Tuesday, November 30

The Blue Normal

The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

Faces, The Blue Normal
"What is a superstition that you always follow?" In our town [Conception, Tarlac], we believe that whenever a funeral procession passes by, elders would wake us up because there is a saying that the soul of the deceased will take yours when you are unconscious. Another is… wearing a red shirt when attending a wake is not good. People are mourning, and the color red represents happiness or celebration. I didn’t believe all of this at first, but after [hearing] stories from my family, I began believing it. I was afraid of the consequences. "How do superstitions affect your daily life?" I feel like superstitions have been embedded in our society as a whole, and as a kid, I tend to relate my experiences a lot more often to these beliefs rather than solving them in factual terms
The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

Faces, The Blue Normal
"Does it worry you if you do not follow certain superstitions?" I actually only follow one superstition, which is “pagpag” or not going home straight from attending a wake. It definitely worries me a lot when I do not follow “pagpag,” as I do not want to experience [the same] unfortunate incident I had before. Years ago, when my family and I went to a wake of a dear friend, we decided to skip “pagpag” since we were very eager to go home and rest. Alas, nearing our home, we got into a car accident. Luckily, no one got hurt.  "How do superstitions affect your decision-making and your daily life?" Honestly, if I had never encountered the mentioned incident, I would not believe in superstitions. I became more cautious than I ever was. A person who knows me extremely well would kno
THE BLUE NORMAL – Ang ating pamahiin

THE BLUE NORMAL – Ang ating pamahiin

Faces, The Blue Normal
"Where did you learn about the superstitions you follow?" Sa lola… sa grandparents ko. Noong bata ako, sila ang nagpalaki sa akin kasi nasa abroad ‘yung parents ko. [Sa amin kasi], talagang countryside [kasi] may farm...maraming damuhan, maraming mga puno, [kaya may] ‘tabi tabi po.’ Sa kanila ko natutunan [ang mga pamahiin] at sa mga pinsan ko rin.  "Does it worry you if you do not follow certain superstitions?" Sobra, lalo na sa “knock on wood.” [Minsan], biglang napapaisip ako, lalo na may pandemic… so paano kapag may mangyari kay papa, paano na kami. So lagi akong nag-wo-worry. Halos everyday ako nag-o-overthink at lagi akong nag-na-knock on wood. Nakakagaan sa feeling kapag at least may nagawa ka to prevent it. Parang [may] sense of control. Kahit wala kang control over th
THE BLUE NORMAL – Ang ating pamahiin

THE BLUE NORMAL – Ang ating pamahiin

Faces, The Blue Normal
"Is there a certain superstition that you find absurd or unreasonable?" The one with black cats. Come on, they’re not bad [and] they’re actually pretty cute. Just because you see a black cat, [it doesn’t mean] your day would go bad, [and that] it would bring bad luck [...] Cats are cute [and] I think that’s one superstition that I [find] unreasonable.  "How do superstitions affect your decision-making and your daily life?" [Superstitions] remind me that there are things out of our control as humans. There are spiritual things we can’t really control, and superstitions remind me of that. Sometimes, there are things we do not get a hold of [and] it’s okay if things get out of hand. It’s probably the way the world works.                 - Nicole Trinidad, legal management stud
The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

The Blue Normal – Ang Ating Pamahiin

Faces, The Blue Normal
"Where did you learn about the superstitions you follow?" Sa family ko…. I grew up with the guidance of my lola and siya talaga [ang] naniniwala sa mga pamahiin.  "Do you find superstitions absurd or unreasonable?"  I can’t say [that] superstitions are absurd. In the first place, there is a reason why it exists. For example, sabi nila kapag pinagligpitan  mo ‘yung isang tao habang kumakain, hindi na raw magkaka-asawa. It’s not really like that. In reality, it’s a sign of respect.  Sometimes, superstition is just all about logic or common sense [...] As a Filipino, superstition for me is guidance to my values. Wherever I go… bitbit ko siya, especially ‘yung mga turo sa akin ng lola ko. We may not realize it, but many of our superstitions are not just made up. We do it as a s