There is no better way to experience a country’s history and practices than to dive right in. Whether you are new or completely familiar with the Philippines, let’s explore Filipino culture!
One of the largest contributors to the Philippines’ culture is the interaction between the colonizers and the locals. Many customs, food, and indeed mannerisms arose from the influences of the ones who came before.
Perhaps the most lasting trait of the Filipino spirit is its resilience. The everyday person in the country may not be wealthy, but there is always an effort, and everything is done with a smile.
The consistent happiness on the face of Filipinos has also been highlighted. Everything is done with a smile – and why not; it is a wonderful life.
The Spanish brought not only flair and good looks to the Philippines’ shorelines, they also brought the major religion in the country today – Christianity (mostly Catholicism).
Religion dictates a lot of what goes on in the Philippines, from praying before meals, mass on Saturday or Sunday, and even the fiestas held to celebrate certain events. Traditionally, families go to mass every Saturday/Sunday and during celebrations.
Filipino families form very tight-knit communities. Family members gather often, especially during moments of celebration, and the energy seems far more positive than it is obligatory.
Perhaps it is because a group is stronger than a solitary member, or perhaps it is a religious bond that keeps the family together. Either way, it can only be a good thing that a family stays together and remains close.
The change of culture and tradition that the Filipinos went through over the Spanish colonization only shows how influential they were. No matter how good or bad each one may be, that era left a legacy and that these impacts play such a great role of what the Filipino culture is now.