Also stylistically spelled as salacot.

Filipino boy wearing native Filipino hat salacot

The boy in the picture is wearing the traditional Filipino wide-brimmed hat salakot, which is usually made of rattan or reeds.

There are a few variations on the salakot, usually involving materials or a slight difference in the slope towards the brim or towards the top center.

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kantaro, tapayang maluwang ang bibig; balanga; palmabraba

an earthen jar

bangâ ng tubig
earthen jar full of water

ang tubig sa bangâ
the water in the earthen jar

bangang puno ng tubig
earthen jar full of water

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A banig is a handwoven mat normally used for sleeping or sitting on. It is not a textile. (It is not made of cloth.)
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The ubiquitous Philippine cultural artifact found in almost every Filipino household’s bathroom.

water dipper

dipper used for scooping up water

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root word: dakot

This is the native Tagalog word for a dustpan, the implement you use together with a broom for cleaning.

Walis Tingting at Daspan

Showing off native resourcefulness, many Filipinos often use the cutout of a large aluminum can of cooking oil for creating a dustpan. Take a close look at the photo. 🙂

walis tingting at pandakot
broom and dustpan

Ang pandakot ay isang kasangkapang panlinis na karaniwang katambal ng walis. A dustpan is a cleaning tool that is commonly paired with a broom.

In many cases, Filipinos simply use the non-standard English-derived word daspan.

Traditional Cooking Implements

A simple list of the more common kitchen implements used in traditional Filipino cooking:

copper skillet

clay pot

clay stove

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root word: kudkód


kudkuran ng niyog
coconut grater

This is a native traditional implement used for scraping the tough coconut flesh off its shell. The blade is attached to the end of a wooden bench on which the person doing the grating sits.

Kudkuran: Coconut Grater

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from the Spanish chinela, meaning ‘slipper’

slippers, flip-flops



When Filipinos say “slippers” in English, half of the time they’re referring to flipflops made of synthetic resin. These are the contemporary tsinelas.

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