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.
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.