Culture Scope: Nipa Huts
Also known as the Bahay Kubo or Kamalig, nipa huts are dwellings made almost entirely out of the natural bounties of the tropical islands. These houses have been a staple of the Philippine people even back before the Spanish people occupied the country.
Nipa hut and Bahay Kubo both have different meanings despite being the name of the same thing. “Nipa hut” obviously means that the house is made of nipa, a type of palm native to the archipelago. On the other hand, Bahay Kubo means “cube house” which is a nod to the simple, squarish shape it takes.
During the age of modernization, the Bahay Kubo's architecture has been abandoned by the people living in the city areas. But the art of creating them is not entirely lost as people in the countryside often construct houses in this style even today. There are even some being preserved as landmarks and displays of the simple life the people of the country led.
Even resorts and beaches have nipa huts built, giving visitors or tourists an authentic feel of the rustic housing that fits just right in the tropical settings. Some resorts even have hybrid nipa huts that are constructed with wood but have modern materials such as concrete and nylon netting added to the mix. These will often be featured in high-end resorts, complete with modern amenities like air-conditioning, electrical outlets, and more.