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Utang Na Loob and Hiya

What makes Filipinos "lose face"? Learn about important social values and customs in the Philippines, and you will understand your Filipina lady and her family better.

When it comes to not forgetting favours and kindness, Filipinos and Australians are not much different. A decent Australian knows when he "owes" someone, and so do Filipinos. They call it utang na loob, or just utang in the Philippines. Forgetting this inflames that sense of shame, or hiya. That embarrassment is called nakakahiya, and to be utterly shameless is to be walang hiya. Society in the Philippines is a complex web of utang and paying this back. Vital for Australian Filipino couples to fully understand this.

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