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  1. 1. A Portrait of a Filipino (Filipino Psychology) Polytechnic University of the Philippines Graduate School September 18, 2013 BATALLA, JOSHUA J. Master in Psychology Industrial/Organizational Psychology Hopefully this 2016
  2. 2. A Portrait of a Filipino is a descriptive analysis on the biological, psychological and socio-cultural components that makes a Filipino a Filipino.
  3. 3. HEART PSYCHOLOGICAL INFLUENCE: -Resiliency -Faith in God -Courageous -Patriotism -Hero Archetype MIND BIOLOGICAL INFLUENCE: -Brown Complexion -Short in Stature(average 5’3” in Height) -Hair Mostly Black - Brown Eyes -A mixture of different Races OUR RACE A FILIPINO SOUL SOCIO-CULTURAL INFLUENCE: -Family Oriented -Non-Dualistic -Bayanihan -Hospitable -Collectivism BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH – An integrated approach that incorporates biological, psychological and social-cultural level of analysis, this integrated viewpoint incorporates various level of analysis and offers a more complete picture of any given behavior or mental process.
  4. 4. What's a Filipino? Never has a question so simple spawned answers so many and complicated. Is being a Filipino merely citizenship as determined by the Constitution? Is it love of country? A state of mind? Or is it by parentage or by race alone? So what's a Filipino? A Filipino cannot be defined by one component alone, so as to make a complete description of who we are as a Filipino. We would look at the Mind, Heart and Soul of a Filipino.
  5. 5. The Mind of a Filipino – Sa Isip , Biological WHY I AM PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO by Unknown Roses are red FILIPINOS are brown! That’s my race So don’t put it down! My FILIPINO pride I will not hide My FILIPINO race I will not disgrace! My FILIPINO blood flows hot & true My FILIPINO people I will stand by you Through thick & thin Until the day we die Our PHILIPPINES flag Always stands high I yell this poem Louder than all the rest Because everyone knows FILIPINOS ARE THE BEST FILIPINO BLOOD is my kind So step aside and let me through Cause it’s all about the FILIPINO crew Life sucks and then you die but if you’re FILIPINO You die with some damn pride !! June 12, 2013. Good News Filipinas. Retrieved from http://goodnewspilipinas.com/2013/06/12/why-i-am-proudto-be-a-filipino/ The Filipino people are natives to the island of the Philippines, there are about 104 million Filipinos living in the Philippines. There are around 108 languages spoken in the Philippines. Filipino and English being predominant. Most Filipinos are bilingual and trilingual. Most Filipinos refer to themselves colloquialy as ―Pinoy‖ (feminine: ―Pinay‖). Before colonization we come from a group of Malayo-Polynesian speaking people including those from Indonesia, Malaysia, malagsy the non-hanchinese Taiwanese Aboroginals. Also adding to our list is our own ―ITAs‖ or native of the Philippines. With them we’ve got our Asian blood,which is mostly brown in complexion, short in stature and brown eyes.
  6. 6. In later years we have been colonized by three more Countries, Namely Spain, which colonized us for more than 400 years, Japan and the Americans. Physical Characteristics of a FIlipino Eyes: Most have almond shaped eyes, not really slanted. Some have double eyelids, others have single eyelids. Chinese and Japanese have single eyelids. Most of us have dark irises: the darkest shade of brown; almost black. Though there are some who have medium brown eyes or light brown. With the facial features, most of the people from Baguio - Ifugao area have slanted eyes and rounded faces. Sometimes, I think they look like Chinese. There's a place in Rizal province, around Cainta... the people there look like Indians -- aquiline nose, brown skin, round, deep set eyes, but they speak Tagalog like native Tagalogs, Indians intermarried with Filipinos. Face : Most of the people I see here have oval shaped faces. It depends on the person as well, expect chubby people to have more rounded faces. Though there are some who have prominent jaws... their faces appear to be square. Some have angular faces -- pointy chin and high or prominent cheek bones. Complexion: it varies, people of Chinese or Spanish descent are usually fairer. Some older people from Cavite City Area look like mestizas , they have got fairer skin compared to others and they have freckles or maybe age spots. They speak a Spanish-like dialect called Chavacano. Though it still varies cos some people get a fake tan. Basically our complexion ranges from fair, olive, light tan to dark brown. Most fall under "olive to brown skin". Nose: it varies as well, Filipinos of Spanish descent usually have aquiline noses. Most have low bridged noses (mmm not really literally flat). Chinese girls have somewhat "small" noses, even at the tip -- a dainty feature. Most of the Filipinos' noses have somewhat a rounded "tip", which make them appear bigger. Hair : Usually black, some have brown-black hair. Some have pin straight hair, most have wavy hair, others have curly hair. But since hair rebonding is available, people can avail of getting a straight hair... there was a time in year 2003-2007 I think... Long black straight hair for women became a national obsession! Until now it applies to some.
  7. 7. The Heart of a Filipino – saSalita , Psychological I AM A FILIPINO by Melvin Banggollay I am a Filipino, in blood and spirit born from immortal seeds of heroes Whose heart were willing to commit their lives to fight any kind of foes even those that has the power to spit the nation of my birth with volcanoes of fire and balls of cannon that can split thy land unto tiny dusts to unseen echoes. I am a Filipino, proud of my humble roots of a gentle loving and valiant Malayan spirit land been conquered but never surrendered the culture of its birth and ancestor’s merit of great love for country that can’t be toppled even by nation with powers that can delete this land out of the face of this great world as all thy children vow to die with all valor to defend the pride and honor of the Filipinos. Bangollay, Melvin June 12, 2013 Good News Filipinas. Retrieved from http://goodnewspilipinas.com/2013/06/12/why-i-am-proud-to-be-a-filipino/ Filipinos are known for being hospitable, but it’s not only the positive trait that Filipinos possess. Having been colonized by various countries, the Philippine culture, in effect, is mixed with Asian and Western influences. Thus, the Philippine culture is diverse and can be reflected in the our traits. Hard-working Filipinos over the years have proven time and time again that they are a people with an industrious attitude. Sadly, this is seen by others as Filipinos being only useful as domestic helpers, working abroad to help their families in the country. This is also present in the country’s workforce particularly the farmers. Even with little support, technological weaknesses and the country’s seasonal typhoons, the Filipino farmer still strives to earn their daily meal. Even though the government provides small support to the country’s workers, many people choose to engage in micro businesses—the so-called sari-sari stores and tiangge, the Filipino version of local markets and ukay-ukay, or second-hand stores. Some would also pursue engaging in transportation with jeepneys, tricycles and such to offer lowcost transportation to the ever mobile masses. Though these are some examples on how Filipinos get by with everyday living, these work opportunities offer only minimum pay but Filipinos still pursue them in hopes of giving their children a decent life and proper education so they could elevate themselves to a higher standard of living.
  8. 8. Strong family ties In the country the people put family ties and relations as one of their top priorities. Filipinos would do all they could to provide and sustain their respective families. This is present in Filipino festivals where they invite the whole family and in Sundays where they would make time to use it to spend the whole day for their families. You will find that it is common in the country to include the extended members not just the normal nuclear family. It is not unusual that in a single household it would reach up to ten members of a family living under the same roof. They value each other’s company, and everyone strives to provide for the whole and not just for them. Even grandparents still have an active role in the family. It is now the norm in the society that both parents are out working, leaving the care of their children to the lolos and lolas, especially if the family cannot afford to hire a nanny. Grandparents therefore become responsible for instilling into their grandchildren the values and morals they taught to their own children, further increasing the importance of the elderly in our society. Honesty Being a hard-working people, the Filipinos are also honest. In general, they would prefer to work hard for an honest day’s pay than to find an easier way like stealing or cheating. As in the case of overseas Filipino workers or OFWs, they are mostly domestic helpers and though given a job which requires a lot of trust from the employer as they are left alone with their belongings or children, it is rare that Filipinos would do anything to betray or lose the trust that is given to them. We see so many Filipinos working in the homes of other families precisely because they can be trusted. But even in our own country, Filipinos have displayed honesty in various forms, may it be from a taxi driver returning a dropped phone or wallet. Filipinos would choose to do the right thing, though sometimes this is not necessarily true. Religious The Philippines is one the most religious countries in world, particularly in Catholicism and Islam. Families would encourage and strengthen the values of their children and would at least have one day a week for worship and at the same time strengthening family ties. Religion is the foundation of most of the country’s morals and values and sometimes, the church greatly affects the minds and opinions of the general populace, affecting its decisions. Sadly, this also applies to the government as they are troubled by whatever the Church’s stand is in every matter, as people see their opinion to be the ―right‖ one. Thus, many of our politicians go with whatever the Church says, fearing that they would lose vote if they go against it. 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 have shown the world that by working together as a nation, we have what it takes to recover from a bad situation. This is something that all of us should be proud of, no matter where in the world we are. With all of these good traits (and more!), one would really be proud to say, ―I am a Filipino.‖ Filipinos have shown the world that by working together, we have what it takes to recover from a bad situation—and this is a trait that we should all be proud of.
  9. 9. The Soul of a Filipino – saGawa, Socio-cultural I AM A FILIPINO by Antonio Liao Malay is my race, build like a warrior whose body and shape ripen my strength to any battle to protect the native land live in a simple and fashionable style amongst neighbor in Asia, respected and love by the people who share the common vision of what is Life thou blood shattered in every canon and sword, the flesh conquer the journey to live in the shield of independent nation of the South East countries our home has always allure other to walk and find life, a Paradise to live, abundantly the sweat and sweet mixed with passion makes the land a great home to live on brave as we are honest and peace loving as we do, yet the greatness of our smile makes the world goes round I am proud to be a FILIPINO Liao Antonio, June 12, 2013Good News Filipinas. Retrieved from http://goodnewspilipinas.com/2013/06/12/why-i-am-proud-to-be-a-filipino/ Close family ties – To a Filipino, family comes first & family is everything. He lives with it and depends on it. His dreams, aspirations and life are always centred on his family. This family solidarity keeps a Filipino to be positive amidst everything. He works hard to ensure a better life for the family. Family is evidently highly valued in the Philippines, thus, the government also strengthens Filipino family and in great support to ensure work-family balance. “Utangnaloob” or debt of gratitude – Filipinos always recognize one’s indebtedness. This means that he owed to a person who has helped him through the trials he had undergone. He repays that person in whatever kind, whatever time and situation. It is one way of showing deep appreciation for lending out a hand. Hiya – It is a Filipino value that is difficult to translate. Literally it has several meanings such as shy, timid, sensitive rather than ashamed. Filipinos believe they must live up to the accepted
  10. 10. standards of behaviour and make it a point not to cause another person’s embarrassment. Each is anticipated to have hiya in the way they behave to win respect from the community. This is a value that gives a Filipino a sense of social decency and politeness. Pakikisama – There is no exact English translation for this word. It means getting along with others to preserve a harmonious relationship. It invites the Filipinos to do good and to be a nice companion. The value of pakikisama results in camaraderie and a feeling of closeness to one another. Pakikisama is also sharing one’s wealth, talent, time and self with fellow human beings and working together for a common good. This value bridges the gap between cultures. Respect to Others - Filipinos regard others with dignity and respect This is being observed in a basic sense of justice, fairness and concern for others fellowmen, nature or animals. The above values are the root of many other values. Close family ties makes a Filipino a hardworking and industrious person. A Filipino will do anything for his family that also makes him optimistic, flexible, adaptable, and creative. Hiya, pakikisama, utangnaloob & respect to others make a Filipino an individual with unique moral obligation to treat one another resulting to community ties. These values make Filipinos friendly, hospitable, polite & loyal. In brief, the Filipino core values influence how they behave in any situation. The Philippines is recognized in having “collectivist” culture indicated by close family ties and community ties in society. Filipino values are centred at preserving social harmony, motivated mainly by the desire to be accepted within a group. This makes a Filipino a reliable person that can easily integrate and work with anyone, anytime, anyhow & anywhere. I am a Filipino by Carlos Romulo I am a Filipino, I am a Filipino - inheritor of a glorious past, hostage to the uncertain future. As such I must prove equal to a two-fold task- the task of meeting my responsibility to the past, and the task of performing my obligation to the future. I sprung from a hardy race - child of many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers. Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me: of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout. Over the sea I see them come, borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind, carried upon the mighty swell of hope- hope in the free abundance of new land that was to be their home and their children's forever. This is the land they sought and found. Every inch of shore that their eyes first set upon, every hill and mountain that beckoned to them with a green and purple invitation, every mile of rolling plain that their view encompassed, every river and lake that promise a plentiful living and the fruitfulness of commerce, is a hollowed spot to me.
  11. 11. By the strength of their hearts and hands, by every right of law, human and divine, this land and all the appurtenances thereof - the black and fertile soil, the seas and lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the forests with their inexhaustible wealth in wild life and timber, the mountains with their bowels swollen with minerals - the whole of this rich and happy land has been, for centuries without number, the land of my fathers. This land I received in trust from them and in trust will pass it to my children, and so on until the world no more. I am a Filipino. In my blood runs the immortal seed of heroes - seed that flowered down the centuries in deeds of courage and defiance. In my veins yet pulses the same hot blood that sent Lapulapu to battle against the alien foe that drove Diego Silang and Dagohoy into rebellion against the foreign oppressor. That seed is immortal. It is the self-same seed that flowered in the heart of Jose Rizal that morning in Bagumbayan when a volley of shots put an end to all that was mortal of him and made his spirit deathless forever; the same that flowered in the hearts of Bonifacio in Balintawak, of Gergorio del Pilar at Tirad Pass, of Antonio Luna at Calumpit; that bloomed in flowers of frustration in the sad heart of Emilio Aguinaldo at Palanan, and yet burst fourth royally again in the proud heart of Manuel L. Quezon when he stood at last on the threshold of ancient Malacañang Palace, in the symbolic act of possession and racial vindication. The seed I bear within me is an immortal seed. It is the mark of my manhood, the symbol of dignity as a human being. Like the seeds that were once buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen many thousand years ago, it shall grow and flower and bear fruit again. It is the insigne of my race, and my generation is but a stage in the unending search of my people for freedom and happiness. I am a Filipino, child of the marriage of the East and the West. The East, with its languor and mysticism, its passivity and endurance, was my mother, and my sire was the West that came thundering across the seas with the Cross and Sword and the Machine. I am of the East, an eager participant in its struggles for liberation from the imperialist yoke. But I also know that the East must awake from its centuried sleep, shape of the lethargy that has bound his limbs, and start moving where destiny awaits. For, I, too, am of the West, and the vigorous peoples of the West have destroyed forever the peace and quiet that once were ours. I can no longer live, being apart from those world now trembles to the roar of bomb and cannon shot. For no man and no nation is an island, but a part of the main, there is no longer any East and West - only individuals and nations making those momentous choices that are hinges upon which history resolves. At the vanguard of progress in this part of the world I stand - a forlorn figure in the eyes of some, but not one defeated and lost. For through the thick, interlacing branches of habit and custom above me I have seen the light of the sun, and I know that it is good. I have seen the light of justice and equality and freedom and my heart has been lifted by the vision of democracy, and I shall not rest until my land and my people shall have been blessed by these, beyond the power of any man or nation to subvert or destroy. I am a Filipino, and this is my inheritance. What pledge shall I give that I may prove worthy of my inheritance? I shall give the pledge that has come ringing down the corridors of the centuries, and it
  12. 12. shall be compounded of the joyous cries of my Malayan forebears when they first saw the contours of this land loom before their eyes, of the battle cries that have resounded in every field of combat from Mactan to Tirad pass, of the voices of my people when they sing: Land of the Morning,Child of the sun returning...Ne'er shall invadersTrample thy sacred shore. Out of the lush green of these seven thousand isles, out of the heartstrings of sixteen million people all vibrating to one song, I shall weave the mighty fabric of my pledge. Out of the songs of the farmers at sunrise when they go to labor in the fields; out of the sweat of the hard-bitten pioneers in Mal-ig and Koronadal; out of the silent endurance of stevedores at the piers and the ominous grumbling of peasants Pampanga; out of the first cries of babies newly born and the lullabies that mothers sing; out of the crashing of gears and the whine of turbines in the factories; out of the crunch of ploughs upturning the earth; out of the limitless patience of teachers in the classrooms and doctors in the clinics; out of the tramp of soldiers marching, I shall make the pattern of my pledge: "I am a Filipino born of freedom and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance - for myself and my children's children - forever. Carlos Romulo.