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Pascuhan sa La Laguna

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Opening their gifts! This is an age-old Filipino custom that my family is conserving every 6th of January. Some far-flung barrios of La Laguna are still doing this (particularly those in the eastern part). But it appears that we’re the only ones who are celebrating this old Filipino tradition here in San Pedro.

 

Aside from the lively Three Kings festivities in Mabitac, some parts of La Laguna still celebrate the centuries-old custom of Christmas gift-giving on that date (6th of January). A few remote barrios in Liliw, Mabitac, Nagcarlán, Pagsanján, and Santa Cruz still practise the old “pascuhan” tradition wherein children visit their godparents for Christmas freebies, and parents surprise their children with gifts. This custom is obviously of Hispanic origin and is still being practised by many Spanish-speaking countries. The gift-giving commemorates the famous Nativity scene wherein the Three Wise Men from the Orient (popularly known as the Three Kings, a Catholic tradition) visited the child Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, thus recognizing Him as the newborn King of the world.

Culled from my debut book, LA LAGUNA The Heart of the Philippines. Coming very soon! Happy Three Kings everyone! 😀

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  1. antoniomarquessans

    Hola ,Pepe,los reyes magos han sido generosos con migo este ao ,me han traido un reloj y una bicicleta, (he sido buen chico este ao)a los chicos malos les traen carbon,(comestible ,hecho con azucar.) Una tradicion muy espaola. Feliz dia de Reyes. Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:45:28 +0000 To: antoniomarquessans@hotmail.com

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  2. Sr. Pepe:

    Felicitaciones.

    Nabasa ko po ang ilan sa inyong mga tala (blogpost) sa bitacora na ito, at maliwanag po sa akin ang inyong posisyon ukol sa Rebolusyong 1896 at Katipunan. Alam ko po rin na kayo’y monarquista. Tanong ko lang po, kung mabuti po sa inyo, paano niyo po ba matutukoy ang inyong sarili sa paraang pulitikal? Sa ibang salita, ano po ba ang inyong ideologia at paniniwalang pulitikal? Sang-ayon po ba kayo na mapabalik ang Filipinas sa Espana sa pamamagitan ng isang kaayusan (arrangement) na tulad sa kaso ng Canada sa Britanya?

    Sa ibang dako, interesado rin po ako sa pagsusulat sa Filipino gamit ang abecedario. Paano po ba ito magagawa?

    Maraming salamat po.

    Idrian Burgos

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