What Is the Culture of the Bicol Region?

The Bicol region of the Philippines enjoys a diverse but modern culture: citizens of that region, particularly younger inhabitants, wear Western clothing; the economy depends on agriculture and fishing, and religion plays a prominent role in daily life. The Bicol region includes a series of distinct peninsulas, with topography including mountains and flat lands. Fertile soil in this region and a warm climate supports agriculture as a primary economic activity: farmers grow rice, coconut, hemp and fruit trees for consumption and export.

Bicol citizens live in modern homes, using resources from surrounding tropical forests for building materials. Bicol families enjoy tight-knit relationships, and uphold ancient spiritual beliefs. Citizens engage in religious rituals, ceremonies and festivals that unite them as a whole.