Bahay Kubo means "Cube House." Americans introduced the term "Nipa Huts" because of the Nipa palm tree leaves used for the roof. Bahay Kubos are the native houses of the Filipinos before the Spaniards arrived. They are still used today in the rural areas.
"Bahay Kubo" is also the name of a famous folksong sung in schools which mentions a bahay kubo surrounded by various vegetables plants. This is usually one of the first songs a Filipino child learns at home before starting school. It goes like this: