Introduction to Traditional and Evolving Filipino Family Values Virtual Class by Dr. Clarissa Marian

Introduction to Traditional and Evolving Filipino Family Values Virtual Class by Dr. Clarissa Marian
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12 years old


This virtual class will teach you about traditional and evolving Filipino family values that make the Philippine culture unique.  Filipinos are known for values such as respect for elders, religiosity, ‘utang na loob’ or debt of gratitude and many more that are evident across the 7,107 islands of the archipelago. The value system that Filipinos have came from a unique way of life which should be continued to be passed on from one generation to generation.

Filipino values are indeed quite unique to the Philippine culture. Utang ng loob, pakikisama, magparaya – these are some of the things we Filipinos grow up hearing. At the heart of these values is the word “kapwa” or “shared self”  – a recognition of shared identity or the inner self that is shared with others. “Kapwa” serves as the force behind our dearest values and virtues, including “bayanihan.” It can be translated to English in different ways: kindred, both, fellow beings, equally (applied to one of a pair). No matter how you use it, its core message remains the same – it is a recognition of our shared identity or the inner self that is shared with others. This makes the course valuable not only to Filipinos but to non-Filipinos as well because being able to relate to and connect oneself to others is now considered a vital part of living.

In addition, the origins of these values will also be discussed and expounded as to how it has evolved and is now seen in present times. Lastly, tips on how to maintain the Filipino family values while living in a foreign land will also be covered.  

Dr. Ligon or Teacher Clar as she is fondly called by her students, has been an educator for almost 20 years.  She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Family Studies from Miriam College and has a Masters in Special Education from De La Salle University.  She was an elementary school teacher for two years in High Point, North Carolina and is presently active in giving talks on parenting, modern day family issues and the like.  

Suyomano is an online learning platform which seeks to connect Filipinos all over the world to explore, discover, and experience the richness of the Filipino culture. Suyomano intends to bring forth the best that the Philippines has to offer so that the world can gain a better understanding of the country and its people. Suyomano is proud to be a global platform for promoting, celebrating, and preserving the Filipino language, culture, arts, and heritage. 

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60 minutes virtual class
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Zoom link will be sent to your e-mail to access the class. Just a few house rules during the class: Be online at least 5-15 minutes before the start time to get to know your instructor and fellow students. Please make sure to mute yourself during the launch unless the presenter opens the floor for comments. During lectures, please use the chat box for your questions. There will be enough time for class discussion and Q&A after the lecture part. We would love to hear from you, and encourage you to take part in the class discussion. We only ask for you to be respectful at all times. Please use your full name and make it as your Zoom profile name as we will only accept participants who have confirmed reservations. Do not share the zoom link and password to anyone else. We will only accept confirmed participants. Please choose an appropriate background.

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