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What are the characteristics of a traditional Filipino family?

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In traditional Filipino families, the father is considered the primary financial provider and the mother is entrusted with the main childrearing role. Respect for parents, grandparents and other elders is also instilled as a vital family value.

Traditionally, Filipino children are taught to obey and to respect their parents and their older siblings. Fathers tend to work outside the home and are usually the breadwinner. Mothers may also work, but often remain at home to raise the children. Mothers and daughters frequently work together in the home and children are assigned chores to help them learn responsibility. Divorce is not lawful in the Philippines unless the couple is Muslim; annulment may, however, be granted.

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