Bayanihan, The Filipino Value One Must Be Proud Of!
The bayanihan or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for, is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century. Bayanihan is a core essence of the Filipino culture. It is helping out one’s neighbor as a community, and doing a task together, thus lessening the workload and making the job easier. It is also called the ‘community spirit’. It is best exhibited when people wish to move locations in the rural area. The traditional Filipino house, the ‘bahay-kubo’, can be moved literally using wooden poles which are carried from the old place to the new one.
Seeing every Filipino ready to help each other is inspiring and enough to feel proud to be a Filipino. Beyond resilience, adaptability and having courage to face very difficult times, us Filipinos have shown that we are also most compassionate, selflessly eager and always ready to help anybody in need. During this COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, let us discuss and share experiences on how we extended help as a way of caring humanity. See you!
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