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Childhood Sweethearts Rekindle Romance After Meeting Again 20 Years Later

They were cute little childhood sweethearts who even had a picture of the guy stealing a kiss during an event. But the two didn’t realize they were meant for each other until they met again 20 years later – and this time, their love story led to the altar!

Childhood Sweethearts Rekindle Romance

Edil John Lanticse and Melodie Garcia Lanticse, both 32, were childhood sweethearts. They met at their hometown in Cebu City. They were an adorable pair who even plenty of photos together. One of these photos was taken from a formal event, with an adorably dolled up Melodie looks indifferent as Edil appears to steal a kiss from her cheek while they posed for the picture.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

As they grew older, they became a cute pair of love birds but eventually lost touch when Melodie’s family moved after their house was destroyed. They led separate lives for 20 years until fate reunited them in 2017 when Melodie found Edil on Facebook.

At first, though, they simply chatted like good old friends. There was no spark then, Melodie admitted. But as the days passed, they realized that the old flame is still there. It was the start of something that would make them realize they were truly meant for each other.

As the relationship deepened, the two figured that they were meant to be forever. So, they got married last January 28, 2021 – and their love story has gone viral.

Trivia: It’s worth the wait 20 years of not seeing each other and we ended up in each other’s arms!” the happy bride wrote, sharing a photo of their first kiss as kids and another taken at the altar, now married.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

They’re truly soulmates!

What are Soulmates?

A soulmate is a person with whom someone has a feeling of deep or natural affinity. A lot of people believe that everyone has a designated soulmate and that, often, fate would bring them together even if they are strangers to each other.

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Favorite Pinoy Foods You’ll Always See in Any Occasion

There is no question that Pinoys love to eat – and we enjoy eating good food, of course! But there are just some foods that Pinoys will never get tired of eating. And you’ll always see this on the table in any occasion, whether a simple lunch with family or a grand social event!

Adobo

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A dish made with pork or chicken (or even both), adobo is such a popular Pinoy food that it is not unusual to see Filipinos eating this even on an ordinary meal with the family. It is also a top-selling favorite at the carinderia and is always offered in Pinoy restaurants, no matter the location.

Pancit or Bihon Guisado

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It is said that you have to include a noodle dish in a ‘handaan’ because this symbolizes long life because of the long strands. But this dish isn’t just for birthdays. Just like adobo, it can be an everyday viand and you’ll always find this in the carinderia.

This dish is also perfect both as a snack item and a dish for lunch or dinner.

Bistek or Beef Steak

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Cooked with a blend of sweet, sour, and salty, the bistek Tagalog or simply the Pinoy beef steak is made of thinly sliced beef topped with caramelized onion rings.

Fried Lumpia

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Although this dimsum dish has its origins from Chinese cuisine, lumpia has long been recognized as a Pinoy food. A popular dish in both special occasions and ordinary day-to-day meals, lumpia can be made with different fillings. Vegetables are a popular filling but meat in lumpiang Shanghai is also a top favorite.

Fried Chicken

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You’ll surely not be surprised the fried chicken is a very popular Pinoy food. While some Pinoys prefer the inasal or inihaw version, fried chicken is still a top favorite.

Lechon

The lechon is the star of every Pinoy handaan. Almost always, there’s a lechon during a special occasion in many Pinoy households. These days, even those who can’t afford a whole lechon can still have the dish – thanks to the many stores selling lechon by the kilogram.

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It is also now possible to enjoy lechon anytime you want to, not just during special events because these stores are open every day. There are also lots of restaurants offering lechon dishes on the menu.

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5 Unique Pinoy Traditions That You’d Rarely Find Elsewhere

Each culture has different customs and traditions that may be similar with those from other places. But there are also those that are unique. The following are 5 unique Pinoy traditions that you’d rarely find elsewhere.

Bayanihan

The bayanihan is best exemplified by photos of people carrying a house that needs to be moved to another place. This has long been the tradition, particularly in rural areas in the Philippines.

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Now that modern homes are built on a solid foundation, such bayanihan is rarely seen but the spirit of bayanihan (helping each other) continues to live on. Thus, it is common to hear stories of Filipinos helping each other in the most difficult of situations, even when they are abroad and with Pinoys they don’t personally know.

Harana

In the traditional Pinoy courtship, the guys head to the woman’s house to do the harana. They sing the classic kundiman or other songs that show their love. While the bravest guys did it alone, many bring their friends along to help them sing and play the guitar.

While this is rarely done now, especially because people now live much closer to each other and prospective suitors can be really shy in singing to their beloved, this is a unique Pinoy tradition that many hope would still be practiced.

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Pamamanhikan

There are many different marriage traditions in different countries. In the Philippines, the groom’s family goes to the bride’s family to formally ask for her hand in marriage. The groom’s family usually brings food and other items as gift to the bride’s family. Then, the elders are often the ones who discuss about the impending marriage.

Kamayan

A lot of Pinoys enjoy using their hands in eating, even when there’s a spoon and a fork available. Many Pinoys will admit that they like eating with their hands much better than using a spoon and fork. Kamayan simply means using the kamay (hand) to eat.

Pagmamano

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A tradition that lives on to this day, pagmamano is the gesture of respect to the elders. This is done by taking the hand of the older person and putting it on your forehead. In turn, the elder will tell the younger one, “God bless you”. Thus, pagmamano is also know as ‘bless’ or asking for blessing.

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Photo of Woman Wearing Lots of Jewelry and Bringing Packs of Money in Jeep Goes Viral

Netizens are commenting “Sana all!” after seeing the photo of a woman wearing lots of jewelry and bringing packs of money while riding a jeep in Davao del Sur. Many were amazed that she’s got this much money and didn’t even feel afraid of flaunting her wealth.

Woman Goes Viral for Showcasing Wealth

Netizen May Castro was riding a jeep in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur when she noticed another passenger who was flaunting her wealth for all the world, well the folks in the jeep, to see.

The unidentified woman was wearing at least 6 gold necklaces with huge pendants. The also had huge bracelets and plenty of rings on her fingers. You’d think she’s a walking jewelry mannequin in that outfit. Her other hand wasn’t visible in the picture but it probably had lots of rings, too.

We wouldn’t be surprised, too, if she was wearing lots of earrings and possible anklets as well.

But aside from the display of wealth in those numerous jewelry pieces, the woman was also flaunting her money in the packs she was holding with her ring-adorned hand. While it looks like she has a bag beside her to put the money in, she chose to hold it out for the other passengers to see.

Photo credit: May Castro / GO Davao – Facebook

A lot of netizens commented that they wished they were also as rich as this woman. But others were quick to point out that someone who is really rich would not show off their wealth in that manner. Also, if the woman was truly rich, she wouldn’t be riding a jeep. She’d mostly be zooming around in a luxury vehicle or something.

Others felt scared for the other passengers in the jeep, saying that the woman is a magnet for bad guys – and the other passengers might become entangled in an incident if someone tries to get that money and the bling from the woman…

What is a Bling?

A bling is a fancy, expensive piece of jewelry that is designed not just to be an accessory but to show off someone’s status or wealth.

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