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5 Unique Pinoy Traditions That You’d Rarely Find Elsewhere

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.

Bayanihan

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.

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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.

Harana

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.

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Pamamanhikan

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.

Kamayan

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.

Pagmamano

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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.

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Netizen Proves the Price of the Viral Amanpulo Turon and Shows How It Looks

For several days, the Amanpulo turon became the talk of the town as netizens expressed shock over the prices of the food at the exclusive resort. Some speculated that it might not be true, but one netizen proved that it was by sharing a photo of the menu and the food she received. Do you think it’s worth the price?

Netizen Shares Photo of Viral Amanpulo Turon

What’s up with the Amanpulo turon? Well, it recently went viral as one of the food offerings on the expensive menu of Amanpulo, an uber-expensive private island in Palawan favored by many local celebrities.

It’s the favorite beach getaway and hangout of the stars, where some posh weddings and other private star-studded events are held.

This exclusive place is reportedly accessed through a private plane – so that alone shows you how expensive this resort can be.

Amanpulo turon
Photo credit: Balita.net

However, the prices of the items on the menu still got so many people wondering how the food looks like and how it would taste, considering how each one is several times more expensive than ordinary menus from regular restaurants.

There are many expensive items on the menu, but the turon stood out because this favorite Pinoy food is commonly found in the streets, sold for around Php10 to Php20 per piece. So, imagine how everyone reacted upon seeing that it’s worth Php750 a serving at Amanpulo!

Netizens had a field day about feeling like a “slapsoil” (hampas-lupa) knowing the prices of this popular food at the exclusive resort.

Others joked that the turon might contain special ingredients, like gold shavings or something really costly.

Some thought this menu might not be for real, but someone proved that it is actually true.

Photo credit: Khalel Czarine Tanalgo

What’s Amanpulo?

Amanpulo is a luxury resort on a private island in the Cuyo Archipelago of Northern Palawan, Philippines. It’s a private and secluded getaway, making it a favorite among celebrities who just want to relax and have some fun at a resort without getting mobbed by fans.

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No Bridal Car, No Problem? Groom Carries Bride Across Muddy Roads

Despite the rains, having no bridal car wasn’t a problem for a pair of newlyweds because the groom just carried his bride across the muddy roads! That’s so cool, right?

Groom Carries Bride Across Muddy Roads

There are many challenges that couples face along the way, with these challenges often helping shape their relationship.

no bridal car
Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

But a couple in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental, Central Philippines, had a different kind of challenge as the rains the previous days made the roads so muddy in their area.

Living in what appears to be a mountainous area, they aren’t likely able to bring a bridal car, even if they wanted to. But the groom proved his love for his bride by carrying her on his shoulders as they walked the muddy roads together. Isn’t that sweet?

Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

Their photos went viral, with some netizens joking that this couple raised the bar high in marriages – and that girls shouldn’t get married if their man wouldn’t promise to carry them through the muddy roads. LOL.

We’re stating the obvious, but that’s a joke, of course.

The post was originally uploaded by Enao Aileen Billones, congratulating the couple on their wedding day.

Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

It was quickly picked up and shared by the local media and groups, with HEADZ UP NegOr writing the perfect caption:

In sickness or in health…

No bridal car or horse or even carabao needed to transport the bride just to be in the Church on time for their wedding in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City.

Mabuhay ang bagong kasal! Congratulations.

Many netizens were amazed, with some saying that they know this couple would last forever because the groom truly loves his bride.

Others were a bit unsold to the idea, commenting that the bride shouldn’t have worn a bridal dress if they had to walk through mud. If the groom missed a step, both of them could end up in the mud!

It was a good thing that didn’t happen. Whew!

Are White Bridal Cars Required?

What bridal car is the best pick? Most people prefer white cars because they match the wedding theme of purity. But it’s not really a requirement. You can choose any car color – and some even pick native themes like carabao-drawn carriages or even those drawn by horses.

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Husband’s Appreciation Post for Wife Draws Mixed Reactions

A husband’s appreciation post for his wife drew mixed reactions on social media. Many were glad that he openly showed his appreciation to his wife, yet others think it was too much. Which side are you on?

Husband’s Appreciation Post for Wife Goes Viral

Society has long viewed women as second place to men, and that they’re expected to do the household chores even if they’re working. In some households, the women are even expected to work even if the man is jobless!

This kind of setup has long been accepted by society that most women just go with the flow, even if it’s something that they don’t like doing or even if they want to do something else. Many are even ignored or unappreciated by their husbands and other family members.

That’s why many netizens were happy after seeing a husband’s appreciation post for his wife recently on social media.

appreciation post
Photo credit: Mark Vincent Yap Nodado

Mark Vincent Yap Nodado shared the exchange he had with his wife early that morning. My wife said this morning;

10 years na pala akong graduate, parang wala akong personal achievements”

To which I immediately responded.

“Wag mo sabihin yan. Yung achievement ko, achievement mo. Kasi hindi ko naman magagawa ng wala ka ehh”

Totoo naman. Kaya nakakaalis ako para magsite kasi alam ko naaalagaan mo ng mabuti babies natin.

Kaya nga malakas loob ko, kasi alam ko you have my back and you will support my decisions.

Kaya kapag nagpost ako, hindi ko na chinecheck kasi alam ko na kung may typo, magmemessage ka kaagad.”

Everything was great up to this point, but netizens couldn’t help notice the “little things” he also appreciates about his wife because they think that his mindset about his wife is that she’s his helper.

Kaya nga yung mga maliliit na bagay, hindi ko na napapansin kasi nandiyan ka naman.

-pag iwan ng tuwalya kung saan

-hindi pag flush hahaha

-paghagis ng damit

-simple things that I don’t notice anymore kasi alam ko nandiyan ka naman

Kaya nga may gising na gising ako sa pagdridrive kasi kapag malayo yung site, hihintayin ko yung kape mo.

And kaya kapag may talk ako, may boses ako kasi nandiyan yung turmeric ko.

Kaya kapag pagod na pagod ako, alam ko dadatnan ko or lulutuin mo na ulam.

Still, there were also many netizens who were happy about his appreciation post, saying that those are the things that many wives are doing without being thanked for.

He ended the post with much love and appreciation for his wife – and the people who admired the post said that it’s best to focus on the overall gist of the post and how he’s trying to uplift his wife.

“Hindi totoong wala kang achievement, kahit personal, sa pagiging financial advisor mo, sa mga plantitas mo, sa pagiging taga review ko ng documents. Dami mo ng na achieve.

Yung mga anak natin, mababait, matatalino and loving kasi nandiyan ka lagi. Mas pinili mo yung freelance work para mas marami kang time sa kanila, sa amin.

And dahil nandiyan ka, I’m free to reach higher. That’s why every achievement I get, you are a big part of it.

You are the scaffolding to my structure, in the end, people won’t see what you’ve done, but this structure won’t go higher without you.

I love you”.

After all, behind every man’s success is a woman, right?

What do you think of this appreciation post?

Not every man would commend his wife the way you did, so inspiring and full of love…. Salute to you sir and wishing you many more fruitful years with Miss Mhei,” says one of the top comments.

Agree po ako, Engr. Mark, mangangapa po tayo sa dilim kung walang ilaw ng tahanan. Dahil sa matinding suporta ni misis po ninyo ay nagawa at natapos ninyo ang bahay namin. Maraming salamat po sa inyo,” another wrote.

But others don’t agree.

Sorry, but I do not find this romantic at all, tbh. Ito ata yung sinasabi ni Isko na “supreme sacrifice”. Dude, even the easiest of the house chores (e.g. pagsampay ng tuwalya, pagflush ng toilet, paglagay ng damit sa laundry bag), inaasa mo pa sa kanya?” one netizen wrote.

Seriously, kinikilig kayo dito? When I read it, I felt sad for the wife. All his husband thinks about is himself and how he can get higher while the wife is stagnant attending to his needs,” another commented.

Wife’s Role in the House

In many marriages, the wife is still expected to take care of her husband, the house, and the kids. But in modern families, many couples share the burden of the chores and caring for the kids and each other.

Some households even have a “househusband” with the wife being the breadwinner and the husband at home to care for the kids.

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