It's been well-popularized that Filipinos have an uncanny quality of hospitality built into them. The other side of this is a social culture that pressures for mandatory celebration regardless of...

It’s been well-popularized that Filipinos have an uncanny quality of hospitality built into them. The other side of this is a social culture that pressures for mandatory celebration regardless of economic conditions. A Filipino is simply expected to throw a party for all sorts of occassions, which include all Christian holidays, national holidays, greeting card holidays, graduations and birthdays. This compels the average Filipino to frequently sink into debt in order to maintain the festivities. This debt is compounded by the fact that traditionally, only one member of the family is expected to make income for the entire lot. That is why in this country, pawn shop franchises sprout up at a much greater rate  than Startbucks.

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