Mostly Catholics, Filipinos start attending a series of Eucharistic celebrations on December 16. This dawn mass is called ‘Simbang Gabi’ (night worship) as it is still dark when most churches open for Catholics to attend mass.
Category: Philippine Culture
The Philippines is probably the only country in the world that celebrates the yuletide season as early as September.
Tagalog Association of Australia President Danny Peralta presents a Plaque of Appreciation to Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali for gracing the occasion during the Balagtasan held at the Hub in Mt. Druitt NSW on Saturday, August 25.
They are the pride of the Filipino; the embodiment of the Filipino spirit — The University of Santo Tomas Singers will be touring Australia this month with performances in Melbourne and Sydney. The UST Singers, internationally-acclaimed and multi-awardees, will be performing in Sydney on 14 August 2016 at the Blacktown Workers Club, at 2pm. The show […]
Today, English is probably the most widely-spoken second language in most countries. Most authors and columnists write using the English language. At least three Philippine newspapers in Australia publish in English. Many radio announcers broadcast in English. International air traffic controllers communicate with pilots in English.
One of the fondest memories I have of my youth is watching my parents wedding video on VHS tape. It was a simple yet beautiful and traditional church wedding laced with white trimmings, with a pair of white doves. It celebrates all the special moments of my parent’s love. To this day, it holds a […]
“Balut” is a popular delicacy in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines. In particular, the Philippines is arguably one country where people not only love balut, they live it! Call it balut mentality or balut syndrome, eating balut is healthy for the body and mind. As many Filipino men […]
It is 12:00 midnight. Noise becomes deafening; church bells ring; city skies explode in gold, pink, green and blue as kids and families gape in awe. The animated banging and clanging of pots and pans increase; the karaoke stops for the one full minute — vehicle horns fill the air.
Traditionally, “balagtasan” is a debate among Tagalog speaking poets. It is a Filipino poetry debate named after Francisco Balagtas. It is characterised by rhythmic verses measured in equal number of syllables. In celebration of Tagalog as the Philippine National Language, the Tagalog Association of Australia (TAA) headed by its president Danny Peralta staged its second […]
“Extortion by government officials would be a lot less of a problem if we stopped making it so easy for them.”
Capiz and Antique, Philippines, belief in magic is very much alive. Kulam is a form of Filipino witchcraft, with practitioners called mangkukulam. These sorceresses are believed to perform black magic. Using practices similar to voodoo, the mangkukulam cast spells and incantations intended to bring harm to others. However, the mangkukulam (which can be either men […]
Only a few families control our politics, government and country. In fact, only 178 families control our political system, according to the 2014 study of Julio Teehankee, college dean at De La Salle University in Manila. Around 75 percent of the members of Congress and around 80 percent of the governors and mayors belong to […]