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MANILA CULTURE - CULTURE IN MANILA PHILIPPINES

Manila CultureManila Culture - The Philippines is a mix of both East and West, possibly because of having been occupied by the Spanish, Japanese, Americans, and the British. Filipinos in general have traits that are both Asian and Hispanic, and it is because of this that the Manila Culture is fascinating to observe and study.

Despite a myriad of foreign influences, Filipinos still retain many cultural standards that they had before the arrival of foreign settlers. They have many social values, one of which is called 'bayanihan'. Bayanihan signifies the spirit of community whereby individuals and families within a neighborhood or a village are expected to contribute toward the common good. Another uniquely Filipino social trait and part of the Manila Culture is the significant position they give women in. Filipino women have played a traditionally strong role in Philippine society, even before their liberated counterparts in the West gained equal rights.

Manila CultureMany tourists have noted that Filipino Hospitality makes Filipinos legendary in Southeast Asia. Seldom can you find such hospitable people who enjoy the company of their Western visitors. They tend to give their best bed space and food to people they hardly know, and their welcoming nature is what keeps tourists coming back.

Manila is a friendly city with some excellent nightlife, several important historical sights, plus some of the biggest shopping malls in Asia. The city is usually burdened with traffic and pollution, but it's charming at it's best and its color and liveliness makes up for its flaws. The way tourists enjoy their stay in Manila is by being open to adventure and going with the flow of the city.