Pagmamano is an “honoring-gesture” used in Filipino culture performed as a sign of respect for elders and as a way of requesting a blessing from them. The custom dates back to pre-colonial times, and is still followed by the related countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, which the Philippines shares a common ethnolinguistical origin with these countries.
At Saint Anthony, this practice is treasured and embraced. Inside the school premises, pagmamano is customarily practiced by the Anthonians to the management, the teachers and the staff.
Pagmamano, thus, animates the values engrafted by the SFAC System to their students: humility to recognize the worth of older persons, and faith that these elders will enlighten and help transform them to be better persons.