Features

10 Things You'll Only Hear At A Filipino Family Reunion

Yup, you already know what to expect on the next riotous holiday family get-together.
PHOTO Star Cinema

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.

  1. "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.

  2. "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
  3. "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 BELOW
    Recommended Videos
  4. "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.

  5. "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.

  6. "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!"

  7. "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
  8. "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.

  9. "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. 

  10. "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. 

What happens at your family reunion? Leave a comment and share all the embarrassing details!

your REACTION
CUTE

0

HEART

0

OMG

0

YAY

0

/////////////////////////////
COMMENTS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION BELOW!
Comments
VIEW more ARTICLES ABOUT
About the author
Jean Natividad
Contributing Writer
Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM Jean

Candy Bulletin

Welcome!
What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
Reminder: Posts will be subject for approval by the Candy team, and may be shared on our online channels. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are strictly prohibited. Only original work must be submitted.
Hi, you!
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
or
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
Photo
Video
SoundCloud

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post
latest on CandyMag.com
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
Napupuyat ka ba because of these groups or are you normal?
 
x
Share
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
Bulletin
A community page where you can share your feels and show your skills! Learn more here

PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

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.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis A day ago
your REACTION
Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!
/////////////////////////////
CONNECT WITH US