Philippines : All About Filipino Ingenuity(Part I)

This Hub is all about Filipino ingenuity, innovation, and inventions. Filipino people are multilingual ethnic group located in the beautiful island Philippines. The country is known for its 7,107 islands, beautiful beaches and endowed with natural resources which made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Its people--like the numerous local languages they speak and the thousand islands in their territory--has limitless ingenuity.


Livelihood in the Philippines

  • Farming--was the main source of livelihood for the Filipino Ancestors. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras was the most iconic farming capital in the country. The farmers utilized terrace farming in the steep mountainous regions to grow crops. A living legacy of Filipino ingenuity. Nowadays, only few Filipino locals remain in growing crops and working in farms. Most Filipinos have adopted the trend of globalization, industrialization and BPO. Filipinos now work in Industries in and outside the country.

Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue | Source
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Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Philippines
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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. farmers plant rice at the stonewalled Nagacadan Rice Terraces 20 minutes uphill in Bilong from the Kiangan town center.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. farmers plant rice at the stonewalled Nagacadan Rice Terraces 20 minutes uphill in Bilong from the Kiangan town center. | Source
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Kiangan, Philippines
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Stonewalled Nagacadan Rice Terraces is 20 mins uphill in Bilong from Kiangan town center.

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces | Source
Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines Where Traditional Landraces Have Been Grown for Thousands of Years.
Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines Where Traditional Landraces Have Been Grown for Thousands of Years. | Source

Transportation in the Philippines

Filipinos have used several means of transportation due to the mountainous terrain and the scattered geography of the islands. Trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, and motorized tricycles are commonly available in major cities and towns. In some cases cows, carabaos (water buffalo) and horses are used in remote places where the roads aren't paved.

  • Carabao --(Water Buffalo) is the most important animal for the Filipino farmers. The Carabao have been domesticated by Filipinos since pre-Hispanic times. It's used by Filipino farmers to plow their fields. The Carabao in the photo below is used as a means of transportation. In most cases, a cart is attached to carry cargoes as well as humans.

Philippine Carabao (Water Buffalo) Cart
Philippine Carabao (Water Buffalo) Cart | Source
Cow-pulled cart loaded with goods for sale
Cow-pulled cart loaded with goods for sale | Source
World War II Jeep
World War II Jeep | Source
  • Jeepney--is a widely used means of public transportation in the country nowadays. It started right after World War II when the American troops sold and given surplus military jeeps to the local Filipinos. They pimped the jeeps to accommodate several passengers, added metal roofs and decorated the vehicle with vibrant colors. Since then, it had evolved in many forms, shapes and sizes.
  • This one among countless products of Filipino ingenuity is vital in the transportation system of the people in the country today.

Sarao Philippine Jeepney
Sarao Philippine Jeepney | Source
Philippine Jeepney used as public passenger vehicle taken by Pangkat
Philippine Jeepney used as public passenger vehicle taken by Pangkat | Source
The E Jeepney by Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc.
The E Jeepney by Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc. | Source
Electronic Jeepney in the Philippines
Electronic Jeepney in the Philippines | Source
A closed-van used for public transport (V-Hire) with air condition.
A closed-van used for public transport (V-Hire) with air condition. | Source
Vespa sidecars in Manila Philippines
Vespa sidecars in Manila Philippines | Source
  • Scooters and Motorized tricycles --are used for public transport that easily fit narrow streets in barangays and in small towns. Scooters (125 cc) are widely used in all areas of the country. It's design varies from place to place. 

Cutomized Scooter for Public Transport
Cutomized Scooter for Public Transport | Source
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ASIA-PHILIPPINES-MOTORCYCLE-SIDECAR-TAXI | Source
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Motorcycle mounted with a sidecar (tricycle )
Motorcycle mounted with a sidecar (tricycle ) | Source
SKYLAB in Agusan del Sur, Philippines. One of the countless Filipino Ingenuity that defies limits.
SKYLAB in Agusan del Sur, Philippines. One of the countless Filipino Ingenuity that defies limits. | Source

Filipino Arts and Crafts

The country is abundant in natural resources and the ingenious Filipino have a lot of creations with what they are endowed with.

Tea Box made of dried leaves
Tea Box made of dried leaves | Source
Wooden Decorative Angels
Wooden Decorative Angels
Chairs made of Bamboo
Chairs made of Bamboo | Source
Made from two of the finest timbers in Asia. No nails and screws were used during assembly
Made from two of the finest timbers in Asia. No nails and screws were used during assembly | Source
Clayton Tugonon has created these chairs made from Coconut Twig and Rattan Round Core.
Clayton Tugonon has created these chairs made from Coconut Twig and Rattan Round Core. | Source
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  • Clayton Tugonon of Cebu City, Philippines wants people to see the importance of nature and recycling. He does that quite very well and amazingly sophisticated. He has done chairs out of sling shots, décor out of used bottles, table lamps out of termite houses, mosaic out of waste stone, and many more.  He had created many signature label pieces for Justychair--check out above photo. 
  • His latest creation is a customized car made from the coconut flower's stalk (butay) and rattan strips (uway), a dashboard made from a blend of two-toned shells, and a steering wheel and shift knob made from Shagreen (pagi). He does thinks outside the box!


Running on 'Butay'

What about light?

In many of the world's shantytowns, roofs are made of corrugated iron sheets, which will keep out the rain just fine but also most of the natural light. At daytime, the inside of the house is so dark that one can't tell whether it's day or night. In the Philippines, one ordinary guy have thought of a solution that amazingly brightens up hundreds of houses.

Filipinos are known as hardworking people. Maybe because they are faced with tough situations so they find ways to live through. In hard times, Filipino Ingenuity is very useful in their daily lives and it is limitless. So this hub will always be a hub in progress.

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the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Nice hub kabayan. Voted up!


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bingskee 4 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

this is a very nice hub showcasing our kababayan's ingenuity.

i was amazed seeing that mode of transport named skylab. never heard of it! :-D

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