Titas of Manila: ARE YOU ONE OF US?

Tita is the Filipino term for our aunt, or our friend’s mom, or any middle-aged family friend. Titas are also our second mothers who sometimes substitutes for our parents in PTA meetings or chaperones us to birthday parties or any event that our parents can’t attend with us. Recently though, there is this new classification for the Titas out there and it is called ‘Titas of Manila’. Nope, it is not a sorority nor an organization, yet.

It is a new label for women out there who have developed certain traits or habits that people associate with a ‘Tita’ who lives in or around Manila.

So, what does it take to be called a ‘Tita of Manila’? Let us count the ways:

Happy Place = Grocery, department, and home improvement stores.

Nothing beats the happiness we find in scoring great deals in buying by bulk or finding those fancy ingredients for our new must try recipes. We also love to check out what’s new in the linens section or maybe see the latest storage organizers. It is pure and unadulterated bliss when we shop at these stores. #HappyPlace

Night caps start at 10 P.M.

When we were much younger, drinking till the sun rises is a skill and we still manage to have the energy to come to work later and bring our A-game. These days though, we have our dinners at 7 or 8 and start finishing the night at 10 P.M. because we either have to finish some things at home or have an early morning the following day. Gone are the days when we were wild and free. #CinderellaCurfew

Catch-up lunch dates with the girls is a must.

Since our days are now shorter, we have less time to see friends so having a weekly catch-up lunch is the next best thing. This is also our time to get current with the latest chismis about old friends. Seriously, most of the time is spent ‘catching up’ than eating during these lunch dates. #MoreChikaMoreFun

Mani, pedi, and spa visits is a form of team-building exercise.

Building bonds with our female colleagues is best done in a nail salon where we are pampered to our heart’s content while discussing the new ideas for work.  A good sign that the bonding experience is going well is when you finish your meeting/team building with a snack in a coffee or tea shop to polish your plans. #CuticlesIsNextToUgliness

Your hobbies fall in one of these three categories: Cooking, DIY/Crafting, or Gardening (for the Super Tita, it is all of the above)

Nothing keeps us at night more than waiting for the next morning so we can try to recreate the video we saw a few seconds ago. It might be a new recipe from Tasty or Tastemade, or a craft/DIY project from Pinterest, or reassembling your succulents in the garden to create that perfect Real Living worthy pocket garden. And sometimes, just sometimes, you crave to do all three because you are that skillful in slaying the ‘Tita’ game. #LifeHacks

Keeping up with the social media trends is a hassle we try to overcome on a daily basis.

Remember when we use to be the hip and cool guys with our very modern vocab? Unfortunately, we have been replaced because listening to kids these days as they use the words like ‘go’, ‘lit’, ‘woke’, and other seemingly ordinary words leaves us dazed and confused. Believe me when I say, nothing will make you feel older than when you sit there not understanding what these kids are talking about right in front of you. #anodawyun

Titas like shopping… a lot!

Whether it is a mall-wide sale or in an organic market or even pop-up bazaars, expect to see a tita there happily fleeting around finding their next haul. #ShopPaMore

Titas also like it quiet (shhhhh…)

Parties?! Loud music?! We have been through those and are happy that we’ve had our fill. These days, we just want the peace and quiet of coffee shops or zen-like restaurants so we can enjoy our lunches and snacks with friends and family. #RelaxModeOn

Elegance is the KEY.

If blending is the key for make-up, Elegance is the key for your favorite Tita. Just like with rave parties, we went through those fashion fads on a weekly basis. Now that we are much older and wiser (hopefully) we opt for classic and timeless styles. Don’t forget comfortable and practical since we are more on the go these days just because we have the time. #MadamnaMadam

We can smell where the grub is…

Just like shopping, we live to hunt for those quirky and new eating places. Food parks? Secluded restaurants? Sky high bars? We’ll see you there for sure. #FoodGoals

More Travel More Fun

Planning fun daytrips or weekend getaways is also a must for a Tita of Manila. This is one of the perks of having worked for some time already. A daytrip in Liliw, Laguna hunting for locally made wedges or dipping in the crystal blue waters of a Santorini-inspired resort in Batangas. You name it, we got it covered. #TaraNa

Last but definitely not the least, We LOVE our Families and Friends to bits!

We do most of these things with our friends and families because we love them. Most of the times we plan our events and trips with our loved ones and we make sure that they enjoy it as much as we do. We try to share our happiness as much as we can to those close and special to us because that is who we are.

So, are you one of us?

-Tiya Meri

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