It’s that time of the year again when kids go to their ninongs and ninangs for their “pamasko”. It has become part of the Filipino culture that godparents give something to their godchildren every Christmas season. Though this practice has been widely accepted in our country, one should not blatantly and forcefully expect our godparents to give us anything.
But this woman forgot to practice a little “delikadesa” towards one of her child’s godparents. Dyanne Jordan Montiero posted screenshots of her conversation with her kumare via Facebook. Her kumare casually asked her to give pamasko to her godchild. Despite reasoning out that she is currently unemployed, her kumare still insisted. And when she mentioned that she has something for her godchildren but they had to go to where she is, the lady told her to send her pamasko to her inaanak through a money transfer service.
This wasn’t the first time that this same lady chided Dyanne for pamasko. Included in her post were screenshots of their conversation during Christmas 2016 and even New Year 2017. She has also asked her then to wire some money. There was also a conversation during the kid’s birthday when she also asked Dyanne to buy her godchild a small bag.
Though we often crack a joke asking our ninongs or ninangs for pamasko or aguinaldo, this lady was way overboard with her request. In her post, Dyanne expressed her annoyance that she has to send her gifts or pamasko through money transfer. She reminded everyone what the role of a godparent truly is.
"KUMARE"Ako, hindi po ako tumatanggi magninang. Kaya nga ang dami na ng inaanak ko. 30 na yata. 😅 Naglalaan ako kahit…
Her post instantly went viral with 34K reactions, 25K shares, and 1.9K comments. People have also shared their annoyance towards people who think and act that way.
So this Christmas, remind your children that their ninongs and ninangs are not obligated to give out material gifts. Instead, teach them to honor and respect their godparents like their own parents. Kids, don’t look at your ninongs and ninangs like they are some sort of ATM. Rather, appreciate them for becoming your godparents.
After all, Christmas is more than just gift-giving!