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A List Of Philippine Superstitions

Updated on August 18, 2015

Philippines is also rich in superstitions, and I can say that even for now, this superstitions are still regarded and takes part on the Filipino life.

As a kid, I already heard many of it, from grade school as it was being discuss on Filipino classes until in colleges. And of course, it can be heard from elders as well and with parents.

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.


1. 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.

2. Resting the chin on both hands is a bad luck.

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

4. Dropping utensils could mean visitors coming. Dropping a fork could mean expecting a male visitor while a spoon signifies a female visitor.

5. 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.

6. Dropping a photo could be a warning of that family member being in danger.

7. 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 was.

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

9. 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. And sometimes it is also said that sleeping with a damped or wet hair can cause gray hair/s to appear at an early age.


10. A person who has long ears has a longer life.

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

I had a mole in my right heel, but this superstition wasn't for me as I will rather stay inside the house than going out.

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

13. A mole on the back is a sign of laziness. That person would take too much time sleeping or just lying around and not doing any kind of chores.

14. Jumping on the New Year's Eve will make one grow taller.

15. Planting root crops with an empty stomach will cause the plants to bear poor root crops.

16. 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.

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

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


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

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      precy anza 5 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.:)

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      Mr. Happy 5 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 image

      precy anza 5 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 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I found this interesting and a fun read. Cheers!