Women have High status in Filipino society.
Filipino women were given the right of suffrage long before some of their western and easten sisters
Women maintain a very high profile in public life. They have entered professions that in other countries are traditionally reserved for men. They are doctors, lawyers, and bankers and dominate the fields of education and pharmacy.
They generally acquire more formal education than males at every level.
From a young age they are given much more responsibility within the family than their brothers
Girls grow up with strong self-image.
In both urban and farming families, women enjoy equality within their marriage
Family property is divided equally among all children, and women retain ownership even after marriage.
Filipino families are much closer than those of the west
Children are brought up to be polite, cooperative, modest and religious
Communal feeling is encouraged
Upon marrying, newly-weds usually set up their own home, but family ties remain strong.
The husband is nominally head of the household
But the wife runs the home and manages the finances
The elderly are respected and cared for
Placing an elderly in a retirement home would be considered an offence
When a Filipino needs help, he can depend oh his family; likewise, he can be called upon to help others in need.
Socially Filipinos have a very relaxed attitude toward promptness and punctuality
References to time may be vague, “by and by” and “in a little while” are common phrases.
If a local tells you a bus is due into town “by and by”, he probably means within the hour.
Punctuality on social occasions is considered abnormal
If a Filipino invites you to lunch at 12, he really means 2pm.
A punctual appearance would be met by embarrassed smiles
It almost bad manners to behave so formally