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Pakikisama "Debt of Gratitude in Philippine Settings and Politics"

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In its most basic sense, ‘pakikisama’ means going along with others.

Among friends and even relatives, it is considered obnoxious and unacceptable to give a direct command. To minimize the directness or “impact” of the command, Filipinos use paki nga or maki- so as not to offend.

Even a boss in the office would use ‘paki-’ the equivalent of “please” in English, in giving a request to a subordinate even when some one is of great and more elusive status int he commnuity.

This is part of the so-called “S.I.R.” coined by Filipino social scientists. SIR stands for Smooth Interpersonal Relationship. Filipinos go to great lengths to avoid offending another’s feelings which is why they have this linguistic social convention. It is also part of this whole system of pakikisama and pakikipagkapwa-tao. Pakikisama is the opposite of individualism.

In Filipino culture, a person who has no pakikisama is a loner, an individualist disdained by others who seek his company. He does not know how to “go with the crowd.” A related word is makibagay, “to conform” with the group in order to maintain a Smooth Interpersonal Relationship.

Pakikisama is also sharing one’s wealth, talent, time and self with fellow human beings as in bayanihan, working together for a common good (with or without regard for monetary remunerationor favor in return for the acts).

Politics and culture in my opinion should not be and cannot be separated because it is quite obvious that there is culture in politics and there is politics in culture.Both indespensable from each other , the other would fail to exist or sustain the existence if one is missing.
A Politician as waht we call them (previously statesmen) will positively grant the requests and demands of his family, partymates, and friends or non friends for that matter just to ensur the security of support formt hem comes election period....

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