Conservative in words, actions and even in their fashion statement. This is how you describe a traditional Filipina.
These traits symbolizes Filipinas’ uniqueness all over the world, the virtue of a true Maria Clara.
With the passing of times however, these traits are not immune to change. Today, Filipinas have adapted to other cultures and styles from foreign countries.
Nowadays, Filipinas are not quite as demure as they were before. They now know how to go head to head with other people, making sure their opinions as well as decisions are heard and respected by everyone.
This is actually a good thing, the Maria Clara virtue that marks a true Filipina is still retained, but with a bit of flair and style.
Filipina women are now confident with who they are and what they say. This is a far cry from their usual timid and shy personalities.
The modern Maria Clara, that is the best way to define Filipinas today.
Modest, yet confident and outspoken. Somewhat liberated in fashion and words, but forever conservative in their beliefs and opinions about what is right and wrong. These are opposite extremes that can only be found in a true Filipina woman.
Some may call it old- fashioned, but no matter how they see it, this modern Maria Clara virtue that Filipinas seem to possess is what makes them who they are, and no amount of adaptation and influence can change this.
This virtue may not be genetically inherited, but it is something traditionally important for us, which is why no matter how long time passes, Filipinas will always be known as the Modern Maria Clara.
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