It is difficult to understand what it is in Filipino Culture that places a premium on having something to take home after a gathering.
Often, it becomes ridiculous.
I remember the extremely funny story of a cousin of cousins from the 1970s. She recalled that their entire clan had gathered for their matriarch’s birthday lunch at the newly-opened and extremely fashionable “Sun Tung Lok” Chinese Restaurant along Pasay Road in Makati [ now Arnaiz Avenue in Makati City ]. It was actually a branch of the famed “Sun Tung Lok” Chinese Restaurant in Hong Kong, and given the straightjacketed zeitgeist of the Marcos Years, it was absolutely the “chic of the week.”
The birthday lunch had finished at about 3:00 p.m.. The entire clan had gathered at the entrance of the restaurant, under the marquee, waiting for their cars to drive up.
A couple of waiters came out of the restaurant, looking quizzically at the group. Some people overheard them saying “Peking Duck, Peking Duck…”
Amidst all the chatting, the traditionally lengthy Filipino goodbyes, and the “beso-beso” kisses and embraces… Someone’s big handbag [ fashionable at the time ] gave way and a big Chinese oval porcelain platter slid to the Beijing carpet at the restaurant entrance!!!
A “Peking Duck” platter!!! *LOLSZ!*
At that very moment, Everyone parted like The Red Sea, leaving a shocked and hapless, but fashionably-dressed, made-up, and coiffed Aunt at the center of the carpet murmuring “Ay! Ay! Ay! Nahulog… Ay! Ay! Ay!” [ “Oh! Oh! Oh! It Fell… Oh! Oh! Oh” ]
Everybody avoided Aunt like a contagious disease!!!
Absolutely Embarrassing, wasn’t it???!!! *LOLSZ!*
Oh, there’s more…