11 Things You Should Know About Filipino Culture
Geraldine Sy / © Culture Trip
Filipinos are very resilient
In times of calamities and catastrophes, Filipinos always manage to rise above the challenge. Instead of wallowing, they manage to pick themselves up and smile.
Filipinos take pride in their families
In the Philippines, it is family first. So whether you are part of the immediate family or you belong to the third or fourth generation, you are treated as a family member. Sometimes, even the closest of friends are considered family, too.
Filipinos are very religious
In all corners of a Filipino house, you can find brazen images of crosses and other religious paraphernalia. They go to church every Sunday, or sometimes even twice or three times a week.
Filipinos are very respectful
From the moment they are born into this world, they are already taught how to be respectful by using these simple catchphrases—po and opo, words that end sentences when addressing elders. They have a culture of pagmamano, which is where they raise the backs of the hands of their elders to their foreheads as a sign of respect.
Filipinos help one another
More popularly known as bayanihan, Filipinos help one another—without expecting anything in return—so that undertaking their tasks and responsibilities become much easier. Sometimes this is called “community spirit.”
Filipinos value traditions and culture
For Filipinos, traditions in their home and in their family are important. They usually set aside a specific day for a certain celebration like festivals, birthday parties, reunions, etc. And of course, every gathering is dedicated to keeping up with each other over sumptuous food.
Filipinos love to party
Yes, Filipinos love to hold celebrations and fiestas. Bacolod has its MassKara Festival, Davao has its Kadayawan Festival, and Marinduque has its Moriones Festival.
Filipinos have the longest Christmas celebrations—ever
Even as early as August, you can hear Christmas songs and jingles being played in the malls or in the restaurants in the Philippines. The mood becomes festive, with many people shopping and in good spirits. Christmas celebrations last until around the first or second week of January.
Filipinos love to eat
Aside from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Filipinos manage to squeeze in a little meal in between, too. Whether they eat every hour or every three hours, they savour every bite. Oh, and they do love going to buffets!
What is it about the Philippines that makes it different from the rest of the world? Well, for one thing, it is all about their culture. Here are 11 things you should know about Filipino culture that sets them apart from any other nation on the planet.
Cousins take part in clearing operations as part of cash-for-work scheme, Tacloban, Philippines © Roland Nagy/Alamy
Large extended family in Luzon, Philippines © Art Phaneuf / Alamy Stock Photo
Santo Nino devotees attend mass by the thousands © Jacob Maentz / Alamy Stock Photo
Young boy plays in school grounds, Banaue, Philippines © Asia Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Bayanihan hopping spirit house sculpture by Alwin Reamillo, Philippines © Richard Milnes / Alamy Stock Photo
A self service buffet of Filipino dishes at a party © Matthew Ashmore / Alamy Stock Photo
Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, Philippines © Kobby Dagan / VWPics / Alamy Stock Photo
Christmas display, Mactan International Airport, Cebu, Philippines © Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo
Buffet in Villa Escudero, Laguna, Philippines © NAMHWI KIM / Alamy Stock Photo
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