The Filipinos have long been known for their hospitality, for being friendly especially to foreigners, and for being genuinely happy people. What most people don’t know is that there are extra-ordinary traits that only Filipinos have, and in today’s article, we will be sharing that with you!
“Po” and “Opo”
You’ll definitely notice that when Filipinos talk to someone who is older than them, they always use the words “po” and “opo”. This words denote respect and acts as an acknowledgement that the person is older than you, therefore, you should give them the respect that is due to them. Using “po” and “opo” starts at home when children talk to their parents or to the people older than them; this is even taught in schools as early as Kindergarten! This only proves that Filipinos value their elderly and wants to give them the respect that is due to them.
“Mano po” Policy
You’ll know someone is a Filipino even from afar when you see them take the hands of someone older than them and bow down to do one thing that has been a part of Filipino culture: “mano”. Aside from saying “po” and “opo”, this is one of the things Filipinos do to acknowledge that the person is older than them and that they must give them the respect that is due to them.
Christmas in the Philippines is celebrated for, not one, not two, not three, but four months! When the calendar show ‘September’, you’ll already start seeing Christmas decorations everywhere, Christmas songs will already be playing on radios and at the malls, and most people will already start setting up their Christmas trees at home! The Philippines is one of the nations which celebrates Christmas Season the longest which is why many foreigners love to spend Christmas here!
“Ate”, “Kuya”, “Manong”, Manang”
These are just some of the titles Filipinos give to their elderly. Unlike most nations who only have a title for their parents, grandparents, and uncles or aunties, Filipino people give title to almost every person that is older than them. Here is a short summary of these titles:
Used to acknowledge your elderly sister, or a girl who is older than you.
Used to acknowledge your elderly brother, or a boy who is older than you.
Used to acknowledge an elderly person who is not your grandfather.
Used to acknowledge an elderly person who is not your grandmother.
The equivalent of ‘auntie’ in the Philippines; also used to acknowledge an elderly person who is not your godmother.
The equivalent of ‘uncle’ in the Philippines; also used to acknowledge an elderly person who is not your godfather.
The equivalent of ‘godfather’ in the Philippines.
The equivalent of ‘godmother’ in the Philippines.
These extra-ordinary traits are our identity; these are what makes us Filipino people stand out from other nations. It is a part of our culture, therefore we must nourish it and let it flourish!