One thing that I hear a lot of confusion about from people that visit the Philippines is about the “Caribou.” Actually, there are no Caribou in the Philippines! What is a Caribou? Well, it is also called a Reindeer. Caribou are very prevalent in Alaska and other cold weather environments. I am sure that there are also plenty of Caribou in Northern Canada, and also in Northern Europe as well. But, there are no Caribou in the Philippines. When you say “Caribou” it is pronounced as: “care i boo“.
This is a Caribou – there are no Caribou in the Philippines!
On the other hand, the Carabao is the National Animal of the Philippines! There is a lot of confusion between the Caribou and the Carabao when it comes to foreigners who visit the Philippines, though! So, what is a Carabao? Well, in English, we would call a Carabao a “Water Buffalo.” How is Carabao pronounced? Like this – “care-i-BOW” BOW as in taking a bow after a performance.
As I said, the Carabao is the National Animal of the Philippines! It is a work animal on farms. Carabao are used to plow fields, carry loads, even used to ride on for a trip to the market! The Carabao is actually a much-respected animal in the Philippines because of the hard work that it does for the farmers.
For me, I really enjoy seeing Carabao! I find them interesting, and beautiful animals, and I like to take photos of them too! When I see a person riding a Carabao along the road, I really feel that I am in the “old Philippines” if you know what I mean.
Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.