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. | | | |Another trait Filipinos made themselves exceptional from others is their strong respect for elders. Children are taught from | |birth how to say “po” and “opo” to teach them as early as possible how to properly respect their elders. These words are used to| |show respect to people of older level. Even adults will be criticized for not using these words when speaking with their parents| |or people older than them. Inside the family, the parents are expected to receive the highest respect from the children along | |with the elder siblings; as they are given more responsibilities to look after younger siblings when parents are not around. | | | |Children fighting back or addressing parents or elder siblings with arrogant tone are not at all tolerated. They are also not | |allowed to leave the house without their parents’ permission. Upon arriving home, conservative families expect children to | |practice the kissing of hands or placing their parents or elder family members’ hand to their foreheads with the words “mano po”| |as a sort of greeting. | | | |Even after finishing school, Filipino children are not obliged to get out of their homes unless they want to. In fact, most of | |them keep their close relationship to their parents by staying at least before they get married. Leaving them happens only when | |they really have to, but usually, at least one child, depending on...
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