Family: The Basic Unit of Society
My parents and sisters, on December 24, 2004, at our home in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines: Karen, Kim, Daddy, Niña, Mommy, and Lovelle
Long gone were the days when the typical Filipino family's home was a báhay kubò, the typical Filipino parent was unreasonably authoritative and did rule with iron hands, and the typical child was voiceless and timidly submissive.
The modern Filipino home is made of concrete, not too lavish but secure enough to provide comfort and safety. The modern Filipino parents are those who listen first to their children's points of view before suggesting (not imposing) theirs; who guide and lead by example, not shove and rule by fear. The modern Filipino child is strong-willed yet respectful, reserved but broad-minded, independent yet compassionate, and, as always, responsible.