Welcome to the Philippines
Although many cultures came together to form what is the Filipino culture today, the main and lasting contributors were the Spanish. For three hundred years they would spread Catholicism and Spanish Culture across the mainland and surrounding Islands. The Filipino Culture is beautiful and has journeyed to the United States with its people.
Historical Influence of a Culture
Originating with the "Negritos" a term translated from Spanish meaning "Little black ones", who over 30,000 years ago inhabited the Philippines traveling from Sumatra and Borneo via boats. Followed by Malays and Chinese in the 19th Century and finally penetrated with Spanish rule and influence.
"Culture- Learned patterns of behavior and attitudes shared by a group of people." (pg. 84 ch.3)
The Spanish influence in the Filipino Culture is rich in symbolic significance, both having to do with Catholicism and Spanish Culture itself. For example when attending nursing school my Professor who was Filipino made it a point to ask me if I knew the meaning of my last names "Ibarra-Rojas". I responded "I don't know" with an informal shoulder shrug. He went on to explain that in the Philippines both my last names were associated with royalty due to their Spanish origins. A very good example of how "Symbolic Significance" is very pronounced in the culture, which is the importance of meaning that most members of a cultural group attach to a communication activity. (pg. 88 Ch.3)
Filipinos hold their families in high regard. Even after being exposed to liberal influences from western dominance. The family unit hailed above all else and remained the main factor of motivation for Filipinos. As with most Hispanic Cultures the family structure is the same.
- Father is head of the household and provider.
- Mother is in charge of domestic responsibilities including the children and their needs physical and emotional.
- Children live at home as long as they like due to strong bonds
- Grandparents commonly seen living with their children in the Philippines.
- Elders are revered and respected, and children are taught to do so at a young age.
Philippine Culture - Common Family Traits www.philippinescountry.com 2006
Today in the Philippines the poor uneducated are being pushed into slums . Resources are slim and and a large population is living in hunger and poverty. Clinging to Clan like family structures, Religion, and survivalist Filipinos continues to thrive in the Philippines.
In every Society a social heirarchy exists that privileges some groups over others. The groups that function at the top of the social hierarchy determine determine to a great extent the communication system of the entire society. (Communication Scholar Mare Orbe 1998, Ch. 3 pg. 110)
As Filipinos came to the United States a new subculture was formed alongside the old Filipino traditionalist that resented leaving their states of embodied ethno-centrisms (pg. 88 Ch. 3). Amer-asions were born and are becoming the largest growing sub group in the United States today.