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Rappler's latest stories on Filipino Culture


[OPINYON] Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:26 PM

'Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mababawasan ng pupuna. Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mas kakaunti ang mga magmumulat.'

[OPINION] Pinoy BL, censorship, and problematic LGBTQ+ representation

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'Content producers of Pinoy BL series still have a responsibility to be more inclusive'

[OPINION] The Bahay Kubo and the making of the Filipino

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:25 PM

'The quintessential Philippine garden is a product of global connections that started more than a thousand years ago'

[OPINION] The Philippine problem goes beyond a lack of discipline

May 15, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'We don’t lack discipline. One can see that easily enough in many Filipinos who move to other countries and adjust to new rules rather speedily. We need better governance for a start.'

[OPINION] Getting judged for my tattoos, and the issue of taboos in 2020

Jan 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Getting judged for my tattoos wasn’t as bad or as traumatic as that of folks discriminated against for their gender or disability. But perhaps there’s that common feeling, the feeling of self-denial.'

Baguio preserves century-old Dominican Hill as arts and culture center

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:42 AM

It's been quite a ride for the site where artistic, religious, and naughty spirits are known to mingle

Rappler Gallery 2019 / SECTIONS / News / December / Dominican Hill Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Filipino language and culture making waves in German universities

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Filipino language is currently being offered at Humboldt University

Filipino Language Instructor Anton Galang Jr. with his first batch of students at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Photo provided by Anton Galang Jr.

List: 6 Filipino pamahiins we just can't ignore

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:23 PM

What pamahiins do you follow when someone passes away?

Ormoc mayor Richard Gomez uses mapping and data to preserve local culture

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Ormoc City government implements cultural mapping techniques to preserve the city's heritage and promote the development of its local arts and culture

HERITAGE. The old city hall in Ormoc City is now being used as a museum. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/

[OPINION] No such thing as a free lunch: The Filipino 'libre' culture

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Has the Filipino tradition of gift-giving and treating friends and family gone too far?

MONUMENTS: 'The Manila of our affections'

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

What do monuments mean to our everyday lives?

Bantayog ng Bayani in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday. June 3, 2019.

Who is the Filipino? Identity in heritage spaces

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

What does protecting built heritage like Intramuros have to do with being Filipino? We talk to Intramuros Administration chief Guiller Asido about how the ancient Walled City is keeping up with modern times.

[OPINION] Appreciating the Filipino identity through our literature and culture

May 29, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'Being a Filipino does not end with preferring English over Filipino, nor choosing hamburgers over sinigang, but rather ends when we have forgotten that we have our own literature, culture, and heritage to the point where we abandon it'

We are all Tizons

May 19, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Slavery is wrong but how do we really treat the Lolas in our lives?

Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:07 PM

How does one call people appropriately these days? When is dear acceptable? Or for that matter bok ?

Matangos o pango: Picking one’s nose in the Philippines

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Lasco: Colonialism changed the way we looked at our faces and noses

Culture clash: Why Freddie Aguilar isn't ready

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:18 PM

I believe his views on Cultural Revolution and Purification will set us back from being participants in a globally connected creative world

The myth of 'kapwa'

Mar 05, 2016 - 1:38 PM

If kapwa is so central to the Filipino experience then why do we see so little of it in our everyday lives?

‘Boring’ Mass? Adapt it to Filipino culture, priests say

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:17 PM

This problem demands a lot of soul searching Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara tells Rappler at the International Eucharistic Congress

GLOBAL CONGRESS. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Myanmar (1st from left) leads the opening Mass for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City that began on January 24, 2016. Photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

What they don't tell you when you leave the Philippines

Oct 08, 2015 - 9:14 AM

We are told about the wonderful things that happen when we make it out of our own country but never once told how much it will hurt to lose our home

SIGABO 2015: Ang Ikapitong Taunang Patimpalak sa Sabayang Pagbigkas

Oct 01, 2015 - 8:38 PM

SIGABO promotes Filipino art culture and literature through the Sabayang Pagbigkas

We need to talk about ‘food-shaming’

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Repeat after us: I will eat for myself

QUIZ: What do your food cravings mean?

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Take this quiz to find out which “foodie tribe” you belong to

Food, culture and the Pinoy appetite

Jul 16, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Watch our roundtable discussion on food and health held Thursday July 16

One debacle to the next: Why are we like this?

Jul 02, 2015 - 11:15 AM

If we are hard wired to behave as we do because of our geography and historical experience what does the future hold for us? Are we hopeless as a nation?

28th South East Asian Games Women's Soft Ball Team representatives, pose for a photograph during the athlete's send off program at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 3, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What's a 'real Filipino' anyway?

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:32 PM

As I’ve grown older I’ve realized not only how complicated and nuanced a Filipino’s identity is but also how understanding it is more than an exercise in navel gazing

Can we get rid of 'Filipino time'?

Apr 23, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Is tardiness truly cultural and therefore endemic to a particular country? Is there no way for Filipinos to arrive on time?

'Kukunin ka ng bumbay!' and other childhood lessons on race and gender

Mar 12, 2015 - 7:59 AM

What other racist or sexist remarks did you hear as a child or said during playtime? Would you correct your child now if you heard it from them?

Coffee painting: How a Fil-Am artist expresses her identity

Feb 04, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Clarisse was drawn to coffee because it is easily accessible and aesthetically because it mutates into various shades of brown the color of Filipinos


CONVERSATION: The TV habits of Filipinos

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Are you still tuned in? Join our conversation on November 15 4pm

Gee, your kabayan smells terrific!

Aug 02, 2014 - 11:26 PM

Personal hygiene figures highly in the Filipinos’ list of priorities along with mobile phones and Internet access

The ties that bind: Empowering Fil-Am college students

May 06, 2014 - 9:32 PM

There are an estimated 3 000 Filipino cultural associations in the US alone What if more of these groups became hubs of transnational action and engagement?

Her Yin and Yang: A woman’s journey towards finding her true identity

Feb 19, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Is there irony in defying your culture s standards and embracing its heritage at the same time? One woman shares her tale

CONVERSATION: Reunions: rant or rave?

Jan 14, 2014 - 3:43 PM

What are reunion rants and raves? Join our conversation on January 17 at 3PM

Don't call me Madam

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Our title fetish is indicative of the social inequality and resulting patronage that plague Philippine society

Sylvia Claudio

Culture shock: Does it matter if you're brown or white?

Jan 06, 2014 - 3:25 PM

I find it baffling and ironic how white skin is seen as the ‘holy grail’ of skin tones

'Calidad humana' and exporting the Filipino smile

Sep 21, 2013 - 2:01 PM

Chilean ambassador and his wife embark on goodwill project to affirm Filipino warmth

AT HOME IN THIS GLOBAL CORNER. Ambassador Roberto Mayorga and his wife, Paulina

On being Filipino abroad

Aug 03, 2013 - 11:11 PM

I feel more Filipino abroad than I do back home but I use that point of view to my advantage

AT HOME. The author discovers how much a Filipino she is in another country. All photos by Rica Facundo

#RHlaw goes against 'tuwid na daan' – critic

Jul 23, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Critic tells the Supreme Court exposing next generation to RH law means going the way of the US: teenagers having multiple sex partners

PNoy and the Power Distance Index

Jan 11, 2012 - 9:45 AM

What happens when the boss is wrong?

Maria Ressa