10 Filipino Traditions That Are Almost No Longer Being Practiced

They’re probably gonna disappear soon.
posted on: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Well, our culture evolves… and some practices are almost dying for better or for worse.

Which Filipino culture do you think should be kept?

1. Bahay Kubo


There are still nipa huts in provinces but in urban areas, nah… don’t try to build it. It would just easily catch fire or get swept by category 5 cyclones. People who can’t afford concrete houses usually stay in tents like the Yolanda victims (yeah, this is really a bad joke but 1 year later this is still the case).


2. Kalesa

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If we had kalesas (hansoms) instead of cars, we’d get less accidents and air pollution but more horse poop on the streets. -_-

PS: I saw plenty of kalesas speeding the street of Pasil, Cebu… as well as snatchers.


3. Pagmamano


When’s the last time you’ve placed your elderly’s palm on your forehead? Me? Nah, my grandma’s dead. Pagmamano is a sign of respect – just don’t do it on someone whose age is very close to yours. But, yeah, pagmamano (blis in Cebuano) is out of style. What’s trending now is #beso-beso.

Trivia: Mano means hand in Spanish, so when you say, “Mano po”, you’re saying “You’re hand, please”.


4. Traditional Games


Tago-tago, dakop-dakop, bato lata, takyan… most kids nowadays just play on their tablets that’s why they’re sickly. But wait, you can download apps in your tablet and phone to play some Filipino traditional games! Now your fingers can gain muscles!


5. Giving the seat to the elderly and women


Especially during rush hours. Just display your poker face ’cause how hard it is to ride a jeepney when there are too many people waiting for one? I have no time to be a gentleman! And no special treatment, equal rights for men and women!

All jokes aside, it’s still practiced, but not really inside crowded jeepneys.


6. Circumcision… by “pukpok”


Here are the steps: You lie down. Chew some guava leaves. Then the circumciser places the knife on the foreskin then BANG, strikes it with a wood or stone. Then the guava leaves you just chewed will be applied to your birdie-birdie to make it heal faster.


7. Marriage before getting preggy


Heck, even kissing is discouraged in the past. Now it’s getting pregnant before marriage. Well, how much would a church wedding cost nowadays? Every thing is no longer cheap especially if you’re earning minimum wage so it’s not surprising that couples opt to just be live-in partners instead of getting married.


8. Chopping wood for cooking


LPG is cheap but chopped wood is cheaper and some people don’t have gas stoves. Anyway, the government now discourages chopping wood as a “panggatong” since our tree population is dwindling.


9. Bayanihan (lifting a nipa hut)


Well, of course! Our houses are made of concrete and if you’re buddies would try to heave it (if it’s even possible), the roof would just get hampered by dangling electric wires. Gotta say, it’s still practiced in the provinces though.

10. Harana


Who’s got time to learn to play the guitar? A simple text saying “I love you” would suffice nowadays. Seriously, I’m not joking, my neighbor got pregnant early because of that.

Also, the boyfriend no longer visits the girl’s house ’cause she would reply in a text message: Let’s meet at Starbucks.

Whether we like it or not, some cultural traditions will eventually fade, and our future children may only learn about it in the internet.