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Filipino Culture Characteristics and Health Care Beliefs and Practices
The Mananambals and Their Functions in Philippine Culture
Description
As a reflection of an enriched and ingrained culture of the Philippines, the diverse
practices of certain Filipinos across the state were heavily influenced by different
countries as shown to their everyday way of living. In a certain area, variety of habitual
practices were inherited by the members of the community that are still continually
existing up to this present time. One evident example is the “Mananambals” located in
the Iligan City of the Northern Mindanao. They are notably known as “folk healers” as they
depict their traditional means of seeking health care through applying an old-style nature
of diagnosing and healing illnesses and diseases within their native lands.
Feelings
Prior to reading this qualitative study of Crisol and Oledan (2017), I was mindfully excited
to devour my consciousness with Mindanao’s customary habits and I was right. My eyes
were immensely opened upon reading the journal due to the factor of how rich Philippine
culture is in the first place, especially in the southern part of the Philippines. It felt strange
and it made me think on how Spain and China tremendously predisposed the belief and
health system of the indigenous population of Iligan. This brought me to the notion of how
“Mananambals” are deeply rooted to the connection of spiritual realm and physical world.
After reading it, admittedly, it was odd to see how they view a certain disease and how
they properly treat them. I felt accomplished and cultured afterward since it was beautiful
to know where they are coming from and how they perceive and practice health differently
to my own viewpoint.
Evaluation
On the brighter side, it is remarkable to note on how “Mananambals” see distinct ailments
as an imbalance to the wellness of a specific person. They are used to conducting rituals
and prayers to alleviate the sickness of the patient. This phenomenon only displays
nativity and how they pay high respect to the traditions they have exposed to. But on the
undesirable side, it exposes on how the general health delivery system of our country,
especially among the indigenous sector, is unfairly given to its constituents.
Analysis
Hence, despite of the modern health scheme we have in this country, it is still irrefutable
to acknowledge on how minority groups are still being neglected with basic human rights
which is seeking proper healthcare with advanced means. Even if they are accustomed
to uncivilized habits, they still should have the openhanded access to the present
healthcare we are experiencing today, without the fear of being culturally ignored.
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Moreover, this is a clear depiction of how they are anchored in natural causes and the
practice that still heavily relies on the supernatural and the mystic. Instead of relying on
scientific method of treating a certain disease, the usage of holy water, folk medicines,
and oils are their primary instruments for healing. Due to this, the probability of having
accurate diagnosis is unimaginably lesser. As supported by the study of Berdon et al.
(2016), most of the mananambals” claim that their healing abilities originated from their
ancestors and are passed on through the next generation, while some confessed that
they obtained their healing abilities through apparitions. Overall, this only shows on how
inaccessible healthcare is among their community, thus it greatly affects their lifestyle and
health seeking behaviors over time.
Conclusion
From this occurrence, I learned that health is highly subjective to each and every one of
us. Some practices could be deemed unusual; some could be narrated as strange. Also,
I am much more aware with the role of culture in the lives of people. I learned that it seems
pretty unnoticeable that we are engaging in a community every single day and we are
programmed to adapt each customary habit. This explains on why majority of the Filipinos
are profoundly rooted to the kind of practices they were exposed to. In addition, I gained
this knowledge that there is still an on-going callout for a just and accessible healthcare
among Filipinos with different origins.
Action Plan
In the near future, it is important to know this phenomenon because as a nurse, this is
crucial for me in providing health care to be culturally congruent and to be open-minded
while familiarizing myself with the reality of the health status in the Philippines. I should
be more proactive in a sense where population of the indigenous will always be prioritized
and heard. If the right time comes, I should be culturally aware and empathetic when they
choose to resort on medical treatments they were used to. I should be an advocate and
a knowledgeable health care provider in guiding them towards a proper, evidence-based,
and aligned methods of treating diseases. By the continuous exposure to variety of beliefs
and traditions from different areas, I will address the needs of my patients despite of their
culture without establishing anxiety and/or fear towards them. I will be more certain with
discarding definitive stereotypes to deliver the utmost attention and care provision. With
that being said, I will see health as holistic as it is to cater my patients in order for them
to build a new habit towards an optimal wellness they truly deserve.
Reference: Crisol, L. G., & Oledan, E. J. (2017). The Mananambals and Their Functions in Philippine Culture.
https://www.msuiit.edu.ph/academics/colleges/cass/research/langkit/2017/Article%205.pdf

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Filipino Culture Characteristics and Health Care Beliefs and Practices The Mananambals and Their Functions in Philippine Culture Description As a reflection of an enriched and ingrained culture of the Philippines, the diverse practices of certain Filipinos across the state were heavily influenced by different countries as shown to their everyday way of living. In a certain area, variety of habitual practices were inherited by the members of the community that are still continually existing up to this present time. One evident example is the “Mananambals” located in the Iligan City of the Northern Mindanao. They are notably known as “folk healers” as they depict their traditional means of seeking health care through applying an old-style nature of diagnosing and healing illnesses and diseases within their native lands. Feelings Prior to reading this qualitative study of Crisol and Oledan (2017), I was mindfully excited to devour my consciousness with Mindanao’s customary habits and I was right. My eyes were immensely opened upon reading the journal due to the factor of how rich Philippine culture is in the first place, especially in the southern part of the Philippines. It felt strange and it made me think on how Spain and China tremendously predisposed the belief and health system of the indigenous population of Iligan. This brought me to the notion of how “Mananambals” are deeply rooted to the connection of spiritual realm and physical world. After reading it, admittedly, it was odd to see how they view a certain disease and how they properly treat them. I felt accomplished and cultured afterward since it was beautiful to know where they are coming from and how they perceive and practice health differently to my own viewpoint. Evaluation On the brighter side, it is remarkable to note on how “Mananambals” see distinct ailments as an imbalance to the wellness of a specific person. They are used to conducting rituals and prayers to alleviate the sickness of the patient. This phenomenon only displays nativity and how they pay high respect to the traditions they have exposed to. But on the undesirable side, it exposes on how the general health delivery system of our country, especially among the indigenous sector, is unfairly given to its constituents. Analysis Hence, despite of the modern health scheme we have in this country, it is still irrefutable to acknowledge on how minority groups are still being neglected with basic human rights – which is seeking proper healthcare with advanced means. Even if they are accustomed to uncivilized habits, they still should have the openhanded access to the present healthcare we are experiencing today, without the fear of being culturally ignored. Moreover, this is a clear depiction of how they are anchored in natural causes and the practice that still heavily relies on the supernatural and the mystic. Instead of relying on scientific method of treating a certain disease, the usage of holy water, folk medicines, and oils are their primary instruments for healing. Due to this, the probability of having accurate diagnosis is unimaginably lesser. As supported by the study of Berdon et al. (2016), most of the “mananambals” claim that their healing abilities originated from their ancestors and are passed on through the next generation, while some confessed that they obtained their healing abilities through apparitions. Overall, this only shows on how inaccessible healthcare is among their community, thus it greatly affects their lifestyle and health seeking behaviors over time. Conclusion From this occurrence, I learned that health is highly subjective to each and every one of us. Some practices could be deemed unusual; some could be narrated as strange. Also, I am much more aware with the role of culture in the lives of people. I learned that it seems pretty unnoticeable that we are engaging in a community every single day and we are programmed to adapt each customary habit. This explains on why majority of the Filipinos are profoundly rooted to the kind of practices they were exposed to. In addition, I gained this knowledge that there is still an on-going callout for a just and accessible healthcare among Filipinos with different origins. Action Plan In the near future, it is important to know this phenomenon because as a nurse, this is crucial for me in providing health care to be culturally congruent and to be open-minded while familiarizing myself with the reality of the health status in the Philippines. I should be more proactive in a sense where population of the indigenous will always be prioritized and heard. If the right time comes, I should be culturally aware and empathetic when they choose to resort on medical treatments they were used to. I should be an advocate and a knowledgeable health care provider in guiding them towards a proper, evidence-based, and aligned methods of treating diseases. By the continuous exposure to variety of beliefs and traditions from different areas, I will address the needs of my patients despite of their culture without establishing anxiety and/or fear towards them. I will be more certain with discarding definitive stereotypes to deliver the utmost attention and care provision. With that being said, I will see health as holistic as it is to cater my patients in order for them to build a new habit towards an optimal wellness they truly deserve. Reference: Crisol, L. G., & Oledan, E. J. (2017). The Mananambals and Their Functions in Philippine Culture. https://www.msuiit.edu.ph/academics/colleges/cass/research/langkit/2017/Article%205.pdf Name: Description: ...
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