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Philippine culture women When we look at the religious associations
of the Asian nations, the Philippines is the only nation with a large Roman
Catholic population. The balance of religious affiliations in the Philippines
is Aligpayan, Protestant and Muslim. The dominating religion of Catholicism
in the Philippines
- Facial Expressions
While some say that facial expressions are identical, meaning attached
to them differs. Majority opinion is that these do have similar
meanings world-wide with respect to smiling, crying, or showing anger,
sorrow, or disgust. However, the intensity varies from culture
to culture. Note the following:
- Many Asian cultures including the Philippines suppress
facial expression as much as possible.
- Many asian cultures look down on americans if they can
see your emotions.
- Some see “animated” expressions as a sign of a lack of control.
- Too much smiling is viewed in as a sign of shallowness.
- Women smile more than men.
- Eye Contact and Gaze
In USA, eye contact indicates: degree of attention or interest, influences
attitude change or persuasion, regulates interaction, communicates emotion,
defines power and status, and has a central role in managing impressions
- Western cultures — see direct eye to eye contact as positive
(advise children to look a person in the eyes).
- Japan, Philippines Africa, Latin American, Caribbean
— avoid eye contact to show respect.
- Asian cultures (Filipino, Malay, Indonesian, Thai,
Indian) stress frequent bathing — and often criticize USA of not
bathing often enough
In the Filipino culture a pervasive smile can easily be interpreted
as agreement or affirmation in what has just been discussed. That same smile
can easily be used to hide embarrassment, aggravation on disagreement.
& Marriage Today, couples usually make the decision as to whom
they wish to marry. Since family is important in the Philippines,
the family itself is involved in the dating and marriage procedure. Specific
dating and marriage customs vary depending on where the couple lives. In
the city, a couple may go out for dinner and dancing.
Nonverbal signs of affirmation include the raising
of an eyebrow and the jerking of the head upward. A common sign for “no”
include the jerk of the head down. For example, if an individual says “yes”
while pointing their head downward you can be fairly certain that they feel
negatively about what you have been discussing
When a man decides that he wishes to wed a woman, his parents visit her house
and present a gift. Gifts can be as extravagant as offering to build a home
or paying for a college education. In some rural areas, the bride’s family
may offer a large dowry to the groom. In turn, the groom’s family is responsible
for the wedding costs including gifts and wedding apparel. Padrinos &
Madrinas Family ties and kinship are an important component to the Philippine
family. Godfathers (padrinos) and godmothers (madrinas) are always present
at the marriage ceremony. The marriage and ceremony celebrations are typically
performed at the local Catholic Church. A family’s participation in the
event is important. Therefore, it is rare that a couple makes the decision
to elope or join
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