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Author Photo by: MakNCheeez
Jan 04 2020, 7:21pm CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
Mano po
My fiancé recently told me if I were to meet his grandparents i would most likely have to hold their hand to my forehead to show respect and ask for their blessing.
I want to be able to be able to talk a little tagalog when I meet them, and would like to know more about the culture to not disrespect them.
Is it only for grandparents age elders, or should I show respect that way to his mother too? Would that be respectful or insulting and calling her old?
Is there a certain order I would have to do it? (Men first, older to youngest?)
He said it is common to do so after church too, are there other times it would be expected?
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Jan 06 2020, 3:17pm CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
I think it's a relatively delicate cultural thing...things like age, status, and setting matter. But I imagine, in a private setting with your fiance's grandparents, that it would be appropriate.
Otherwise, it may be best to let your wife take the lead and follow behind. ; )
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Author Photo porkandpotatoes Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Jan 07 2020, 10:02am CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
My fiancee's parents say it's appropriate any time I or they have arrived after a few hours being away.
I have heard that some people who are only a bit old get offended if you mano po, like you're calling them old.
That's my experience. Good luck!
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Author Photo BoraMac
Jan 27 2020, 3:02am CST ~ 6 mos. ago. 
I would suggest to just view it as part of a normal greeting for grandparents. A simple embrace. Just a way to communicate you are important in my life and i miss you.
Elders always appreciate the special attention. Even I have never failed in executing the gesture. Good luck.
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