Cultures in the Philippines: An Inside Look
Cultures in the Philippines has been mainly influenced by the Spaniards who ruled this country for 3 centuries and the Americans that also colonised us for 50 years. The Philippines is an Archipelago located between the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. It is composed of 7,107 islands and has a lot of beaches, nice beaches. The capital of the Philippines is Manila and the current population of the Philippines is over 90 million. Out of the 90 million people living in this country 83% are Catholics, 9% are Protestants, 5% are Muslims, and the remaining 3% are either Buddhists or other religions. There are more aspects that need to be known about the Cultures in the Philippines and some of them will be discussed in this post.
Cultures in the Philippines – The languages spoken
When referring to the official language of the Philippines, it is called ‘Filipino’ which is based on Tagalog. Even though this is our official language, not everyone in the Philippines speaks it. Actually only 55% do because there are 111 indigenous dialects that are spoken in other parts of the country, but the ones that are regionally important is only 10%.
In schools, government offices, and other public services, English is the main medium of communication as it is understood by most people living in this country because schools use English in most of their subjects. Due to this, the Philippines hold the third spot among English-speaking countries in the whole world.
The term “Taglish” has been coined by Filipinos because we usually like to speak in phrases that are a mixture of both Tagalog and English. There is a small minority in the country that can speak Spanish which at one point became our official language.
Cultures in the Philippines – our society and culture
Us Filipinos value our family structure very much and we keep close ties with our nuclear family and relatives all throughout our lives. To us, family is where we get a lot of strength and stability from. Even through employment, Filipinos take care of our extended family and it is not unusual that more than one person from a family are working for the same company. In actuality, there are even agreements which state that we will give high preference to our family members over others.
Cultures in the Philippines – Filipino etiquette
When we meet other people, the first greetings are done very formally by greeting the eldest first. The greeting is done by a handshake and a smile, but to female friends who are very close, they feel comfortable hugging and kissing each other on the cheek when meeting. If it is our first time to meet a person, we will use the title and surname until we are told by the person to just refer to them by their first name or nickname.
If a Filipino invites you to be part of a large party, do not worry if you will be 15 to 30 minutes late because they prefer that you still show up rather than not at all. It is important that you are presentable because how you dress will never go unnoticed. Do not forget to give compliments to the host of the party and never forget to show gratitude after the party.
These are what you need to remember about the cultures in the Philippines especially if you are going to visit there soon to avoid misunderstandings and insulting anyone.
Cultures in the Philippines – By Ysabel Carbello
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