MARDI GRAS in the Philippines?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday of the Holy Week that ends on Easter Sunday. But in the Philippines “Mardi Gras” refers to a street carnival that’s celebrated during other times of the year, not during Lent.

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ILOILO

Iloilo is a province in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. It occupies a major southeast portion of the island of Panay and is bordered by the province of Antique to the west, Capiz to the north, the Jintotolo Channel to the northeast, the Guimaras Strait to the east, and the Iloilo Strait and Panay Gulf to the southwest. Continue reading “ILOILO”

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.


Click here for examples of Kapampangan words and phrases!

The Tagalogs of the Philippines

The Tagalog people are members of the most dominant cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines. Their status comes from their residence in the capital of Manila and the surrounding provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Marinduque, Nueva Ecija, Quezon and Rizal. Off the island of Luzon, there are native Tagalog-speaking people on the islands of Palawan and Mindoro. A majority of Tagalogs are Roman Catholics. Continue reading “The Tagalogs of the Philippines”

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

The hills are actually limestone formations. Continue reading “BOHOL”

Location, Size & Boundaries

Location: The Philippines comprises an archipelago of some 7,107 islands located off Southeast Asia, between the South  China Sea on the west and the Philippine Sea on the east. The major islands are Luzon in the north, the Visayan Islands  in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. Continue reading “Location, Size & Boundaries”

History of the Filipino Alphabet

Before the Spanish arrived in the Philippines in the 16th century, the people of the islands used a writing script called baybayin. It was the Spaniards who introduced Western letters to the Philippines.

In the 1930s, the renowned scholar Lope K. Santos developed the abakada which is an alphabet representing the sounds in the Tagalog language. It consists of  twenty letters (five vowels and fifteen consonants). Continue reading “History of the Filipino Alphabet”

Dinamulag Festival

Dinamulag Festival is also known as the Zambales Mango Festival, a yearly celebration that has been held in the province of Zambales since 1999. Continue reading “Dinamulag Festival”