Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

The Philippines’ most colorful harvest festival on May 15, 2018

The Pahiyas Festival is a harvest fest celebrated every year on May 15 in Lucban, Quezon. It is in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers in the Philippines. Lucban is situated at the foot of Mount Banahaw.

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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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    Ilocano or Ilokano

    Ilocano is a language very distinct from Tagalog. Variously spelled as Ilocano, Ilokano, Ilukano, Ilucano, Iluko, Iloco or Iloko, it is the third most-spoken language in the Philippines. Continue reading “Ilocano or Ilokano”

    What is Tagalog?

    The Philippines is a country with a population of over 100 million. A citizen of the Philippines is called a Filipino.

    Filipinos are not one ethnic group. Among the large ethnic groups in the Philippines are the Ilocano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Bicolano and Tagalog.

    Tagalog is the name of an ethnic group in the Philippines. The language they speak is Tagalog.

    The Tagalogs (the Tagalog people) speak the Tagalog language. Likewise, the Ilocanos speak the Ilocano language, and the Pangasinense speak the Pangansinan language. These are all very different languages; they are NOT just dialects.

    Many of the Tagalog people live near Manila, the political and economic capital of the Philippines. When the 1935 constitution was drafted by government officials, they selected Tagalog as the basis of the national language.

    In order not to slight the other ethnic groups, the national language was not called Tagalog, but Pilipino. Later, in the 1987 constitution, the national language was called Filipino, with an F.

    The national language (Filipino) is to include not only words from Tagalog, but also from other Philippine and foreign languages.

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    Short Historical Background

    The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century. They were ceded to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.

    In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel Quezon was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition.

    In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control.

    On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence from the United States. Continue reading “Short Historical Background”

    History of Pampanga

    The sociopolitical and economic conditions in Pampanga before colonization by Westerners indicate that the Pampango people had a functioning and well-adjusted system of self-governance. The agricultural sector produced food that was more than sufficient. There were artisans who had various skills, laws that preserved peace and order, and a class structure that offered security for the members of the community. The native Pampango also engaged in trade that brought them in contact with people beyond their immediate surroundings. Continue reading “History of Pampanga”


    The Philippine province of Pampanga in located in Central Luzon. It has a small land area of 2,203.28 square kilometers, which forms part of the central plain extending from Manila Bay north to the Gulf of Lingayen. Continue reading “PAMPANGA”

    Basic Country Facts

    The Philippines is an archipelago nation of more than 7,100 islands, with a coastline that stretches 10,850 miles — twice the length of the coastline of California. The islands are mountainous and in total have a land area of 115,831 square miles.

    The country lies off the southeast coast of the Asian mainland between Borneo and Taiwan. It is surrounded in the west by the South China Sea, in the east by the Pacific Ocean, in the south by the Sulu and Celebes seas, and in the north by the Bashi Channel.

    The islands are divided into three major regions: Luzon, the largest island in the north; the Visayas, an island group in the center; and Mindanao, the largest island in the south. Many Filipina girls are named Luzviminda (LUZ-on, VI-sayas, MIN-danao) by their parents. It’s a uniquely Filipino name.

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