CULTURAL VALUES OF FILIPINOS
1. Irrationalism. This refers to a certain superstitious beliefs of Filipinos that still practiced up to now. People still believed in gods of the nature and spirits and offer them foods and placate the sprits to heal the illness and provide them a good harvest. It is rarely practiced in the urban areas but in rural areas it is a common practice. Filipinos common irrationalism is shown in fatalism or the ‘bahala na’ syndrome. We always looked upon what fortune can make us. We are the captain of our life so whatever happened in our life depends on the decisions we made. 2. Social Belongingness. Filipinos want to be accepted by the group or to the community, so, sometimes Filipinos are doing things just to please somebody. We are not true to ourselves. Sometimes we avoided to be franked to others just not hurt others feelings, because we are so sensitive. 3. Close family ties. The family is the most important in our life. We are totally dependent with our family. We are doing things for the common good or for the benefits of the family. Children should obey their parents because if they will defy parental advises it will bring misfortune or their life becomes tragic. 4. Sense of debt gratitude. In Filipino term, it is “utang na loob”. We are obliged to do something in return for what others do for us. We are very particular in stressing this owing a debt of gratitude, that’s why we are always expecting for repayment. This value has been taken advantage by others especially the politicians. This “utang na loob” may result to faithfulness and a cause for graft and corruption. 5. Emphasis on authority. Father is the head of the family; Mayor is the head of the town and whatsoever. We give more emphasis to what the person is. The status of the person depends on his wealth and acquisition of land. 6. Personal improvement. Most Filipinos are aiming to raise their family in standard living. We believed that we will obtain...
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