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The local climate is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5°C. There are three recognized seasons:

Tag-init or Tag-araw (the hot season or summer from March to May),
Tag-ulan (the rainy season from June to November), and
Taglamig (the cold season from December to February).

The southwest monsoon (May-October) is known as the "Habagat" and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (November-April) as the "Amihan".
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. . . . . KIGO

Amihan and Habagat monsoon

Ati-Atihan Festival , Kalibo, Aklan

Barangay Fiesta

Bataan Day (Araw ng Kagitingan) Bataan Beach

Bonifacio Day


Independence Day, June 12, 1898

Laundry day


Mother's Day (second sunday in May)

Narra tree and blossoms, Golden ShowerPterocarpus indicus

New Year, First Haiku

New Year 2009 in the Philippines

Pounding Rice

School opening, starting school

Three Kings Day , Epiphany


. . . . . HAIKU TOPICS

Aswang shape shifter

Bagoong anchovy paste
Banca, bancas, outrigger canoes
belo, veil (fb)
bibingka and puto bumbong food (fb)
- Birds -

Euphorbia blossoms

Cagsawa ruins and Mount Mayon volcano
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also called Quarrion or Weero
Coconuts and Coconut palm trees
Cricket frog (genus Acris)

Donsol Beach
Dynamite fishing, blast fishing

Euphorbia cactus

FISH from the Philippines
..... Fish Market
Food, generally
Food, vegetables


Kanduli, Salmon catfish
Kapre and other monsters
Kesz Valdez Philippines, Children’s Peace Prize 2012

Llocos region

Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
Milkfish (Chanos chanos) also called Bangus. Boneless Bangus.
Mindanao Island
Mount Makiling, Anna Makeling
Mud fish
Munia bird, Chestnut Munia, maya pula Lonchura atricapilla jagori

Nipa hut

Paco Station Manila
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte
Pasig River and tug boats Manila
Pinoy street food

Rabbit fish
Rice in the Philippines

Sampaguita, a kind of Jasmine Jasminum sambac
San Miguel Beer
Surgeon fish

Taal Lake
Taro (gabi) taro root
Tarsier, Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta)
the world's smallest monkey
Tawilis (Sardinella tawilis)
Tilapia Fish, Nile Perch
- - - species of cichlid fishes from the tilapiine cichlid tribe.
Tinikling dance, tikling bird
Typhoon Ketsana, September 2009

Vanda orchids

Wahoo fish (Acanthocybium solandri)

Yakal tree - Shorea astylosa


.................................. Haiku Poets

Angelo B. Ancheta

lumipad ang maya
galing sa balikat ng nagjojogging
patalikod sa araw

a maya rises
from a jogger's back
on the sun

source : Simply Haiku

. Angleo on facebook .


Wilfredo R. Bongcaron

1.) Awake

Listen! the humming,
the buzzing and the chirping,
nature is awake.

2.) Pond

Raw flakes swiftly tossed,
Slow in the pond they wiggle,
the goldfish I feed.

© www.emanilapoetry.com February 2008

Daily Life in the Philippines
A Haiku Collection


Bos Tsip - AoSuzume
Joys of Japan, facebook


Melchor Cichon

Boracay Beach--
the setting sun
waves in the sea

Read more of his poems and haiku here:

© Haiku by Melchor Cichon
Iloilo, Philippines


after Typhoon Undang--
begin to sing again

after harvest--
Fundidor instead of Tanduay
on the table

after the riot--
a couple of activists
share the rising full moon

Aklan River bank
after the flood
the river smiles

Read more here:

© Haiku by Melchor Cichon : Aklanon Literature


Roh Mih

The Walk of Ten Thousand Steps

before the buddha
yet to bloom

kind enough
to pick up a fallen leaf
the elephant

... ... ...

a glass of water

Ramadan October 2005

... ... ... ... ...

All Saints Day--
candles melting
in every gate

On the night of All Saints Day, the typical Filipino household traditionally lights a candle (or candles) and places it by the door or by the gate. The candle is supposed to scare ghosts or spirits away. But the tradition also reminds us of our mortality, and how short our life is on earth.
Here's a text message I received today from an elderly woman among the indigenous people in the northern part of the Philippines:

Remembering those gone first is recognizing our mortaility and honoring our short passage with faith and fidelity.

... ... ... ... ...

old tree--
into its stillness
a grass lizard

the silence of
cash registers

NOTE on the second haiku:
Most Filipinos are Catholics. Especially in the rural areas, the recitation of the Angelus is seriously being observed not only at homes but also in public places. In one supermarket I visited, everyone -- including, of course, the cashiers -- had to stop at the start of the Angelus. You don't hear any sound, especially the sound of cash registers. The Angelus moment therefore serves as a break from our daily struggle in the material world, and a reminder of the spirituality of our existence.

roh mih, Manila, Philippines
Taoist. haijin

Read more in the BLOG of Roh Mih


Victor P. Gendrano

In the Philippines, one of the rural customs for the new year is to fill the rice bin (or container) on or before new year to prevent hunger in the family throughout the year. It need not be really full, but never empty at all. Like in most Asian countries, Filipinos are rice eaters, their staple food.

new year
a full rice bin
to prevent hunger

Victor P. Gendrano, Philippines, 2007

When the first wave of Spanish colonizers arrived in the Philippines in 1521, they found a self-sufficient people with a primitive form of government who were highly literate and rich in oral tradition. The early Filipinos had a spoken as well as incipient written language of their own. They used an ancient Tagalog syllabary called baybayin, which they wrote on palm leaves, bamboo or hard surface with a knife or stylus.

Read more HERE
Tagalog and English Haiku
by Victor P. Gendrano

Simply Haiku, 2005


Lanie Shanzyra P. Rebancos

In ancient temple
a murmur of prayers

A dash of rainbow-
wooden carts fiiled with



Santiago Villafania

. transluscent pages
in the afric of my mind ―
bonsaic verses .


Editors: Jean Vengua & Mark Young
ISBN: 951-9198-72-5

Poetry. Multicultural Studies. The "hay (na) ku" is a poetic form invented by Eileen Tabios, as inspired by Richard Brautigan, Jack Kerouac, and Tabios' meditations on the Filipino transcolonial and diasporic experience. The form is deceptively simple: a tercet comprised of one-, two- and three-word lines.

Inaugurated on June 12, 2003 (Philippine Independence Day), the form swiftly became popular and since has been used by poets all over the world.



Mga Haiku ni Basho sa Inakeanon
Basho's Haiku in Aklanon
Aklanon is the language of Aklanons in the province of Aklan, Philippines.

by Melchor F. Cichon

The following are my translations of Basho's haiku as published in On Love and Barley Haiku of Basho, translated by Lucien Stryk. Penguin Books, 1985.

1. Sa bag-o kong kapa
kainang agahon—
eain nga tawo.

2. Mga kaeanasan, mga kabukiran
it Hubaku, sa
siyam nga adlaw--tagtubo.

3. Kada dag-on,
ro maskara't amo
kapakita ro pagkaamo.

4. Bag-ong Dag-on--ro Basho-Tosei
nga gina-istaran
ginahagungan it haiku

5. Bag-ong Dag-on—
may kasubo
halin pa ku tigdaeagas

253. Gaoy sa pagwinayod
sa gagiltak nga kaeanasan
mga damgo nagapadayon.

Translated by Tata Goloy

Basho's Haiku in Aklanon.
Read the whole collection.

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All-Filipino Haiku Contest, August 2006
external link

The contest was organized by the Japan Information and Cultural Center , Embassy of Japan and the University of Santo Tomas Graduate Studies in commemoration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Year.


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Imagine a world without Philippinos
June 2008


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Ella Wagemakers said...

amihan blowing
as no one welcomes us
at the airport

barely landed
and the cool wind
blows us away

After a seven-year absence, finally a week-long visit.

do I go
or do I stay
... amihan

Ella Wagemakers

Anonymous said...

Philippines’ Snapshots (Haiku)
Jeques’s Web Nook

Damselfly hovers
On reeds, birds’ broods are nestled
Fishes swam beneath.


Farmer’s makeshift hut
Hedged in by verdant paddies
Awaiting harvest.


What’s that noise I hear?
Ah, frogs in the pond croaking
Praise God for the rain.


Kigo Hotline said...

my friend blurts:
"only in the Philippines, "
the rain wets my smile


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