10 Things You'll Only Hear At A Filipino Family Reunion
There's no family reunion like a Filipino family reunion. It's loud, loaded with food, and teeming with presents and aguinaldo. We can't help but feel #blessed that we're such a family-oriented country. This makes all occasions, most especially the holidays, extra colorful.
On top of your list of holiday parties is probably your big family reunion. It's that yearly gathering where you don't recognize half of the guests; all you know is you're all related somehow. This time of the year can be all sorts of things—weird, awkward, confusing, but also fun and rewarding.
To get you a bit more excited for your upcoming family reunion, we put together common remarks you should expect to hear from various relatives.
"Ay, ang laki mo na!" Your tita, whom you only see once in a year, only ever says this to you, well, once a year.
"Mag-mano ka sa tito/tita/lolo/lola mo." And there are hundreds of them! It's quite tiring, but you totally get that feeling of being respected, especially after your nephews and nieces do the same to you.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"Kaninong anak ka nga?" Because every Baby is your tita and every Boy is your tito, relatives can get confused when you greet them and they give you aguinaldo.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
"Nagustuhan mo ba 'yung mga pinadala ko?" How can you not? Your favorite aunt from abroad always sends you enough clothes, shoes, makeup, and accessories to get you through all the holiday parties.
"Anak, sing for your tito/tita." The youngest kids in the reunion always fall prey to this, but they sure don't mind as long as they get a little extra aguinaldo.
"Kailan ba ikakasal si <insert name of cousin here>?"Eager aunts and uncles will always tease young ladies in the family. Even a little show of domestication can earn you a "Pwede nang mag-asawa!"
"Buhay pa ba si <insert name of old relative here>?" This is a little shocking to hear, but in a huge family with relatives really young and really old, it's a little difficult to keep track of everyone.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"Honor student 'yang anak ko!" Your mom and dad will always be proud of you. They take family reunions as their chance to make sweeping declarations about your wits and talents.
"I did it my way!" or "You've lost that loving feeling. Whoa, that loving feeling." A Filipino family reunion with no karaoke is unimaginable, unacceptable, and utterly preposterous. After a few drinks, expect a drunken uncle to sing his heart out.
"O, kodakan na!" A youngster in the family will always be confused as to what this means. Towards the end of the party, someone always announces the photo op when families in color-coordinated outfits line up for snapshots.
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The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
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