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  • 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


Sevilla-Bernardo, Conchitina. The Compleat Filipino. Manila: Anvil, 1997.



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