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Opinion

Filipino values to live by

READERS VIEWS - Renester P. Suralta - The Freeman

In this age of the internet and social media, modern people seem to have forgotten many values. Today's youth are so preoccupied with their cellphones and gadgets that they overlook the essential values to guide them.

Values refer to intangible qualities or beliefs accepted and endorsed by a given society. It is a belief that something is good and worthwhile. It defines what is worth having and worth striving for in life. It is a preferred course of action and practice.

Values are guiding principles for an individual. These are universal ideals that direct people towards desirable behavior and outcome. Filipinos have unique values to preserve to ensure the continuity of our beautiful culture and race.

I have worked with students all my life as a former teacher. The job gave me the opportunity and remarkable experience of learning the different values system of many generations.

Here are some Filipino values to live by for the youth in the cyber age.

Family - It is the center of the Filipino community. We are known to have strong family ties. Extended families are living in one residence. They will take care of old folks instead of sending them to retirement homes. This orientation is the main reason Filipino nurses and caregivers are in demand abroad. We won't allow the family to die because of the negative impact of social media on the marital relationship.

Optimism and humor - In the face of adversity, Filipinos always look at the brighter side of life and find good in every bad situation. We have been creative and fun-loving people even before the Tiktok app was created. Filipinos are happy people even during the worst of times. Laughter is our coping mechanism. However, we shouldn't allow fake news, sexual promiscuity, harmful pranks, and vulgarity in social media to influence our positive outlook and proper conduct.

Respect and responsibility - Filipinos have high regard for parents, elders, and persons of authority. It is through their words, actions, and reactions these things are manifested. With the advent of social media, everyone can express their views and beliefs about people and particular issues. These comments may have different effects on people. Some will be elated, others insulted. Be careful, subtle, and indirect to avoid trouble. Freedom of expression and speech is not absolute. Be constructive and responsible online. It is impossible to please everyone.

Industry and generosity - Filipinos are known to be hard-working and resourceful. The lack of employment doesn't discourage Filipinos from finding jobs overseas. Being a Good Samaritan during a disaster is one of our best values. There is no truth that Filipinos are lazy due to internet addiction and cyber activities. The internet is a new platform to show Filipino creativity and adaptability to modern technology.

Faith and hospitality - Filipinos are a religious and God-fearing people. They love posting religious photos and prayers over the internet. Religion has molded Filipino moral values and principles. Nonetheless, our hospitable and friendly attitude to welcoming visitors has made the country a famous tourist destination and a haven for those who seek a Filipina bride.

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