Philippine customs and etiquette
Filipinos are innately hospitable and sensitive. Education and a strong
sense of dignity are highly valued. As a result, confrontation in any form
is avoided whenever possible and even the word ‘no’ is used sparingly.
In the philippines they use a lot of nonverbal communication quiet often with
the head and arms. A Filipino will move the head upward to indicate ‘yes’.
It does not alway mean yes it may mean a general agreement. ‘No’ is indicated
when the head is moved in a short downward movement. but , a philipino may
indicate ‘no’ with his head but say ‘yes’. This is only meant to soften
the ‘no’ and should not be misunderstood as an affirmative response. In
so many words they dont want conflict.
A handshake is standard greeting between both sexes; however,
a man should wait for a woman to extend her hand before initiating the handshake.
Filipino handshakes are much limper than the Western variety, and a firm
grip can come across as aggressive.
Laughter is generously applied in the Philippines and is often used to relieve
moments of tension or social awkwardness. Don’t assume that laughter is
at your expense, as it’s often a social grace extended for your benefit.
Staring is considered confrontational and is best avoided but you
the tourist may encounter an inquisitive stare or two when visiting
rural areas and minority villages, just smile.
Standing with hands on the hips is considered a sign of anger. Raising your
voice can to. The quantity, two, is indicated with the little finger and
ring finger—not with the index and middle fingers. Make sure that you don’t
beckon a Filipino by curling your index finger back and forth, as this may
be misinterpreted as an insult. Instead, extend your arm with your palm
facing downward and wag your fingers toward you.
Filipinos like to entertains. If a Filipino in a restaurant or club
invites you to sit down or offers you food, it is polite to decline the
first time. If the offer comes again, have a seat and enjoy the hospitality.
But when in a bar be careful of someone spiking your drink with drugs.
Keep in mind that Filipino culture is laid back regarding invitations and
punctuality. In all likelihood, a local may accept a dinner invitation without
realizing that you were serious. Even if you receive a definite ‘yes’ call
again and confirm whether or not they plan to attend. As a general rule,
the third invitation is taken quite seriously.
When eating in public, it is polite to keep your hands above the table at
all times. So as not to appear greedy, Filipinos leave a small amount of
food on their plate when finished. place your spoon and fork on the plate
to indicate that you’ve finished.
Wherever you travel in the Philippines, you’re sure to come across a turo
turo (literally translated as ‘point-point’). As might be expected, you
should approach the counter at these cafeteria style places and simply point
to the food you would like to order.
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