Q:

What are some values commonly held by Filipinos?

A:

Filipinos are respectful of those they perceive as having superior status, such as age. This can be observed in how they would frequently use the particle "po" or "ho" (in Tagalog) in almost every sentence when they speak to elders, for example.

Filipinos are also known to have close family ties. It is a common belief that children should be taught to look after their elders and care for aging parents. In relating to guests, it is customary to offer drinks and snacks. Declining is not considered impolite, but the host can also be expected to insist. A common practice when dining as a guest is to leave a little piece of food on the plate. This is to show the host that the food that he/she has provided is more than enough.


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