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Showing Respect in the Filipino Culture

Respect is a very important part of Filipino culture. We show respect to our elders, parents, grandparents, older siblings, relatives, friends, and teachers. Some examples of respect are:

  • Addressing elders with “po” at the end of sentences
  • Answering, “opo” to reply “yes” respectfully
  • Calling your older sister, “Ate” or your older brother, “Kuya.”
  • Listening respectfully to your parents and teachers
  • Using “mano po” to request for blessings from your elder relatives

We read the book, Salamat Po! by Adriana Allen, a Filipina who moved to the U.S. as a young child. It is an adorable picture book showing many ways to show respect in the Filipino culture.

It is a great overview to teach children or to reflect on and discuss ways we show our respect to others.

Showing Respect Activity

We were inspired by the book and wanted to create a follow-up activity to pair with our reading. So, we created a printable booklet for children to illustrate ways they show respect or ways they can show respect. It is a nice culminating activity to reinforce what was read in the story.

Although Salamat Po! is not required for this activity, it is the perfect pairing and a sweet book to read with your children.

What are some ways YOU show respect in your family? Feel free to share in the comment box below!

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