Hello! This blog is about the Filipino Family Culture today. We have ranked the top things that influenced the Filipino Family as of our time.
1. Family business
Filipinos are mostly reliant on their relatives and close friends especially in starting a business. Loyalty and faithfulness in the family are among the traditions which are characteristic in Filipino society. A family member or relative is initially asked or employed to manage the business. There’s no contract, no terms and conditions, merely pakiusap (request) or pakisuyo (favor). Filipinos believe that no family member will steal or let them down.
2. Noche Buena
3. Going to mass on a family members birthday
5. Visiting and or camping out at the cemetery on All souls Day.
Filipinos like eating and having festivities which oftentimes happen during Christmas, New Year, pyesta or fiesta (Saint’s Day), Easter Sunday, Baptismal Rite and birthdays.
These happenings bring family members together especially those who are living away or are working in different places and rarely have the chance or time to come home. The presence of family visitors and reuniting members delight the other members of the family, aside from stories and gossips to tell.
6. The Family living together under one roof, including extended family members and/ or family friends.
7. The eldest child or children will help support the younger siblings.
A Filipino family is the centre of society. It is primarily consist of the father, the mother and the children. And in most cases, the grandparents, in-laws, helps and extended families all live in the same house.
The family is patriarchal in nature, in which the father is the head of the family who carries out the decisions and orders in the house including the disciplining of the children. He is also regarded as the main provider of the house: food, shelter, clothing and finances.
The mother, on the hand looks after the children, do the chores and assist the husband in putting the family together. She is responsible in the moral and spiritual upbringing of the children and unity in the house. She may question her husband’s authority over the children but will mostly be overlooked.
The eldest daughter is mostly delegated the tasks of that of the mother while the eldest son is the acting father in the absence of their parents. Also in most cases in Filipino families, the eldest child or children will usually help put the younger siblings through school once they graduate or sometimes they stop school so that the younger ones will be able to finish their education.
Younger children obey and respect their elder siblings as the status dictates. Disobedience or disrespect may end in parental punishment (slapping, pinching and even stick beating are still used in punishing children in the Philippines).
The grandparents and extended relatives who are living with the family are treated as equal family members. They can use and share everything particularly clothing and accessories. In return, they help do the tasks, chores and even finances with the host. There may have problems and misunderstandings, particularly jealousy among them, but they can always be relied on.
8. The whole family would all sleep in one room at night
The fact that some families all sleep in one room at night is due to the family being money conscious. They would all sleep in one room to save on electricity because of the use of the air condition. Also another reason is simply because they feel closer.
9. Family supporting each other no matter what they do.
10. The enemy of one becomes the enemy of the whole family.
Filipinos are very protective of their family reputation and status in the society. A fight of a member is a fight of everybody.
If a male member of the family gets in trouble (usually in street brawl), other male members will come along. The same manner happens with female members who will usually swear and say horrible things against each other, although physical fight (scratching and slapping) seldom happens, or if a relationship between a boy and girl doesn’t work out the whole family would usually resent the former partner of the family member.
If there were to be a program where in one family member would have a role, the entire family would be there for support. If a member is seeking public office, the members of the whole family would support him/her in his/her campaign and candidacy. But in cases where a relative vie for a similar position, reconciliation is oftentimes rare.
11. Manny Paqcuiao (any objects related to him)
12. Snake Boards
13. Willie Revillame songs
14. Presidentiable Ballers
15. Collezione Filipino Tee's
Filipino people are really big on trends and fads. On materials (e.g. snake boards, presidential ballers), songs (e.g. Willie Revillame songs, songs of commercials, presidentiables’ jingles,) fashion (e.g. Collezione Filipino tee’s) and a lot more. These trends however fade away as fast as come but they do wonders for the economy.
17. Balot, isaw, addidas and so much more.
Filipinos love food! And they hate to waste anything and from that they eat chicken intestines, big intestines, and chicken feet( addidas) and etc. in a number of ways. They are also very known not only for their delicious dishes but also for their exotic street food.
Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are well known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have also become a huge symbol of Philippine culture.
The current state of the Filipino family is on the way to the new millennium and their status is moving on different ways. The rich expanding their knowledge to the new generation gadgets while the poor is being left behind. The families are still prosperous in a way that their ties with each other are never going down even if they are in a big problem, that’s how Filipino’s are in tackling problems, looking at the better side and never letting anything get in their way to be happy.
This type of Filipino family would be the best because it is in a way has more positive traits compared to the other types of families. A reason to say so is that they are hospitable they would even sacrifice their wants to the needs of others even those who are not really closely related to them
Another is that they have the cultural advantage and has a lot of history that surely made them aware of what is happening around them and these things made them wise so they learned a lot from these past problems that happened.
So if you want to learn more about the Filipino family, the best way is to visit our country itself and learn from the people here. :)