Cultural Heritage Paper

HUB 500
Cross Cultural Dynamics of Behavior
September 1, 2013

The Filipino culture has always been an amazing thing to me, especially with all

the information I have never even knew about myself. The first people to ever enter the

United States were both my Grandmother and Grandfather. They have come along way

back in the day, and the day they finally got to start their new life in the United States

was a great blessing. As they came to the Philippines, they tried to get as many of my

aunts and uncles into their as quick as they can, but unfortunately only just a few were

able to. And one of those few was my father. Growing up, I was left there for about two

years until my father came to come get me, along with my mother. But from then on after

I was four years old and changing to a different environment and different language was

a pretty challenging task for myself even though I don’t remember much. Identifying

myself as well as my family, I would consider myself as an Ilocono and as I grew up I

definitely came to know about it more because I would speak my language so fluently

although I wasn’t able to learn the main language which was Tagalog. My family entered

the United States as immigrants back then but later below, I will explain the significance

of the race, skin color and hair play within my group. One of the most dominant religions

in the Philippines would have to be Catholicism but they do have other religions. My

expectations when I was little was becoming a basketball player because growing up, I

would always watched basketball but then realized I was too short and didn’t have the

determination to become an NBA player.

In most Asian countries as well as the Philippines is that individuals seem to have

an awfully hard time saying “no” all because they have a tendency to try and avoid

hurting another person’s feelings. Basically saying “no” to a person, can be considered by

others as not being so friendly or even disrespectful. Filipino’s would rather agree and

say ‘yes’, even though they really mean to say ‘no.’ Many Filipino’s are dialogue

oriented but in some cases it somewhat resembles and has a relation to Spanish. As a sign

of respect, they usually do simple things that people tend to find a little strange but they

usually address people by their title. After awhile from time to time, as well as a

relationship being established, they address business associates by their nickname or title.

Knowing the Filipino culture, there are also ways that they communicate. For an

example they might have made a gesture, which means something. A smile can easily be

understood as an agreement or conformation in a discussion that may have recently

occurred. This same exact smiling gesture can also be used to hide an embarrassing

disagreement, as well as an aggravation. An eyebrow that is raised and a jerking of the

head upward is a nonverbal sign of affirmation. A person could also point their head

downward is a gesture for saying ‘no.’ Another example could also be when an

individual says ‘yes’ including the pointing of their head down can be legitimately certain

that they have a negative agreement with what you have been recently discussing about.

While in most of the cultures, it is similar and mutual for both women and men to

shake hands with each other when they are introduced for the first time as well as being

able to greet each other. With that being said, Filipino’s are the opposite. For the Filipino

culture, any kind of touching is a low for most. When men touch women, that is the case.

All across the Philippines there are many dialects, but one interesting thing is that

the country is split into different regions. These regions are called Luzon, Visayas and

Mindanao. In the Philippines, the Gender roles are mostly found in dating, marriage,

school systems, and especially the many families of Filipino’s. Their sex is assumed

when they are born according to Filipino’s. The most respect goes to all males for the

most part all for the matter that females look