The Filipino Identity

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What really makes a person a Filipino? Are there standards one must meet in order to be called a Filipino? Does one needs to live the Philippines to be able to be called a Filipino? What is the true identity of the Filipino people? These are only few of the many questions asked when one is talking about the Filipino identity. According to a journal article, Filipinos tend to be confused of their true roots because of the Spanish colonization and US imperialism. (Mulder, 2013) However, one must know that Filipinos already have a culture even before the Spaniards came.
The early Filipinos lived near bodies of water because it was near their resources and their means of transportation. They build houses above the water and in trees to be able
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Every Filipino knows this myth very well,”… Bathala made the first humans out of clay and baked them in a kiln. The one that was underbaked came out very white in color which explains why there are people with white skin color. The one that was left inside too long was burned, which explains why there are people with black skin. Finally, Bathala bakes the human that's just right, which is why there are people with kayumanggi (brown) skin.” (Lim, 2014) Filipinos are known to have brown skin or “kayumanggi” skin, flat nose, curly hair, shaped eyes, and have an average height. But as time goes by these unique features seem to disappear in so many ways. Now, Filipinos tend to be whiter and taller. Are they still…show more content…
Here are some of the Filipino traits according to the article “Pinoy Life: 8 Classic Filipino Traits and Characteristics”. First, the most famous Filipino quality is “hospitality”. When a visitor arrives the people living in the house will offer him/her to sit down right away and will serve him/her food that he/she can dig into. Filipinos are really welcoming according to the foreigners who went in and out of the Philippines. (Jujanester, 2016) Second, Filipinos are known to be really “respectful”. At a young age children are taught to say “po” and “opo” when talking to elders and practiceT the ”pagmamano” or putting the hand of the elders to the forehead id the young ones. (Jujanester, 2016) Filipinos are also very respectful not only to their family but also to the different people they encounter everyday whether they know them personally or not. Third, the Filipino people are very family oriented and religious, so they really practice “strong family ties and religion”. During Sundays, Filipino families would go the church and pray together. They believe that this will make their family’s bond stronger. (Jujanester, 2016) They also make sure that they will have enough time to bond with their families; they usually stay in their homes, eat and talk about things or go out and spend some time in malls. Fourth, one of the traits that make up a Filipino is their “generosity and helpfulness”. One example, every
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