Monday, 7 November 2011

Filipino Values

When we were young students, we often heard or read about the so-called Filipino Traits such as bahala na, pakikisama, ningas cogon, hiya, mañana habit, etc. Maybe our very own elementary teachers then pointed it to us that these traits were the culprits, the scapegoat of the Filipino failures, or basically the weak characteristics of being Filipinos.

In secondary, although there were no Values Education taught as a subject,Homeroom Adviser would inculcate the values of hard work and teamwork. However, distinctly in a Social Studies class that these same Filipino traits—bahala na, ningas cogon, hiya, etc.—were made the explanation for lagging behind more successful Asian neighbors.
Palabra de honor [word of honor], attention to details, persistence, and hard work; while my mother gave me the sense of cleanliness is next to godliness. Meanwhile, while attending a military academy, the values of courage, loyalty and integrity were part of the academy creed. 

 Some Filipino Values

Hiya (shame): it contributes to peace of mind and lack of stress by not even trying to achieve.”
Ningas-cogon (procrastination): in a way, it makes a person non-chalant, detached, indifferent, nonplussed should anything go wrong, and hence conducive to peace and tranquillity.”
Pakikisama (group loyalty): one lives for others; peace or lack of dissension is a constant goal.”
Patigasan (test of strength): it is assign that we know our rights and are not easily cowed into submission. It is Occidental in spirit, hence in keeping with Nietzsche’s "will to power."”
Bahala na (resignation): one relies on a superior power rather than on one’s own. It is conducive to humility, modesty, and lack of arrogance.”
Mañana or Bukas na (procrastination): one is without stress and tension; one learns to take what comes naturally. Like the Chinese wu-wei, this trait makes one live naturally and without undue artificiality.”
Kasi (because, i. e., scapegoat): one can see both sides of the picture and know exactly where a project failed. One will never suffer from guilt or self-recrimination.”
Saving Face: one’s psyche is saved from undue embarrassment, sleepless nights, remorse of conscience. It saves one from accountability or responsibility. This trait enables one to make a graceful exit from guilt instead of facing the music and owning responsibility for an offense.”
Sakop (inclusion): one cares for the family and clan; one stands or falls with them. This trait makes a person show concern for the family to which he belongs. ”
Utang na loob (indebtedness): it is a recognition of one’s indebtedness. This trait portrays the spirit behind the Filipino saying, "He who does not know how to look to the past will never reach his destination."”
Kanya-kanya (self-centeredness): one takes care of oneself and one’s family: "Blood is thicker than water."”

Values of Modern Filipino


Faith - Madonna and Child epitomize the kind of faith every Filipino carries in the heart an assurance that the Divine Being watches over each and every one of us.


Faithfulness - Resembling marriage bands, this arrangement celebrates the modern Filipino hero's faithfulness to husband or wife, as well as faithfulness to country and all the ideals for which our Republic stands.


Nurturing - Every Filipino child grows and learns under the wing of a mentor who instills in the child the sense of love, compassion, heroism and courage.


Industry - The Fruits of the earth spring forth only through our industry and it is only through our work that we will be able to achieve the rebuilding of our mother country, the task of every one of us, modern Philippine heroes all.


Courage - Stalwart and firm in idealism and goodwill, the modern Philippine hero stands by his or her values and ideals.

 Positive and Negative Attitudes of Filipino

1. Saying “po” and “opo” as a sign of respect to elders, parents and etc.

2. Bayanihan. This includes helping hands for other people without expecting rewards.

3. Kissing of hands or Blessing (pagmamano). Filipino people do this as a sign of respect to elders, parents, 
godparents and other people that they are interacting to older than them.

4. Extended Family. We Filipinos still consider our married sons and daughters still a part of our family. Parents consider their sons and daughters still in their custody, giving their needs, and etc. even though their sons and daughters are already married.

5. Close family ties. We are really close to our families and sometimes we even go to church, malls, and other places with our family. And almost all of the Filipino children prioritizes their family first.

6. Showing our hospitality. When we got visitors, we let them in, entertain them, and give them foods, drinks and everything they need to feel that they are comfortable. We also show our hospitality to foreign people by assisting them and never left them feeling uncomfortable.

7. Acting conservative through clothing, speech and etc.

8. Ningas kugon. We are good at start; we participate in everything but at the end or as time pass by, we became lame and no-participative.

9. Crab Mentality

10. Mayana habit. When we are commanded or ordered for something, we usually say “mamaya na!” or worse “anu ba ‘yan, maya na!” and sooner or later, we did not follow or obey it.

Jhanz Anthony Xyx O. David
Euthenics 2, Sir Mindanao