Customs and Traditions

The Philippine culture is rich in customs and traditions. Philippines culture reflects the complexity of the history of the Philippines through the combination of cultures of foreign influences. Spanish colonization of the Philippines lasted for more than three centuries. There is a significant amount of Spanish-Mexican influence within Filipino culture, customs and traditions. Hispanic influences are visible in traditional Philippine folk music, folk dance, language, food, art, and religion.

  • People in this town are generally helpful. When a member of a family dies, the people in the neighborhood readily give their assistance in form of “tampohay” the local term for contribution in order to help, a little if not much, the financial problems of the bereaved family.
  • The people celebrate two fiestas in a year; one for the town and the other for their own barrio. They spend much money not only during fiestas but also during wedding, baptism, an burial rites.
  • The people of this town are also very hospitable. They used to entertain their visitors well. Even if they have only a little to offer or to server, they try their best to satisfy their visitors without thinking of the financial problem that lie ahead.
  • Our young ladies are very shy when it comes to courtship. They tend to shy away from strangers even though their hearts tell them that they are the right lovers. On the other hand, young men have also hard time in expressing their feelings towards the young ladies. Their shyness has been added by their parents’ strict rules concerning courtship
  • When one dies in the family, it has been the custom of our place that the bereaved family will have to schedule a forty-day prayer subdivided into four known “novena’ of different intentions, the first nine days of which are devoted to the prayers of the holy rosary. Prayers, therefore, are done every night for forty nights. Then, a closing prayer on the fortieth day has to be said locally termed as “pabasa” which perhaps includes a sort of thanksgiving to the neighbors and friends who joined with the in the hour and days of their sorrows and mourning.
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  1. Joshua Cagande 9 months ago

    I find your blog interesting, informative, historical and helpful in reminding us Guindulmanons who we are and what we can be proud of. Good job. Next time, you may talk about how we can revive folk music and songs that were lumad Guindulmanon, like the Rico-rico during Christmas time. There are also tunes that were popular in the bukids of Guindulman that need to be preserved, which can be forgotten forever. Sayang din, lots of our Guindulmanon musicians passed away and sings and musical talents were never passed on to the next generation of Guindulmanons. We should encourage young ones or kids to revive our folk songs or music that are more or less Guindulmanon. We can also propose an annual Guindulman Rondalla Music Festival to be participated by all barrio rondallas during Cultural Day prior to Guindulman town fiesta celebration. Thank you, good job.

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