15 Filipino Traits that Make the Philippines Fun to Visit
The Philippines is a site of natural wonders and eye-catching scenery. The archipelago is not without verdant hills and mountains, lush forestry, exotic animals, and rolling waves. More importantly, the Filipinos make the Philippines fun to visit, thanks to their unique traits and laudable talents and crafts.
What tourist could even forget the jeepney, the only vehicle of its kind in the world? Or the Filipinos’ habit of kissing the hands of their elders and adding the words “po” and “opo” to their sentences, a language feature that is not evident in other cultures? Truly, the Philippines is also a melting pot of various traditions cultivated within centuries of colonial rule and shaped by indigenous practices handed down from generation to generation.
For tourists, it is a marvel to see the unique traits of Filipinos. These characteristics give them their own identity and eventually attract tourists to visit the country more often. These unique traits are the following:
Filipinos are known for being hospitable, especially to tourists and wanderers who do not have a place to stay. In some tourist spots such as Baguio City, locals even offer the comforts of their own homes for tourists who need a place to stay for a night or two.
Despite being a path for typhoons, Filipinos remain positive about their situation. Whatever problems come their way, they always greet visitors with a smile on their faces and say “It’s okay”.
Filipinos are talented and highly creative. They can fashion instruments out of kitchen utensils, and could solve problems at a snap of a finger, thanks to their resourcefulness.
4. Respect for elders
They have a habit of kissing the hands of elders, an act that means they are asking for their elder’s blessing. (They call it – “Mano”)
5. Strong family ties
Only in the Philippines will you see families that bond together like no other. In a typical household, you’ll see extended families like the grandparents and the couple’s siblings, all co-existing harmoniously with the nuclear family.
6. Collective pride
Filipinos are mighty proud of their cultural heritage and are doubly proud when they hear of Filipinos making it big in other countries. For them, there is no “half-Filipino”. A person born with Filipino blood, no matter how small the percentage is, is regarded with respect and pride.
7. Strong work ethic
Filipinos are also committed individuals, especially in the workforce. Tourists admire Filipino valets and bellboys who always extend a helping hand to them, despite calling on their service in the wee hours. There is no snobbish attitude among the Filipinos.
Once berated by national hero Jose Rizal for following after the colonizers’ siesta rule and indolence, the typical Filipino is hard working and has no qualms about working beyond their schedule.
Filipinos are generally liked by tourists because they do not choose whom to help. When someone needs assistance, they readily come to their aid.
Filipinos are known for saying “thank you” whenever they are helped in return. Locals also give presents to tourists to thank them for taking time to visit their region.
Have you heard of the Honesty store in Batanes, where no one guards the store, thus letting residents and tourists purchase goods and pay whatever amount they want? How about the cab drivers who return wallets and other belongings to their passengers? These show how honest Filipinos can be, and this is also the reason why tourists trust them completely.
image source: fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net
Aside from saying “po” and “opo”, Filipinos are known worldwide to be very polite. They make sure that they give their visitors a warm welcome.
The Filipino spirit is marked with courage, especially in times of distress and other problems.
Also referred to as the “Bayanihan”, Filipinos help one another when their fellowmen need them.
The Philippines is predominantly a Catholic country, and wherever the Filipinos go, they always make it a point to honor God Almighty. Tourists can attest to the many churches, old and new, erected in the country.