The Culture of Philippines
The culture of the Philippines is greatly characterized by a diverse mixture of various nations that have occupied the country since the dawn of its civilization. Spanish, American, Malay, Chinese and Islam traditions have immense influences on different aspects of the Filipino culture.
Intimate family bond is upheld to the highest degree. Consequently, respect for parents and elders are extremely valued. A Filipino character is highly defined on how he/she respect his or her family and elders. Superstitions and other cosmic beliefs such as Feng Shui that are brought by the Chinese are still common and somehow affect decision makings of some Filipinos.
There are at least 7 national holidays in the Philippines. Since the majority of the population belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, the Lenten season is an important celebration and symbolizes a good opportunity for Filipinos to meditate. It is nearly a one-week holiday from their works and other responsibilities where most Filipinos prefer to reflect and take a vacation. The Philippines holds the record for the longest Christmas season. As early as September Filipinos are already preparing their gift lists, and some are actually buying them.
Artistic paintings and emergence of Filipino artists began during the 17th century at the time of the Spanish era. Artists like Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, Hugo C. Yunzon and Zobel made significant contributions to Philippine art.
Filipino delicacy is a product of influences by Spanish and Asian cuisines. A typical Filipino meal comprise of rice either boiled or fried, and one or more viand or dish. The use of a spoon and fork is common in Filipino culture.
Sipa is the national sports of the Filipinos. Basketball, billiards, volleyball, badminton, patintero, chess are amongst popular recreation sports enjoyed by most Filipinos.