This post takes us to the Philippines with Tina’s family!
Tina’s crew hasn’t always made their home in Philippines – in fact their family has worked as missionaries – but today they are sharing with us why they LOVE calling the Philippines home, and a special reason why their kids enjoy life there.
So read on to learn a few common Tagalog phrases, get a few ideas for an authentic Filipino dinner, and gaze at Tina’s family’s beautiful beach photos!
Tell us a little bit about your family.
We are a Filipino family of six: Papa, Mama and four kids ranging in age from almost 10 years to 5 months (as of this writing).
Tell us a little bit about where you live and how long you’ve lived there.
We currently live in Quezon City, Philippines. We’ve lived here since 2012; previously, we lived in Cainta, Rizal. Prior to that, our family was based in Timor Leste (or East Timor) as Catholic lay missionaries.
What do you think is unique and special about living where you do?
Despite having lived abroad, we know that there is certainly no place like the Philippines. When I asked the older kids if they would be OK with us living in another country, they said “no” because their cousins and our other extended family members are here!
So I guess you could say that’s one of the things that is unique and special about the Philippines: our people’s deeply ingrained love for family.
Another thing that’s unique and special? Filipinos in general like to eat rice! Ha, ha! Rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Generally, we are also considered a “God-fearing” nation, and have been called “a light to Asia” in the past. There are SO many unique and special things actually — we are a resilient, creative, vibrant nation with diverse cultures and traditions!
What languages are spoken there? If it’s different from English, can you help us learn a few common phrases?
We Filipinos have many dialects — Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Bikol, Waray are just some of them.
Tagalog is commonly taught in schools; English is also widely taught and spoken.
Here are some common Tagalog phrases:
- Good day! — Magandang araw!
- Thank you. — Salamat.
- What is your name? — Anong pangalan mo?
- How are you? — Kamusta ka?
- Fine, you? — Mabuti, ikaw?
- I love you. — Mahal kita.
- Take care. — Ingat.
- Paalam. — Goodbye.
What are some traditional foods there?
There are so many I don’t even know where to start! Each Philippine region has its own traditional foods.
Some of the more “popular” ones known locally and abroad are adobo (chicken and/or pork cooked with vinegar, soy sauce and garlic) and sinigang (a sour soup made with shrimp, fish or pork and vegetables).
Photo by 80 Breakfasts
Tell us about the climate where you live.
Our climate is tropical — hot mostly with months where there are rains and even typhoons.
What does school look like for the majority of kids where you live?
The majority of Filipino kids go to brick-and-mortar schools — mostly public schools, though more and more families are considering homeschooling. Sadly, there are also many out of school youth here.
What does school look like for your family?
We are a homeschooling family.
According to my nine-year-old: “Our school looks like a house … We don’t just learn at home; we learn everywhere!”
Are there any special festivals or traditions you’d like to tell us about related to where you live?
A few special traditions:
If you ever had to move away from where you live now, what do you think you’d miss most?
If we ever had to move away from where we live now, we would miss these the most: family (!!!!), friends, and fellow homeschoolers.
Do you have a favorite book that takes place in your region/country?
We have more than one favorite local book! To name a few: The Mats, Filipino Celebrations (not a story book but still a fun read!), Bahay Kubo (based on a Filipino folk song), Alpabetong Filipino (teaches the letters of the Filipino alphabet by attaching them to objects that depict Filipino culture and history).
Fast Facts about The Philippines
- The Philippines are located in the western Pacific Ocean and consist of about 7,641 islands.
- The capital city is Manila.
- Want to learn more? Check out this video:
Thank you so much to Tina and her family!
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