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Filipino Superstitions

Updated on September 22, 2016
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Growing up here in the Philippines, I was accustomed to many different superstitions. Most of these are quite irrational and are sometimes beyond the grounds of Science. What I don’t understand is the way it affects the lives of many Filipinos. It creates a belief that misfortune will always happen if it will not be followed. I also find it very conflicting that the largest Christian country in Asia have a lot of beliefs that contradicts to the philosophy of the religion.

Here are just some of the most common Filipino superstitions;


  • When a pregnant woman eats a twin banana, she will have twins.
  • When you open an umbrella inside the house, it will rain snakes.
  • When someone sleeps with wet hair, that person may go blind or go crazy.
  • When you sit on a pillow, you will get boils on your butt.
  • A bride can’t try the wedding dress before the wedding or else the wedding will not happen.
  • If a person sits on a book, that person will become stupid or dumb.
  • People with large ears have long life.
  • If a person drops a fork it means a female visitor will arrive in their house. (spoon for male, or maybe it’s the other way around…)
  • If a person will leave to go out of the house while someone is eating, the person eating should turn his plate clockwise for the safety of the person leaving.
  • It is bad luck to sweep the floor on nighttime because you are sweeping luck away instead.

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  • If your palm becomes itchy, it means you are going to get money.
  • If one will pass by a mound or pile of soil, he should ask permission or excuse himself to pass. It is believed to be the home of elves and passing without permission is a sign of disrespect and may cause them to curse you.
  • Touching a pregnant woman’s stomach will give you luck.
  • It's bad luck to sing while you're eating.
  • Wait for everyone to finish before cleaning and leaving the table or else the last person eating won't get married.
  • If you splash water on a cat it will rain.
  • You should never cut your nails or have a haircut during the holy week because they might not grow back.
  • To prevent rain, draw a sun on the ground.
  • If you jump on New Year’s Eve, you will become taller.

These superstitious beliefs are part of what makes us different and unique as a Filipino. They are part of our culture, but we must remember that we should not limit ourselves or put boundaries on what we do because of these beliefs. We are responsible for what we do and the effects that may happen are the results of our action.

© 2011 MangBerto08

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      and there is a belief that if you cut your nails at night, someone will die...

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      MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

      It's weird right?

      I remember my grandma always telling us not to splash water on our cat because it will rain. And I used to believe it when I was young...

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      There's also this belief, if someone died, you cannot take a bath...!LOL...

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      MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

      I mean, you don't need that additional stress right? Someone already died and you can't take a bath??!! What's up with that..

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      Sheila Kennedy 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you MangBero08, I grew up with superstitions, and much of my work deals with superstition, and clearing spells curses and the like. So a very interesting article.

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      MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ Sheila

      Thanks for reading and commenting. You have a very interesting work. Spells and curses, can we consider that witchcraft?

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      Sheila Kennedy 5 years ago from Australia

      No not at all, I am an energy worker, a Vibrational Kinesiologist, and I use Sound, as in specific sounds I create myself with Tibetan bells to remove curses, spells, withcraft and the like from some of my clients. I have been working with these areas for many years with great success. The people placing spells, curses and the like could be considered as using witchcraft, however these practices come under many headings and guises. For example in most instances Voodoo or Black Magic are more in depth or powerful than Witchcraft. I have done some work from areas of the Phillipines for many years, and had a Filipino daughter in law, as well as some good friends form the Phillipines.

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      MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

      I'm sorry, to be honest I'm not really familiar with those things..I really find it interesting and exciting that you are working that field. Here in the Philippines, many are still practicing and doing some kind of study about witchcraft and black magic.

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      Sheila Kennedy 5 years ago from Australia

      Not just in the Philippines either, I spent a good deal of time in Africa as I was growing up and last year as well.

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi MangNerto08,

      We have some of these superstition in the USA as well.

      Great Hub.

      JT

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      MangBerto08 5 years ago from Philippines

      @JT

      Thanks!!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      It's interesting how these superstitions affect many Filipino people's lives. I think it's because they've been around for centuries, even before our known forebears are born. I am familiar with all of these superstitious beliefs you mentioned. However until now, when it comes to the 'itchy palm', I am still not sure which side gives you the money. hehehe!

      Voted up and interesting. :D

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      Kyra 3 years ago

      Interesting post. Many of the above things are believed to be true in India. I think there is a scientific reason behind no. 4. It proves to be true everytime I sit on a pillow!

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      Panget 3 years ago

      Nice

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      Anthony Jayzon S Viterbo 3 years ago

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      All of the old Filipino people believe in this superstitious beliefs. They are the one that teach to the new generation of people in there old culture. Many of the Filipino superstitious belief are good if it is good in the sense that nothing gonna happen bad on you. Like if you jump on the New years Eve you will become tall. And if you have large ear you will have long life. It is okay to believe if it is good but if it is bad, don't make yourself paranoid with this superstitious beliefs. A

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      James 3 years ago

      All of the old Filipino people believe in this superstitious beliefs. They are the one that teach to the new generation of people in there old culture. Many of the Filipino superstitious belief are good if it is good in the sense that nothing gonna happen bad on you. Like if you jump on the New years Eve you will become tall. And if you have large ear you will have long life. It is okay to believe if it is good but if it is bad, don't make yourself paranoid with this superstitious beliefs.

      James Lawrence Abarintos

      Contributor, www.ourhappyschool.com

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      deign 3 years ago

      lolololol omygod is that true?

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