Filipinos have become quite popular lately in the world, thanks to people like Charice, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr., and many other names whose Filipino heritage have been emboldened and showed to the world through their many achievements and awards.
Of course, these people are not the complete embodiment of the Filipino culture as they are only one out of millions of people living in the archipelago. Despite being colonized by three successive Empires (Spanish, American and Japanese), the Filipinos have retained their own culture and traditional practices up to this day. Filipinos are generally a friendly people, but it would not hurt to be able to know a bit about their culture especially if you are planning to stay in the country for a holiday.
Here are a few things that people need to know about Filipinos.
Filipinos are Hospitable
If there is one defining trait of the Filipino culture, it would be hospitality. Yes, Filipinos are really hospitable towards visitors, especially tourists. In fact, the country has a lot of foreigners coming in and out of the country, with more even choosing to settle down in this tropical Asian country. Filipinos will generally treat foreigners with a lot of friendliness, and some would even go out of their way to help a foreigner who’s lost and need assistance. As long as you reciprocate friendliness, Filipinos will always be hospitable and friendly to you and your fellow tourists.
Filipinos Are Deeply Religious
The Filipinos have been subservient to the Spanish Empire for over 300 years, and thus a deeply Catholic culture has been embedded into the local culture. This means that Filipinos are predominantly Catholic and profess a deep faith in their religions. Even the other denominations are known for their members’ steadfast dedication to their faith. Because it is a predominantly Catholic country, the nation still celebrates town fiestas in honor of saints of the Catholic faith the same way Spain and its former colonies in the Central America do. In fact, the Filipino people retains a lot of cultural similarity with the Latin countriesin Central America because of the last influence life under Spain has left to these nations. I once had meet a Catholic man with slight arc in his lower back turns out that it was scoliosis, he would pray everyday regardless of the pain that it brought.
Filipinos Love Drinking
When you go to the Philippines, you’ll find that most Filipinos are avid alcohol drinkers! Drinking, in the Filipino culture, is a way of building friendship and camaraderie. If there are occasions to be celebrated, from a simple birthday to a large town or barangay fiesta, you could be sure that the people in the place would really drink to their heart’s content. Filipinos will still drink even if there is no occasion, whether it’s for catching up or just to while the time away in a lazy weekend.
Filipinos are an amazing people, but you would not know about how amazing this Southeast Asian country is without experiencing it for yourself. As they say, experience is the best teacher and immersing yourself in Filipino culture is the best method through which you could learn more about the average Filipino.