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Pinoy Kinship

Family ties are very important in the Philippines. A lot of people unrelated by blood become 'brother' or 'sister', just because they may be in a slightly older generation. And of course, elder blood brothers and sisters are elevated to the status of a second father and mother. It particularly makes sense if there are closely spaced babies and the harried parents find themselves overwhelmed.


I would not be surprised if that is the same situation with regards to these subjects. The baby is probably the youngest sibling or a cousin of the girl carrying him. She would most likely be responsible for feeding, bathing and baby sitting him. In time he will be addressing her as 'ate' and referring to her before making several important decisions. 

Pinoy Kinship

Family ties are very important in the Philippines. A lot of people unrelated by blood become 'brother' or 'sister', just because they may be in a slightly older generation. And of course, elder blood brothers and sisters are elevated to the status of a second father and mother. It particularly makes sense if there are closely spaced babies and the harried parents find themselves overwhelmed.


I would not be surprised if that is the same situation with regards to these subjects. The baby is probably the youngest sibling or a cousin of the girl carrying him. She would most likely be responsible for feeding, bathing and baby sitting him. In time he will be addressing her as 'ate' and referring to her before making several important decisions. 

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Jul 2012, 00:27
Interesting information to go with an interesting image, Ayush.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 17 Jul 2012, 02:55
that is so sweet, and seems a natural way of raising kids... i love this shot and the story behind it
A sweet image, and wonderful write up. The Native Americans are the same way here!
Thay is sweet.
the child is very beautiful Ayush... we were nine children in our family and the older ones always took care of their younger siblings... my mother was a teacher and we all had our own responsibilities to help out... and we are still a very close family....petersmile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Jul 2012, 06:20
That is all very interesting, Ayush; I like the picture
As long as the family wheels are oiled.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 17 Jul 2012, 07:14
Détails intéressants ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Jul 2012, 07:21
This sounds to be a very civilised way of living Ayush
Very interesting Ayush. I suspect they care for each other far better than we do here. Good picture too
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 17 Jul 2012, 09:04
Interesting Ayush. My observation (both personal and general) is that the eldest child is a sort of third adult in the family, though with much less status. Being the eldest they are more able to help than younger siblings but when they were growing up they only had adults as roll models (until the other children are born).
Being the eldest in a large family brings lots of responsibilities but not the special names or respect that you describe.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Nice pictures of Philippine family.
The tiny baby is cute.
Lucy-Maria
An interesting little lesson on how another part of the world lives Ayush.
Different kinship systems are a fascinating topic, Ayush - nice picture, too!
family is a very important institution but difficult to handle, Ayush!
Nice shot and information. I admire the way even the poor in the Philippines, who live in very harsh conditions always have ready smiles.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2012, 20:35
A lovely portrait and fascinating information.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2012, 07:55
Believe it or not, Ayush, I was #3 of 8 children in my family and when the 8th child was born, I was 11. I became a little mommy on the spot and spent many wonderful hours taking care of the new baby as though she were my own! So I totally understand what you have written and shown here. smile
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Jul 2012, 10:38
Interesting Ayush there not much wrong with good family ties.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Jul 2012, 11:08
... and if its her task to do all those things, when will she study and do whatever she needs to uplift herself? A universal problem in developing countries. Because of family ties, the San people refuse to school beyond grade 10. No high school, no tertiary, meantime they have good minds ... It is all very sad to experience.

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