Filipino Culture and Respect for Elders: “Mano, Po”

 Filipino Culture and Respect for Elders: “Mano, Po”



Filipinos express respect for elders by addressing them with “po” (the Tagalog equivalent of “sir/ma’am”). There’s also a greeting called “mano” that is done in family settings. Esteeming one’s elders is an important part of the culture in the Philippines.

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  • Nakita mo lang pero hindi nyo ginawa hehehe

  • Why do refer to females as Miss in regard to respect?

  • The concept of blessing or asking for a blessing started to be incorporated into the act of "mano" when Filipinos became Catholic. The Mano gesture is traditionally a respectful greeting with a sign of respect for elders.

    The concept of giving or seeking blessings was only introduced to Filipinos from Christian/religious ideology. Either way, it's good to see that the tradition of mano or pagmamano is still alive and being revived. It was almost endangered when the beso-beso/kiss, hugs and shake hands became the preferred greetings of the westernized elite. But the western beso, hugs and shake hands are merely gesture of greetings without the concept of respect. So I'm glad that pagmamano still lives on.

  • From europe originate

  • I agree to what you said.

    Po is actually abreviated version of Apo meaning Lord or Elder.

    So Opo is shortened version of Oo Apo, yes Milord.

  • the mano po is usually answered by the elder with kaawaan ka ng Diyos or God bless you! which she/he may say aloud or to herself only. and we can't hear it. that's why we say: lola pa bless po and do the mano.

  • You got it right… Very nice video contents…. New Sub here from Metropolitan Manilla….

  • Very well said..

  • Thank you for the insight

  • An important reminder when doing the “Mano, Po” it should be done with your head bow with slightly trunk forward. I see children nowadays doing it a wrong and lazy way. 🙁

  • Just to share another insight Kevin, traditionally the Kapangpangans younger ones would practice of reaching the hands of their elder folks whenever being introduced. This is also a customary whenever you visit homes and whenever there’s a gathering amongst relatives and friends. I believe they’re traditionally and still practices this until today compared to other local regions. This is very much alive here in central Luzon, one of the 3 main islands in the Philippines.

  • Watching from Montreal,Quebec.

  • In bicol region we say " bisa po" and the elder said kaawaan ka nin dios.

  • 5:22 To show that's she's really old. lol

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  • EverytimeI I go back home in my province bikol region because of special occasion and then I got home lots of elders I have to Mano them one by one ten to twenty person no one should missed

  • Everything you said is right

  • Mano po means your are respecting elders and giving blessing in return of your elders to you.

  • My filipina friend sent me the link to this video. I didn't know anything about Mano. Thanks for teaching me something new!

  • that rice cooker at the back is legit…

  • One reason why Titos and Titas shy away from receiving mano is because that act is a respect for “elders” and they don’t want to be categorized as “old”. Haha. They welcome a beso (cheeks to cheeks greeting) more. Of course the act is still welcome, but they will sometimes tell you to not do the mano.

  • Mano po isn't just a gesture of respect to elders but also you are asking for a blessing. That elder would say in silent or in a loud voice.. "GOD bless you" or "pagpalain ka ng Diyos" in tagalog.

  • I have plans on going over there to meet lady. I was worried about how to show respect to them and not disrespect some one. Thank you for this and other video's.

  • I guess, if he’s he is not part of your family, but for us if he/she is a close family friend (like good friends with your parents/grandparents) then most of the time your folks would ask you to do ‘mano’

  • Yes mano po is strictly practiced in my family ,,,if we don't mano to our elders it says that you are very disrespectful person.

  • It is Wonderful that they have this great Respect , sadly it Is going away day by day .

  • Your thoughts about the Mano Po/ Po / Opo are quite accurate. Even your previous thoughts about Fictive Kinship are correct. You have assimilated yourself into the Filipino culture so well, I feel you're more Filipino than I am — kidding aside.

    Salamat po.

  • It is also called "bless",besides showing respect towards the elderly,or to you relatives who are blood older noy necessarily age older..provided thry did not disrespect you bigtime,if they did, you have all the right not to mano,,
    It is also a way of putting away negative vibes the other person is carrying with him or her,,or to counter bad energy (usog)..the other person is supposed to bless you,just like a priest do.

  • This is absolutely helpful im going to the Philippines next year to meet my girlfriend

  • "po and opo" use commonly in luzon or tagalog region, visayas and mindanao not often use this.

  • i am 6 years old ……kevin, hey yo !
    have you seen any respect gesture by any young
    lad toward the adults or old people lately in the USA today? 🤣🤣

  • Always bless the elderly in or outside your family.

  • SPOT ON.

  • Kevin, really great video! I remember the first time my in-laws did this to me, I thought I was in trouble! Keep sharing! Philippines is a place I hope to call home one day – kindest people on earth! God bless and Salamat! – Blaise, BF Turnbull, bullwits

  • In short if they are old enough to be your grandparents
    You do mano po as a sign of repsect

    If they are not old enough to be your grandparents
    DO NOT DO MANO PO
    Youre making them look or feel more older than they are😂

  • im a filipino and I dont like doing the "mano" gesture unless the person got gray hair.

  • Im an expat in the Philippines. I learn to use their system of public transportation, What i observed is, they always give the elders their seat. i also noted, they give priority lanes to elders in banks and groceries which this is a part of their culture that i like a lot.

  • "Mano" is Spanish for "hand." Saying "Mano Po" is basically asking the elder for their hand to receive that elder's blessing. This has, however, become a simple kind of greeting for the elderly as well as it is the case for elders who are not related to you.

  • Hi Mr. Kevin. This is an awesome video sir.

  • Mano po gesture mostly done with in the family and close relatives. But for "not family or not relative you can always use the 'po',opo'word when older or call them auntie or uncle (to the parents )..but yes all your observation and explanation were correct..and first common questions to a stranger is asking their age 😂😂and you know why, , so that we /they know how to adress you especially to those people who look like your age otherwise they will just adress you by saying boss/sir/mam .nice video 👍👍👍. Happy new year Kevin!

  • coming home from school,its our practise in our family upon entering the house and i cannot see your parents,i like going round the house to find them to do the Mano Po before i do anything else.its a respect for saying i came back home.its a beautiful feeling.we do not just shout Mom Im home coz its like disrespecting them

  • The 'mano' to parents, grandparents and other elders is a sign of respect but most importantly it's asking for a blessing both coming and going.

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