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REVERENCE FOR ELDERS: MANO PO

IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, THERE IS THE CUSTOM OF KISSING THE
HANDS OF ALL THE ELDER PEOPLE IN A FAMILY TO HONOR THEM AS
REPRESENTATIVES OF GOD'S AUTHORITY, AND TO ASK THEIR BLESSINGS
AFTER THE ENTIRE FAMILY HAS GATHERED TO PRAY DURING THE 6 O'CLOCK
ANGELUS. THE ANGELUS AND THE CUSTOM OF MANO PO ARE WIDELY PRACTICED
IN THE PROVINCES BUT NOT SO MUCH IN THE LARGER CITIES.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; QUEZON CITY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT ENTERED BY COLLECTOR

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