Philippines, having been an archipelago, have not become a hindrance towards having a single values system throughout the country. In whatever part of the country you may be, one will find the same hospitality that the Filipinos are known for as well as many other values that have originated from our forefathers.
The values of Filipinos have been looked upon by foreigners as a weakness instead of strength due to the nature of how they may be abused and manipulated due to these values. But values are what make up a certain nation both in growth and unity. Some may see that Filipino values as a hindrance to the growth of the country and yet others may say that his is what makes our country powerful.
CULTURAL AND FOLK
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The Luzon, Mindano, and Visayas. Each of these regions contains different languages, history, religion, and traditions. With each region having different influence in their arts, crafts, and ancestorica l dances. Let’s take a trip through each region and explore the different styles, costumes, Dances and Talents from Each Region. As we explore each of the regions and styles, remember a lot of these Cultural and Folk dances represents hardships and daily back breaking tasks that have turned into an art form. Many of the dances you will read about here were actually activities or chores that the Filipino endured to survive the poor economy and state of the nation.
The modern day Filipino fiesta incorporates all the facets of the indigenous peoples and the Spanish fiestas as well as some uniquely Filipino aspects. For Filipinos the fiesta works on multiple levels and represents numerous things. In Filipino culture the provincial lifestyle is romanticized through artwork, literature and movies and the fiesta represents a chance for city dwelling Filipinos to get back in touch with their roots and experience the rustic lifestyle portrayed in popular culture. The Fiesta also represents a chance for them to mingle with seldom seen relatives and friends. In fact the general get together element is a critical part of fiestas in the Philippines.
Most fiestas in the Philippines will have religious overtones either in the form of a direct physical representation of certain sections of the bible or in a form of celebrating a local patron saint. Fiesta “is the tie that binds Filipinos from a region or an area together, a time to reunite with your extended family and you kababayans (countrymen/women.)