The aftermath of Filipino weddings, big or small, is invariably bleak for the parents of the newly weds. In the Philippines where the parents of the groom usually foot the bill, the euphoria of having staged an impressive show of one’s wealth is soon eclipsed by the anxiety of dealing with, excuse the pun, the wedding bills.
Rico, however, did not expect his widowed mother Conchita to pay for anything. He and his siblings have in fact financially supported their mother since their father died. But for the old woman this was her big and only opportunity to “return” the favour. She had no money of her own because everything that Conchita received from Rico she had put in rebuilding their family home, now boasting six spacious en-suite bedrooms and three living rooms, one each for the children, their parents and the grandparents that were expected to constantly come visiting.
Many of the couple’s friends and relatives from the United States and the Middle East took time out of their work and didn’t mind spending money on airfares to come home and witness the happy ending to a saga that spanned three continents. They were making a pilgrimage to be at one with the couple in the triumphant culmination of their arduous journey.
In your typical Filipino wedding where the bride and groom spend many years working abroad before coming home to make a spectacle of their union before their relatives and friends, there is that “sky is the limit” air to the whole festivity. This is because of the enormous buying power of the potent American Dollar so that every caprice could be indulged.
Adhika Inc. and the Filipino Community (FILCOM) recently held a celebration that portrayed the women and girls’ perils in life challenges, the Filipino-Australians’ contribution that marked this year’s International Women’s Month (IWM) last March in Sydney’s innerwest Lidcombe....
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