Yes! I am a pure-blooded Filipino. My mother is a full Kapampangan, while my father is a mix of Visayan and Ilocano roots. So, I am a pure-blooded mixed Kapampangan, Visaya, and Ilocano. Since I was born and raised in Pampanga, unfortunately, my native tongue is only Kapampangan and Tagalog. My parents were also born and raised in Pampanga, so they can only speak Kapampangan and Tagalog. However, my father understands a little bit of Ibanag and Ilocano languages. Good for him!
Alright, yes! I am a genuine Filipino, and enough of my roots. This blog is about Filipinism (more of cultures and characteristics) that I am proud of. Some nationalities are bewildered towards Filipinos. I decided to pen some of Filipinos’ cultures, traditions, and characteristics that make them one of the most beautiful misread yet appreciated nationalities globally.
5 Filipinism that I am Proud of
1. Filipinos are epicure in nature.
Filipinos are foodies, and we love to eat. It doesn’t matter what cuisine is. We will try it. Filipinos are bold when it comes to food. If it is safe, edible, and will satisfy our curious wonderings, it is welcome. Being a food-lover is one of the reasons why Filipinos, especially Kapampangans, are well-known for cooking. Filipinos appreciate diversities of cuisines; hence Filipino foods are also integrated with Western, Southeast Asians, Asians, and even middle eastern cuisines.
I love Indian cuisines such as chicken biryani, Haleem, Panipuri, and Vegetable pakora. Japanese foods are my craves, such as spicy tuna maki, beef ramen, fresh tuna sashimi, and shrimp tempura. I also love Korean food like samgyeopsal and kimbob. I love the beef steamed momo of Nepal. I love the hummus of the Middle Eastern people; I can spread it to my bread, roasted chicken, French fries, and even in salads. Speaking of salad, my hubby loves Fattoush! And of course, shawarma! This article will be full if I will write down all foods I have tried and loved!
2. Filipinos are Melophile.
We love music! Music is a beautiful art. It’s a powerful tool that can caress. There are well-known Filipino musical artists and are famous worldwide, like Lea Salonga, Apl.de.ap, Ryan Cayabyab, Freddie Aguilar, and others. Filipinos love to express their feelings through music. Therefore, we have a tradition called ‘Harana.’ It is a classic form of courtship in the Philippines in which a man introduced himself to a woman by singing underneath her window at night. It’s sweet and romantic!
Filipinos love to sing and dance! Today, thank you to technology, karaoke was born! Regardless of whether a Filipino is a good singer or whatnot, he will sing in the name of music! What I love about Filipinos being melophile is that the togetherness it brings. We value the bond of family and friendship. Everyone is welcome through music!
3. Filipinos are Conversant.
We Filipinos are well-known for being hospitable, especially from foreign visitors. A list has shown that in the last five years (2015-2019), there are more than 33.336M arrivals in the Philippines. The top 10 nations who visited the Philippines are South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Filipinos are engaged and are happy speaking with others, even foreigners. They can come up with an excellent and exciting conversation about anything under the sun. Filipinos are great listeners too. We value deep and meaningful conversations. We believe that through this, we can learn from each other.
Filipinos being conversant is also the reason why; we are a good fit in the English language. Although English is not our mother tongue, some may have broken English or hard-funny accents, but Filipinos are confident and comfortable when conversing with other nationalities. A study (from EF) showed that the Philippines is ranked #20 out of 100 countries/regions in English. And #2 out of 25 in high proficiency in Asia.
South Koreans visit the Philippines to study English and to become conversant. I once was a primary English tutor for grade school, mid-school, and college students. I helped them be more confident when speaking to others, regardless of nationalities, through the English language. I helped them better understand English by being a good listener. I had so much joy during those days. I also learned from them, their cultures and traditions, and get to know some of my favorite Korean foods! Yes! Food!
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4. Filipinos live in frugality.
The Philippines belongs to a third-world country as a developing country life is difficult due to the high rate of poverty, economic uncertainty, and lack of essential resources compared to the rest of the world. But this does not stop Filipinos. Filipinos are known to be resilient and resourceful. A Fil-Am comedian Jokoy, discussed in a video his experience of how he went to school using a used container as his lunchbox. Such an experience is so real! Because of a hard life, Filipinos learned to be resourceful and improvised things when in need.
Some Filipino Life Hacks
- When your dishwashing liquid is about to run out, add water to it, and shake. Dishwashing liquid is concentrated; hence even a pea dropped can clean much-used dishes with enough water.
- Cutting a body or face soap into two or even three portions! It’s economical.
- Use ‘tabo’ (scoop) and pail in the bathroom to save water consumption.
- Use of used containers like ice cream containers for food storage.
- Keeping unused sachet of ketchup from fast food take away for future use.
- Keeping unused napkins from fast-food restaurants for future use, especially when traveling.
- Watering down of shampoo in the ‘tabo’ when running out of shampoo or to last longer.
- Rolling up of sachet of coffee as a stirring device (I usually do this when I was working in a call center because I used to drink coffee a lot 😁)
5. Filipinos has close family ties.
Having close family ties is one value that we Filipinos are known for. Some said it’s not good because it results in unnecessary extended family structure and expenses. But Filipinos believe that families must be together and help each other out. So, family and relatives do as much as they can to sustain each other, even monetarily.
What I value on this is the act of giving back to elders and parents. Filipinos are more of taking good care of their elderly instead of leaving them to homecare. Filipinos will take care of their siblings’ kids or even send them to school out of love and respect. After all, this is why we have a family – to take good care of one another.
Another effect of having close family ties is that it can provide stress relief. Family ties boost self-esteem and lessening anxiety. The strong bond can act as defending protection and provides a sense of belongingness.
There you have it, Lounger! I hope you have learned about Filipinos and our values. I also hoped that you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed listing them down. Here are some blogs you can read about places in the Philippines that you might want to visit one of these days:
- Villa Angela Heritage House Review
- 5 Places to Visit in Angeles City
- Time Warp to Spanish Era
- Exclusive Hotel Yet Budget Friendly in Vigan City
- China Sea Beach Resort: We Got Tricked!!??
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