The Philippine Bayanihan
Bayanihan is a Filipino term referring to the spirit of communal unity and cooperation. It was derived from the word bayan which means nation or community. It became a known trait of the Filipinos and was practiced by Filipinos until now. Bayanihan can be viewed in many forms but, the first thing that comes to the mind of a Filipino when heard this word is the old tradition of people helping a relocating family by setting enough volunteers to carry the house, and literally moving it to its new location. This practice is done by putting bamboo poles length-wise and cross-wise under the house forming a strong frame to lift the stilts from the ground and carrying the whole house with the men (often 20 or more) positioned at the ends of each pole. They do it in a festive mood. When the relocation is done, the moving family hosts a simple fiesta as an expression of gratitude towards their neighbors. Bayanihan is cooperation. The essence of bayanihan is very much felt in the country. In sports, bayanihan is showcased. The players of the team give their best shots and strive hard in order for them to win. When I was in elementary, I became one of the volleyball players and I and my teammates performed this so-called bayanihan, not by carrying a kubo but, by cooperation. We became united in setting our goal and with the spirit of bayanihan, our team fortunately won the game. Bayanihan is helping. It is bayanihan when a group of people helped someone. Nowadays, bayanihan is not only practiced through personal but it can also be practiced even with great distance. In times of calamities, we cannot avoid the instances that many people suffer and die from these disasters but still Filipinos practice bayanihan. Officials and even non-officials give donations for the relief goods and medical assistance of the victims. The power of bayanihan is shown when someone is in a critical state and needs financial and moral help. One example of this kind of...
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