Mano Po

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Take the RIGHT hand of an older person with your right hand, say "Mano Po" and gently bring that person's right hand towards your own forehead. You may have to bow a bit so that the older person won't have to stretch his arm out too much.

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The older person will sometimes wave his hand as he makes the sign of the cross. It's like he (or she) is giving you his blessing.

Some parents will tell their young kids: "Bless ka kay Lolo" or "Bless, Bless..."

Posted on Nov. 22, 2004 by Manuel Viloria.