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Most Filipinos in Hawaii came from the Northern parts of the Philippines
and are called Ilocanoes. This Northern migration to Hawaii
is commemorated in the Catholic churches where the mass, priest,
and dialogue is all Ilcano. Filipinos are family oriented and
even as the children get older and marry, they are still allowed
to live in the parents’ house. If the children need financial
support the parents are always willing to help or vice versa.
Filipinos, coming from the first Christian country in Asia, brought
many of their religious traditions and beliefs here. For example, “Flores
de Mayo” (Flowers of May) is a month long event celebration where
participants offer flowers to the Virgin Mary. Another example
is the “Fiesta Sa Nayon” (Feast of the Town) which is also
celebrated in May. Filipinos bring popular Filipino food such
as pansit, pinakbet, blood meat, and puto (rice Cake) and celebrate
by dancing and playing traditional games. The Filipino funeral
procession is another interesting tradition which lasts for 3-4 nights.
At least one family member must be present to watch the deceased until
it comes time to bury the departed.