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Culture

Culture
Language

USA
Philippines

The
Thereoriginal
is no official
officiallanguage
languageofofthe
theUnited
Philippines
States,was
according
Spanishtofor
themany
U.S.
centuries until the early half of the 20th century.
government.
Ninety
Under US
percent
occupation,
of the English
U.S. population
was introduced
speaks into
and understands
schools and at
in least
1935
Language
EnglishEnglish,
some
was added
and most
to the
official
constitution
business alongside
is conducted
Spanish
in English.
as a national
Religion
language.
Nearly
every known religion is practiced in the United States, which was
English,
Filipino
Tagalog
are thefreedom.
pricinpal languages of the Philippines.
founded
on theand
basis
of religious
About 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians, according
Religion
The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia.
to an ABC poll, while 13 percent replied that they had no religion at all.
Plain steamed rice is the basis of the diet
Food

Filipinos
are fond
of sweet
American
cuisine
has foods
been influenced by Europeans and Native
Food
in its centres
early history.
Today,
are a number
of foods
thatsour
are
Americans
Filipino cuisine
around
the there
combination
of sweet
(tamis),
commonly
identified
as American,
as hamburgers,
hot dogs,
(asim), and
salty (alat),
althoughsuch
in Bicol,
the Cordilleras
and potato
among
chips,
macaroni
andspicy
cheese,
and meat
Muslim
Filipinos,
(anghang)
is a loaf.
base of cooking flavor.
Musical Instrument
Kubing The bamboo jaw harp
Kulintang Gong Ensemble
Musical Instrument
It
Kudyapi
The Two
Stringed
Instrument
Dance
is the home
of the
hip hop
dance and its derivative Rock and Roll, and
Tongali
The
Noseflute
modern
square
dance and one of the major centers for modern dance.
Gimbal
There The
is Drums
a variety of social dance and concert or performance
Tinikling
dance forms
involves
withtwo
alsopeople
a rangehitting
of traditions
bamboo
of Native
poles on
American
the ground
dances.
and
Song
American
music
is
very
diverse
with
many
styles,
including
rhythm
and
against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step
Dance
over and
in between
the poles
a dance.bluegrass,
It originated
among
blues,
jazz,
gospel, country
andinwestern,
rockin'n'Leyte
roll and
hip
the Visayan islands in central Philippines as an imitation of
hop.
Holiday and Ceremony Americans
the tikling
bird.
celebrate
their independence from Britain on July 4.
Music
is
a
way
for
Filipinos
their
feelings
and aspirations
in life.
Memorial Day, celebrated to
onexpress
the last
Monday
in May,
honors those
who
Filipino
folks
lucidly express their experiences and dreams
have died
in clearly
military and
service.
Song
Labor
through
Day,
folkobserved
songs. (ex.
onBahay
the Kubo,
first Monday
Paruparong
in Bukid
September,
and Magtanim
celebrates
ay
Di Biro) workforce.
countrys
Christmas is the
most important
for Filipinos
Philippines
Thanksgiving,
another
distinctivecelebration
American holiday,
falls and
on the
fourth
has the longest
yuletideand
holiday
the whole
world.
Thursday
in November
datesinback
to colonial
times to celebrate the
Independence
Day is celebrated every 12th day of June. It is a very
harvest.
Costume
Clothing
important
styles
datevary
for by
Filipinos,
social status,
becauseregion,
this represents
occupationthe
andday
climate.
when
Holiday and Ceremony
Filipinos
got theirbaseball
freedomcaps,
fromcowboy
Spain inhats
1898.
Jeans,
sneakers,
and boots are some items of
Filipinos
their
to the dead
during
All Saints and All Souls day.
clothingpay
that
are respects
closely associated
with
Americans.
Sport
These
daysStates
are observed
every November
1st and
respectively.
As a
The
United
is a sports-minded
country,
with2nd,
millions
of fans who
belief,
Filipinos
light
up
candles
as
they
gather
at
the
cemeteries
to
follow football, baseball, basketball and hockey, among other sports. let
their dead relatives
andJuly
loved ones feel their undying love and memory.
Tradition
Thanksgiving
and the 4th
The
official
national
costume
Filipino
men
is the
barong
which
The voting of the presidential of
election
only
ever
takes
place tagalog
on a Tuesday.
is worn
an undergarment
called
camisa
de chino.
The
firstbyTuesday
after the first
Monday
in November.
Costume
The official national costume of Filipina women is the baro at saya.
The baro is the top blouse. The saya is the skirt.
The national martial art and sport of the Philippines is Arnis.
Sipa (from the Tagalog word to kick) is a favorite traditional sport in the
Sport
Philippines. It is similar to Hacky Sack, the footbag game familiar to
Americans. The difference is the item that is kicked.
Filipinos start a novena (a series of nine masses) on December 16th. The
masses are part of the cherished religious tradition of Simbang Gabi,
Tradition
which literally means Night Worship.
Mano Po, Close Family Ties, Bayanihan and Hospitality