I grew up in a home where pagmamano was strictly observed. This was our way of giving respect to the elderly. And there were specific moments when you are supposed to do this - when you just arrived home and when you're about to leave. Filipinos also have another tradition which is called the orasyon wherein they gather to pray. This is also one of those instances when you are supposed to do the pagmamano (right after praying, that is).
To do this, you need to take the hand (often the right hand) of your lolo, lola, mother, father, uncle, and just about any relative who is older than you (not your cousins or siblings, though) and put it against your forehead.
I am just wondering how this tradition is slowly dying...
Call me old-fashioned but I prefer to see kids do [this honoring gesture].
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I used to prefer the peck on the cheek but when I read about this custom and just how unique it is, my husband and I decided that we need to bring it back to our household. And so my kids are used to doing the mano when they arrive at or leave our home.
One baby step at a time, I believe this respectful gesture can survive.
So cool ba ang magmano? But, of course. What's not cool about a youngster who gives utmost respect to the elderly?
I mean, I've met a few grandparents who do not find it cool to have their grandkids do this. They'd rather have a kiss on the cheek than be respected in this manner. I dunno, call me old-fashioned but I prefer to see kids do this. This is very Pinoy and there's something about it that sets the elderly apart, in a most respectful way. I mean, you can do beso-beso (kiss on the cheek) with your friends but you don't do pagmamano.
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