M and I were going around talking to wedding gown designers the other day, and then she asked me: “What are ninongs and ninangs for?” Narealize ko na hindi nga pala lahat ng wedding traditions and beliefs ay parepareho. Filipino weddings and wedding preps are riddled with tradition and superstitions.
Here are some of the kookier superstitions and traditions that I’ve heard/witnessed over the years:
Tears for pearls.
Filipino brides are not supposed to wear pearls. Ansabi nila the number of pearls you have on you on your wedding day would be the number of times you will cry over your marriage
Although this may make you nostalgic for the Kris Aquino/Claudine Barretto movie tandem, this superstitious belief is quite a thing and adhered to be almost every Filipino family that I know – the superstition dictates that one cannot marry within a year of your sibling’s wedding, otherwise great tragedy shall befall you, i.e. matetepok ka daw ang nagsukob.
Well, this may actually be romantic and not that kooky. In olden times, pamamanhikan basically was the guy’s family going over to the girl’s family to discuss the terms of surrender… ilang kalabaw ang katumbas ng babae or some what-not. These days wala na namang pagaalay ng kalabaw or kambing, just the guy’s parents and relatives heading over to the girl’s parents’ home for a meet and greet—and maybe size each other up.
Magtapon ng gamit na panty sa bubong.
The bride is supposed to throw the underwear she’s wearing on the rooftop on the day of her wedding para hindi daw umulan.
Magpakulo ng bato.
Another anti-ulan pamahiin. Directions – Put water in a pot. Drop a stone in the water. Set the stove on high heat. Wait for water to boil. Assures to lessen chance of rain by about 50%.
Step on him.
If the bride “accidentally” steps on the foot of the groom, gagawin nya lahat ng gusto ni misis for the rest of their happily married lives. (Diba “happy wife, happy life??)
Madami pa to I’m sure. Feel free to share your wildest and craziest pamahiin done or heard of.