What Are Examples of Filipino Customs and Traditions?

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Filipinos have a rich culture of customs and traditions, especially regarding food. Plain steamed rice is the basis of a Filipino diet, and a meal isn't considered whole unless rice is served with it. So much rice is needed in the Philippines that three crops are harvested each year. To ensure that the country doesn't run out, the government keeps a rice surplus. In addition to rice, fresh and salted fish and shellfish are served daily. Filipino food is not spicy, and is often seasoned with garlic because it is healthy.