When The Elders Are Talking Do not Talk

This is one of the values development among Filipino kids and is considered the best practices in the Philippine culture or tradition. This is a sign of being disciplined, well-mannered, and respectful member of the family and even in the community.

Filipinos have lots of traditional manners, attitude, behavior and practices which are worth for emulation for they give a real identity of what is a Filipino and these traditions would create a bad image to them because of the abuse.


I remember when I was a kid, we stopped anything we do when 6 O’clock strikes. Those who are walking in the streets stopped for a moment to say a little prayer or to meditate. While we kids had to stop our play, stand erect, bowing our heads following what the adults were doing. I didn’t remember what I had thinking at that time.

Obeisance to Elders

This is how we show our respect for the elders. After the Angelus, while we were playing, we went home and as we arrived home we look for our parents and paid them respect by taking their rights and brought them to our forehead as a sign of greetings and honor to them as our elders. We were doing this too when we met elderly on the road while going home, but we gave more attention to our nearest kin.

Padrino System

Filipinos are friendly and very accommodating. They are easy to be with and friendship is no problem. Cliques (barkada), group or association (fraternity) are usually formed in school, in working place, and in any acquaintance or party. Those who belong to a particular group call themselves as “compadre“, “pare“, “comadre“, “mare” for they act as the godfather or godmother of the children of their friend. They act as the second parents of their godsons and goddaughters.

Amor Propio

It is a Spanish term for “self-love” which is influenced by the Spaniards who run the Philippine government for 33 years. As we love ourselves for fearing that we may be insulted or insulting others, we develop the fear of being humiliated in public. Shame is the result of this attitude. Thus, we nurture this tendency to generally say “no” to anybody. This is very frustrating, but it had been handed from one generation to another. This is no longer practice in our country.


Since Filipinos are fun-loving people, the fiesta is the best time of the year for them to enjoy and this is where their hospitability is genuinely shown. Every town, municipality or city has its own patronal saint celebration as introduced by the Catholic. This festivity is well-attended by people coming from the nearby places. Family members find this event as momentous and memorable for they gather together and enjoy the preparation. There are lots of amusements in the public plaza. Now, this tradition attracts tourists and visitors from other parts of the country. It boosts the tourism industry of the country.


    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      They work for everyone of us. I am still how courteous I was when I saw my olds, even no related to me as long as they are an elderly I greeted and took their hands for a respect.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      These values are integrated into the textbooks of the students in elementary, high school and even in social sciences in college.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      These are some of the traditional values which the Filipino kids had been doing. Sad to say, however, in this present time, only a handful of kids is practicing these.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Children become as what they are today because of that values they have learned and practiced.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Juvenile delinquency is one of the social problems that the government is facing since time immemorial. Youths are hyper and they have their own world to live with. Who can actually influence them? It is their own family when the father will dutifully do his duties and responsibilities as the head of his family. And you know what is actually happening.

  1. Gil Camporazo Post author

    What has been practiced in the past is no longer observed by the young generations. With this kind of attitude of the youths, our society’s morale is degrading.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      The elders, of course, should be respected. I have that in mind too that elders should be respected by the kids not only in our country but it is also observed by other countries like yours.

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