Values are integral part of every culture. With worldview and personality, theygenerate behavior. Being part of a culture that shares a common core set of valuescreates expectations and predictability without which a culture would disintegrate andits member would lose their personal identity and sense of worth. Values tell peoplewhat is good, beneficial important, useful, beautiful, desirable, constructive, etc. Theyanswer the question of why people do what they do. Values help people solvecommon problems for survival. Over time, they become the roots of traditions thatgroups of people find important in their day-to-day lives.Filipino values may be attributed into many influences. These can be from itsancestors or influenced fro its colonizers. Some values are bipolar, meaning it can bepositive or negative.
1. Bayanihan system or spirit of kinship and camaraderie- A Filipino community spirit and cooperation wherein a groupof individuals extends a helping hand without expecting anyremuneration. It is characterized by communal work towardsone goal exemplified in carrying a nipa house or pushing apassenger jeepney.
2. Damayan system- sympathy for people who lost their love ones. In caseof death of a certain member of the community, thewhole community sympathizes with the bereavedfamily. Neighbors, friends, and relatives of thedeceased usually give certain amount of money astheir way of showing sympathy.
3. Familism or close family relations- a Filipino trait of giving highest importance tofamily above other thing. A trait wherein familymembers should be taken care and supportedregardless of whether he/she did somethingwrong, a family member must given attentionand should not be abandoned.
4. Fun-loving trait- a trait found in most Filipinos, a trait thatmakes them unique that even in time ofcalamities and other challenges in life, theyalways have something to be happy about, areason to celebrate.
5. Hospitality- a Filipino trait of being receptive andgenerous to guests.
6. Compassionate- a Filipino trait of being sympathetic to others evenif the person is a stranger. An example of this isgiving alms to beggar. This is observed when wehear Filipinos saying “kawawa naman or nakakaawanaman.
7. Regionalism- a Filipino trait of giving more priority orpreference in giving favors to his provincemate before others.7. Friendly- a trait found in most Filipinos. They aresincere, loyal, kind and sociable person.
9. Flexible or magaling makabagay- the ability of Filipinos to ride on or adjust to thenorms of other group jut to attain smooth andharmonious relationship.Example: OFW
10. Religious- most Filipinos possess strong conformance oftheir religious belief in action and in words.
11. Respect to elders- a Filipino trait of being courteous both inwords and in actions to the people of olderpeople.
12. Remedyo attitude- a Filipino trait of being creative and resourceful. The ability to dothings that are next to impossible. Example in fixing appliances thatlook impossible to repair.13. Matiyaga- Filipinos re known for their tenacity and strong determination inevery undertaking.14. Utang na loob- a feeling of obligation to repay someone who extended assistanceto another which may take place in undetermined time and inwhatever way.
1. Bahala na atitude- a Filipino trait characterized by retreating or withdrawal fromcertain undertaking and leaving everything to God to interfereand determine the outcome of his deeds.2. Colonial complex or blue-seal mentality- a Filipino value of showing high admiration and preference toforeign produced goods over local ones.3. Crab mentality- a Filipino attitude characterized by an attempt to “pull down”someone who has achieved success beyond the others. This Idone out of jealousy and insecurity.
4. Euphemism- a Filipino way of substituting a word or phrase that is thoughtto be offensive or harsh with a mild and acceptable one inorder to not offend or hurt another person.5.Filipino time- in reality, it means “always late”, a Filipino attitude ofimpreciseness towards time.6. Gaya-gaya attitude- a Filipino attitude of imitating or copying other culturespecifically in mode of dressing, language, fashion or evenhaircut.
7. Jackpot mentality- a “get rich quick” mentality of some Filipinos who would ratherengage in fast ways of acquiring money than through hardwork andsacrifice by getting in lottery, joining raffle draws and other.8. Kapalaran values- a Filipino trait of accepting his fate by believing that everything iswritten in his palm. Such traits contributes to lack initiative andperseverance among Filipinos.9. Mañana habit- delaying or setting aside a certain task assigned on the next dayalthough it can be done today.
10. Ningas-cogon- being enthusiastic only during the start of new undertakingbut ends dismally in accomplishing nothing. A commonpractice observed in some politicians who are visible onlyduring the start of certain endeavor.11. Oversensitive- Filipinos have the tendency to be irritated easily or hurtupon hearing some criticisms or comment.12. Lack of sportmanship- not accepting defeat in competitions but rather putting theblame either to their opponents or to the sport officials.
13. Pakikisama- submitting oneself to the will of the group for the sakeof camaraderie and unity. Failure to comply with thegroup demand, the person will be called “walangpakikisama or selfish”. The adherence to group demandshave taught our young to engage in bad habits likesmoking, alcoholism and even drug addiction.14. Tsamba lang attitude- simplicity by declaring that his/her accomplishmentsare results of luck and not from perseverance and ability.