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
    102,624,209
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Tagalog
    Filipino (official)
    English (official)
    Bisaya
    Ilokano
    Zamboangueño Chavacano
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (82.9%)
    Islam (5%)
    Evangelical Christianity (2.8%)
    Other (9.2%)
    No Religion (0.1%)
    [Census, 2000]
  • Ethnicity
    Tagalog (28.1%)
    Cebuano (13.1%)
    Ilocano (9%)
    Bisaya/Binisaya (7.6%)
    Other (42.2%)
    [Census, 2000]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    94
    32
    64
    44
    27
    42
  • Australians with Filipino Ancestry
    304,015 [Census, 2016]
Filipinos in Australia
  • Population
    232,386
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the Philippines.
  • Median Age
    39 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (38.7%)
    Female (61.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.1%)
    Christianity [not defined] (4.5%)
    Pentecostal Christianity (3.0%)
    Other Protestant (2.7%)
    Other Religion (8.4%)
    No Religion (3.6%)
    Not Stated (2.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Filipino (79.3%)
    Spanish (7.0%)
    Chinese (4.6%)
    English (2.0%)
    Other Ancestry (7.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Tagalog (43.6%)
    Filipino (28.3%)
    English (22.3%)
    Bisaya (1.6%)
    Other Languages (3.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 96.3% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (37.3%)
    Victoria (22.1%)
    Queensland (17.1%)
    Western Australia (13.3%)
    Other (10.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival in Australia
    Prior to 2007 (51.1%)
    2007 - 2011 (22.7%)
    2012 - 2016 (23.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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