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Hardworking, faithful and family oriented

Guezz grad photoby Guezz Lois Quizon

Guezz Lois Quizon was awarded the 2018 ANAK Liwayway Scholarship for Leadership Excellence last June based on her high school GPA, a group interview, and an essay in response to the question, “How do values and cultural stereotypes affect your Filipino identity in Canada?” The following essay was her submission.

Filipinos are considered to be some of the hardest working people in Canada. Whether it is mopping up the floors at restaurants, or collaborating with others in group projects, Filipinos are known to put in their best efforts in everything that they do. This stereotype, of all Filipinos being hardworking and diligent individuals, has encouraged me to do my best in not only my job at McDonald’s, where I received Employee of the Month in August 2017, but especially in my school work as well. Since school is so important for us, the children and future Filipino leaders in Canada, I have strived to always do the best I possibly can in my school work. Although it’s difficult to be motivated at times, since Canada does not place massive emphasis on being on the honour roll, I have always had this goal engraved in my mind to always do better. These values and cultural stereotypes effectively influence me, as a Filipino, to put my best foot forward.

Additionally, Filipinos are known to be faithful, believing in their religion with a passion (Abrugar). I am a proud Catholic, who continually goes to church to celebrate the words of Jesus Christ. Sadly, a great quantity of my Canadian friends do not go to church, which is off putting. However, this does not hinder me from my faith since God is such a crucial part of my family as Filipinos. I have been brought up to believe in Christ, and I read the Bible every single night to enforce my faith. Despite that, my family is only able to go to church every second Sunday. The reason for this is that unfortunately my mom has work every second weekend. We generally never go to church without my whole family being there. This is because going to church involves the whole family; no one just stays home, to watch TV, due to the fact that Filipinos are so family oriented.

Filipinos are notorious for choosing their family over everything (Abrugar). I understand this stereotype and can confirm that it applies to myself. This is because I value my family so much, and love them with a great passion. I have learned, through my eleven years of experience here in Canada, that my family is always there without fail, and they will never leave. My friends here have come and gone throughout the years. Nonetheless, through thick and the thin, my parents and my little brother have always stayed by my side and assisted me when I encountered problems. My parents have continually provided everything that I’ve ever needed and more, just so I can obtain the best future. The biggest sacrifice that my parents have ever made in their lives is leaving the Philippines, so we could all prosper in life. I knew that they moved, not only to gain their independence, as my parents and I lived with my grandparents in the Philippines, but also so I could have a better future here in this foreign land. In spite of the amazing things parents do for their children, my Canadian friends often put their friends first and their families second. Nevertheless, I have learned, through my parents always supporting me in everything that I do, that it is always my family who is first.

To conclude, the values and cultural stereotypes of Filipinos being hardworking, faithful and family oriented have greatly influenced my Filipino identity here in Canada. Although I left the Philippines at such a young age of only six, and have been in Canada for over eleven years, I am still astonishingly able to speak Tagalog and even Kapangpangan. My country, the Philippines, makes me proud and honoured, to be a Filipino.

Sources:

  • Abrugar, Victorino Q. “14 Good Filipino Habits that Make the Philippines a Great Country.” FAQph, 2 Sept. 2014, faq.ph/good-filipino-habits-that-make-the-philippines-a-great-country.

Guezz Lois Quizon is a recent graduate from Dakota Collegiate Institute and is entering her first year of studies at the University of Manitoba. Visit www.anak.ca to learn more about ANAK programs, opportunities, and ways you can get involved or support our youth.

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