Planning to take your next trip to the Philippines? Do you want to learn how Filipinos spend their past time or free time aside from work and being with the family? When you visit a city, a region, or a country, it is best to know what the locals are doing and what these recreational activities encourage you to join the people of their hobbies. Moreover, if you don’t know these hobbies that Filipinos have, you have a chance to learn it from them if you’re interested to do so.
These are the top 5 Filipino hobbies that are unique to other countries and are interesting to foreign people. Much of these is social gathering and playful events.
1. Singing in Karaoke Bars
Visit any city or place in the Philippines and there will never be one that you cannot find a Karaoke Bar. I don’t know why Filipinos love singing so much that it has gone into leisure and business and a free time activity. This hobby has long started ever since and it made even more popular to the people because of the media.
Of course, there are successful Filipino singers and bands that made to the top of the list of the most sought after singers. One reason why this made a boom since there are a lot of talented Filipinos out there who are not yet discovered and because of Karaoke bars, they can practice their voices. Aside from that, it is also popular in gatherings and reunions with families.
2. Social Media Networking
The usage of social media by Filipinos will amaze you. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are the top most profiles used especially by teenagers and young adult.
Even adults are checking their profiles every day to connect to family members that are away from them or just keeping updated to the lives of friends and other family members. They don’t just check on their newsfeed but they also play games on Facebook.
3. Eat out with Friends or Social Gatherings
Filipinos promote mutual dependence that is the reason why they live a life full of strong family relationships, value friendships, and giving essential time possible with loved ones. Social gatherings is meant by small eat out for dinner, chill night with buddies drinking beers, wines, and other forms of alcohol just to stay alive and keep the time enjoyable. Laughing, sharing life experiences, what their present status is, all those things that needed catching up. I guess everybody needs these things to relieve the stress brought up because of work, business, and other forms of anxiety producing situations. A little conversation is enough to release those hormones to relax the spirit and mind.
This is the main reason why mutual dependence is practiced in the Philippines. Not in the financial aspect and major responsibilities in life but emotional dependence. You could say to a friend, “Hey I’m here for you,” or “Don’t stress out! Let’s go shopping!” It’s just nice to hear that from someone right? And these bonds are so important to keep the society stronger and resilient.
4. Indulging into sports
Boxing, Basketball, swimming, football and other kinds of sports. We all know Manny Pacquiao, PBA, and Azkals. Even playing volleyball in the beach, basketball in small barangays, or for recreation.
Filipinos also give importance of sports and the like. There are also sports that are unique to Filipinos, well not really sports but games played by children especially in rural areas or decades ago when technology has not been a disruption to young children. Patintero is one of them.
5. Watching Movies
Wonder why media in the Philippines has made great profits? You don’t have to look answers for that because watching series, drama, movies in cinemas is one of the top past time hobbies of Filipinos.
They don’t consider putting aside budget for that if they really can’t afford to watch it in big screen. (Since the price is high for some) They can just download it in Youtube or at any website after how many days or months that would become available and watch in their laptops, televisions via flash drives, or even small handy gadgets just to be updated of new movies.
Maybe some of these Filipino hobbies are your hobbies too! One can make a great friend for the same interest. I should add that for these top 5, singing in the Karaoke is on the top of the list and if you want to try it in the Philippines. You could say FUN is the word they are after even if their voices could crack the windows or ceiling. It won’t bother them as long as they are with friends and that is the most important thing.