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What is the etiquette for meeting in Philippines?

  • At the start, greetings will be formal in approach.
  • Remember to greet the senior-most person present first.
  • Handshakes along with a warm smile are customary.
  • Women, if have close friends or relatives may embrace and kiss.
  • Appropriate titles along with surnames are prefixed to the person’s surname. Gradually, your Philippine counterpart may ask you address using the first name or pet name too.


What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Philippines?

  • If you get an invitation to visit a Philippine home, bring along flowers or sweets.
  • If you decide to get flowers, make sure they aren’t lilies or chrysanthemums.
  • As gratitude for the meal, send a basket of fruits to the host. However, send this after the event, and not beforehand.
  • Pay attention to the wrapping of gifts as it is given huge importance.
  • It is not advised to open gifts in the presence of the giver.


What is the proper etiquette for eating in Philippines?

  • If it is a large social gathering, arrive at least half an hour late.
  • Refrain from calling the hostess of the evening that, as it implies a different meaning.
  • Clothe yourself properly as it will leave a certain impression.
  • Praise the deco and inner spaces of the house.
  • After the event is over, send over a written letter of gratitude to the hostess.
  • Refuse when asked to start having food out of politeness at first.
  • You may be shown to you seat.
  • Start consuming your food only after the host indicates you to do so.
  • The food may be laid out in a buffet or served in a homely manner.
  • Spoons and forks are usually used for eating.
  • You may use the fork to plié on food onto the spoon.
  • Whether you finish the food or not depends on you.


Things you should know before going to Philippines?

  • The Philippine culture is very society-driven and interpersonal relations matter a lot. In order to have ease of business with the Filipinos, make sure you comply with these core values of Filipino culture.
  • Not much prominence is given to individual ideas as against societal ones. Make sure you maintain good relations and keep this in mind while making decisions and convincing someone.
  • Good contacts will facilitate business.


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Last update on February 2, 1:17 pm by Nidhi S.