There is a close family tie among Filipino families. Long time ago, every family lives with a couple, their children, the parents of the couple, and sometimes, with the siblings of the couple.
These days, that is still acceptable though some of the families already learned to live in their own. Because most people can already live independently from their other family members and can only have their partner in life and children to live with them, but are still very oriented with the custom of staying close to the family where they came from, they adopt the idea of making a ‘compound’.
A ‘compound’ is a large piece of land separated from other people from the neighbourhood through gates or walls and have more than one house inside. The houses inside the walls of the huge piece of land that were separated from the others are owned by different families from the same origin.
Even when you don’t live in such a compound, family reunions are still very common. In fact, Filipino families are very close knit up to 2nd or 3rd degree!