Do you have Ninong and Ninang ?

Philippines
October 15, 2008 6:14am CST
Most of the Filipino children have Ninong (God father) and Ninang (God mother). They often go to their Ninong and Ninang during Christmas day to visit them and ask for their Christmas gifts. I heard that some Ninong and Ninang sometimes are hiding every Christmas day because they have a lot of God children. They can't buy a Christmas gifts for all of their God children so they think hiding is the best solution.. very clever he he.. Do you have a Ninong and Ninang? What gifts do they usually gives for you? Thank yo for sharing. Have a nice day.
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@iamcdy (1120)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
I do have a Ninong and a Ninang. Yup, only a pair. I guess when I was baptized, only a pair of two of Godparents are allowed because now, you can get as many as 15 pairs! I usually receive money from them during Christmas. But now, I am the one who gives them gifts because I already have a job and earn money. It is good to have a Ninang. She acts like my second mother who gives me advice and she took care of me when I was still a small kid. Now I already have about 21 Godchildren. That's a lot. So I am a Ninang myself already huh!
@carmela0210 (1591)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
i have 4 ninangs and 3 ninongs but sad to say their are only 2 of them left here in our place, most of my god parents was my dad's classmates during his early years at work, and most of them dont have families of their own, but when they have it already they tend to live in different place, but one of my god parents was my aunt, my father's sister, and im really close to them, but during christmas im not expecting gift from them anymore, i more like to give them gifts than expect from them, anyways im too old for it,lol!!ill just ask gift from my boyfriend!!!heheheh
• Armed Forces Canada, Europe, Middle East
16 Oct 08
I do have lots of Ninong and Ninang but non of them even thought of giving me gifts, disappointed but i'm okay with that.
@mykmari_08 (2467)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I believe every baptized child has his or her ninangs and ninongs, even at least one. I know I have one godfather and one godmother when I was baptized because this is what I read in my baptismal certificate. I personally know my ninang because she's a former co-employee of my mother in the government service, and I used to visit her in the office. I even recall giving her a Christmas card once. Aside from this, I personally chose her to be one of our ninangs (wedding principal sponsors) when my husband and I got married. Honestly, I find her so kind and accommodating and I'm really not after the cash or gift she's going to give us then. With regards to my ninong, I have never seen him in person, as far as I can remember. But nonetheless, I'm still thankful that he stood as my ninong when I was baptized. Personally, I already have a handful of godchildren as of now. And honestly, I do experience being cashless at times even at Christmastime. When this happens, I don't literally hide from them but I do admit to them, if ever they visit me, that I don't have cash at the moment. If it so happens that I have material gifts for them or cooked/baked foods, those are what I give them for the meantime.
@kissie34 (2296)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Yes, of course I have 2 pairs of Ninong and Ninang.. Well, my Ninong and Ninang are not hiding during Christmas because most of them are very far where am I staying .. But when I was a kid, they always give me present during Christmas.. My Ninongs always gave me money as their present so that I will buy the things that I like to have while my Ninangs always give me a gift like dress, clothes, pants, bags, etc.. They only sometimes give me money.. I guess my Ninongs are just very lazy choosing gifts for me they rather give money at least they will not be tired of thinking the best gift for me..
@tryxiness (4549)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I know I have but I have not seen them for years I guess. I grew up really without them giving me gifts because we left the place where I was born and we seldom visit the place. But it's ok.
@24Champ (465)
15 Oct 08
I haven't seen them in ages. Hahaha. Now I know how it feels like as I myself have been asked to be a Godfather many times in the past (for baptism or for wedding). I don't even know or have not even met some of my "inaanaks". But I am not hiding. Well, sort of. Heheh.
@mhae15 (744)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
I don't have godparents.. But most of the Filipino children have Godparents.. When Christmas day, they visited their Godparents to give them some gifts.. Happy mylotting friend..
@rainmark (4309)
15 Oct 08
My mother said i got only godmother when i was baptized in visayas but i never seen her personally coz i was baby when we moved to mindanao. Until now i didn't know about her so every xmas i don't have a present from her. Next time when i see her im gonna ask a 24 presents from her as she never given me anything in 24 years hahaha.
@alena824 (377)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Yes, most Filipino children have godparents. It's almost a norm that when a couple are expecting a baby, they decide on who they want to stand as the child's godparent. Nowadays, it is their friends or relatives who present themselves for the 'job'. Unfortunately, people seem to have forgotten what being a godparent means. It is not about gifts whether on the day of baptism or on Christmas or birthdays. That's just a bonus. The role played by godparents is much more than just gift-giving. It is to stand as second parents to the children, especially if something should happen to the parents. It is not just about keeping friends or stacking up on gifts. That's why you have kids with a dozen pairs of godparents. This is not a collection or a contest. It is about choosing people you believe will guide your kids as they go through life. So, you don't need lots of them. One or two will do, as long as they will be people you can trust the life of your children with. Godparents must really take their role seriously.