"Mano"

Philippines
April 20, 2007 9:37pm CST
Do you still show respect to your elders by doing the "mano"? How often do you do it? Also, to whom do you do it? The "mano" is one of the important Filipino traditions that seem to lose its popularity now, which is sad actually. Personally, I still do the "mano" and I don't care if I do it in a public place. To show respect to my elders is important to me and to my being a Filipino. What about you?
6 responses
@lizasese (89)
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
Yes, "pagmamano" is a traditional Filipino tradition I still do and which I am teaching to my kids. It is a tradition that should not be forgotten by Filipinos, coz, "pagmamano", or the action of kissing the hands or placing the hands of elders to your forehead, shows the trait of filipinos of giving respect to the elders, also, it is a sign of asking for blessing from our elders. We should be proud of this tradition, and other Filipino traditions too, because only the Filipinos do this. Foreigners admire us for this, so why should be ashamed in doing it?
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
since i am now here in laguna and my in-laws are not used to mano but instead they kiss, i don't practice it here. but when i go home to the province, most of the time, i make "mano" to my elders. i "mano" to my mom and dad as a sign of respect. i'd also mano to my aunt and uncles and to my lolo and lolas. i mano when i see them. i also mano to a priest or any acquiantance of my parents. i do it anywhere, anytime. if i'd have my own child, i'd teach them to do this. it is a sign for love and respect to the elders and other senior members of the society.
@micamyx (916)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Yes we still do practice MAno especially when I am in Pangasinan. My family members at the mother side taught us about this one and tehy would spank us if we dont!
@lizeri (533)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
I still do that, but sometimes, some elders would prefer to be kissed because it makes them look older than their age (and I think they are the ones who still want to feel young among themselves).
@kiukitsu (291)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
uhm, kind of, especially to my relatives, except my parents haha!
@kenetot18 (452)
• United States
21 Apr 07
not that much coz im here in US but I still use po and opo