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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
- 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
- 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
- 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 of others.
- 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
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
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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