Harana, The Traditional Courtship In The Philippines
For every man, there is a woman. As to how he gets to the woman, it is a challenge and a quest. For us Filipinos, we have something to tell. The Harana is a serenade tradition in rural areas of the Philippines. It first gained popularity in the early part of the Spanish colony in 18th century. During those old days, our women, for their hearts to be won, tradition must be followed, encouraging romance, respect and courtship. So traditionally, the suitor will visit the house of the girl he is trying to woo, and sing by her window until she comes out to either accept or deny him. The suitor may or may not be accompanied, but usually his companions will be playing a guitar or back up vocals as he sings. Ideally, the "dalaga" or young lass will come to the window and invite her suitor to come inside. And inside, the father and daughter will sit in the living room where the suitor will stay standing unless given permission to sit. If the suitor wishes to make a good first impression, he must already have "pasalubong" or gifts for the girl's family. At the living room, though the daughter is present, the father will do all the talking and interrogate the suitor about his family history, aspirations, current economic status, and intentions with his daughter. In this activity, I have my own story, fun experience to tell about the tradition :) See you then!
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