The term “bahay kubo” comes from the Filipino language, translating to “house cube”. A bahay kubo, also known as a NIPA hut, is a type of stilt house home to the cultures of the Philippines. The bahay kubo was the standard structure used for homes in the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived. The bahay kubo was specifically designed to withstand the environment and climate in the Philippines and to remain standing in conditions like an earthquake and storms.
The homes were made from easily accessible materials which made repairs quick, efficient, and such as bamboo. These structures were built to be more of a temporary homing situation than permanent.