Philippine History

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Mark Alyson P. Camero
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Differentiate Early Customs & Practices from the new Century The Early customs and traditions, the government and mode of living have, to a great extent, come down to the present and may be found in remote rural areas which have so far succeeded in resisting the impact of modern civilization. Before the coming of the Spaniards the Filipinos had a civilization of their own. The various aspects of this civilization doubtless came partly from the Malays who settled in the country and partly from a response to the new environment. For this reason, many of the customs and practices of the pre-colonial Filipinos are still operative in many parts of the country, a circumstance that is, in a sense, advantageous for it offers an observer first-hand materials for the reconstruction of the distant past. Men, women and children walked about barefooted, for sandals and shoes were Spanish innovations. The male had a headgear consisting of a piece of cloth, called putong, which was wrapped around his head. The color of the putong showed the “manliness” of a man; a red putong for instance, signified that the wearer had killed a man in war. But he who had killed at least seven was privileged to wear an embroidered putong. The woman, on the other hand, had no putong, but wore her hair gracefully knotted at the back of her head. The Practices of The Filipino in the new century, people are some of the most hospitable that you will find anywhere. Even if their behavior is less than considerate, foreign visitors to the country are treated with the utmost respect. Although few will expect you to return the favor, it would be nice if you did. So, if you're heading to the Philippines for work, pleasure, or both, a little consideration for the local customs can be a very good thing to have. A Filipino woman, whether she's a friend, employee, co-worker, or lover, will greatly appreciate you remembering her birthday, anniversary,...
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