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.
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”
Ti timpuyog ti pamilia isu’t mangted ti kired ken pigsa
” (Family harmony provides fortitude &
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, &