THE DRINKING RITUAL: TAGAy (TAH-Guy)


Tanggero, the designated person to pour lambanog, initiates the norms on how much must be consumed and how the lone glass moves around the group. This goes on until the bottle is finished or if the drinkers surrender, which ever comes first. In the Philippine culture, the use of a single glass by the drinkers symbolizes trust and “pakikisama” (cooperation) with one another. Filipinos have a deeper idea of sharing and coming together through the drinking ritual of 'tagay', signifying and substantiating the ties that binds friends and families together.