True and Strange Beliefs In The Philippines

The Philippines is a country steeped in superstition and unique cultural beliefs. Many of these beliefs are derived from traditional influences which date back to ancient times. Some of these phenomenon’s are nothing short of odd in some cases and outright crazy in others. In modern day society these superstitions are being practiced on a daily basis. This and many other sociological divides often cause married couples issues within their families. Many times foreigners who marry in the Philippines cannot accept this type of strange behavior. This divide is how many couples end up getting a divorce in the Philippines.


Many ancient tribes that still live in the Philippine islands and  practice ancestral ceremonies. These religious events are often to thank their forefathers and give praise to the gods for something they are about to receive. These types of beliefs are much like the American Indians and their unique culture is lived in much the same manner.


Some strange beliefs in the Philippines include issues for pregnant women. It is believed that if the woman comes close to an ugly animal or eats a certain kind of food she will inheritable give birth to a baby who may look like a monkey or has hair like an ape. This belief alone is one reason why many mothers will not go out in public when pregnant. Other superstitions pertain to money including not putting money on the dining room table as it brings bad luck. Additional beliefs include clipping your toenails at night as that is a sign that you want an elder relative to die.


There are many other aspects of life in the Philippine islands and is something which has to be looked at when thinking of marriage here. If ideals at first seem comical to a person, later in life it may not be something that seems all too funny anymore. This and many other reasons that bring different couples together is also many times what tear them apart. Before giving thought to marriage in these islands be certain to look into the family and their outlook on cultural beliefs. Searching for the perfect person to marry is always a quest which often leads us in the wrong direction. For those coming to the Philippines for marriage are often beset with problems which can be unforeseen. For those that take the wrong path a divorce in the Philippines is a remedy which is often the only avenue to pursue.



Filed under Divorce in the Philippines

2 responses to “True and Strange Beliefs In The Philippines

  1. Josh Santos

    I’ve been separated with my husband for 3years now. He is a drug dependent and I know this is not a ground for an annullment. Annullment is very expensive and will go through a very long process. How I wish that there is a divorce in the Philippines. Why not give a chance to us to be free from our failure marriage? I tried to save the marriage for 14 years but it’s a hopeless case.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Josh I was directed to your response to our blog re divorces. I know your comment was March 2014 and our apologies for not responding earlier. Our access to that blog was due to a major computer glitch and loss of the logon codes. Please visit our new and read thru that. Just use the “contact us ” to learn more or ask questions.


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