Of Filipino Traditions and Values

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Philippines is known as the country of smiles and lively people. Filipinos are known to the whole world as people who will always be welcoming and never problematic. It is indeed evident because no matter how distracting things that may come, they will never forget to put on a smile and just be happy. It is a fact that Philippines is within the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to different natural catastrophes, and the most common of those is typhoon. In an annual rate, the country experiences 26 or more typhoon. But amidst all of those, you’ll see Filipinos being all optimistic and smiling through the struggles! How amazing is that, right?

(Smiles)

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43Filipino Values is indeed really different, we are very unique in a good way. Filipinos are also known to be the courteous people for using “po” and “opo” to respect the other people. At a very young age, kids are already taught to be courteous and respectable most especially to the elders even before they enter school at the age of 3 or 4.

It is also an exhibit of the “close family ties” of the Filipinos. How we give much importance to the members of the family, even for the extended family members. Unlike in the other countries, Filipinos, even at their legal age and having their own families, still chooses to be with their parents or never loose connection with them the least.

 

44But for me the most amazing value that can be taught by the Filipinos to the world is the BAYANIHAN. This strong communitarian practice called “Bayanihan” which literally means “being a hero” ignores social ranking, structures, leadership roles and authority relationships. What matters most is the spirit of being able to help each other out. Unity is the key term for this value.

I can still remember one of my childhood dreams to see a group of men carrying a nipa hut by their shoulders from one place to another. As I have read from my elementary textbooks, that is one of the evidences of bayanihan. But unfortunately, I have yet to see one. At one point, I thought bayanihan is already forgotten and was never practiced anymore.

As I grow up, the concept of bayanihan became clearer and more mature to me. It is in fact more than the men of the community carrying a nipa hut. Instead, giving out a helping hand and be able to help my fellow countrymen even in my own little ways is enough as a concrete example bayanihan. At times of need, extending out help to other people is more than enough.

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And that is something I can be proud of as a Filipino. There is still the undying flame that ignites the true Filipino culture. The true Filipino values.

Taas noo kahit kanino. Pinoy ako!

“With head held high, I am proud to be a FILIPINO!”


Another thing that can make you proud of being a Filipino is the street parties and celebrations otherwise known as fietas!

READ MORE: FUN-FILLED STREETS: PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS

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