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Pause Muna Sa PDA: Holding Hands While Walking Is Banned During GCQ

No romantic strolls just yet.
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It's official. Come May 16, less strict general community quarantine measures will be in effect in low-risk areas.

Yep, that means you can finally stretch your legs by taking walking, jogging, and even biking outside your house. Thinking about enjoying a sweet stroll with someone special? We're going to stop you right there.

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During an interview, Roque urged the public to practice distancing. And, just because the lockdown is being relaxed, it doesn't mean couples are exempt from some distancing. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, holding hands while walking should be avoided in the meantime.

"Basta wala pong kumpol-kumpulan. Iyong mga mag-asawa po, kinakailangan maghiwalay kayo 'pag naglalakad. Temporary hiwalay muna iyong mga boyfriend... wala munang holding hands habang naglalakad po," Roque told DZMM.

In more good news, the general community quarantine allows sports such as badminton, tennis, table tennis, and the like. Fitness facilities are also allowed to operate as long as the minimum safety requirements are followed.

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This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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