4 Sneaky Ways to Collect More Pamasko This Year
The cold breeze, twinkling lights, sticker collecting for Starbucks planners, new movies for MMFF and of course the insanely heavy traffic (well, may we get that all year round now) — that’s right, it’s December again!
If Christmas was a global competition, Philippines would be a shoe in for first place with our country preparing for the yuletide season as early as September (Christmas in Our Hearts is already playing on the radio by this time) and finishes off the merriment until January – the longest Christmas celebration in the world.
One of the most popular Filipino traditions during Christmas time is the giving of pamasko especially from ninongs and ninangs (godfather and godmother). The giving of pamasko is a Filipino tradition that aims to strengthen social and communal linkages, bonding with the family and close friends.
Though this is the time of year when money is spent more than saved, this can be also the time to gain some cash with the help of pamasko. Today, we are listing some ways you can collect more pamasko!
1. Be the bibo kid of your family Christmas party
For most Pinoys, Christmas means big family reunions where even relatives from abroad go back home to celebrate the holidays. This Christmas party tradition usually includes the following:
• Salo-salo – Filipinos are known to be lavish with food and Christmas is no exception. The handaan is usually in potluck where guests give it their best efforts in cooking the best dish.
Yes, Lumpia will always be present
• Performances – Pinoy Christmas parties will never be complete without a song and dance number to entertain the guests.
Pamasko Tip: Bring out your A game! Bust out your best moves, sing your heart out or showcase your hidden talent. After all, the best performance brings home a prize (usually in cash!). Best part is you also get to bring joy to the party. That’s a win-win.
Take the cue from Mean Girls’ iconic Jingle bell rock dance routine
• Parlor games – Games often make-up the bulk of the program. Traditional Pinoy parlor games include the newspaper dance, bring me, relays, longest line, trip to Jerusalem.
Pamasko Tip:Join all the games. You’ll never know when you are going to win. Try and try until you succeed mga bes!
As early as now, strategize your moves in the newspaper dance
- Exchange gifts – also called the Monito/Monita. This is probably the most awaited part of the party where “Secret Santas” reveal themselves and give their gifts to the person they have picked. If you’re lucky enough, you might receive the item from your wish list.
2. Mano to your ninong and ninang
Mano is a Filipino tradition wherein the elder gives blessing to the younger person. The one who is receiving the blessing would bow their head, take the right hand of the elder, and place it on their forehead. It’s a sign of respect as well to the elder persons when someone younger than them asked for their hands to “Mano”.
Pamasko Tip: The mano also serves as your first greeting to your ninongs and ninangs upon arrival to the Christmas party, therefore establishing your presence at the party. It’s like saying: “Yes I am here, ninong and ninang!” Hopefully, this will remind them to give you some pamasko 😀
3. Make sure to know all your relatives
Most often than the not, Filipinos come from big families and not all relatives can know each and every one at Christmas family reunions.
In marketing, there is such a thing called brand awareness. This is the stage where customers are already familiar with the distinctive qualities or image of the particular product or service achieved through various marketing strategies. Did you know that you can also use this popular principle at your family Christmas Party?
Pamasko Tip: To build your personal brand awareness (by this, I mean to establish yourself at the party), you simply have to know and converse with all your relatives. It’s time to ditch your phone during Christmas party and instead, personally know all your titos, titas, third cousins, fourth cousins etc. Introduce yourself and strike up a conversation with them. Aside from strengthening your family ties, this gesture will make them to remember you. On the next Christmas party, who knows maybe they’ll also remember you enough to give you a pamasko .
4. Perfect your vocals for Christmas carols
“Sa may bahay ang aming bati..” – when you hear the first line of this song only means one thing: Christmas carolers are already at your gate, asking for a pamasko. It is also a Filipino Christmas tradition where carollers will be on their feet singing Christmas carols from house to house spreading the spirit of the season through songs.
Pamasko Tip: Form a group and practice your chosen Christmas Carol. It is best to gear away from the Silent Night, Jingle Bells or Ang Pasko ay Sumapit (maybe, you can compose an original song?) Make sure to prepare an impressive performance to make their pamasko worth it!
Though it is fun to collect more pamasko, never lose sight on the true meaning of Christmas which is all about celebrating the love God through the birth of Jour savior, Jesus Christ. Merry Chrsitmas, everyone from all of us here at Tambunting Online!
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