Abe V Rotor
First of all, the Philippines even in olden times had a culture our race proudly enjoyed and shared with our neighbors. Perhaps there were as many influences the Philippines had on neighboring lands as they had on us.
In the course of history the Philippines became a center of confluence – from culture to science, agriculture to industry, government to nationhood - which we enjoy today. This makes our country one of the most loved countries in the world, and the doyen among Asians. Our country is perhaps the model of cultural and biological diversity, the key to today’s trend in globalization.
The Filipino culture in the past was valued and developed even before the colonizers. The rich culture of Philippine forefathers is evident in their social classes, home, manner of dressing, body accessories, education, music and dance, science, arts and literature, even their way to courtship and marriage, burial and mourning. Filipino forefathers valued education. The early Filipinos in the past had their own beliefs and ways of burying the dead, mourning and getting married.
Early Filipinos were hospitable. This was shown in situations like receiving guests and strangers. They offered the visitors food an entertainment. They were also conscious of cleanliness. They took a bath daily in the river. They cleaned their teeth with fruits. They used perfumes for their bodies. They put "gugo" in their hair. Even their houses were kept clean and orderly.
Early Filipinos were trustworthy and honest. They paid their debts on time. Likewise, they kept their promises.
The Philippines in contemporary society – a mélange of influences
Many countries shared with us many beautiful things about their culture as the world became more and more accessible by communication and transportation. All corners of the world today have been brought together into a global village, and the Philippines has tremendous impact in this social transformation. This time it is not only a one-way direction of change or a relationship designed in favor of one in expense of the other. Here in this present global trend is a homogenization of all aspects of life.
The Philippines can be felt and seen – admired and awed - in the many expressions of everyday life in all parts of the world. And in the US, India, Middle East, Europe, and Asia, where once upon a time gave us imprints of their culture. For which we can only say, there is only one universal culture that binds humanity. ~