Framing Ginhawa as The Filipino Urban Poors Aspirations:
An Ethnographic-Semantic Sketch
Gerard Panggat Concepcion
Baseco as the community case study, is a slum community in the
Philippines where many Filipino urban poor dwell. Everyday survival is their
priority just to make ends meet. Unfortunately in most families, perseverance
and hard work does not necessarily guarantee food on their tables. With this,
aspirations are versed as everyday expressions and statements. This paper
explores the different expressions and statements of the Filipino urban poors
aspirations in their lives. The researcher used Filipino Ethnography as method in
the attempt to capture the informants experiences, sentiments, and aspirations.
The study revealed different meanings and levels of aspirations in terms of
fiancial, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of the individual.
In the end, the paper proposes the Filipino concept ginhawa in viewing,
understanding, and addressing the totality of the Filipino urban poors aspirations.
This study may eventually help to better understand the Filipino personhood,
for the policy-makers, project planners, social workers both in the Government
and Church, in alleviating poverty and other social problems in the Philippines.
Keywords: Ginhawa, Filipino Urban Poor, Baseco, Ethnography, Semantics