The Nipa Hut also knows as the Bahay Kubo is a traditional home made entirely of bamboo and some wood. It is usally about 3-5 meters offf the ground held up by four or more posts, they usally have four walls and some with windows. The walls can be made of dried grass, wood or Nipa, the floor is made of slating halved bamboo stems with shinny curved side facing upwards, inside the hut, this allows the dirt to slip easily between the gaps and fall right through the floor whilst improving ventilation. The roof is Nipa shingles or thatch made of cogon. Elevating the hut above the ground creates better air circulation inside and outside. It also protect the occupants from any flood waters that may arise. Especially near rivers and the sea, it also has another advantage being off the ground it deters mice and insects from entering the hut.
The space underneath is often used for storage area and any animals they may have. Cooking is down outside the hut.
Biulding the Bahay Kubo is a community activity often assisted by family and relatives, once completed its customary to throw a party for all, and invite the priest to bless the home and occupants..