For many years, I’ve seen incredible baskets from the Philippines — mostly at Cost Plus stores, yard sales, or at Goodwill. As a California basket weaver steeped in native American basket traditions, I wondered about the Filipino communities that produce these baskets and what role the baskets play in their economies and cultures today.
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So you want to live in Pampanga, or room with a Kapampangan, or even marry a Kapampangan? Prepare for a bumpy ride! Here are tips to help you survive the company of this much-admired, much-reviled and much misunderstood people.
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The national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted R150 million for the construction of modern waste water treatment plant facilities in two popular tourist sites of this town.
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Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter
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Thousands flocked to bus terminals in Quezon City late Wednesday, March 28, as commuters headed to the provinces for Holy Week. Transportation officials expected the influx of passengers to peak late Wednesday, it being the last working day before the holidays.
The rush to go to the provinces resulted in hours long of waiting in terminals.
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At least three remarkable things come from the 3rd class municipality of Jagna (population 35,000) along the southern coast of Bohol. Over two centuries ago, this seemingly sleepy backwater was the birthplace of the Dagohoy Revolt, the longest-running Anti-Spanish rebellion (1744 to 1829).
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On any December morning, especially as the thin cool air gives way to a balmy, bright day, the hapless Filipino who cuts across San Francisco's Chinatown on the way to work will feel a touch of homesickness. Were he or she a habitue of Manila's Chinatown, the smell, sounds and bustle of San Francisco's Chinatown could trigger a flood of memories—Quiapo, Escolta, Ongpin, Divisoria...
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Mindanao, the Philippines' southernmost island, is a virtual and cultural melting pot, although Mindanao carries many influences and flavours from other lands, many indigenous tribes inhabit the vast regions of Mindanao.
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The Mindanaoans are independence-loving and peaceful people with a rich cultural past deeply embedded in their present way of living. They are proud of their heritage and of their ways. They will never forget where they came from. Mindanaoans have endured many tragedies throughout history, but always stood firm and strong.
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The name means people of the flood plains or derived from the two word maginged and danaw which means people of the marshy. In the early 15th century, Sharif Muhammad Kabungsuan, an Arab-Malay preacher from the royal house of Malacca, introduced the Islamic religion, customs and the Sultanate system of governance.
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The indigenous tribes of the Higaonon share a common root language, history and culture, they can be found in the northern and central regions of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.
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Scattered throughout the Southern Philippine Archipelago slowly disappearing tribes untouched by neither time nor colonization still exist in present time. Along the desolate eastern coast of the Davao Gulf, centuries ago, new migrants mixed with the native population, forming a new community that was given the name Bagobo.
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Manobo, the name may came from Mansuba from man (person or people) and suba (river), meaning river people. The first Manobo settlers lived in northern Mindanao, at present Manobo tribes can be found at the hillsides and river valleys of the northeastern part of Cotabato.
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Badjao or Bajau means man of the seas, this tribal group is known as the Sea Gypsies because they move with the wind and the tide on their small houseboats called vintas, they can be found in many coastal settlements and inhabit the waters and shores of the Sulu archipelago.
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