This time of the year a lot of Filipinos, living and/or working abroad, are visiting their home country to spend Christmas with their families.
In the Philippines it is a customary that home comers are bringing presents. It is called pasalubong. These gifts are very much appreciated because they are ‘imported’.
And IMPORTED (that is: NOT fabricated in the Philippines) is important in the eyes of Filipinos. Every Filipino likes to have imported stuff. Maybe that’s also one of the reasons that one can buy so many FAKE IMPORTED clothes and other items here. Just go to a well known market like Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City or the street markets at Quiapo or Baclaran and you can find lots of them. Check also my earlier post about fake items HERE.
When you travel to the Philippines this time of the year it is fun to see the large ‘balikbayan’ boxes all the Filipinos are bringing as extra bagage. They are loaded with gifts for their family members.
When you like to visit the Philippines, and you like to bring gifts for your (extended) family (actually they expect that you bring PASALUBUNG), take care that the items are European or American made. It’s not important that they are not expensive, as long as it’s IMPORTED !