Here is my first entry for the new category: Just Filipino 101
‘Po at Opo’
One distinct Filipino way of showing respect is using ‘po’ and ‘opo’. When addressing someone older or of higher rank, we affix “po” to the end of phrase or sentence. The word “po” alone does not have a meaning. But when added to a phrase, it shows formality and used as a sign of respect.
- For example, “salamat” is thank you in Filipino. So we say, “salamat po” to an elderly if we want to say thank you.
“Opo” on the other hand, is used to affirm to an elderly. It’s like saying saying ‘yes Sir/Maam’.
- For example, an elder asks you if you’re okay. You say, ‘opo’, if you are!
The picture above is another gesture of showing respect to our elders. This is our form of greeting or accepting blessing from them. It is similar to hand kissing, we bow and bring our elder’s hand to our forehead and say “mano po” at the same time. 🙂
So, what do you say? Can you share to us how you show respect and greet your elders in your country?