Filipino Habits That Should Be Continuously Practiced: Part 2
Although the Philippines often finds itself stuck in the middle of a natural disaster and other types of issues, with their resilience, it seems like Filipinos always find an easier way out of problems. Sometimes, even if the problem isn’t settled yet, they find a reason to wear a smile on their faces. But this is not the only trait Filipinos are known for. Below are more Filipino traits that we can all be proud of.
Filipino Traits Worth Keeping and Practicing
As we have already discussed a number of these admirable Filipino traits and habits in the first part of this two-part article, in this long-awaited second part of the series, it’s time to dig deep into more things we can all share proudly to the rest of the world.
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Speaking of family, Filipinos are definitely family-oriented, so much so that we are willing to go through a lot of sacrifices for family, including working overseas if it means that greener pastures for the future.
Blood of heroes run in our veins. From the heroes that fought the Spaniards, Americans, and Japanese—Filipinos have been brave in fighting for our rights ever since we’ve started recording history. This translated well to our military as well. In fact, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was quoted, “Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.”
Sense of Humor
Filipinos seem to be able to smile no matter what problems we face. Nothing can seem to take away the jolly disposition that many have, not even typhoons and other natural disasters. Despite tragedy after tragedy, Filipinos remain positive and hopeful, joking around to forget their problems. This apparent humor is evident in culture, from comedy films and shows, Filipinos love a good laugh—and good beers to go with them.
Filipinos are thankful. Most of us don’t forget those who helped us—up to a fault. We have this “utang na loob,” where our gratitude extends to doing things above and beyond as a show of thanks.
Honesty and Commitment
Filipinos also have “palabra de honor,” which shows that we put a lot of importance in our words. When we make promises, we try our best to keep them, even when we end up undermining ourselves. For most Pinoys, fulfilling a promise to others means that we fulfill promises to ourselves.
Finally, despite being a developing country, we Filipinos still help others as much as we can. For instance, we send out help for nations that are affected with natural disasters, believing that as a part of a global community, we should do our part to contribute for a greater good.
Filipinos have rich values and good morals, these are some of the legacies that our ancestors have left us. But the days of the Ibarras and Maria Claras are long gone, leaving us with a mix of cultures that have begun to erase our identities from long ago. Still, that does not mean that we can’t do anything to preserve them. In this dog-eats-dog world, we can still be kind, brave souls in a world full of anger, negativity, and cynicism. After all, many people come to the Philippines not only for the beautiful sights and experiences, but for the culture in itself, including the traits that the Filipinos are known for — kindness, courtesy, and resilience, among others.
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