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Mano Po - A Gesture of Respect

Growing up the the Bay Area I was in the midst of a number of different cultures. Although I knew many filipino families it wasn't until I started photographing weddings that I really got to know about the Filipino culture more. After being immersed more and more I started to pick up on a few tagalog words and some other traditions. One of the gestures that really stuck with me was "mano po". This hand gesture is used to show respect to an elder and done when entering a home or greeting the elder. Placing the elders hand to the forehead of the person extending the gesture might look weird to some but for Filipinos its a very important part of their deep family based culture.