College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
Department of English
What the Filipino is Like: Beliefs and Traditions in Selected Philippine Plays
Folk beliefs, otherwise known as "superstitious beliefs", form part of a people's value system and culture. They basically reflect the customs, traditions, and mores or customs of a group, which may be based on religious beliefs, opinions, old or popular practices. They also tell of how a people view the unknown and the means to appease the gods that control the future. For us Filipinos, we have a number of beliefs and traditions about life, family, luck, wealth, etc. The Tagalog terms for folk beliefs and superstitions are: paniniwala for beliefs, kasabihan ng mga matatanda for what the old people say and pamahiin for superstitions. In our classes in Philippine Literature, I was able to observe these. I was able to see that it really came far from our past.
On Florentino’s The World is an Apple, I was able to observe how a Filipino is like when it comes to family especially the father. A father will do his very best just to provide the basic needs of his family. And I was able to find out that no parent would like to see his child suffer from sickness. He will surely do everything just for his child to get well even if crossing the line is done. As for poverty, it is a societal problem that affected so many families since far past of our lives. It can make someone out of his mind if poverty strikes. It can even push someone to do something against his will. On Agana’s New Yorker in Tondo, I was able to observe here a Filipino from the past of having been able to make her dreams come true which is to go to abroad and adopt the ways of New Yorkers. It was Kikay from Tondo, the daughter of Aling Atang. She was able to pursue her dream of going to New York and imitated the ways of New Yorkers. It was uneasy for her mother to accept what Kikay had done. The...
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