Filipino Culture

Other Considerations

  • The Philippines has received a considerable amount of international media attention since the election of the current Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. The topic of illicit drug use is a sensitive matter and opinions vary among Filipinos. Although this topic is not taboo, avoid asserting your opinion in a critical manner. Criticism from foreigners about this topic has often been negatively received from the Filipino community.
  • Filipinos can be quite superstitious. There are many taboos and omens that people look out for and try to avoid. Generally, expatriate Filipinos who are acculturated to Australia will not believe in many superstitious. While superstitions vary from place to place, some examples include: do not sweep at nighttime; a pregnant woman should not wear a necklace; a brother and sister should not marry in the same year; and a single woman should not sing while cooking.
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The Philippines
  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Filipino (official)
    English (official)
    Zamboangueño Chavacano
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (82.9%)
    Islam (5%)
    Evangelical Christianity (2.8%)
    Other (9.2%)
    No Religion (0.1%)
    [2000 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Tagalog (28.1%)
    Cebuano (13.1%)
    Ilocano (9%)
    Bisaya/Binisaya (7.6%)
    Other (42.2%)
    [2000 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Filipino Ancestry
    304,015 [2016 census]
Filipinos in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the Philippines.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Female (62.3%)
    Male (37.7%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (78.6%)
    Christianity [nfd] (3.5%)
    Pentecostal Christianity (2.7%)
    Baptist Christianity (2.6%)
    Other (12.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Filipino (83.1%)
    Spanish (4.7%)
    Chinese (3.3%)
    Other (7.0%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Tagalog (42.9%)
    Filipino (29.5%)
    English (22.6%)
    Bisaya (1.2%)
    Other (3.8%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (41.1%)
    Victoria (22.2%)
    Queensland (17.2%)
    Western Australia (10.1%)
  • Arrival in Australia
    Prior to 2001 (54%)
    2001-2006 (15.7%)
    2007-2011 (26.8%)
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