The Tale of Two Roses in Ilocano Courtship

Back when I was in college, I was once given two roses by a suitor from Aringay, La Union. As a young teenager, I saw the roses but didn't really see it. I knew it meant he's trying to woo me but had no inkling on the cultural meaning of it all.
Sadly for me, it is not until I watched the movie of Ferdinand Marcos entitled "Iginuhit ng Tadhana: The Ferdinand E. Marcos Story" (Carved by Destiny) that I realized the meaning of it all.

In the Ilocano courtship culture, a man giving two white roses wherein one has an open bud and the other has a close bud means he is serious with his intention. The open bud represents the man's open heart offering his love while the close bud is that of the lady he is trying to woo whose feelings he is not sure of, but is hoping she may open up her heart in response.

Here's a clip from the movie to see what I meant. You can skip directly to 14:00 if you don't want to bother with the rest of the clip.
Later on in the story when the couple already had their child, Ferdinand Marcos visited his wife Imelda in the hospital and gave her another two special roses in spite of the many bouquets that filled her hospital room. This time around, the buds are both open showing the beauty of their love together.

Now you know a bit of Ilocano courtship culture, you can apply this to your life specially when dealing with conservative Ilocano ladies. Hopefully, this practice do not disappear as the rest of the disappearing cultures and traditions of the Filipinos. ~D'Isay

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