Philippine customs for weddings

  • febi mahesa
  • Nov 28, 2023

From pre-colonial indigenous rituals to Catholic, Chinese, and Islamic cultures, Philippine marriage customs are a lovely fusion of native and foreign influences. However, despite having different cultural backgrounds, love and commitment is a common concept in Filipino marriage festivities.

A standard Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to officially ask for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals longer before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan would love the newlyweds on the first day while holding their joined palms over a dish of rice. After that, the partners went back to their orchard and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next morning.


The majority of individuals in the Philippines still practice pamanhikan customs immediately, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom properly become led on separate festivities while frequently toting foods or flower items. The few likely finally kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the corn dish.

The newlyweds will typically get a kalamay bathtub( a disk of thick rice cakes) from their customers during the reception. The wheat serves as a reminder of their vow to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a means of expressing gratitude to their loved ones and friends for their assistance with the wedding festivities.

The newlyweds will then typically dance during the “money dance,” also known as” the dollar dance.” The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to party with them while having payments pinned or taped to their clothing. The sum of money raised represents their blessings and best intentions for the honeymooners.

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