Strong family bonds, community service, bayanihan, pakikisama: these are just some of the things frequently linked with the Filipino culture.
These practices are ingrained so deep into their consciousness that it’s a “Filipino” thing to greet your neighbor in the morning or hide your emotions to avoid conflict. It all comes down to the Filipino desire to be a part of something.
While many effortlessly have adopted the thinking into their everyday lives, some are fighting to preserve it. It’s not just basket weaving in Mindanao that need protection from the fast-paced thrust of urbanization. There’s also the Filipino sense of belonging, which is gradually thinning out as time passes.
The future Filipino generation also deserves to experience what the generations before them were fortunate to have: a sense of community.
Why neighborhood is important
Lancaster New City Cavite believes a child’s learning starts with the family. Parents should recognize the essence of community before they can pass it down to their children. But the neighborhood is where the child finds real community, when they form connections outside blood.
Suburban living is often the example of this ideal practice, the model lifestyle for modern Filipino families. It preserves the Filipino idea of community, where unwavering family and neighborhood ties thrive.
Many young homebuyers have also shown interest in suburban living. Simply because it has all the good things of urban living (access to healthcare, education, lifestyle amenities, church, etc.) and none of the bad.
How community will preserve the culture
Culture preserves community, and vice versa. Community here refers to a shared place where people have access to facilities strengthening their identity as individuals and connection as a group.
This means access to school, school, festivals, community service, and even fellowship, where they interact with others and at the same time, serve a personal purpose.
In this setting, culture and the people strengthen each other to form a truly harmonious and productive community.
To protect this cultural jewel, this generation’s young parents should realize its importance and find a neighborhood that does.