HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 27 no. 1 (2006)

Gabriel Marcel on the Mystery of the Filipino Family

Mark Anthony P. Canios

Discipline: Family and Relationships, Society



Through the years, the importance and value of the family has been challenged as societies and civilizations continue to move forward. With the opposing values of materialism and hedonism so rampant now in society, the quintessential question remains, that is: what can make a family to be together, to be one, to be resilient despite the challenges and signs of the times?


In a lecture entitled, The Mystery of the Family, Gabriel Marcel, an existentialist, phenomenologist, theist, and humanist philosopher, outlines his distinct way of looking at the family. He proposes, at the same time, creative means and schemes, which could improve and appraise familial relationships. This paper thus examines what Marcel has outlined in his lecture. However, in examining the mystery that is, the family, the discussion will not only delve solely on Marcel’s ideas but will also make references to the social realities of the Filipino family. pag-aaral tungkol sa mga kuwento ni Rosario Lingat. Tanging si Soledad Reyes ang tumalakay nang pahapyaw sa mga kuwento ni Lingat tulad sa mga sanaysay na “The Fiction of Rosario de Guzman Lingat” (Philippine Studies, 1996), “Si Rosario de Guzman Lingat sa Bukang- Liwayway sa Kanyang Tag-araw” (Pagbasa sa Panitikan at Kulturang Popular: Piling Sanaysay, 1976-1996, 1997) at “Ang Alaala ni Rosario de Guzman Lingat” (Filipino Magazine, Enero 4, 1997). Gayunma’y hindi maliklikang sinuri ni Reyes ang mga napili niyang kuwento at hindi rin niya itinuon ang pagsusuri sa mga tauhang babae ni Lingat. Wala pa ngang pag-aaral tungkol sa katangian ng mga babaeng karakter sa mga kuwento ni Lingat kaya masasabing ito pa lamang ang una sa ganitong pag-aaral.