Adi’s classmate saw me in school this morning. The little girl went straight to me and did the “mano po” gesture. I was surprised and at the same time, elated to know that children of this generation still value this.
On our way to work later, I reminisced about my good old days at the province wherein children were expected to be home by 6:00 PM to participate on the angelus. Then after that, we were required to do the “mano po” to all the elders around.
We also did the “mano po” whenever we were at my father’s side of the family. There was a quick introduction for each that served as a subtle reminder of how and why we were related. As a very shy child, I did not look forward to meeting my numerous relatives from my father’s side except for some who were very close to us. Now that I am a parent myself, I realize that my children are not given the opportunity to know and bond with their relatives because we live far away from them.
I want my children to grow up knowing about old Filipino traditions and practices. My challenge is to let them embrace what “mano po” is all about. 🙂