Most of the time when one goes on vacation, be it for a week or a couple, one or two pieces of luggage usually will suffice. Actually, that is all most airlines would allow you to bring for free. If you decide to carry additional luggage you would be charged an extra fee.
When balikbayans ("balikbayan" means "return to country" and is used to describe Filipinos returning to the Philippines for a vacation) go home, it usually is more efficient to pack things in a box, a balikbayan box, rather than a suitcase. You see, when a Filipino goes to the Philippines, it's not the usual vacation where you pack your personal effects then go and enjoy yourself. A Filipino's vacation usually involves going home to their hometowns, in our case it's Sagunto, meeting numerous relatives, and maybe somewhere in between sneak in a sightseeing trip of two. That was the case for us anyway.
When we went home last December, there was twelve of us arriving in Manila along with 24 pieces of luggage, a motley combination of luggage and balikbayan boxes. It took two huge trolleys and four bell boys to carry it all out of the airport. Why so much you ask?
Months before our departure, my mother, grandmother, aunts and sisters (notice how I left myself out? that's cause I didn't do any shopping! haha!) have been shopping for Christmas presents for our numerous relatives and friends. My mom shopped like we were going on survivor island. She packed every incidental item she thought her grandchildren will need. For the Clone, she is the most finicky of her grandchildren, she packed ramen noodles, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, pancake mix and powdered chocolate drink mix for just in case she didn't like any of the food. She packed extra tooth paste, soap, shampoos and conditioners, and enough lotion to moisturize the whole town.
The funny thing was, the Clone actually liked the food there and barely touched the food we brought for her! See some of the foods prepared for us in our kitchen.