Thursday, November 29, 2007

Panunuyo: American Version

Panunuyo is a Filipino tradition associated with courtship. There are lots of Filipino courtship traditions that are now neglected or taking a back seat in modern Pinoy romantic relationship. Gone are the days of the "harana" (serenade) because young couples nowadays have videoke to boost their relationship. But I am proud to say that I experienced "harana" when I was younger. I am not that old, okay. It was not that long ago actually. And it just so happened that in my province it was still being practiced "that" time. Anyway, I may be a Filipina at heart and a hopeless romantic that is why when I committed myself to this American guy, I had to convince myself that my being a hopeless romantic has to take back seat too.

When my Mike came to the Philippines to visit me, I was only hoping that he will like me and that the feeling will be mutual. I was just hoping that he would pop the question so that I could take the last train ride without looking back. And I was hoping that everything will be fine.

I got what I was hoping for and more. I had the Panunuyo. Well, he didn't chop woods for the wood stove of course because I am using propane for the stove. He didn't fix the fences because our fence is made of concrete. But he did fetch a pail of water... because my water supply that time was too little it wouldn't reach the bathroom. He did paint my window because the old paint was already chipped and worn out. And he did fix me a clothes line so I can hang my laundry in the backyard.

Well, I didn't get the "harana" because he is shy. But I was happy with the effort that he exerted. He showed me that he is willing to embrace my tradition and culture. He showed me how he cares for me. And he showed me how important I am to him. And that sealed the deal.

A pail of water for my bath.

Painting the windows.