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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ilocano marriage

Like all Filipinos, the Ilocanos have a strong family tie. They follow the Filipino norm when it comes to family structure wherein the father is the head of the family. The mother, on the other hand, is the “light of the home” who disciplines the children and manages the house finances. The Ilocanos have high respects to their parents, which is very evident in their marriage traditions.

Before even planning for marriage, Ilocano children seek first the approval of both sets of parents. The parents are to decide if they would agree to let their child marry or not. The young man (groom) asks for his parents’ consent. His parents will pay the dowry and finance the wedding.

Then, the young man formally announces (panagpudno) his intentions of marrying the young woman to her parents. The groom’s parents visit the bride’s parents, in which they set the date of the wedding. In setting the date, both parents go to a planetario to learn what dates are the good-luck days.

Another meeting is set for the wedding (palalian or ringpas) wherein the groom and his relatives to the bride’s house to finalize the wedding arrangements.  The families set the choice of sponsors, the dowry, sagut (wedding dress and accessories which will be provided by the groom), and the parawad (cash that given by the groom to the bride’s mother as a reward for raising his bride).

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