“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 know how meticulous and on-guard I am when it comes to following rules and such. Upon believing in these certain superstitions, it affected me in a way that with every action that I do in my day-to-day life, it must be with utmost caution.
– Myka Abaya, asian studies student from Marikina City
Interview by MARY NICOLE P. MIRANDA