The question “who is the Filipino? ” is always bear on our mind of who is the real Filipino are. From the tome when we were born until now, it was remarkable for us that the Filipino have the characteristic of being kayumangi (morena) black hair, pandak at pango. This description described as being a Filipino by blood. On the other hand Filipino is a person or linked to the Philippines Island. Nowadays, were in the in the 21st century perhaps we consider this time as the year of modernization that brought about lot of changes in one’s life.
One change that provide evident to this, is the changes way of life among the individual and especially mentioned among to the Filipinos. And as the present of technology the way of life of people are getting shallow by the changes and this changes affect the culture of one nation. Is the Filipino Culture Damaged? For me, The Filipino culture is damaged.
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According to most anthropologists, we take in as many foreign cultures as we can and give it a Filipino twist and then claim it as our own. That is true but in that process of accumulation, we start to mutate our own culture.
We mutate our culture by taking in so much foreign influence that we eradicate what is Filipino, our tradition and culture. During the pre-Hispanic and the post-Hispanic era, most of the Filipinos knew nothing of divorce or annulment, but ever since the American occupation Filipinos have taken a different view on the concerns of marriage. Marriage for most people has become a means for satisfying one’s need for the other without taking in consideration the responsibilities that comes with it. Marital conflicts that were usually resolved within the family were taken to a higher level, to the courts of law.
Now, each other’s attorneys do the Filipino tradition of intimate conversations between husband and wife to iron things out. Although there is little advocating done for the passage of the divorce bill in congress, the mere presence of such minority means that there is clamoring for it. We’ve seen it on tele-novelas, Oprah, daytime soaps, and primetime teeney bopper shows like Popular. Too much can really affect our thinking that it’s more practical than it is not practicable. Practical because it can solve our bed-sharing and money-sharing and whatever-sharing problems in a snap.
What we forget is that it is not practicable because our dominant faith is against it and that even before marriage, the only thing that a couple shared was love for one another, not some squeaky bed. Based on my observation, the Filipino culture is damaged but not hopeless because the Filipino person is not yet extinct. So, I think all we have to do is to strengthen that which is the positive side of our culture and repeat that which is good in the children and their children’s children and so on and so forth.
Another culture that change is by saying “Po at opo” and “pagmano”which we prefer to say to our older ones its either the grandmother, parents brothers and sister. And take a look into our reality this particular scene changes into how we socialize to the foreigner. Before we use to “mano po” using the hand but now we use to kiss our parents on their cheeks. So, this one reason that the culture of the Philippines is damaged because the influence of the foreigner that lead to the changes of culture instead we just as Filipino we adopt the other culture than to our own culture.
For example by just eating food of the other country, by dress up such as wearing those shirt that come from outside the country but the truth some of the jeans that we use are originally made from the Philippines it only differ or it changes by name or “tatak”. I think, there is a Philippine nation but we can’t deny that the other country over powering our nation and some Filipinos, they adopt the culture of other country because they think that if they know some certain things about other country it’s cool or in trend, but they don’t know that because of admiring other country bit by bit you’ll gradually forget about your own Nation.
A very good example in that situation is by giving more importance to other language than your own mother tongue. The survival of our many mother languages shows their vigor and tenacity and our resilience as separate ethno-linguistic-cultural communities through many years of Spanish and American colonialism, and the much shorter Japanese occupation. For this our fragmented geography has been a major factor. On the other hand, many Filipinos learned English under American influence.
This is a unifying element in Filipino nation-building and a distinct advantage in a globalizing world. But English is also a divisive and alienating force for Filipinos who mainly speak it, and those who don’t speak it and prefer their mother tongue, or our national language. Like it or not, the legal imposition and learning of Filipino as the “evolving” national language and an official language based on Tagalog is unifying the nation.
After all Filipino is an indigenous or native lingua franca propagated by the schools and the mass media, official usage, and domestic travel. In 1988, as President of the University of the Philippines, I initiated the policy on the development and use of Filipino as a language of undergraduate instruction in the University at par with English, and encouraged as well the development and use of other Filipino languages.
However, it should also be admitted that the widening use of Filipino is weakening and even killing our other Filipino languages, undermining our multicultural and linguistic heritage as a nation. Thus the urgency and importance of the nascent Mother Language Education (MLE) initiative that will teach our children their Mother Tongue as their bridge in learning science, mathematics, Filipino, and English. We should realize that we are a fast-growing, developing nation and aspiring democracy.
With our population of 94 million, the Philippines is now the world’s 12th most populous nation, although in land area our homeland is among the smallest (in 71st place). With some 10 million Filipinos abroad as permanent residents or transient workers, we are truly a Global Filipino Nation, far more multi-lingual and multi-cultural than ever before. (Jose V. Abueve, 2011) Democracy is define in political science as a form of government that is “for the people, and of the people “wherein the “people rules”.
However, there is no such completely form of government anywhere you could find in the world; democracy is often only a part of a privileges in either republic system of government or parliamentary form of government, and even on a monarchy because every form or systems of government today in the world seeks the welfare of their own constituents and there is no form of government that exist today that only seeks the welfare of the ruling government officials only treat their people as mere slaves(except only to those who are really corrupting the funds);though their form of government is republic or parliamentary.
However, Democracy in the Philippines is a paradox. It was the first country in the region to bring down authoritarian rule. Signs of a vibrant democracy are extensive: high voter turnout, civic engagement, institutional arrangements that theoretically promote accountability and safeguard rights and liberties. Yet the flaws in the democratic process are also extensive: elite dominance, institutional weakness, and widespread abuse of public office, which suggest true representation is largely illusory.
Concerns about the quality of democracy have become central to political discourse in the Philippines, as seen in debates about constitutional reform and the hopes associated with the election of reform candidate Benigno Aquino III as president in 2010. This analysis examines how oligarchic structures and dysfunctional institutions threaten the emergence of true democracy in the Philippines. Bjorn Dressel, 2012) Since the Philippines is now witnessing a world full of turbulence and incertitude, trudging on a road leading almost to hopelessness (and quite possibly another world war), it is high time that we Filipinos should wake up and face the facts, and to discern the real cause behind all this farce and evil. We Filipinos were stripped of our national identity upon the arrival here of our so-called liberators: the North Americans, particularly the Thomasites.
From that time on, the Republic of the Philippines (the Anglicized translation of La Republica de Filipinas) has never been the same again. Everything that is Filipino was literally mangled, especially during the 1945 massacre of Manila courtesy of the Yankee soldiers (see WARSAW OF ASIA: THE RAPE OF MANILA by Jose M? Bonifacio Escoda). Therefore, before anything of the same tragedy happens again, we better arm ourselves with the powers of historical research and delve into the truth amidst all the lies taught to us by some “idiotcators. Remember that the past is our gateway to the future. Filipino cultural values are widely-held beliefs which make some activities, relationships, goals and feelings important to the Filipino people’s identity. This is one figuring out of the Filipino identity that some Filipino are prefer foreign culture more than our culture. And this is one important because as of now the important to us is the culture of the other country that mainly we adopt also.
It because of the influence of the foreigner and also the reason of modernization that we go on the flow and we forget where we came from. From now on, one way possible solution to transform the situation in our country is in the hand by among Filipinos. First there is no exact meaning that there is Philippine nation because whatever we said and whatever we do to our nation such as wearing barong Tagalog and singing the national anthem still culture is one of the most important aspect in one nation. I believe the true meaning and true identity of one nation is by their culture.
It is the matter how the Filipino preserves our culture from the time of Rizal down to the present generation. But culture come first from the family were one of the smallest unit governing, thru in the house thus each of the family has own culture and belief. A culture cannot fade, ones the person knows how to preserve it does not change whatever might happen. Aside from that is the leader of the county must know how to manage and preserve the culture of our ancestor. Love and respect that need in our nation in able to go in a better nation.