Official Holidays in the Philippines 2017

Labor Day in the Philippines is celebrated ever year on May 1st, which in 2017 falls on a Monday.

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National Symbols of the Philippines

Pambansang Awit: Lupang Hinirang (the entire song is translated into English as “Land of the Morning“). National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

Pambansang Ibon: Agila ng Pilipinas (Pithecophaga jeffery)
National Bird: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffery)

Kalabaw / Carabao
Kalabaw / Carabao

Pambansang Hayop: Kalabaw (Bubalus bubalis)
National Animal: Carabao (Bubalus bubalis)

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Annual Festivals of the Philippines

April 2017: Moriones Festival of Marinduque

Listahan ng Mga Taunang Kapistahan sa Pilipinas

Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals
Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals

PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS IN JANUARY

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan – January

Sinulog Festival of Cebu – third Sunday of January

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo – January 20-22, 2017

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Filipino? Tagalog? Pilipino?

The basis for the Philippine national language is Tagalog, which had primarily been spoken only in Manila and the surrounding provinces when the Commonwealth constitution was drawn up in the 1930s. That constitution provided for a national language, but did not specifically designate it as Tagalog because of objections raised by representatives from other parts of the country where Tagalog was not spoken. It merely stated that a national language acceptable to the entire populace (and ideally incorporating elements from the diverse languages spoken throughout the islands) would be a future goal. Tagalog, of course, by virtue of being the lingua franca of those who lived in or near the government capital, was the predominant candidate.

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Doing Business in Tagalog

negosyo
business

negosyante
businessman /
businesswoman

kontrata
contract

pera
money

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BOHOL

According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2008, Bohol was the sixth most searched for travel destination by Filipinos in the Philippines.

WHAT TO SEE IN BOHOL

The island province of Bohol is located in the middle of the Philippines in the Visayas region. It is a popular tourist destination not only because of the Chocolate Hills, but also for its beaches and diving attractions.

 Chocolate Hills
Bohol’s Chocolate Hills

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KAPAMPANGAN

Kapampangan or Capampan͠gan refers to the language and people of Pampanga province. It is also known as Pampango or Pampangueño. A woman from Pampanga is called a Pampangueña.
 

Kapampangan ka ba?
Are you a native of Pampanga?

Marunong ka bang magsalita ng Kapampangan?
= Marunong ka bang mangapampangan?
Do you know how to speak Capampangan?


Note that Kapampangan is not a mere dialect, but a language very distinct from Tagalog.


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FILIPINO

In the English language, the word Filipino often refers to something from or related to the Philippines.

For examples:

  • Filipino cuisine – food associated with the Philippines
  • Filipino people – ethnic group that identifies with the Philippines
  • Filipino language – national language of the Philippines
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