The Philippine culture is a significant reflection of its vast and multifaceted history which was greatly influenced by the people that made an impact on the country’s identity. A unique combination of the Hispanic and Malayo-Polynesian culture with influence from Indians Arabs, Chinese, and other Asian cultures contribute to the traditions and customs of the Filipinos.
The Filipino culture is bizarre when matched to other Asian countries. Many beliefs are practiced every day in the course of the Filipinos that reveal how deep and blessed the culture of the country.
Here are the top 3 customs that makes Filipinos, FILIPINOS!
When kids or young people greet or tell goodbye to their elders, they do so by holding the right hand of the elder using their right hand as well, then, touch the back the elder’s hand gently on their forehead. The “mano po” is a habit of giving respect to the elders and receiving the blessing from the elders.
Mano is the Spanish word for “hand” whereas “Po” is used at the end of the Filipino sentence when they address to the elders. Po is connected at the end of the phrase which shows respect to the elder they are talking to.
Filipinos are known to have high regards on hospitality. Foreign visitants of the country are approached with the greatest respect. This trait is observed during festivals and celebrations where a lot of Filipinos are presenting their best to welcome their visitors.
It is astonishing to see that, yet the simplest home along the street opens their simple home to a guest so as to strangers. For Filipinos, to be prepared to serve others grants them the honor of giving real friendship. Filipino Hospitality is a custom you can’t take away from them because it is already part of who they are.
Close Family Ties
Close family ties are also one of their novel traits. It is one of the great cultural values that the Filipinos have. The family gets to care for each other and are accustomed to being loyal to the family especially to the elders by just obeying their rights. Having the fondness for family gatherings during holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Holy Week, All Saints’ Day, Fiestas, birthdays, weddings, homecomings, graduations, baptisms, even funerals, etc. is a proof that Filipinos valued not only their cultural tradition but also the spirit of the family.