Early Filipinos

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|Philippine CultureCommon Fam | |ily Traits | |Filipinos highly value the presence of their families more than anything. Regardless of the liberal influence they have gotten | |from the west, the family remained the basic unit of their society. This trait clearly shows among Filipinos abroad who suffer | |homesickness and tough work just to support their families back home in the Philippines. | | | |In a traditional Filipino family, the father is considered the head and the provider of the family while the mother takes | |responsibility of the domestic needs and in charge of the emotional growth and values formation of the children. They both | |perform different tasks and being remarked separately by the children. Children see their mothers soft and calm, while they | |regard their fathers as strong and the most eminent figure in the family. | | | |Because of this remarkable closeness, parents sometimes have difficulties letting go of their children and thus results to | |having them stay for as long as they want. For this somehow explains why grandparents are commonly seen living with their | |children in the Philippines. Unlike the way people grow old in the west where they are provided with outside homes and care | |giving, Filipino elderly enjoy their remaining lives inside their houses with their children and grandchildren looking after | |them....
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