We Filipinos regard godparents as close family members who share responsibilities and obligations to their godchildren as their own. (Aside from Catholics, some Christian denominations, Protestants, Hindus, and Jews also have godparents.)
During baptism, godparents profess faith for the godchild. They stand as sponsors. ( The term sponsor came from the Latin word ‘ spondure’ which means – to promise.) As such, their roles are not easy. They are perceived to play important roles to their godchildren. Like parents, they are spiritual guides, role models and providers of emotional ( and even financial) support.
Through the years , godparents’ roles have become minimal. May the oath/the promise that godparents take during the Sacrament of Baptism not meant to be broken…a promise to help raise a good child and treat him as family so that he will live a beautiful life with God in his heart.