Friday, July 24, 2009

Bayanihan Culture of the Filipinos

i am not sure if i should call it "Bayanihan" but i really like it! its one paft of the filipino culture that is still present up to this date. our neighbor's daughter celebrated her 10th birthday today but they didn't have a party for her so her mom just cooked spaghetti. they gave us a huge bowl of spaghetti that we ended up having for afternoon snacks.

everytime there is an occasion among the neighbors, whether there is a party or not, food is passed around so that each house has thier own share of the food that the particular family cooked for their celebrant. whenever someone has a birthday in our house my mom always cooks several kilos of pancit or spaghetti to hand out to the neighbors.

this part of the filipino culture is present even in filipino communities outside the country, my aunt in canada would always cook something for her kid's birthday and give food to her fellow filipino neighbors and even to some of her canadian friends.

i just hope that this tradition will still be present in the next generations to come. this is something that we should all be proud of and should pass to our children..

Bayanihan - is a Filipino term taken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, town or community. The whole termbayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective.

The origin of the term bayanihan can be traced from a common tradition in Philippine towns where community members volunteer to help a family move to a new place. The process involves literally carrying the house to its new location. This is done by putting bamboo poles forming a strong frame to lift the stilts from the ground and carrying the whole house with the men positioned at the ends of each pole. A mural by Filipino National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco illustrates the process. The tradition also features a small fiesta hosted by the family to express gratitude to the volunteers.


Raft3r said...

thesis ko yan noong college
napakagandang filipino virtue

Paulette said...

yeah in sooo many ways...
i'm going to pass this to my future kids!

Fine Life Folk said...

Normally, Filipino tradition is also evident in food.

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