Life in the Philippines
What Filipinos are living for and how they survive their mortal existence everyday? The diverse source of the conglomerated Philippine culture has brought a very diverse Philippine lifestyle for most Filipinos today. A legacy of way of life transferred to them by their diverse ancestors from different cultures from different countries that have conquest and put their own mark at the Philippine archipelago. How does an ordinary Filipino live up to their mixed Philippine culture and complex Philippine lifestyle?
Like any other nation, Family first is chiefly the top priority of an ordinary Filipino today. Filipino value most their respective families, this was mostly displayed or dramatized artfully in their cinemas and literature. Their earnings were all devoted for their families and loved ones other than themselves, As if they only live for their families. Filipinos are family-oriented and have a family-centered lifestyle or largely, Philippine lifestyle is more of the family than to oneself alone.
However, patriotisms, some said are the driving force of Filipinos, but actually if you look deeply their social awareness, you could discern that there is major reason for this ardent patriotism attitude. That is, love for their families also. Of course, if there is a threat of financial economic crisis across the country, if there are corrupt officials stealing government moneys, the one who will be greatly affected by it is your family also. Filipino patriotism is the result of their ardent true love for their families. This one distinct Philippine culture of Filipinos unites them in their respective diverse lifestyle. For they are only divided due to their differing beliefs, traditions, ideologies and philosophies, languages, arts and literatures which they only inherited from their different ancestors. For the Philippine culture or the Philippine society is largely, a religious-multi-ethic society. The Philippines is composing of three large religious systems, namely Christianity (with diverse so-called Christian churches and organization, from Roman Catholic to protestant to Seventh day Adventist to Iglesia Ni Christo, etc.), Islam (compose of those benevolent ones and those Muslim extremist in southern Mindanao which kidnap tourist in the country wherein the Philippine government have a great struggle fighting against them), and those who has a different religion or systems of belief.
These differing beliefs sometimes collide and cause chaos and disputes within the Philippine community. This is largely the cause of miscommunication among Filipinos.
However, aside from family ties that unites Filipinos and from their differing religious beliefs, there is also this “bahala na” or “lets see” belief or philosophy which unites Filipinos. Almost Filipinos share this belief when they are in the brink of uncertainty. Moreover, there is also this pakikisama”or“go with the flow” attitude largely among Filipinos. If you do not “go with the flow’, some Filipinos brand you as or have put them in shame.
There is also an attitude that impresses some tourist or foreigners toward Filipinos- the Filipino Hospitality. If you are guest, Filipinos will warmly entertain you and make you feel at home.
This warm hospitality of Filipinos attracts more foreigners to keep on coming back into the Philippines.!>![endif]-->![endif]-->