"Mano Po" by Jun Impas, 2017

Proclamation No. 479

In 1992, former President Fidel Ramos declared a Moral Recovery Program in response to the need to strengthen the moral resources of the Filipino. We are to exercise values and ideals that are pro-God, pro-people, pro-country, and pro-nature. This led to Proclamation No. 479 signed on October 7, 1994, that celebrates the month of November as the “Filipino Values Month.” It has four pillars:


Mano Po: Values that respect authority

Values shape the success of a society. Unfortunately, the Philippines has been colonized and influenced by different cultures and Filipinos have lost its identity. Keeping tradition is important, but unless it possesses “godly values,” it will merely be a cultural experience. As a God-fearing nation, moral values shaped our independence.

Filipino values will save the country

Unfortunately, our moral values are eroding. “Mano po” has been replaced by “Bless,” akin to “aguinaldo” thus undermining its true meaning. In America, they have moral decay because of the lack of respect towards authority. They mock their government with extreme political tolerance. Leftists want to get rid of tradition, and disrespect to elders has become common. Filipinos must keep values alive, especially those that respect authority.

→ Pasay City Values Formation Program

Values is important to God.

The most powerful value in the Bible is “loving God and others.” With it comes respect, kindness, camaraderie, and integrity. For example, Filipinos are known for hospitality, “Miski sino, welcome sa bahay. Buong barangay imbitado kapag may piging.” Similarly, our ability to love is demonstrated by our desire to help others in God’s family. Another example is Moses’ values. He tells us to “blind our eyes to petty criticism” (Ex. 16:8, 16-20). In the same way, our Lolo & Lola tells us “Huwag maging balatsibuyas.”

Ultimately, Jesus has demonstrated for us all the pillars of Filipino values. We can learn a lot from Him as we promote and encourage others to adhere to and practice Filipino Values.

Ugaling Pinoy o Filipino values na dapat tularan ng kabataan.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)


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