Bahay Kubo, Di Na Munti

Bahay Kubo, Di Na Munti

(On Some Parts of the House and Their Filipino Names)

About a century ago, houses in many parts of the Philippines were chiefly made of nipa, bamboo, and other wooden materials. This is obviously the reason the Filipino Folk song “Bahay Kubo” was written. However, through the passage of time, especially when Spaniards and then Americans had colonialized many areas of the country, the structure and architecture of many houses have changed.
Speaking of houses, here’s a list of some of its parts and their respective Filipino names.

English – Filipino
basement – silong
bathroom – banyo
ceiling – kisame
door – pinto
doorway – pintuan
floor – sahig, lapag
garage – garahe
hallway – pasilyo
handrail – pasamano
kitchen – kusina
roof – bubong
stairs – hagdan
stairway – hagdanan
terrace – balkonahe
toilet – kubeta
window – bintana

The Last Leaf
Gone were the days when a typical Philippine house was a bahay kubo. Now, a better house is one made of more durable materials like cement, bricks, and hollow blocks—a house that can stand the test of storms and floods. Although the bahay kubo is no longer the house of choice in the storm-prone Philippines, it has come to symbolize the sense of community of many Filipinos, and perhaps a reminder of the humble beginnings of the now modern Philippine society in general.