“Ninongs” and “Ninangs” are often more famous during Christmas. In fact, in the Philippines, godparents have become a Christmas icon. It had been traditional for most Filipino kids to visit their “ninongs” and “ninangs” on Christmas Day to ask for their “aguinaldo” (gifts). Often, godparents give monetary gifts to their “inaanaks” (godchildren); other times, new toys, clothes or shoes. Sadly, however, a lot of inaanaks and godparents get to see each other only on Christmas day. This is why society had stereotyped godparents as the people to go to for material and financial gifts.
This notion often affects how parents choose godparents for their kids. A number still get someone who is financially capable, thinking that he would make a good godparent for their child, but often failing to consider the other aspects of the role of godparents in the life of the child.
The relationship of godparents to their godchildren begins in Baptism. As a basic requirement in most Christian ceremonies, a pair of godparents, 1 male and 1 female (not necessarily married to each other), are chosen by the parents for their child to be baptized. Other parents get more than 1 pair depending on their preference; however, only one pair is actually necessary. Godparents do not necessarily have to be married or have kids in order to be effective in guiding our children. Although parenting experience would be a plus factor, single men and women can also act as godparents for as long as they are capable of fulfilling their responsibilities and act as good role models.