What does it mean to be a Ninang?

On Facebook, netizen Dyanne Jordan Montiero hit the spot when she posted a thoughtful note about being a ‘ninang’. She posted a seemingly funny conversation with her “kumara” but is actually a good reminder for us all on what it means to be a ninang.

Do you also reach out to ninangs because of financial requests? Dyanne thinks it shouldn’t be the case.

“Nagninang po ako para magguide sa kanila habang lumalaki. Hindi para maging financier,” a portion of her thoughtful note read. [I became a ninang to guide them while they grow up, not to be a financer.]

She accompanied it with screengrabs of a conversation with her kumare, who jokingly suggested Dyanne send her aguinaldo to her godchild through a mobile wallet service, which presumably triggered her to think about what being a godparent is. The kumara was albeit pretty insistent that she gives or sends the money without even visiting Dyanne. Dyanne suggested that they visit her and she will be happy to give them her “papasko”. However, her kumare said it was too far, among many other excuses so this really upset Dyanne.

The Laguna resident, who is ninang to about 30 godchildren, added “hindi po ako bangko. Sa totoo lang, wala po akong trabaho ngayon pero nagtabi ako para sa mga inaanak ko.” [I’m not a bank. Honestly, I don’t have work right now but I was able to save some for my godchildren.]

“Alam ko po yung essence ng Pasko na magbigayan at magmahalan. Kaya di niyo na po ako kelangan iremind,” she adds. [I know that the essence of Christmas is sharing and loving. That’s why you don’t need to remind me.]

Her timely reminder, which she posted on December 8, has garnered over 23,000 shares. Right on, Dyanne!

Here are the screenshot of their conversation:

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