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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Pasalubong from Oriental Mindoro
Mostly every time Filipinos, go somewhere far or just a
short trip, usually bring something to friends, family and loved ones. It is a
tradition that is still widely practiced. Especially for those who work or live
abroad, they bring a lot of things as pasalubong.
Pasalubong is a Filipino word which means token to welcome
back the bearer of the gifts. The usual pasalubong are what the place offers,
like native products or native delicacies.
Guava and Calamansi
Yesterday I was touched by the gesture of my cousin who came
from a vacation in Oriental Mindoro. She brought me bags of lansones, rambutan,
durian, guava and calamansi. Mindoro is really
the rice granary and fruit basket of the southern Tagalog. I go on short trips
but I am not really into pasalubong, I just buy small things as souvenirs but
not to extent that I would bring bags. She said those fruits were just given to
her by the families of her friends, where she and her friends stayed. Very
generous and accommodating hosts. The culture evolves fast in the cities but in
the province the people are more traditional. I told my cousin its good their
hosts are not businessmen otherwise they would sell their products.
The pasalubong she brought to me was more or less 7 kilos, I
asked her how many kilos she brought, and she said she didn’t know because
their hosts were insisting in bringing all they harvested intended for them.
Personally I am very thankful that she brought me fruits because I love fruits
but I told her if I were in her shoes I wouldn’t bring that much, I would
graciously decline to bring those heavy pasalubongs. She laughed at me and she
said she was sure that I would do that. Thank you cousin for being so sweet.
Till next time.