Article by: Ishani Sharma
With Filipiniana approaching, this is the perfect time to celebrate the culture of the Philippines. Here is a list of the top 10 things in the Philippines, as decided by ISM students.
1. Pretty beaches
The Philippines is home to a multitude of beaches, from the white sands of Boracay, a popular site for graduating seniors, to the rugged cliffs and tiny bays of Coron and El Nido.
2. Delicious food
A filipino party is incomplete without mouthwatering delicacies such as lechon and halo-halo.
3. Tagalog slang
Sophomore Tushti S. says some of her favorite Filipino slang words include arte (meaning sassy), momol (to make out!), and kwento (meaning gossip).
4. Dance Dance!
Tinikling, a Filipino dance, imitates tinikling birds as they walk around in the tall grass and tree branches. It is a dance performed using bamboo poles hitting the ground to form a beat, and a popular activity, especially in middle school.
The traditional clothes of the Philippines (barongs and baro’t saya) come in beautiful and vibrant colours, some of which you’ll be able to catch in the Filipinana parade!
6. Family in the Philippines
Alexa K., a sophomore, says, “I love how Filipino families are so close and they spend a lot of time together. My whole extended family has lunch every Sunday!”
The Philippines has many volcanoes, which are a popular tourist attraction. A prime example being the Mayon volcano, in the Bicol region of Luzon, an active volcano that can be seen to shoot steam from time to time!
8. Natural Scenery
Other than the beaches and volcanoes, there are also many other natural wonders in the Philippines, like Taal Lake and Bohol’s chocolate hills.
Nina M. (10) says, “My favourite part of Filipino culture is how Christmas is celebrated in the country! It’s such a huge deal for us and it’s my favourite holiday so it’s always amazing, how we start putting up Christmas trees and lights three months before December… I think the best part is during family parties, where I get to do karaoke and sing along with relatives I didn’t know even existed.”
10. The people
Sarah G. (10) says her favourite part of Filipino culture is how supportive people are. “People are constantly smiling at each other and being very hospitable despite how bad others’ lives may be.”