What Is a Filipino Family?

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A Filipino family is a family of Philippine origin. Philippine families exhibit Filipino cultures, customs, traits and values, of which the most important value is family closeness.

Foregoing Western influences, the father remains the head of the family, whereas the mother is responsible for domestic matters and teaching the children their values. At the earliest age, the children are taught the words “po” and “opo,” to show respect for their elders. Even adults are disciplined for not addressing their parents or elders without using these words.

Filipino families are very close, so it’s very common for parents to experience trouble seeing their children move out of the home. There are no societal understandings of moving out of the family home at a certain age in the Philippines. The familial closeness disregards the Western belief of children moving out of the home after completing school.