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Tausugs Culture, Customs And Traditions

The Tausogs still practice age-old marriage customs. Marriages were arranged by the parents so that the young couple would be married even if they did not have much opportunity to get acquainted. A dowry is go to the bride's family by the groom's family. This dowry may be in the form of crops, work animals, land, money or pieces of jewelry.

Loyalty is an important trait among the Tausugs. They practice the ritual of blood compact to signify the depth of their loyalty to one another. They are fierce and dangerous but the moment one befriends one of them, the bond will be enduring.

Certain burial customs are observed among these people. For example, when someone in the family dies, religious officials are called upon to perform the rituals. The dead man's body is washed to prepare it for the ceremony. The sacred text of the Koran is read over the body. ft is believed that the chants from the Koran will lighten the dead man's spirit from its physical pain. The reading of the Koran Is continued, this time over the grave, for several days. Tausugs means treacherous waters They are given this name because their land floats atop the treacherous waters.

Tawi-Tawi Culture, Customs And Traditions


The Sama are the original inhabitants of the Tawi-Tawi archipelago. The term sama is derived from the word sama-sama meaning togetherness. They are a cohesive and peace-loving people. Little do, they resort to physical violence, rather they discuss problems among themselves.


There are five Sama sub cultural communities with the Tawi-Tawi province. These are the Sama Simunul, Sama Balimbing, Sama Tawi-Tawi, Sama Sibutu and Sama Ubian. They all vary in ancestry7, outlook in life, economic life ways and social upbringing.

Ilokanos Culture, Customs And Traditions


About 1,453,000 hardworking estimated Ilocanos live in the provinces of Abra. Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union in the northwestern coast of Luzon of its 11,447.5 sq. km. area. Only a narrow strip of plain is fertile and arable, with rice as its chief crop. Due to this limited area for agriculture, foofstuffs are often insufficient.

Maranaos Culture, Customs And Traditions

The Maranaos are superstitious. They believe in the hidden powers of the ANTING-ANTING amulets. These Items which they wear on their necks, arms or legs believed to bring them good luck.

Courting a Maranao lady could be difficult. A suitor should be the most hardworking and patient bachelor in town. A go-between who will mediate for the contracting parties of the groom needed. The parents of the groom contact the parents of the bride regarding the desire of their son marry. The woman's family announces the dowry. When all is settled, the wedding celebration takes place In fun and merriment.

Bicolanos Culture, Customs And Traditions

The Bicolanos observe an annual festival in honor of the Virgin of Penafrancia every third Sunday of September. The towns of Naga comes alive. During the celebration, a jostling crowd of all-male devotees carries the image of the Virgin on their shoulders to the cathedral, while shouting Viva La Virgin! For the next seven days people, mostly Bicolanos, come for an annual visit light candles and kisses the image of the Virgin. To the Bicolanos, this affair is religious and cultural, as well. Every night, shows are held at the plaza the year's biggest cockfights take place, bicycle races are held and the river, a lively boat race precedes the fluvial procession.

At noon of the third Saturday of the month, the devotees carry the Image on their shoulders preceded to the packed waterfront. The image is boarded onto the barge and the procession begins. With much splashing back to the old chapel until next year's celebration.



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