Philippines

Philippines Do’s:

  • Smile when you greet the Filipinos.
  • Address people and business partners by using titles such as Sir, Mister or Miss.
  • Come in appropriate clothes when visiting churches or government institutions.
  • Try to learn basic Tagalog words and phrases.
  • Show respect to customs, traditions, laws and culture.
  • Present and receive business cards using both hands.
  • Use the thumbs-up sign for “OK”.
Philippines Don’ts:
  • Eat street food unless you know it’s safe for consumption.
  • Give alms to the poor on the road.
  • Beckon or point with your index finger when calling someone.
  • Show off your valuables and gadgets.
  • Discuss or debate Philippine politics with strangers.