The Nipa hut, Kamalig, or Bahay Kubo, is a type of stilt house indigenous to the vast majority of lowland Austronesian cultures of the Philippines. It often serves as an icon of Philippine culture or, more specifically, Filipino rural culture. Its architectural principles gave way to many of Filipino traditional houses and buildings that rose after the pre-colonial era. These includes the Spanish era “Bahay Na Bato” which is a noble version of Bahay Kubo with Spanish and some Chinese architectural influence; the American era’s “Antillean Houses” which include aspects of Bahay Na Bato influence but has a wider range of influences; and the Marcos era’s Coconut Palace, Sto. Niño Shrine and National Arts Center which radically adapted to its designs and architecture.