Filipino Habits That Should Be Continuously Practiced: Part 1
There have been negative traits that Filipinos have been known for—crab mentality or envy and insecurity, mañana habit or procrastination, and Filipino time or tardiness. These traits hinder the country’s progress and human development index. Still, despite all these negative traits, there are some things that the Filipino people have to be proud of too—and that includes Filipino habits that many believe to be the most admirable on Earth.
Good Filipino Habits That Should Be Preserved
Here are the admirable Filipino habits that make us and the Philippines great—and hopefully the habits people will always practice and pass on to the next generation.
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Filipinos are first and foremost known for our hospitality. We, as a nation, are generally friendly and welcoming to guests, making the country one of the favorite destinations by tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of nature and the friendliness of the people—and don’t forget the fact that many of us can understand and speak the universal language, making it easier for tourists to communicate.
Adaptability and Resilience
The Philippines is a tropical country by the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Ring of Fire, so not only do we experience monsoons and tropical storms, we also experience earthquakes. But despite everything that the Filipinos go through, we are resilient and persistent, and we get back on our feet—with or without help from the government.
Resourcefulness and Creativity
Another trait to be proud of is the Filipino people’s ingenuity. We are creative in so many ways, whether in art, music, science, technology, or business. Many can come up with ideas despite lack of financial resources—if only our government could support more artists and scientists.
Faithfulness in terms of religion is something that Filipinos are also known for. Be they Christian, Muslim, or otherwise, Filipinos are grounded in their religion. No matter the problems we go through, we don’t lose hope as we hold on to our faith.
Unity in Spirit
Most Filipinos, especially those who live in the province, have close relationships with neighbors. In barangays and small subdivisions, people in the neighborhood talk and bond with each other, even organizing themselves in for fiestas, festivals, and even local events to ensure that the community is friendly for visitors.
If you’ve ever been to a Filipino market, you would hear a lot of haggling. Filipinos are frugal, for the most part, and we shop wisely. Okay, there is also the possibility that most of the population don’t have a lot of money in the first place, but the fact that we are conscious of prices, discounts, and quality of products make our frugality something to be proud of.
Filipinos are known to be polite. We have “po” and “opo” to show respect for older persons and call our older siblings “ate” and “kuya.” The Filipinos also have a convoluted version of family and we tend to call everyone our “tito” and “tita.” Then there is the “mano po” gesture as a sign of respect to our elders.
These are not the only Filipino habits we all can be proud of. Let’s talk about more admirable traits in the second part of this article.