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- Category: Profile Of A Filipino
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Due to the importance of the family in Filipino culture, it is impressed every individual from childhood that parents are owed a debt of gratitude for bringing one into this world. (This is balanced by the belief and tradition that parents should make sacrifices for their children because they brought them into the world.) Obedience to tents and to older siblings is taught early and enforced until adulthood, whereupon it becomes one's sense of obligation.
Children never attain equal footing with parents; parents are treated with respect and the debt of gratitude is a lifetime t Children are expected to serve their parents until their death.
Through this system the older citizens are provided and cared for. tie is no need for nursing homes or homes for the aged. In fact, putting one's parents in such a home would reflect badly on the individual and incur hiya. One would be labeled a bad son or daughter who does not love one's parents-probably the greatest sin the eyes of Philippine society.
For the Filipino daughter, mother serves as the first model. She has a great impact in a society where role modeling is the main process operating in the learning of sex roles. This factor together with the cultural dynamics described above, plus the prolonged physical and emotional nurture received from the mother, creates a special bond between mother and daughter.
Greater service is usually expected from the daughter than from the son when it comes to satisfying a mother's needs.On the daughter's part, mother is the first person she turns to in times of trouble and she is the first source of knowledge on household and family matters.