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Batangas Literature Reflecting Unique Batangueno Traits: Bridge to Cultural Development
Batangas province in the Philippines is proud of its cultural heritage, particularly the Batangas literature which reflects the unique characteristics of the Batanguenos, their life and culture. The cultural development of the people goes along with the development of Batangueno literature which places a tremendous emphasis especially in poetry songs, and folktales mostly drawn from real life. The writers have put themselves in the service of the society when they intend their works as agents of social change. Hence, this research seeks to identify from the people of different communities in Batangas the most common among the existing forms of Batangueno literature, and to find out what unique traits that contribute to the development of Batangas culture are transmitted to the younger Batanguenos. Findings revealed that the most common forms of Batangas folk literature are folksongs as town hymns, poetry in forms of luwa (religious songs) and proverbs, also folktales. Unique Batangueno traits such as nationalism, religiosity, ad positive attitude towards life stem from the town hymns and luwa. Proverbs capture the Batanguenos' honor and faithfulness, love and respect for parents and elders, social relationships, sacrifice and love for others and economic security, endurance and industry. These unique Batangueno traits are used to check human flaws in society and improve their spiritual and social relations and work together to achieve developmental goals. To further pursue cultural development specifically provincial progress, each family which is the basic unit of society, the local government, educational institutions and other sectors concerned with the improvement of society must continue to enrich the use of existing literature where values maybe deduced, applied ot their everyday life and passed on to the younger generations.
Unique Traits, Literature, Culture And Development
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