For many Filipinos Noche Buena is a special gathering of families, loved ones and friends. This is the time where you get to bond with your cousins from abroad or share stories with your Aunties. For some, it could be a celebration where you and your friends get together to catch up and share stories of success, defeats and sometimes, love.
Truly, Filipino ties are really strong and thick that no one can lambaste, and it is undeniable that our clans are most of the time large and they usually take advantage of this moment to bond and to reunite with each other.
We have listed down our top 10 people that you’ll usually meet in a traditional BIG FAMILY NOCHE BUENA GATHERING. Spot the not and share your thoughts on the comment box.
THE BALIKBAYAN BOX AUNTIE
She do this every year. She’ll never, ever, miss a year without visiting to give out gifts from the country where she spent 325 days of her life. She’s your Balikbayan Aunt, who always tell stories of how American Christmas is really different from what we have here in the Philippines, and who, sometimes ends her story with the regret statement “If only life and earnings here are better, then I wouldn’t have to fly back there.”
She highly speaks of her experiences abroad and how your cousin is acing her degree in University of Blah Blah. Admit it, you missed her. Sometimes she tops you fave Aunt list.
THE FOREIGN-TOUNGED COUSINS
You’re not too close to them, but you get to see them every once in a while especially during Christmas. They speak lowlow (grandfather), lowlah (grandmother) and Paskow (Christmas). Bear with them, Tagalog isn’t their first language. Like, Bloody Hell!
THE BRAGGART BOGART
He’s part of the family, so you cannot shoo him away. He may not be spending his whole life abroad to earn a living, but he’s a hotshot here. He earns more that you do. Thus, he thinks that he’s entitled to boast a bit of his investments, from his limited edition watch down to his newly constructed condo unit in BGC. He’s so full of himself, that makes this kind of gathering interesting, because you’ll see the INTRIGERAS (GOSSIPER), darting an eye on him. Nevertheless, he’s a relative. Just wish him to change next year. But, as they say, asa ka pa (you wish!).
THE LITTLE RASCLAS
Dem kids who runs around the house, go up the stairs and sometimes cause panic. Sure, Christmas is for the kids, but with this kind of kids. Oh Boy!
THE SHY SUSSIE
Maybe she’s a relative from the province but she’s the kind of relative that doesn’t really talk that much, smile a bit and just eats in the corner. Try to reach out and she’ll just give you a whisper sometimes a meow.
TOO LOUD LARRY
You’ve only seen him twice, but he thinks you are close to him like-this tight-that sometimes, he’ll ask you about your sex life, if you have a partner, and madness-sometimes he’s the one who’ll share his story. WHATDA!!
THE GOSSIP GIRLS
A bunch of relatives wouldn’t be complete without these eavesdropping-teeth-gritting-relatives, who speaks nothing but chismis and always asks you if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend blah blah blah. They just keeps on asking questions- maybe to keep the ball rolling. But hey, time to beep and screetch!
They eat like there’s no tomorrow, plus, they would want to take home some. I mean, theres nothing wrong with sharing but, let us all be mindful and be moderated.
He’ll just invite you to drink alcohol, buy alcohol and sneak wine from the cellar
THE M.I.A. REPRESENTED BY A PROXY
She’s out of town or maybe out of the country so she’s just represented by her mom and dad. But prior to the gathering, she’s the most participative, and always sends out ” I’m so excited, cant wait!” templated message to the group.
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