Grandparents’ Day in the Philippines
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY. A special day for your cool lolos and awesome lolas this September! (Photo by the Philippine Gazette, grabbed via ourvalenzuela.wordpress.com)
It’s not enough to celebrate parents’ day by honoring our mother and father because our grandparents deserve a special day on their own. In accordance to the Grandparents’ Day in the USA, the Philippines also celebrate this event in honor of our grandparents who have given us nothing but love and affection throughout our lives.
Celebrated during the second Sunday of September, Grandparents Day in the Philippines usually means eating out, giving gifts or flowers for your lolo (grandfather) or lola (grandmother), or a treating them out nice and relaxing pamper day. Philippines started celebrating this occasion in 1987, and it has since been one of the important events in the family, especially because of the close family ties in Filipino family culture.
Also, in the Philippines, grandparents are not just treated as an extended family member: they are still being considered as part of the immediate family because some would still live with their children even when they already have families of their own. Usually, grandparents are the ones who take care of their grandchildren when the parents are away. They play a special role in a child’s development, especially when it comes to teaching values, respect, and affection that helps influence a child as he/she grows up.
If you’re now living in the Philippines and would like your grandparents to experience how it’s like to celebrate the special event in the country, try searching for grandparents’ treat in several restaurants, or better yet, why not give them a heartwarming message? Also, there are free medical checkups in some villages where you can bring your grannies too!
Celebrating Grandparents Day need not be “grand.” After all, grandparents always take delight in simple joys—just make sure to make them feel loved and every day, and don’t forget to greet them a Happy Grandparents Day on this very special day.