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Paskong Pinoy sa Liliw – Ready na pang-aguinaldo sa mga bata :D

Paskong Pinoy Tradition Namamasko

“One, two, three, sixteen, twenty one! 21 groupings of 10 pcs coins each, that should be enough, right?

“Baby maniwala ka kukulangin yan sa daming batang mamamasko after magsimba.”

Christmas 2015. This is my first time to spend Christmas day in Liliw, and I am so looking forward to the hordes of kids who will come knocking on the doors, shouting, exclaiming ‘mamamasko po!’.

Years ago, my then boyfriend Titus (the hubby now) regaled me with stories of kids that will descend on the town of Liliw on Christmas Day. He told me to prepare coins for the kids Aguinaldo or gift – 1 pesos, 5 pesos, 10 pesos, so I did.

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Give Me Money Moon ~ A Wish for Blessings

Give Me Money Moon Penfires

A famous line in Cebu ‘Moon… Give Me Money Moon’ whenever the moon shines bright and big. Over the weekend, I asked my husband, my Tagalog friends, and a friend from Leyte, and nope, they are not familiar with it. And I’m so surprise “Really? You haven’t heard of it? You’ve never said it at all?!”


I do, and I still do at times especially when the moon looks enticingly beautiful, full of promises like tonight.

I don’t know if it’s a Cebuano thing or just in our place in Lapu-Lapu City that folks utter the line when it’s full moon or when the moon looks extraordinarily nice.

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It’s Pabasa For Holy Week!

2:47 AM after switching on the electric fan because it was a little stuffy tonight I got back into bed. I was almost drifting back to sleep again when all of a sudden I can hear ladies voices murmuring in earnest, twas faint at first, then gradually it becomes more and more distinct, building to a crescendo then again grows faint. Nagpapakiramdam ako, was thinking maybe it was just my imagination but no the up and down tempo of collective voices I could not mistake, it’s the same tone of novena praying during wakes. I checked the time, it is 3:15 AM so I figured these strange sound that drifts from somewhere must have started at 3 AM.

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Liliw Laguna Home in the Highlands

Liliw Laguna

It’s my second morning here in Liliw and for two days in a row, I’ve woken up early. Right now it’s 6 AM, I usually wake up in Cebu at 8:30 AM or later. Lol.  =)

The town comes alive at an early hour. The mamang magpuputo just passed the side of our house,putt, putt, putt. errrr I don’t know the sound name that mamang magpuputo makes hahaha.  Down below on the adjacent house to ours there is a pile of tree branch cuttings, probably a remnant of Typhoon Glenda last July.

The wind here is chilly, feels like December that I had to put another blouse on top of my duster. In Cebu you’d find me in my sleeveless blouse and still feel humid even with the electric fan blasting at dial 2 direct on my back.

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ONE JOURNEY – Thank You for the Blessings!

Cebu Wedding Post Nup Marcelo Fernan Bridge

After the wedding celebration wrapped-up my long-time friends asked me ‘so Cecilya is this what you dream your wedding day to be?. I replied I really didn’t dream anything in details but everything far exceeds any expectation I may have. Our family and friends, our wedding suppliers from Cebu and Manila, and especially my husband Titus – all have given me something so wonderful that words fail me.

Thank You God for this day! Thank You for letting us experienced so much joy. Thank You for leading our paths towards each other.

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