root word: panhik (“going upstairs”)
Pamanhikan is the Filipino tradition of a man and his family visiting his future bride’s family in order to ask for her hand in marriage.
The word literally means to climb the stairs of the house (of the fiancee). It traditionally happens in the evening, right after the boy’s family has eaten. The girl’s relatives are waiting, having been told beforehand.
Though not a focal point of the custom, the groom’s party may bring liquor, and the woman’s side has ready the pulutan (“appetizers” that go with alcoholic drinks).
to do the ritual of pamamanhikan
Umuwi ka sa probinsya at mamanhikan.
Go home to the province and ask to marry her.