The Philippines, a quiet island nation, lies in the western Pacific Ocean. In total, the Philippines consists of over 7000 islands combined to form the republic. Therefore it isn’t any surprise that there is a wide range of cultural diversity over in that region of the world.
By extension, there is no shortage of Filipino customs and traditions that are both fascinating and important to keep in mind. If you are as curious as we then keep reading to find out all there is to know before your visit to the great island nation!
Family First, Always
There is a very strong sense of community in the Philippines and Filipinos take pride in that by owning up to their families and family values. This extends to far beyond the immediate family, towards second or even third and fourth generation family such that everybody is treated with the same love and hospitality.
Similarly, close friends are also considered family, so that the Filipinos give the term ‘family friends’ more weight and significance.
Strong Religious Inclinations
Filipinos are very spiritually inclined and take religion very seriously. Going to church services is a regular practice for the locale and general public. Also, you are sure to find religious souvenirs and other knick-knacks such as crosses in all nooks and corners of the Philippines.
Filipinos are extremely helpful towards one another, and this particular facet of Filipino customs helps in establishing a strong sense of community within the people. However, this kindness and team spirit is not only confined to friends of family members but is open to strangers as well, forming an unsaid brotherhood.
This warmth further extends to foreigners and tourists as well, so you can be sure that you will find some friendly faces when you visit.
Set Values and Morals
Respect for all, especially elders is an integral part of Filipino traditions. This includes respectful hand gestures when greeting others.
This extends to language as well and adding prefixes or suffixes such as ‘opo,’ and ‘po’ is common while addressing elders or younger relatives/siblings.
As aforementioned, Filipinos greatly value their customs and traditions and take pride in practicing what they preach as it is a part of their identity and makes them the strong community that the world has come to know.