Culture and Education for Students in Philippines

As education consultants at Just For Education , when we talk to aspiring candidates for MBBS in Philippines there are several questions that come up in the discussion. Nevertheless, two major concerns rule; these concerns are about overall culture of the place and quality of education. Hence we thought of addressing these two first in this article.

There are several pros and corns on selecting a country for overseas studies. All-time favourite option for any Indian student to study MBBS would be in their home country India. However, when the competition is so fierce and one has to achieve a higher NEET score for admission in a government medical college, you have to explore options for studying abroad and Philippines is the first on that long list.

The Philippines is popular for medical education due to the high quality of education, there are several medical colleges which are regulated by the CHED (Commission on Higher Education) and follows US education system throughout the course that is carefully developed by keeping in mind the core development of each student incorporating knowledge from theories, practical technology, research videos, seminars and much more. The highly competitive environment of MBBS colleges in Philippines has made each university to augment the quality of education, facilities and all other needs of the Students. It is highly likely that the local culture will play an important role for an international student. This could be the first time that this student will be existing alone and away from his/her parents, family, friends and country. This young adult is going to mature around this culture, he/she will be more sense of the world around this culture, he/she will remember this culture as part of the initial years that are about to shape his/her life. . Luckily Philippines and India have some distinct commonalities and less differences in their geographic characteristics, livelihood, food, language, literature, arts and clothing.

For instance, it is a common sight to see parents and extended families staying in one house similar to India’s joint family culture. Filipinos respect and cherish their elders, and that shows in many ways in everyday life. For instance, seniors are addressed as “po” after please, thank you, and other exchanges, with the younger person taking the elder’s hand and touching it to their forehead in a charming display of reverence called “mano.”Elderly, disabled, and pregnant women even have their separate queue at banks, restaurants and taxi queues, allowing them to bypass the crowd. However, their politeness can go a little too far, as you’ll rarely hear a Filipino come out with a direct “no” answer when you ask them a question, a trait that can create many challenging and hilarious situations for a tourist or international student.

Filipinos are warm, happy, and have a great sense of humour. According to Gallup’s index, the Philippines ranked towards the top as one of the happiest countries in the world. Filipinos also have an uproarious sense of humour, joking and singing is part of their lives, similar to India. Life in the Philippines is all about smiling, laughing and enjoying every moment with those around you!

Filipinos are crazy about basketball. You’ll see makeshift hoops erected on every street corner, young men commonly wearing NBA jerseys, and local teams playing in every community hall. The Philippines Basketball Association (PBS) is the first and oldest league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA).

Filipinos love their shopping malls. In fact, they serve as community hubs since they’re clean, safe, and, most importantly, air-conditioned. Aside from the usual stores they also have countless food venues, gyms, grocery stores, banks, health clinics, nightclubs, parks, concert amphitheatres, and even churches inside their malls. In fact, the Philippines is home to three of the ten largest shopping malls in the world, The Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall (third-largest in the world, encompassing 5,451,220 sq ft), SM City North EDSA (fourth largest) and SM Mall of Asia (tenth largest).

Politeness is an art form in the Philippines. Most foreigners will be referred to as “sir” and “mam” no matter their age. You’ll see younger people refer to the women and men a little bit older as “ates” and “kuyas” (sort of like older sister or brother, respectively).

Christianity is the biggest observed religion in Philippines, which makes it the only majority Christian nation in Asia. Eighty percent of its population identifies as Roman Catholic. The Philippines has a population of more than 100 million people, which makes it the 12th most populous country in the world.

Over 11 million Filipinos work overseas, which constitutes about 11% of the entire population of the Philippines. Filipinos are the second-largest Asian-American group in the United States, next to the Chinese. The Philippines is the world’s largest supplier of nurses, about 25% of the world’s nurses originally come from Philippines.

Originally Philippines was once considered as a small player in the race for international students, but in recent times it is one of the most favourite and favourable education destination. Its geographic location, educational opportunities, affordability, climate and culture makes it a very appealing as an international study destination. The Philippines is not simply a country of mass-emigration, but it also attracts many migrants to study, invest and live in the country, and the government continues to search for new and innovative ways to invest in the migration of people around the world, increasing the popularity and economy of the country. Attracting International students is certainly a win -win situation for both parties.