Assessment 1A: Cultural Reflection Journal Entry
Mark / 5
Assessment Criteria Graded
Evidence of in-depth reflection on elements of your personal culture
Cultural Reflection Journal Entry
Reflecting on your life, write an on-line journal entry (200 – 250 words) about how you see yourself as a cultural Being. You might like to think about your personal culture and how things like habits and customs, objects, activities, beliefs and rituals, places and people, have influenced and shaped you to be the person that you are today.
â¢ NO NEED TO PUT REFERENCING because it is a self-reflection, to have a good grades make sure that your reflection has a TOPIC SENTENCE and supporting evidences OR the main criteria that is having EVIDENCE OF IN-DEPTH REFLECTION ON ELEMENTS OF YOUR PERSONAL CULTURE. There should be a conclusion as well.
â¢ just pick at least two or three most influential things/personal culture that describe or influence you most before till now and shaped you to be the person (cultural Being) that you are. This should be describing how you see yourself as a cultural being.
These are the things below that my culture influenced me:
1. based on my culture as a Filipino, living in a province of Cebu, things that most influence me is Religion, Iâm a Roman Catholic, since Christianity started in our place introduce by the Spaniards. So as a catholic and as Family oriented were attending Sunday mass or any important holy date or church celebration, lightning candles, carrying and praying the rosary, there should be a bible in the house and an altar, celebrating the feast of our Saint Sto. Nino with the Cebuano festival that was called âSINULOGâ together gathering as a whole family yearly. Iâm always having a strong faith, keep on praying no matter what will happen.Though Iâm already here in Australia we still continue to participate in this kind of gathering with some Filipino communities and friends here in Australia.
2. Filipino Culture is Centered around Respect
Many Filipinos give a gesture of respect when they meet elders, especially within their family. It is called Mano po. the word âpoâ is a show of respect. It doesnât really have a translation into English but you can think of it as like adding âmamâ to a phrase in American culture. There is even a greeting that is practiced by many in the Philippines. It is usually done between family members but not Respect in Filipino Culture husband and wife. The younger family member will take the hand of their elder, lifting it to their forehead. This is called Mano Po. Still we are practising this manner even if were here in Australia.
âLetchonâ or roast whole pork is part of our culture as Cebuano and Filipino. It is our pride and is our way of thanksgiving for all the blessings we received, were having this during important celebrations, like birthday, thanksgiving, blessing, festival, wedding, baptismal any kind of celebration or just even a simple gathering. Aside from letchon filipino is fun of cooking a lot of native foods in all occasions. As Iâve said Filipinos are family oriented and loves family gathering. Even what status of life a filipino thus have, lower, middle, or upper class thereâs always a roast pork or chicken on the table and we are also still practising this culture here in Australia.
These reading below is a sample I got in the internet a story of a foreigner who was able to witness the culture in the Philippines. http://www.excitingcebu.com/filipino-culture/
Some Major Elements of Filipino Culture
I am a people watcher so my interest in Filipino culture stems from that. Iâm the kind of person that is usually quiet but very observant. I like to know what motivates a person. When I came to the Philippines, I thought everyone was going to rip me off. The stories I had heard, even from Filipinos were all bad. Or at least the ones I remembered. I was lucky that my natural curiosity about people helped me to understand that Filipinos are overall very good people. This is a long article but it is only an introduction to a complex and extremely important topic. I believe your success of a happy life in the Philippines depends on your understanding of Filipino culture.
Applying my culture to Filipinos will lead to misunderstandings. I have an example of this. Jessie (my partner) tends to keep things from me. It was easy to intrepid this as lies and that she had something to hide. Slowly, I began to understand that she was protecting me. Or at least that was her intention. It didnât always work out that way. Sometimes her secretive nature caused real problems. I needed to know some of those things. Now some of her not telling me things was simply because she didnât want me to be upset. Her major motivation was altruistic but not entirely. After all, people are people. Human do have some basic characteristics no matter where you go. You probably need to talk to a psychologist for more on that. What is important here is that my growing understanding of Filipino culture helped me better to avoid conflict with my girl.
Filipino Culture is Centered around Respect
For me, respect is the central element of Filipino culture. I think most of the other traditions of the Philippines center around this element. This respect is like the glue that holds the rest of the culture together. While reading this article, think about how most of these elements of Filipino culture are really part of respecting others.
Filipino Vendor Filipinos generally deal with each other in a respectful way. This is expected among most Filipino that have been raised in the traditional Filipino way. They look at each other when talking, they do not leave without saying goodbye and they almost never raise their voices in an argument, especially with strangers or in a business situation.
Many Filipinos give a gesture of respect when they meet elders, especially within their family. It is called Mano po. the word âpoâ is a show of respect. It doesnât really have a translation into English but you can think of it as like adding âmamâ to a phrase in American culture. There is even a greeting that is practiced by many in the Philippines. It is usually done between family members but not Respect in Filipino Culture husband and wife. The younger family member will take the hand of their elder, lifting it to their forehead. This is called Mano Po.
Family in Filipino Culture
Family ties in the Philippines are usually extreme. With most Filipina, their mates will never come first in their life. Usually God comes first then family and then you. These strong family ties are another source of conflict between Western men and their mates. It often comes from the womenâs desire to send money to their families. Many of the men feel like they are being taken advantage of because they are usually seen as rich. The Filipinaâs desire to send money home has nothing to do with your nationality. The amount could possibly vary if you have more to give. This is however a strong part of Filipino culture.
Filipino Families Determine Culture Many Filipinos work overseas, there is even a phrase for that. Filipino overseas worker or OFW. It is estimated that about 10% of the Filipino economy is a result of Filipinos working overseas and sending money back home to their families. That really demonstrates their love and sense of obligation to their families. It has nothing to do with their man, they are usually single. Though often married couples live apart while one of them works overseas.
The other important thing to know about Filipino families is that Filipinos fear bringing shame to the family. This is especially true for Filipina. They seem to be under a great deal of pressure in this regard. This includes the clothes they wear and who they date. With upper class Filipino this responsibility is generally greater. You are unlikely to date an upper class Filipino. In most case, it is not acceptable.
Religion in Filipino Culture
For many Filipinos religion is a very important part of their life. The predominant religion is Roman Catholic, I believe the Family Shrine number is around 80% of Filipino are Roman Catholic. There are quite a few Muslims as well. And there is a sprinkling of protestants as well.
The Roman Catholic church plays a major role in politics here. It is hard for a politician to take a position that opposes the church. The church often threatens them with excommunication for such positions. President Aquino introduced a reproductive health bill that met major opposition from the church. He later backed away from it slightly. Still supporting it but making it less of a priority.
In most Filipino homes, you will find something of a shrine set up. perhaps with a bible and religious symbols. There will likely be pictures of ancestors as well.
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