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Top Positive Traits of Filipinos
We have probably grown tired of the negative things that have been said about us as a people. We hear them being said all the time, anywhere, and sometimes by our fellow Filipinos themselves. Being reminded of our weaknesses and limitations is good.
We need that.
But sometimes discussions can be so mean that you start wondering if they are not meant to simply put us down and embarrass us instead of helping us change our negative ways.
That Filipinos have negative traits is a fact – there’s no perfect group of people. But these negative traits should not be allowed to hide the many positive traits that we also possess. When one starts enumerating these positive traits, one realizes they easily outnumber the negative ones. The following are just few of the positive traits of Filipinos that some people fail to see.
Camaraderie, Closeness to One Another
Visit any neighborhood in the Philippines and you’ll see people helping each other in times of need and sharing their blessings in times of abundance. In many areas in the country, neighbors consider themselves relatives even if by blood they are not related. The fact that they live close to one another other is enough for them to consider themselves as real brothers and sisters.
Strong Family Ties
It’s more than just for economic reasons that members of Filipino families stick to each other. In the Philippines, it’s common to see two or more families sharing a roof, not just to split household expenses and thus be able to save a little, but more so because we make sure the family is intact. Filipinos know that when things get really bad, they have nobody but their families to depend on.
Strong Faith in God and Deep Religiosity
Some blame the poverty in the Philippines on religion. But what they fail to see is that the Filipinos’ strong faith in God is what keeps them going in times of adversities. They know that God doesn’t give them trials that are too much for them to surpass.
Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity
Place a Filipino in a difficult situation and rest assured he will find ways of getting out of it without difficulty. Filipinos easily adapt themselves to their surroundings and to situations they find themselves in. Life’s difficulties have honed the Filipinos’ survival skills. While other nationalities will break in some really difficult situations, Filipinos bend and adapt and will never break.
Sense of Humor
Have you seen those news reports where Filipinos never fail to crack jokes during calamities such as floods, typhoons and other disasters? That’s how we keep our sanity. We don’t break because we love to laugh, even at ourselves. Our sense of humor protects us from going crazy. Laughter is our greatest survival technique.
There are many other positive traits that Filipinos are known for, like our being a hospitable people. But the ones mentioned above are enough to make one realize how great a people Filipinos are.