Filipino Funeral and Burial Traditions

The Philippines is a nation composed of 7,000 islands and thousands of tribes. With so much diversity, it comes as no surprise that funeral traditions vary widely. Many Filipinos engage the services of a mananabtan after the death of a loved one. A mananabtan prays for those who have passed on.

Watch this video to hear an interview with a mananabtan who has been praying for the deceased for 60 years. She explains numerous funeral traditions, such as why some families place a chick on top of the coffin and why the breaking of a plate is sometimes called for at a wake.

At Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, we invite you to honor your loved one in the sacred traditions of your culture. Please call our San Mateo offices at (650) 349-4411 for information about our funeral services, burial services, and cremation services.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *