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. Filipinos use a lot of non verbal communication.
While some body language can have some a universal meaning, such as with respect to smiling, crying, or showing anger, sorrow, or disgust. Things like the smile can be misinterpreted.
- Asian cultures including the Philippines often suppress facial expressions and look down on each other when there faces espress thier feelings.
- 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 of others.
- Western cultures — see direct eye to eye contact as positive ( we 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 be used to hide embarrassment, aggravation on disagreement. So its easy to misinterpret a smile.
Nonverbal signs of aggrement 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 wants to marry 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 as this can cause family conflict.