Why I Love “Pasalubongs”!

"Pasalubongs" from a fellow OFW, one of my good friends here in Kuwait. Thanks for the sweet and spicy sampalok (tamarind).
“Pasalubongs” from a fellow OFW, one of my good friends here in Kuwait. Thanks for the sweet and spicy sampalok (tamarind).

Giving “pasalubong” is a Filipino tradition of giving presents of someone who came from a far away place and stayed for quite some time – to a family, relative or friend he or she is meeting again. It is commonly associated with people like us, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). 

Remembrances from Dubai were given as gifts to me by someone special..she is a woman :)
Remembrances from Dubai were given as gifts to me by someone special..she is a woman 🙂

When I have the budget to buy “pasalubongs” for my family and friends back home in the Philippines, of course, I must be honest to say that I look for some things that are not expensive but very helpful and worthy. Chocolates are a must, definitely! While clothes and things for personal use come in second. There are also times that I had a second thought and not sure of what “pasalubong” I have to give to a person who is a bit well off than the rest, so what do I buy? Just something to remember me by; like something which he or she can put or hang in his or her home – most probably something light and handy.

Giving of “pasalubong” also strengthens the bond between families and friends. It shows the Filipino culture of sharing and thoughtfulness. And I do not think we, OFWs are boastful when we give gifts. We are just happy to share. And yes, I can buy “pasalubong” for others,  but it gives me a different gratifying feel to receive “pasalubong” too, pusong Kabayan!

 

 

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