pah-KEE.)

Salamat. (Sah-LAH-maht.)

Walang anuman. (Wah-LAHNG ah-noo-MAHN.)

Oo. (OH-oh.)

Hindi. (Heehn-DEE.)

Sige. (SEE-geh.)

Hindi ko alam. (Heen-DEE koh ah-LAHM.)

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Filipino History Facts – Tagalog Culture for kids

The first humans came to the Philippians about 67,000 years ago. They used rafts and small makeshift boats. They were different tribes of the neighboring islands.  In 1565, a Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived and made the first settlement on the island of Cebu.  They then moved north to the bay of Manila on the island of Luzon.  Here, they made a new town and colonized the areas for more than 300 years.  Spanish rule helped bring all of the islands that were separate communities and kingdoms into one nation known as the Philippines.

Spain brought Christianity, a code of law, the first public education system in Asia, and the university system to the Philippines. Education was free for all Filipinos and Spanish literature and publications increased.  Spain also brought the western version of printing, established the Gregorian calendar, and built train networks and modern bridges.  Lots of towns were made and new crops and livestock brought to this country.  The Spaniards also made the first hospital in the Philippines.

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In 1898, with the help of the United States, the First Philippine Republic was made.  A treaty after the Spanish American War gave the Philippines to the United States.  There was a war against the United States, but the President of the Philippines was captured and the United States won control over the Philippines. The United States ruled the Philippines until 1946. The Treaty of Manila allowed the Philippine Republic to be an independent nation after WW II.

The country returned to democracy after getting rid of President Marcos in 1986.  Benigno Aquino III began his presidency on June 30, 2010, the fifteenth President of the Philippines.

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Filipino Children’s Stories – Tagalog Culture for kids

There are many children’s folktales that have been written down since the United States occupied the Philippines in the early 20th century.

One favorite is The Battle of the Crabs.  In this story, the crab and the shrimp come together to fight the waves.  However, they soon find out they are no match for the powerful waves.  That is why you see crabs today run away from the waves at the beach.  They run and hide in their holes.

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The Miraculous Cow is a story of how two boys tricked a simple farmer. A farmer would walk his cart back from the fields each day.  His cow was tied to the back.  As he walked, the farmer would sing.  The cow often joined him in song.  One day, two boys decided to take the cow and tie one of the boys to the cart instead. When the farmer discovered the cow was no longer singing and that a boy was tied to the cart, he asked his wife for advice. The boy told them his mother would be missing him and he was freed.  That is how the farmer was tricked and how he lost his cow.

There are several stories that talk about the mouse deer – Story of Mouse Deer and Crocodile, Story of Mouse Deer and a Tiger, and Story of Mouse Deer and a Farmer.  In these stories, the mouse deer is always very clever.  In Asia and West Africa, a mouse deer is a very small hornless deer.

In the first story of the deer and the crocodile, the deer wants to cross the river to get to the food on the other side.  He tricks the crocodile three times and finally gets to cross.  The first time, he tests the water with a stick. Sure enough, the stick is eaten!  The second time, he calls out to the crocodile, but the crocodile answers that it is not him!  And the third time, the mouse deer says that he needs to count the crocodiles for the King.  Well, certainly this is an honor as the mouse deer jumps from one to another to get across the river only to shout, “I’m quick and smart as can be. Try and try, but you can’t catch me!”

In the tiger story, the mouse deer escapes from the tiger three times.  First, he tells the tiger that the puddle is pudding for the King and the tiger stays back to eat the pudding while the deer runs away.  The second time, the deer tells the tiger that the wasp nest is the King’s drum.  But the tiger gets stung and jumps into the water!  The third time, when the deer is caught and almost eaten for dinner, the mouse deer quickly points to a cobra and tells the tiger it is the King’s belt.  The tiger falls for the trick and puts the belt on, only to have the cobra wrap his body tightly around the tiger! The mouse deer runs off and shouts to the tiger, “I’m quick and smart as can be.  Try and try, but you can’t catch me!”

The last mouse deer book mentioned has the deer eyeing the vegetables in the farmer’s garden. The deer gets caught in a trap and must pretend to be dead so the farmer does not eat him.  He takes his hoof out of the trap and tosses the deer into the woods.  The deer tries again to get the vegetables and is caught by the scarecrow.  This time the farmer takes the deer and puts him in a chicken coop.  He is planning to eat the deer tomorrow.  The deer tricks the dog by saying that he is the guest of honor at the upcoming feast.  He tells the dog that the dog could take his place.  With that, the dog lets the deer go and he enters the chicken coop.  When the farmer sees that he was fooled and that the dog let the deer go, it is too late!  The mouse deer shouts again, “I’m quick and smart as I can be.  Try and try, but you can’t catch me!”

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You can easily find these and more Filipino children’s folktales online, at the library or bookstore.  The following recommended list would get you started:

1. Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories is a group of 13 short folktales that are classics in Filipino culture.

2. Haluhalo Espesyal is a picture book in Tagalog and English. The story is about a little girl Jackie and a kitten.

3. Lakas and the Manilatown Fish (Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown) is a bilingual book about a Filipino boy.  Lakas has a dream about a talking fish!

4. Filipino Friends is a book about a boy named Sam.  He is a Filipino-American boy who travels to the Philippines for the very first time.

5. The Turtle and the Monkey is a popular Filipino folk tale.

6. Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola (The Extraordinary Hair of Grandma) is a book in two languages

7. Tuko and the Birds: A Classic Tale  is about Tuko the gecko who makes so much noise that the birds stop singing and cannot sleep!

8. Cora Cooks Pancit is about a little girl who helps her Mom cook some favorite Filipino foods.

9. Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel (Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel) is about how a little boy Lakas helps his neighbors work to keep their home from the landlord who wants to sell it.

10. Abadeha is the Philippine Cinderella story of Abadeha. She prays to the Spirit of the Forest for guidance to endure her unkind stepmother.

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Fun Facts About Filipino Culture – Tagalog Culture for kids

The Philippines are the second largest group of islands in the world.  There are over 7,100 individual islands that make up the Philippines.  They are located in the Pacific Ocean as part of the continent of Asia.

The Filipino culture is a mixture of Malayo-Polynesian and Hispanic cultures with an influence of Chinese.  Their art, music, architecture and dance are all influenced by the mixture of these people.

Since the country was first settled by the Melanesians (people from the island nations of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji) some of this culture remains a part of their culture today. The Austronesians came next, who are people from Oceania and some of the neighboring South East Asian countries.  Today, the Austronesian culture is a large part of the Filipino culture.  It is shown in their ethnicity, language, food, and dance.

Trade with other countries (China, India, Japan, Middle East, Borneo, etc.) also has influenced the Filipino culture.  Spain impacted the Philippines when it colonized the islands for over 300 years.  With Mexico and Spain ruling over the Philippines, the Hispanic influence impacted their style of dance and choice of religion.

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The Philippines became a United States territory (for about 40 years) beginning in the early 20th century. At this time, the United States played a role in influencing this country, too. Using English language and enjoying the modern pop culture of the United States are two examples.

The flag of the Philippines is royal blue, red and white.  There is one triangle with a golden sun and eight rays inside this triangle.  The rays stand for the Philippines’ first eight provinces in 1896.  The stars stand for the country’s three main regions (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).  The pledge to the flag talks about the importance of honor, justice and freedom.

Each of the three main regions has their own specialty foods.  Seafood and rice are common.  Native dishes include adobo – a meat stew made from pork or chicken, lumpia – meat/vegetable rolls, pancit – a noodle dish and lechon – roasted pig.

Armis is the national sport in the Philippines. Eskrima (weapon-based), Panantukan (empty-handed techniques) and Pananjakman (boxing part) are other types of martial arts which began in the Philippines. Additional popular sports include basketball, boxing, football, billiards, chess, bowling, volleyball, horse racing, dodge ball and badminton.

The Palarong Pambansa is a national sports festival in the Philippines.  Universities and private school join this event which is a national Olympics for college students.

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About Filipino Culture – Tagalog Culture for kids

The Philippines are the second largest group of islands in the world.  There are over 7,100 individual islands that make up the Philippines.  They are located in the Pacific Ocean as part of the continent of Asia.

The Filipino culture is a mixture of Malayo-Polynesian and Hispanic cultures with an influence of Chinese.  The mixture of these people influences all their art, music, architecture and dance. Since the country was first settled by the Melanesians (people from the island nations of VanuatuSolomon IslandsPapua New Guinea, and Fiji) some of this culture remains a part of their culture today. The Austronesians came next, who are people from Oceania and some of the neighboring South East Asian countries.  Today, the Austronesian culture is a large part of the Filipino culture.  It is shown in their ethnicity, language, food, and dance.

Trade with other countries (China, India, Japan, Middle East, Borneo, etc.) also has influenced the Filipino culture.  Spain impacted the Philippines when it colonized the islands for over 300 years.  With Mexico and Spain ruling over the Philippines, the Hispanic influence impacted their style of dance and choice of religion.

The Philippines became a United States territory (for about 40 years) beginning in the early 20th century. At this time, the United States played a role in influencing this country, too. Using English language and enjoying the modern pop culture of the United States are two examples.

The flag of the Philippines has three stripes of royal blue, red and white.  There is one triangle with a golden sun and eight rays inside this triangle.  The rays stand for the Philippines’ first eight provinces in 1896.  The stars stand for the country’s three main regions (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).  The pledge to the flag talks about the importance of honor, justice and freedom.

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Each of the three main regions has their own specialty foods.  Seafood and rice are common.  Native dishes include adobo – a meat stew made from pork or chicken, lumpia – meat/vegetable rolls, pancit – a noodle dish and lechon – roasted pig.

Armis is the national sport in the Philippines. Eskrima (weapon-based), Panantukan (empty-handed techniques) and Pananjakman (boxing part) are other types of martial arts which began in the Philippines. Additional popular sports include basketball, boxing, football, billiards, chess, bowling, volleyball, horse racing, dodge ball and badminton.

The Palarong Pambansa is a national sports festival in the Philippines.  Universities and private school join this event, which is a national Olympics for college students.

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Filipino culture for children – Places to See! Things to do!

Places to See! Things to do!

  1. Hundreds Islands National Park: Yielding several individual islands, Hundred Islands Park is home to Children’s Island. It is the perfect island for kids. It surrounded by beautiful scenery and shallow water, it is the safest island to allow your kids enjoy.
  2. Enchanted Kingdom: A theme park that opened in 1995 is called Manilas Enchanted Kingdom. There are sections like “The Jungle Outpost” and “Spaceport.” There are rides, water rafting, theatres in 3D and so much more.
  3. Ayala Museum: Want your kids to learn? This museum exhibits contemporary art and history, plus, a lot of the history is handcrafted from centuries ago. It is the perfect educational yet fun experience.

 

 

Filipino culture for children – Music: Genres and Instruments

Music: Genres and Instruments

Played with traditional instruments like; the zither with bamboo strings, tubular bamboo resonators, wooden luters, and other stringed instruments, Filipino music is rich in sound and culture. There are many different genres of music depending on the region. Gangsa is played by indigenous peoples in the Philippines, while Gang Chime is played in the southern islands of the Philippines. Folk music is the traditional genre, but there still is the modern pop music, as well as rock and blues.

 

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Filipino culture for children – Filipino Clothing

Filipino Clothing

The younger generation of Filipinos prefers to wear the westernized style of clothing. The older generation still prefers the traditional attire the ‘baro’tsaya’ is a colorful gown, a national dress for the women of the Philippines. Today it is a Filipino blouse and skirt, covering their entire upper body as to not offend any married couples. Men traditionally wear a barong tagalog. It is an embroidered top, worn untucked, with collars and long sleeves.

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