Filipino Superstitions on Bad Luck and Misfortune
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Filipino Superstitions on Bad Luck and Misfortune

Filipinos believe some things must never be done to prevent bad luck. Amazingly, not only people in the barrios and rural areas observe these practices, but even people in the big metropolitans. These superstitions may not be unique to the Filipinos, as many facets of their culture are influenced by many nations like the Chinese, Indian and Spanish with whom the ancient Filipinos had first dealt with.

Being a multi-racial nation, the Filipinos believe tons of superstitions and hearsays. I have already featured Filipino superstitions on luck and death. On misfortunes, Filipinos also have a lot to say. Here are some Filipino superstitions on bad luck.

  • The bride should not try on her wedding dress before the wedding ceremony; otherwise, the wedding will not take place.
  • A couple will not be happy in their marriage if loud thunder occurs during their wedding.
  • If a pregnant woman cuts her hair, she will give birth to a hairless child.
  • A pregnant woman should not eat twin bananas for it causes twin births.
  • If a pregnant woman eats a red star apple, she will give birth to a child who will look like a star apple.
  • Pregnant women should not sit on the stairs because that might make their deliveries difficult.
  • A pregnant woman who goes to the river will give birth to a dead baby.
  • A girl who sings before a stove while she cooks will be married to an old widower.

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  • One should not decorate a dress with pearls because it means she will shed tears.
  • A boy who sleeps on a table will someday marry a widow.
  • If one puts a stick into the mouth of a glass she will see the face of her future husband.
  • When a duck flies it is a sign of bad luck.
  • lf one meets a black cat while crossing the road, a misfortune will occur.
  • If one sees a snake while he is on his way to the cockpit, it means bad luck.
  • If one opens an umbrella inside the house, a lizard from the ceiling will fall.
  • When many butterflies are flying, it means rain will come.
  • When the frogs cry, it will rain.
  • When a cat washes himself, a storm is coming.
  • When an adolescent plays, it will rain.
  • One should not pay or give money through the window because it will make him poor.
  • Debts should not be paid at night. It brings bad luck.
  • One does not eat in front of a stove for this causes wealth to go away.
  • Sweeping the floor at night cause: one to lose all his wealth.
  • If during the time a house is being built the carpenter meets with an accident, the owner of the house will have misfortune in life.
  • If one breaks a glass, a plate or a cup during a banquet, something bad will happen.
  • One will have bad luck if he breaks a mirror.
  • After hearing mass, one must not take a bath because the holy water will be removed from his body.
  • One should not sit on his books because it will make him dull.
  • If one throws a stone in the dark at night, he will harm someone.
  • If one brings salt near an orange tree, the tree will start to bear sour fruit.
  • One should not comb his hair in front of the body of a dead person or else all his hair will fall off.
  • One should not stand in front of a burned house. It will cause his own house to be burned.

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Comments (13)

It's always fascinating to learn on other cultures and peoples. Another great article, my friend.

(I am out of votes today, I 'll be back tomorrow). Thank you. 

Quite interesting. Thanks.

Great job! We have many of the same superstitions in the USA.


thank you for sharing your interesting article with me.Well done!

Revisiting and recommended your interesting post, my friend. Have a good day!

Nice presentation! It always amazes me at what some people will actually believe.

Interesting post on superstitions. All cultures share these especially those related to birth and death!

Very interesting article about Filipino superstitions. Thank you.

Some superstitions can be frightening. Well done on this kabs.


Interesting post!  Actually, I've heard of some of these superstitions here in the US.  Article Nicely composed, too.

Thank you Guims for this nice post. Thank you also for friendship and support.

Filipinos are very superstitious and there are innumerable superstitious belief to write about our abode, thanks Guimo for this superb work.

I  once got scolded when I did some of these,  it's very outrageous.