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#336 Money Dance

At Filipino weddings, the money dance is usually announced and the male guests line up in front of the bride, pinning money on her dress or veil, then dance with her.

The same routine when it will be the turn of the bridegroom, only the female guests line up. Money is pinned onto the newly married couple’s garments, representing the wish that good fortune is “rained” upon them, while also helping the couple financially as they begin their life together. (Source: Wikipedia)

Long live Philippine wedding traditions!

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#306 La Mano

A fast disappearing tradition of respect, la mano (Spanish for ‘the hand”) is a practice of placing the back of the hand of an elder ( a grandparent, aunt, uncle or a dear elderly family friend, etc.) to one’s forehead as a sign of respect.

When a parent introduced a child to an elderly relative or friend, the child has to acknowledge the visitor by politely stepping forward and placing the back of the hand to his forehead. The child also has to say as a greeting “Mano po.”  Unfortunately, this tradition is fast disappearing since the time Filipino parents have ‘modernized’ their child rearing to Western standards (read: more liberal, less ‘Filipino’).

Nowadays, it is becoming rare that one sees the la mano tradition although some families still practice it to instill a more conservative behavior in their offspring.

Mabuhay ang la mano!


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#147 Anting-Anting

Anting-anting for sale in Quiapo

When it comes to “anting-anting” (talisman) the Filipino is not in short supply of secret powders and objects that protect the owner or wearer from the evil eye, misfortunes and sundry calamities.

Just visit the sidewalks along Quiapo Church in Manila and one sees a row of vendors selling anting-anting in various shapes, sizes, forms and quality that suit one’s needs and demands. The supertitious tradition remains alive through the centuries and has securely rooted itself in the Filipino psyche despite the inroads Christianity has made in the last 600 years in the archipleago.

There are a variety of talismans ranging from shark’s teeth, magic bullets to bronze necklace hangers of the infant Jesus. The anting-anting as object is a throve of mystic and folkloric art that teases the eye and the imagination. Thus in anting-anting folklore the fears, hopes and optimistic bravado of the Pinoy simmer and surface in a fascinating brew limited only by one’s belief or conviction.

Mabuhay ang anting-anting!


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#128 Karaoke

Some Filipinos claim that the “karaoke” is a Pinoy invention, but the debates are still raging and the verdict is still not out. Whether or not this claim can be buttressed with solid proof and arguments, one thing is sure— the karaoke is a social phenomenon in the Philippines that can trigger a fight or an unforgettable, friendly fun.

A Filipino party today is never complete without the ear-busting karaoke segments where Filipinos would try to outdo each other with their vocal talents, either proven or newly acquired. Stand-alone karaoke machines can be found in the unlikeliest settings, on the sidewalks, in the garage, including outdoors (under the coconut tree) in rural areas where men can sometimes be seen singing early in the morning.

The Pinoy maybe a midget in height and other endeavours, but he surely swaggers and walks tall in karaoke-land, unloading the biggest claims. Since singing is almost a sport in the Philippines your audience will demand not only determination and endurance but also heroism. And Filipinos, who pride themselves on their singing, may have a lower tolerance for bad singers. So watch out before you stake your claim in a karaoke contest, particularly those involving the slightly drunk and when the boasting and singing will compete with the most raucous and provocative insults.

Yes, the Filipino can! That is, sing and lob the most ear-deafening insult when it comes to the karaoke. But try for starters a friendly karaoke event. That’s when one often discover some of the most genuine (and revealing) Filipino traits that range from comradely support, praise to colorful verbal insults.

 Mabuhay ang karaoke!

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Launching of 365 GPS

The launching and first entry/posting for 365 Great Pinoy Stuff will be on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2010.

Your own favorite Pinoy stuff?  Send an email to 365gps@gmail.com

Happy New Year!

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