What could possibly be the worst thing to happen when traveling back to the Philippines? Yep, you got it, the airlines leaving your pasalubong bag in Chicago while you continue to travel on to Hong Kong and then Manila. It's not cool folks, not cool.
Pasalubong is the gift that you bring back to all the people you know in the Philippines. It's a pretty big thing, and expectations are held by many of the people you live near, work with, or saw a couple times in town. You can bring back all types of stuff, like clothes, candy, money, or games. As long as you have something to give, I think, from what I've gathered in my time here so far, you'll be ok. But when you don't have the pasalubong, oh man, I've already heard some grumbles through the grapevine.
All I can say to the people is, please, be patient... the bag is making its way to Leyte, and I have to drive the 3 hours back to Taclobon tomorrow to pick it up at the airport, but it's acomin!