* FAMILY ORIENTED - Close familial ties are upheld to the highest extent.  It is not unusual to see a household in the Philippines that includes not only the core family which includes the couple and children, but their parents and brother or sister who are still single.  Sometimes in one household it has two or three interrelated families. This is not because they cannot afford financially to have their own place all the time but rather their relationship is so close that it is unimaginable for them to leave far from their core group.
While this might be shocking to some foreign countries, the closeness of Filipino family made them very special in a way that they protect one another.

* RESPECTFUL - You will be condemned by the society if you put your grandparents or parents in a home for the aged.  Regardless of how poor your family is, it is not only your obligation or responsibility to take care of your elders but your solemn vow to give them utmost respect and love.  People with authority are always treated with respect. Government officials, politicians, private people occupying high positions in a corporation, lawyers, doctors and the police are always addressed with “sir” or “ma’am”.

* GOD FEARING PEOPLE - Filipinos are God fearing.  Regardless of whether he is a Catholic, Born-Again or of different denomination, Iglesia ni Cristo, Muslim or other religious affiliation almost 100% of the Filipinos believe in God. They believe in karma. In the saying that “thou shall not do to others, what you do not want others to do to you.”

* GRATITUDE (utang na loob) - For Filipinos, if you do him a big favor especially during his urgent  needs or trials, he considers himself under debt of gratitude and will always look forward in returning the favor.

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