Each culture has different customs and traditions that may be similar with those from other places. But there are also those that are unique. The following are 5 unique Pinoy traditions that you’d rarely find elsewhere.
The bayanihan is best exemplified by photos of people carrying a house that needs to be moved to another place. This has long been the tradition, particularly in rural areas in the Philippines.
Now that modern homes are built on a solid foundation, such bayanihan is rarely seen but the spirit of bayanihan (helping each other) continues to live on. Thus, it is common to hear stories of Filipinos helping each other in the most difficult of situations, even when they are abroad and with Pinoys they don’t personally know.
In the traditional Pinoy courtship, the guys head to the woman’s house to do the harana. They sing the classic kundiman or other songs that show their love. While the bravest guys did it alone, many bring their friends along to help them sing and play the guitar.
While this is rarely done now, especially because people now live much closer to each other and prospective suitors can be really shy in singing to their beloved, this is a unique Pinoy tradition that many hope would still be practiced.
There are many different marriage traditions in different countries. In the Philippines, the groom’s family goes to the bride’s family to formally ask for her hand in marriage. The groom’s family usually brings food and other items as gift to the bride’s family. Then, the elders are often the ones who discuss about the impending marriage.
A lot of Pinoys enjoy using their hands in eating, even when there’s a spoon and a fork available. Many Pinoys will admit that they like eating with their hands much better than using a spoon and fork. Kamayan simply means using the kamay (hand) to eat.
A tradition that lives on to this day, pagmamano is the gesture of respect to the elders. This is done by taking the hand of the older person and putting it on your forehead. In turn, the elder will tell the younger one, “God bless you”. Thus, pagmamano is also know as ‘bless’ or asking for blessing.
Photo of Giant ‘iPhone’ Extra Extra Max Goes Viral
The trend continues for bigger phones, what with the many capabilities that these larger models offer to users. But how big is too big for these phones? Well, you’ve got to check out this ‘iPhone’ extra extra max that’s super duper big! It’s about as tall as a kid! Whoa.
But is it really a phone? LOL
Giant ‘iPhone’ Goes Viral
During the era when Nokia dominated the market, people favored the smaller phones. It came to a point that the smaller the phone, the more expensive it is because it’s packed with all the capabilities of the much larger models but it a very compact size.
Of course, that only held true for a couple of years when phones were simply used for calling and, later, texting. But as these gadgets evolved into ‘smart’ phones, bigger screens meant better options for the users. The internal specs matter, of course, but many people now prefer bigger screens. Thus, there are also plenty of tablets and phablets in the market today.
So, what’s the size of the largest phone you’ve got? The average phone size these days are at 7” while phablets and tablets are at around 11”.
Yet one guy in Quirino Province posted photos of an iPhone that’s so much larger than the usual size – and it is even as large as a kid! Can you just imagine the price of that one, if that’s really for real?
“iPhone lovers, labas!” netizen Ryan Ballesteros joked as he posed with an iPhone that’s nearly as tall as him. Netizens soon dubbed the item as an iPhone Extra Extra Max. LOL.
But why is this phone so big? While there were a number of netizens who thought he got the wrong item from a bogus seller, Ballesteros later explained that it is actually a table that looks like an iPhone, not a gadget.
What is a Phablet?
A phablet is a modern gadget that’s a cross between the smaller smartphone and the much larger tablet. It has capabilities of a smartphone, including an option for a SIM card slot and, possibly, memory card upgrade, but is of a much larger size than a regular smartphone.
Popular Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money
A lot of people have different hobbies that they enjoy doing whenever they have free time. While many hobbies cost you a lot of money, there are actually hobbies that can help you make money!
Gaming with Vlogging
Many would say that gaming is such a waste of time and money, yet a lot of gamers have earned a lot of money in this hobby. Most of them are able to achieve that through vlogging.
It gives you free food and fresh vegetables, but gardening can also help you earn some extra cash. Remember that vegetables can be so expensive these days.
Love doing music? You can earn money with that, too. You can sell your music on various platforms such as BeatStars, do music videos on YouTube, or accept tutorials.
There are many people who are so talented with DIY crafts and various art materials. You can sell those handicrafts to earn some extra cash.
A lot of professional photographers started out as amateur photography enthusiasts who simply snapped photos here and there to build their portfolio. Once you’ve mastered your craft, you can sell these pictures, join photography contests, or offer your services as photographer for photoshoots and events.
If you have a knack with words, writing can also be a profitable hobby. There are a number of sites hiring freelance writers. You can also write a book and have it published for profit.
Drawing and Painting
These kinds of artwork truly require talent. If you know how to draw, paint, or do other art crafts, then this can actually sell for a lot of money. You could also be commission to create artwork for various clients.
There are people who actually earned money by selling coffee – and they discovered this business just because they love making coffee. If you have the equipment at home, you can open a coffee shop outside the gate and start earning money now.
Baking and Cooking
People love to eat – that’s a fact. That’s why home businesses for baking and cooking have become so popular. If you love making delicious foods, then this hobby can also help you earn some extra cash.
No-Cost Organizing Hacks for Your Home Makeover
Planning on upgrading the look of your house but don’t have a big budget to do it? Don’t worry because you can actually have a home makeover at no cost at all.
Download Interior Design Apps
There’s a wealth of interior design apps that you can download for free. There are even plenty that allow you a 3D view of your layout and lets you put in various elements, including kitchen utensils, media items, artwork, and various items.
Rearrange the Furniture
You’ll be surprised at how different your house can look just by rearranging the furniture. You can start with the bedroom. How about pushing the bed to one side or changing its orientation? You can move a table near the window to create an office space with natural lighting.
Experiment with the look or use the app you downloaded before moving the heavy pieces around.
You can free up space in the house by getting rid of chunky furniture and old boxes filled with junk. Deep cleaning the house is actually a great idea because you can make the furniture pieces shiny again. You’ll be amazed that these items might actually look like they’re new, just with a few minutes of brushing.
Add a ‘Catch All’ Box
One thing that really reduces clutter in your home is a ‘catch all’ box put at strategic places. Put one on a table filled with chargers and whatnots. This is also useful at the living room and even in the kitchen. Of course, you can pick a fancy box or container so that this would still upgrade the look of the place. A lovely tray would do the trick.
Organize Stuff According to Frequency of Use
There are plenty of stuff at home that you rarely even use. If you don’t want to get rid of these items but don’t need it now, place these at the topmost shelves or in back cabinets. Put the ones you frequently use in easy-to-reach levels.
Make sure to label the boxes and closed cabinets to ensure that you won’t have to open everything if you need something.
Put Some Plants Inside the House
Got some plants outside the house? Bring some of them in! Just make sure to rotate the plants you bring in so that these can also get much-needed sunlight.