Filipinos have always been superstitious. Superstitions can have a significant impact on some of our decisions, big or small. We have superstitions for most aspects or events in our life– may it be weddings, funerals, birthdays, holidays, and even moving into a new home. Most Filipino households perform strange traditions such as flinging coins in all corners of the room as a manner of attracting success during New Year or eating noodles to lengthen one’s life.
Filipinos pay great attention to bringing good luck to their new home when it comes to moving into a new condo or house. There is no danger in following such beliefs and it is entirely up to the house members whether or not one wants to believe and practice them. However, it is worth taking note of these superstitions still.
Most Filipinos can be over-critical while moving to a new home. It would be odd for a Filipino family to do the big move and dismiss these beliefs! The following are the most popular lipat-bahay superstitions:
Coins on New Home
This is inspired by the Chinese tradition when it comes to coins, luck, and wealth. When Filipinos move into a new home or condo, they distribute a large number of coins across the living room. They believe that by doing so, they will attract wealth and prosperity, and they make a point of throwing pennies inwards to every corner of the room as a representation of money entering the house. Some people may pick up all of the coins after the process, while others will leave them alone for a few days.
Sprinkling of Salt
Salt isn’t just for cooking for Filipinos! Sprinkling salt in every room of a new home helps to ward off any evil spirits that may be there. Some people believe it's also a good technique to keep unwelcome visitors out of the house. This is also connected to the belief of Filipinos with aswangs and evil creatures. Rest assured salt wouldn’t disrupt your home and condo living anyway!
Loaf and Broom
People who will be entering the new residence for the first time should bring a loaf of bread and a new broom with them as a sign of prosperity. Bringing the old broom from the previous home is also strongly discouraged. Be sure to bring these two items when doing the big move!
Full with Rice
Add this superstition to the long list of superstitions related to food. Filipinos, like the bread-and-loaf superstition, bring a container full of rice with them when they move into a new home. Because rice is a staple food in the Philippines, the action implies that the inhabitants will never go hungry during their stay. It also represents bringing prosperity and wealth into the home for everyone who lives there.
Exit through the Entrance
The Irish custom inspired this superstition. It states that when people visit a new house for the first time, they should exit through the same entrance door. Failure to do so is thought to bring bad luck to the home.
No to Knives
Filipinos think that if they wish to keep their first guests at their new home as friends, they should not allow them to offer them knives or other sharp-edged things as a housewarming present. They believe that individuals who gift such items to the homeowner will soon become foes. Remind your friends to bring anything, but knives!
When one is moving to a new property, keep in mind these superstitions! From home or condo design to the first few visitors in one’s space, it wouldn’t hurt to follow these. For those working on achieving their forever home, that dream is within one’s reach.
Vista Residences is a developer of condominiums and a part of Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. They offer pre-selling condominiums in the Philippines and even condos for sale in Manila. They also have occupancy and pre-selling condominium projects all around the Metro which includes Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Pasig City, Taguig City, and Quezon City. It is also located in Baguio City, Cebu City, and Cagayan De Oro City.
The Currency in Ortigas Center, Pasig City could be the next space one can be throwing coins into. This property is within walking distance to one of the biggest malls there is in the Metro. For young professionals, the Pine Crest, The Symphony Towers, and Wil Tower are the perfect choices. All these properties are found in the heart of the Metro - Quezon City and are ready for occupancy! Their properties are modern and everything an individual needs is within reach. Good news, it’s also accessible to all locations, perfect for inviting visitors such as family, friends, and relatives.
Be sure to bring lots of salt for the properties in Baguio City. Brenthill in Baguio is a ten-story vintage architecture style tower that has a function hall for guests and an inner garden atrium to relax in. Test one’s luck by exiting through the entrance. Invite your visitors to double your luck, too!
Before cooking and enjoying, let your rice settle in your new property in Cagayan De Oro. Thee Loop, one of Vista Residences’ projects, will make you feel you are on vacation every day with their hotel-like condo units. Who knows, it can also bring you more luck than you already have!
A property in the Philippines' "Tiger City," also known as Mandaluyong City, could be the ideal investment. It is regarded as one of the most progressive cities in the country. This city has the most number of connections to cities in the East, West, North, and South. Vista Shaw, their property, features spacious homes with a variety of facilities!
Living in Vista Residences gives its residents safety and comfort with their sophisticated amenities and 24/7 and CCTV monitoring. It also allows its residents to be comfortable and efficient since everything is just walking distance or is a few minutes away from the property. Living in Vista Residents really does make condo living an excellent investment.
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