When we were kids, while visiting a relative’s house, it is not uncommon to hear our parents say, “Bless tita.” And we would obediently “bless”them. Why do we do that?
“Mano”, the Filipino term for this act literally means “hand”in spanish. This signifies, the elder passing on their blessings to the young ones.
Now, they say tradition is lost on the youth. Younger generations tend to forget passed on teachings of the older ones in favor of going with the flow. This simple act tells me otherwise.
It reminds me that even in a world where respect seems overrated, a little Filipino-ness could make it all better. 🙂