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Crazy Filipino Superstitions You Need to Know

Updated on June 7, 2018
Filipino superstitions.
Filipino superstitions. | Source

Philippines is not only a land rich in beaches and tropical adventures. It is also rich in superstitions and I can say that even for now, this superstitions are still highly regarded and takes part in the Filipino life.

As a kid, I already heard many of it, from grade school as it was being discuss in Filipino class until college. And of course, it can be heard from elders as well and parents whenever a child does something that a superstition needs to be reminded.

There are some similarities on some other countries or culture with some of these superstitions, just like for example with the cat crossing the street. And to list all the Philippine superstitions I could think of and remember, here they are.

Bad Luck Awaits When You Sweep At Dusk

One of the superstition I grew up hearing from my mom or grandmother was that, it is a bad luck to do some sweeping at dusk. And sweeping the inside of the house at dusk is like sending away the oncoming luck.

And not only at dusk, this superstition also goes on New Year's Day. I heard it from my dad few times it is a bad luck sweeping or cleaning the house at New Year's Day. As New Year brings fortune and good luck, sweeping would be sending away the good fortune that was already attracted and those that are still on the way for the whole year. So, all the house cleaning and sweeping should be done before the New year.


No Chin Resting

You might want to think twice resting your chin on the palm of your hand, specially with both hands. It's viewed as bad luck.

A superstition that it is a bad luck to do kalumbaba, which is the Filipino term used when resting the chin on both palms of the hand. Having a bad day probably wouldn't do as a good excuse to do this, if you're into superstitions.


Baby Genders

There is a Filipino superstition as well for expecting mothers if you want to know the gender of the unborn child.

A pregnant woman with a rounded shaped tummy is said to have a baby girl. While a pregnant woman with a pointy tummy would be expecting a baby boy.


A Visitor's Gender

Dropping a utensil could mean a visitor coming. Is it a man or a woman that might appear in your front door unannounced? Well, that depends on whether it was a fork or a spoon that was dropped.

Dropping a fork could mean expecting a male visitor while a spoon indicates a female visitor.

Single Forever?

Clearing off plates after a meal while a single or unmarried member of the family isn't finish eating yet could mean, that family member could never get married.


Dreams Of Falling Tooth

Dreaming of teeth or tooth falling is viewed as a bad luck. The dreamer should bite hard on his or her pillow or on a branch of any living plant to oppose whatever the meaning of the bad dream is.

Black Cat Crossing The Street

A black cat crossing the street brings bad luck or warns you of danger ahead.


Let Your Hair Dry

Sleeping with damped or wet hair can cause blindness. So better dry your hair first if you can't wait for it to dry by itself.

It is also said that sleeping with a damped or wet hair can cause gray hairs to appear at an early age.


Through The Ears

A person who has long ears has a longer life or tend to live longer. No one can attest to that, except for those lucky ones with long shaped ears.


You'll Know It By The Mole

A person who has a mole on her or his foot is outgoing, or should I say that person prefers the outdoor.

Or not and be totally the opposite. I had a mole in my right heel, but this superstition isn't for me as I am a home buddy. I would rather stay inside the house than going out.

Cat To The Rescue

Letting a cat to scratch your throat will get rid of fish bone stuck in your throat.

Goes as well for those who were born from breech birth. Those that were born feet or buttocks first, breech birth or the known Filipino word for this is suhi, is believed to be good at helping get rid of fish bones stuck in throat by massaging the throat area.


Laziness Through The Mole

A mole on the back is a sign of laziness. That person would take too much time sleeping or prefers lying around.

There are other superstition associated with the location of mole in the body, but this is one I hear about mostly.


Jump High To Gain Height

Jumping on New Year's Eve will make one grow taller. A superstition that is still pretty much a part of Filipino New Year's Eve holiday tradition.


Don't Plant On Empty Stomach

Planting rootcrops with an empty stomach will cause the plants to bear poor root crops. And you don't want that, so fill up the tummy before digging soil for planting these plants. You want a good harvest too don't you?


Smiling And Singing Will Lessen The Bitterness

One should smile and think happy thoughts while cooking bitter melon to lessen the bitterness of the dish. If not, or it is the other way around, being sad, irritable or mad, the more bitter the dish will taste.


Shirt Inside Out

One should wear his/her shirt or clothes inside out when being tricked by unseen creatures who like to mislead passersby. Wearing the shirt inside out will get one back on the right track of the road.


Respecting For The Mound Dweller

Uttering a word of excuse while passing a mound will save one from being punish by a goblin, known as nuno that is believed to reside on the mound.


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    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome. Thanks for the great superstitions from the Philippines.

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      It had been carried over from generations from our ancestors long before the Spaniards introduced Catholicism into the country. And so even after the religion was introduced, the superstitions are still very much around.:)

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have a question ... How do these superstitions fall in place with the fact that from what I know, Catholicism is a strong belief in the Philippines?

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mr. Happy. ^-^' Glad someone found it as a fun read :) I would be making this a long list as I think of more to add.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I found this interesting and a fun read. Cheers!


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