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Filipino Traits

  • Date Submitted: 02/17/2012 10:04 PM
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Filipinos are known for being hospitable, but it’s not only the positive trait that Filipinos possess. It may be said that the Filipinos are intelligent, with retentive memory, quick perception, and talents for art and science. They also are gentle, friendly, and cheerful people, noted for their courtesy and hospitality.
              Filipinos are famous not only for their warm hospitality, but also for their close family ties. The parents work hard and sacrifice much for their children; in return, the children love and respect them and take good care of them in their old age. They are ardent in love as they are fierce in battle.   Filipinos are a liberty-loving and brave people.   Gratitude is another sterling trait of the Filipinos. They are grateful to those who have granted them favors or who are good to them. Their high sense of gratitude is expressed in the phrase Utang na loob (debt of honor). Filipinos are also cooperative. They value the virtue of helping each other and other people.
What I love most about the traits is their resiliency. The Philippines is a hotspot for disasters, natural and otherwise. Couple that with poverty, and one would think that Filipinos have the most reason for being a depressed people. However, we have demonstrated time and again that Filipinos can bounce back from a tragedy, emerging stronger and better than before. In the middle of a disaster, Filipinos can still manage to smile and be hopeful that the next morning brings new hope. We are also known for our being religious.
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.
When I was in secondary, our Homeroom Adviser would inculcate the...

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