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5 Most Common Superstitions in the Philippines

Many Filipinos, especially the more traditional ones, tend to lean towards superstitious beliefs.  Despite the absence of any sound scientific basis, young adults choose to cling to these superstitions as well, to avoid arguments with their elders.  The elders would commonly advise the younger ones to follow these beliefs.  One of their most frequent sayings is: “You won’t lose anything …

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Simbang Gabi: A Time-Honored Christmas Tradition

Pinoys are a people of tradition.  Come the 16th of December, when the clock strikes 3am – they wake up, dress up, and go to church.  They’ll attend a mass that day, return home, and do the same thing tomorrow… and the next day after. Filipinos from all walks of life give importance to this time-honored tradition.  Groups of families …

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Philippines: A Quick Guide to the 3 Main Islands

More than 7,000 islands comprise the stunningly beautiful archipelago called Philippines.  Altogether they come to form the three major groups of islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Each of these three bigger islands have come to develop their own unique lifestyles, particular customs, cultural trends, national dishes and even their own set of ethnic languages and dialects. Below, you will find …

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7 Scary Creatures in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the door to a plethora of myths regarding scary creatures is always ajar.  Amongst the eeriness that many horror films proudly present there are numerous haunting tales – some are brainchildren of the imaginative minds, while others are stories from the real life.  Below is a compilation of the seven scary creatures that are widely believed in …

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Sipaway Island: A Glimpse of a Hidden Paradise in the Philippines

For years, I’ve been thinking that these two places named “Sipaway” and “Sipalay” (a popular destination where I came from) are one and the same.  Well, earlier this year I found out, from a firsthand experience, that they’re actually… not.  That was when I finally got a chance to visit the stunning Sipaway island. About the Sipaway Island Sipaway, or Refugio Island, as its geographic …