“The women are the strength of your country”… When I heard this from someone, it just struck me and made me realize that it should take a foreigner to appreciate women in the Philippines. It made me see how a Filipina has evolved from a traditional homemaker to a highly competitive, career-oriented individual. Unique in personality, the women in the Philippines are very flexible; perseverance is the base to maintain their self-worth maneuvered by a gentle heart to easily extend sympathy to both significant others and a total stranger in need. Loyalty and faithfulness is the crown of a Filipina, setting her distinct among the rest of the women in the world.
The Philippines is a colony of different countries. Thus, inter-marriages have yielded a marked trait among its people. The only Spanish-speaking country in Asia, the versatility in English communication, and tenacity to excel in any field are the attributes that set Filipinos as highly skilled and most preferred workers. Though their country has major issues in economy, it never altered their minds in finding means to earn a living. Now that business outsourcing is becoming one of the lead income generators through international affiliation, most of the jobs offered in this inclination are catered to women.
Yes, the traditional Filipina who is just a homebody, soft-spoken, reserved and always tagged as the weaker sex is rarely seen nowadays. Single women predispose themselves more on the positive aspects of what is trending specially from the west, and eventually incorporate such modern influence with their individuality; this would ease the adjustments especially if with a foreign employer. But the real issue lies on married Filipino women wherein strength is defined. A working mother in the Philippines is guided by the rules of multitasking. She still has to perform her duties as a wife and homemaker while being a bread-winner in most cases nowadays. Not an ideal situation specially for women who pursue equality in rights, but for a Filipina it is just a typical day.
Basic necessities and the difficulties to provide for such requisites have driven these women to be the most bustling players in their society. Though there’s a big change to a Filipina’s traditional trait in order to be competitive, the main character remains which is being affectionate and caring. This is where loyalty also defines its purpose because a woman of substance rises early to tender the needs of her home, succumbs time management to still meet her husband’s needs, pushes herself to be more knowledgeable to be able to contend, and still maintains her sanity despite of challenges. That loyalty and strength is an outline of a Filipina.