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The Filipino Family

The Filipino Family

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The Filipino Family & Filipino ValuesA Synthesis Paper on the Books by Dr. Belen T. G. Medina
, PhD & Dr. FlorentinoT. Timbreza, PhD
IntroductionAccording to Medina (2001), the family is a familiar topic but there is a need to step back & study it incritical & scientific lenses as personal experiences alone could be very limited & may not berepresentative of other families in the society.
From here on I will try to extrapolate the author’s ideas
on this particular subject.The family have certain characteristics:
As a social group, it is universal
. It is a significant element in man’s social life. Nowadays,
changes in the family (e.g. from traditional structure to non-traditional structure as will bediscussed later) are happening brought about by the changing economic climate & technologicaladvancements but it has remained a basic institution in the society.
It is the first social group to which an individual is exposed. Family relationships last a long time
& an “individual’s earliest & longest experience in living takes place in a family setting.”
“The family affects the individual’s social values, disposition, & outlook in life. The family is thesource of the individual’s ideals, aspirations, & basic motivations.”
The family is said to be the link between an individual & the larger society. In this way we can
say that a person’s interaction &/or attitude inside the family unit affects or is a determinant in
how that person interacts in the community that his family belongs.
Logically, from the assertion above, the family is understood to provide continuity of social life.It is a major agent in the transmission of culture which also affects &/or reflects the culture of the society.
There are different approaches to studying the family but this paper will specifically use for thestructural-functional framework & the area in which this paper will touch is primarily traditional familyvalues & traditional to current family structure.II.
Filipinos & the Value Placed on the FamilyFilipinos are generally family oriented. Because of this many actions, plans & goals in life of an individual
are either affected or is centered upon the family. According to Timbreza (2003), “family success is the
measure of a successful life for the Filipinos. He lists some sayings of Filipino tribes that has somethingto do with how they view the Family.
Boholanos: “
 Ang familia nga nagatanum ug kaayohan nag-ani ug kapalaran; ang nagatanum ugkadautan, nag-ani og lonlon kasakitan
” (The family that sows goodness
reaps fortune; the one that sowsevil reaps suffering)
Analysis: Here we can see the concept of “
” among Filipinos. It is different from Buddhism, it has
something to do however with reversion that whatever a person does or does not do in the family, it willhave either a positive or negative consequence in the future to him/her or his/her family.
Bicolanos: “An harong man palasyo kun an laog kuwago, marhay pa ang payag na laog tao” (A house
may be a palace, but if the owner is an owl, better is a hut where the owner is a human being)
Tagalogs: “Mabuti pa ang kubo na ang nakatira ay tao, kaysa isang bahay na bato na ang nakatira aykuwago” (A hut where a person lives is better than a house of stone where an owl resides.)
 Analysis: These sayings are somewhat the same as both reflect the value place upon the persons in the
family rather than the economic influences as symbolize by the “house of stone” or the “palace”
Ilocanos: “
Ti timpuyog ti pamilia isu’t mangted ti kired ken pigsa
” (Family harmony provides fortitude &
strength). “
Uray awan ti kukuam, no la ket nauros ti pamiliam
” (Even though you don’t have property as
long as you have a harmonious family).Analysis: Here we can see how happiness in the family takes precedence above all among the Filipinos.This can be evident in
televised drama/shows as either centered upon the family or hassomething great to do with the family & family dynamics.III.
Philippine Family & Kinship StructureAccording to Medina (2001), the definition of family is evolving as structures continue to change. One of the current definitions which encompass all types of families is:
“two or more persons who share
resources, share responsibility for decisions, share values & goals, & have a commitment to each otherover time. The function attributed to families are economic consumption, socialization of the young, &
affective dimensions” (Davidso & Moore, 1992 as cited by Medina, 2001). This defi
nition takes intoaccount other family structure such as single parent/headed families, homosexual or domesticpartnership types of families, live-in partners, etc. Primary importance here is placed on the issues of commitment & affection. Residence is not a criterion as there are also people who lives under one roof but are not necessarily considered a family (referred to as households). The author above defines this
“as a group of persons living under one roof & sharing the same kitchen & housekeeping arr
angements.The residents of a boarding house, a fraternity/sorority house, or a dormitory constitute a household
but not a family.”
Nuclear Family vs. Non-Nuclear FamilyA family is nuclear when it consists of a married man or woman with their offspring. The couples may ormay not be married & their children may or may not be biological. This is considered the primary unit of all family types as other types evolve from this structure. Generally, it is accepted as universal.There are two types of nuclear families as mentioned by the Medina (2001) citing Murdok (1949). Towit:1)
Family of orientation
Consists of the individual, parents, and siblings. This is primarily the family the
“individual was born & reared”.
Family of procreation
Consists of the individual, spouse, and their children. This is established in marriage.Here is visualization between the two:

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