It is called pamanhikan which is to announce to the parents of the girl the planned wedding. It is still being practiced until today although more in the rural areas and the very wealthy families. You can imagine that the pamanhikan today comes complete with the catered food and the video coverage. That is in the city. I have witnessed the pamanhinkan of my cousin in the province. We were invited to witness the family of the guy in formally asking the hand of my cousin.