City of Manila Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

City of Manila Local Customs

  • How to render Respect

    Filipinos have their own way how to give respect to the elders. In general, They use "ate" (female) and "kuya" (male) before they mention the name. In a family, "ate" is also used in calling their older sister, "kuya" for older brothers, "lola" (grandmother), "lolo" (grandfather), "tita"/"auntie" (aunt), "tito"/"uncle" (uncle).They still show...

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  • Philippine Lengua De Gato

    Spanish influence is evident in many of the names of local Filipino baked goods, though the actual product differs from the Spanish original, which include lengua de gato, polvoron, leche flan, and brazo de mercedes.Lengua de Gato in the philippines differs in Spain since in Spain it is shaped like Ladyfingers and in France, is called Langues de...

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  • Cultural Center of the Philippines

    This is the premiere Arts Center for Manila, Philippines. This is their answer to the Sydney Opera house. At night it is lit up and fountains are outside

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  • Carabao Mango! World's Sweetest!

    The Philippine Carabao Mango is the world's sweetest and juiciest mango as certified by the guiness book of world records in 1995, specifically in the Zambales province. The meat is not fibrous or pulpy unlike the Tommy Atkins of florida or the the Ataulfo Mango of Mexico (which was cross bred from carabao mangoes coming from the philippines during...

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  • Christmas Season at Manila

    Christmas is one of the best season to visit Manila because there will be lots of decorations, shopping sales and other Christmas activities happening in the city because Philippines is predominantly a Catholic country. I was in Manila in late November 2007, and already could feel the Christmas atmosphere (and the Christmas trees and decorations...

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  • Buko-Pandan Dessert!

    First, a little background on pandan. The pandan leaf “comes from the Screwpine tree, which can be found in Madagascar, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the tropical areas of Australia”.Aside from its aroma and flavor, pandan serves some medicinal value too. Buko or young Coconut isvery abundant in the philippines and we have more coconut...

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  • Coconut Sport (Macapuno)-The Next Nata...

    The "sport fruit" of the coconut is the makapuno. It is a form of mutant coconut developed by the Philippine Coconut Authority. It has has developed macapuno trees that yield 80 per cent macapuno fruits. The trees grow in abundance in Albay where the Authority's research center is and its popularity to the other islands of the philippines. It will...

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  • Buko Pie-Philippine Coconut Pie!

    Buko pie is one of the most must-try product and specialty of Laguna Province. It is a traditional Filipino pastry style, young-coconut-filled pie. It has proven to be a popular dish for Filipinos. It is almost like a coconut cream pie, only it is made with just young coconuts (buko in Tagalog) and has no cream. The pie is made with buko meat of...

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  • Eat Pancit-Filipino Version of Stir Fry...

    Pancit Bihon (aka Bijon) is what foreigners traditionally associate with the word "pancit": very thin rice noodles fried with soy sauce and some citrus (kalamansi) and possibly with patis (fish sauce), and some variation of sliced meat (chicken and pork), wooden ear mushrooms, squid balls and chopped vegetables. The exact Bijon composition depends...

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  • Mango With Sticky Rice!

    Mango with sticky rice is a sweet south east asian invention. It is composed of Ripe yellow Mango with glutinous sticky rice and lye and sometimes flavored with brown sugar or coconut milk. I don't really know which country started it but it is the BEST DESSERT ever! Here in The Philippines it's called "Suman sa Lihiya at Mangga" and in Thailand,...

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  • Fruit Salad Filipino Style, Very Sweet!

    Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is also known as a fruit cocktail.However, there are a number of home recipes for fruit salad...

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  • Philippine Dried Mangoes, World's Best!

    Philippine Dried Mangoes are exported the world over. it has a sweet, slightly tangy taste that is to die for! here in the philippines, it is sold in 100 to 200 gram packs and costs 65 pesos (1.25 USD) and 90 pesos (1.99 USD). Thai dried mangoes are cheaper at 90 baht (128 pesos or 3.20 USD) per 500 grams but does not have that distinctive sweet...

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  • Pili Nut Candy, Comparable to Macadamia...

    The Pili nut (Canarium ovatum), is one of 600 species in the family Burseraceae, is native to the Philippines and is abundant and wild in southern Luzon (bicol region), and in parts of Visayas and Mindanao. The most important product from pili is the kernel. When raw, it resembles the flavor of roasted pumpkin seed, and when roasted, its mild,...

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  • Purple Yam "Ube" A Sweet Dessert!

    A variety of a true yam, which is known as “ube” or “ubi” in the Philippines. Ube (or ubi) is the Filipino word for purple yam (Dioscorea alata). It contains pigments that gives its violet colorIt has rough textured, dark colored skin and a light purple colored flesh. Purple yam is very gnarled looking in appearance and grows on a vine rather than...

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  • Puto Bumbong! Heavenly

    Puto bumbong is a purple colored glutinous rice cake steamed upright in a bamboo shaft topped with fresh grated coconut and brown sugar or even rice rolls made in specialized bamboo sections made out of pirurutong or purple sticky rice with the addition of ube (purple yam) as a coloring and flavor enhancer. It is then wrapped in banana leaves then...

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  • Bibingka! A Must Eat!

    bibingka is a Popular Filipino Cake, it was originally eaten only during the christmas season wherever the Dawn Masses (Misa De Gallo) would start but it spread in it's popularity that it is available today all year round. It is available into 3 types, the Bibingka made with Flour, The Bibingka Galapong, Made with Rice Flour and the Cassava...

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  • Bibingka! A Must Eat!

    bibingka is a Popular Filipino Cake, it was originally eaten only during the christmas season wherever the Dawn Masses (Misa De Gallo) would start but it spread in it's popularity that it is available today all year round. It is available into 3 types, the Bibingka made with Flour, The Bibingka Galapong, Made with Rice Flour and the Cassava...

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  • Nata De Coco! Now Popular Around Asia!

    Nata de coco is a chewy, translucent, traditional Philippine dessert which is "coconut gel-product from coconut water by bacterial fermentation-prepared cellulosic white to creamy yellow substance formed by acetobacter aceti subspecies Xylinium, on the surface of sugar enriched coconut water / coconut milk / plant extract / fruit juices or other...

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  • calamares (deep-fried breaded squid)

    calamares (deep-fried breaded squid), was an invention of Spain which was adapted by filipinos since we were once a colony of spain. This is popular but expensive snack here wherein squid rings are de skinned and deep fried into vegetable oil then vacuum packed. it cost about 120 pesos a 100 gram pack. great with local vinegar or honey mustard...

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  • Kakanin-Native Rice Cakes

    Assorted Kakanin or native cakes.In the Philippines, glutinous rice is known as malagkit (literally "sticky" in Tagalog), glutinous rice flour is known as galapong. The rice grains are treated with a solution of lye and then dried, then the grains are poured into a banana leaf cone or cocount leaf wrapper and steamed. It may be mixed with sugar,...

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  • "Pinipig" by Mikasan

    Pinipig (Roasted rice puffs) is a filipino rice dessert made from immature glutinous rice that is harvested and pounded into what look like colorful (depends on the food color or additive) flakes . The flakes are moist and redolent with a fragrance that is simply unique. They are almost the quintessence of rice. These flakes can be eaten raw but it...

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  • Local Customs:Bulalo Pata (Beef Knuckles...

    Although this dish is full of Transfats and triglycerides, I Still love it although rarely do I eat it due to it's Fatty Content. This dish is made by slow cooking beef knuckes in it's broth by 4 to 6 hours to ensure tenderness then adding onions, garlic, pepper, chili and then cooking for another 1 hour and viola, it's done! it is eaten with plain...

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  • Daing Na Bangus (marinated milkfish in...

    The milkfish, Chanos chanos, is an important food fish in Southeast Asia. It is the sole living species in the family Chanidae. The fry are collected from rivers and raised in ponds, where they can be fed almost anything and grow very quickly, then are sold either fresh, frozen, canned, or smoked.The milkfish is also a national symbol of the...

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  • Romana's Peanut Brittle

    Prepared from the finest natural ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals and protein-rich choice peanuts, real fresh butter, refined cane sugar and corn syrup. Goes well with coffee, tea, juice and even ice cream!Brittles are confections, usually very hard and brittle, made of caramel, or near-caramel sugar syrup, and nuts. Peanut brittle is one of...

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  • Espasol "Rice Pastry"

    Espasol (Rice Pastry) is a cylinder-shaped Filipino rice cake originating from the province of Laguna. It is made from rice flour cooked in coconut milk and sweetened coconut strips, dusted with toasted rice flour and can be given a distinct taste by adding favorite flavorings such as pandan (pandanus leaf), buko (young coconut) or langka...

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  • Pastillas De Leche!

    PASTILLAS DE LECHE originated from San Miguel and Bulacan. Its manufacture spread to Cagayan and Masbate provinces. In the beginning, it was home made by farmers rearing carabaos using carabao's milk. Then, a small-scale industry developed in the area to produce PASTILLAS DE LECHE. PASTILLAS DE LECHE is a sweet delicacy. Pastillas is a milk-based...

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  • Security guards

    In almost all private, commercial establishments (hotels, banks, malls, restos, etc.) anywhere in the country, the main entrances are manned by private security personnel. Their uniforms are very typical: white or dark blue shirt (with or without a tie), dark blue pants, with a sidearm and nightstick on the belt plus a cap similar to that of...

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  • Philippine Peso

    Approximate exchange rate: 1 US$ = 50 Peso100 centavos = 1 pesoCoins: 1, 5, 10, 25 centavos, P1, P5, P10 Banknotes: P20, P50, P100, P200, P500, P1000

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  • mano po

    the act of "mano po" is taking an elder's hand, bowing down and touching it with your forehead while saying "mano po." the elder would then say "bless you." it's a traditional way of greeting the elders.

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  • po and opo

    filipinos often add the word "po" (poh) in the end of their sentences when talking to other persons, especially the elders, as a sign of respect. "Opo" means yes. It also wouldn't hurt to say "Manang" for women or "Manong" for men as titles when speaking respectfully to strangers - cab drivers, vendors, etc.

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  • Tipping Here in the Phil

    While You are here Understand that most of your Tips are added Already to your Bill as a 10% S.C. (Surcharge)Most People, depending on your service leave a little Extra if you have good service.50P is a good tip, about $1.00 USDE-mail me for Details on Tipping

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