Friday, 22 June 2007

Some basic things about the Visayas

THE PHILIPPINES : WESTERN VISAYAS

MOUNTAIN SYSTEMS:

Negros in the Visayas is divided into two by a range running from northwest to southeast, with Kanlaon Volcano as the notable peak. Panay has a range running from north to south that separates Antique from Iloilo , Capiz and Aklan.

GOOD FILIPINO VALUES

  1. HOSPITALITY
  2. CLOSE FAMILY TIES
  3. RESPECT FOR THE ELDERS
  4. FATALISTIC
  5. LOYALTY
  6. PAKIKISAMA

REGIONAL TRAITS:

The islands south and south west of Luzon belong to the Visayan. He is a happy-go-lucky man more interested in the here and now than in the past or the future. He exceeds the Tagalog in his love for the finer things of life, so much so that, in contrast with the Samtoy, he is ready to spend his last peso to enjoy life to its last drop. Because his is not compelled by his environment to work half as much as his Samtoy brother, the Visayan is a spendthrift. But like his brother in the north, he is adventurous and is afflicted with wanderlust.

The Visayan is a hedonist. Give him a jug of tuba and a piece of dried fish he will sing the wilderness into Paradise . He is a lover like the Tagalog, but he expresses his consuming passion in music, not in poetry. Thus, armed with a banduria, a ukulele or a guitar, he forgets his sorrows, even his hunger, if he is poor, by caressing the strings of his musical instrument and singing to its accompaniment.


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