A writer wrote that the Filipino culture is a damaged culture characterized by a failure in nationalism, total devotion to those within the circle, total war to those outside, contempt for the public good, submission to doctrine and authority, and national ambition to change nationality. How do you react to this? Do you agree to this opinion? Why?
I come across an interesting topic on the internet that tries to explain why a great nation like ours, lagged behind economically and socially. The country struggles with an image problem: excessive corruption, extreme poverty, and source of cheap manual labor. These are some of the general impressions of the world about the Philippines that, while unpleasant, are undeniably true. Despite the many negative comments that quite often overshadow the positive, there are definitely so many things to be proud of.
- Our caring ways – We are a highly-relational people, proficient in emotionally and socially connecting with others.
- Hospitality even abroad – Foreigners who come to visit the Philippines speak of Filipinos going out of their way to help them when lost, or the heartwarming generosity of a Filipino family hosting a visitor in their home.
- Pinoy creativity – While being creative is not an exclusive trait possessed only by Filipinos, what makes ours distinct is the artistry, expressiveness, spontaneity, and humor that altogether define Filipino creativity.
- Adaptability – We are highly adaptable to different people, cultures, and situations that generally make us well-rounded beings.
These are just some of the qualities (among many others) that can truly make us proud of who we are and where we come from. We should exemplify these traits for the benefit of others and our nation. By doing so, we continue to embody the best and the positive in us.
There is nothing wrong with our culture. We Filipinos don’t have to get transfusions of Korean or Singaporean blood to achieve inclusive economic growth. We just have to persevere in building inclusive, rather than extractive, political and economic institutions. We definitely need better leaders to set examples, implement laws correctly and justly, to set the right environment for the proper growth economically, politically, etc. The Filipino culture is not a damaged culture. It is far from being damaged Filipino culture held its own body and soul wherever the Filipino might be, in identity and spirituality. In spite of all the incursions by foreign cultures notably Spanish and American. In fact Filipino culture is better characterized as a culture of invulnerability.
Cite the most serious social sin being committed against the following groups. What is/are the effect/s of that sin and what can you possibly do to help eliminate that sin?
|Group||Sin and its effects||I will …|
|1. Youth||Drug and alcohol abuse – frequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy: alcohol overdose, an accident when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or an arrest associated with alcohol or drugs that may cost you your reputation and/or your freedom.||To those that are suffering from alcohol and drug addiction we should help them by helping them through positive self-esteem, a supportive family, and positive role models that help teens gain confidence to make good choices.
|2. Workers||Minimum wage – workers are struggling to get by working 2 or 3 low paying jobs. No one should work full time and yet still live in poverty. Minimum wage still leaves full-time workers more than 16 % below the poverty line.||We should help the workers to increase the minimum wage because With salary adjustment, Filipinos, will have access to better housing, advanced medical services and avail to higher loan options. If people are spending money it means that consumption of goods and services are going up, this action will then be bigger business for entrepreneurs, which will later on lead to job creation to supply that demand.|
|3. Children||Children without Parental care – Children without parental care are at a high risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Large numbers of children end up in institutional care. Inadequate individual care of institutions can socially and emotional impair children||We should the help those children that have no parents because Adoption has given and continues to give parents the opportunity to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives alongside their children, and in turn, provides children with no parents opportunities in life that once thought unachievable.|
|4. Women||Domestic violence – One in three female homicide victims is killed by an intimate partner. Twenty-four percent of adult women have been physically assaulted by a partner at some time in their lives.||We should help those women by educating and working with young boys and girls promoting respectful relationships and gender equality. Working with youth is a “best bet” for faster, sustained progress on preventing and eradicating gender-based violence.|
|5. Family||Divorce – It interrupt the stability and predictability that children need. Children may feel a great loss as well as anxiety, anger, and sadness. Children may fear being abandoned or losing their parents’ love.||We should help our family by making time to connect lovingly with your spouse every day. A couple can significantly improve their chances of marital success by devoting as little as 15 minutes a day exclusively to each other.|
Based on your opinion, cite at least 3 positive and negative elements of the Filipino culture. Explain why you consider them positive or negative
This is the shared sense of identity and consciousness of the ‘other’. It is treating others with the respect and dignity as an equal- not someone below the individual.
Submitting oneself to the will of the group for the sake of camaraderie and unity. Failure to comply with the group demand, the person will be called “walang pakikisama or selfish”.
|2. Hard Work and Industrious
With resourcefulness comes hard work. Filipinos are very determined and persevering in accomplishing whatever they set their minds to.
|2. Jackpot mentality
A “get rich quick” mentality of some Filipinos who would rather engage in fast ways of acquiring money than through hard work and sacrifice by getting in lottery, joining raffle draws and other.
|3. Faith and Religiosity
The Philippines is approximately 85 percent Christian (mostly Roman Catholic). This is a reflection of the Filipinos’ strong faith in God as seen in their various practices.
|3. Crab mentality
A Filipino attitude characterized by an attempt to “pull down” someone who has achieved success beyond the others. This is done out of jealousy and insecurity.