From Wikipilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia
- a Filipino ritual
- The word pamamanhikan was derived form the word, panik (which means to ascend or to climb a house’s flight of stairs)
- permission to wed the affianced pair
- seeks their blessing and approval before getting married.
- the family of the boy goes to the house of the lady to meet up with the family for a formal proposal of marriage
- Ask for her parents blessings to marry their daughter
- The would-be groom is expected to speak to the parents about his intentions
- The would-be groom's parents must call on the bride's parents to gain their approval and to plan the wedding
- This custom appears to have been established by the Philippine pre-colonial Malayan forebears.
- The would-be groom's parents are expected to pay all the wedding expenses
- Nowadays, some couples pay for their own wedding
- The bride's parents may also offer to assist
- It is also an occasion for the parents of the woman to get to know the parents of the man
- These arrangements can be discussed during the pamamanhikan
- The man and his parents bring some pasalubong (gifts)
- It is also at this time that the wedding date is formally set
- The couple become engaged to get married.
- The custom symbolizes honor and respect for the parents
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- Harper, Bambi. "Funerals and Weddings" in Philippine Daily Inquirer 19 July 2005.
Sevilla-Bernardo, Conchitina. The Compleat Filipino. Manila: Anvil, 1997.