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Some more you may like to know about Filipinos tradition, culture and
behavior to make you understand them and their way of life some better.
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Does and Don'ts
A nice shop where you can buy
a lot of different traditional Filipino gifts
First, don't forget the "pasalubong" or
hands out for it is expected from a visitor from
What is “pasalubong?” It is a travel gift. In
other words, if you travel from a far away
place, you are kind of expected to bring your
close friends and family a gift of some kind. I
am talking about Filipino friends and family, of
For example, if you come from the USA to visit
family in the Philippines (or close friends) you
are kind of expected to bring something that is
“from the USA” to share with your loved ones
when you arrive. Same thing if you were to come
from Europe, Australia or wherever.
A pasalubong don't need to be wrapped but if you
have the possibility, you can do it. If you are
about to leave the Philippines you will find at
every airport a special shop to buy pasalubong for
your loved ones at home.
Some Does or "good behavior"
If you are interested in a Pinay, a Filipino woman, ask the
parents at first for their permission to meet
with her together.
And in marrying a Filipina, a man should be a
good provider but not also to his woman. There
is her family he has to take care too in the
same way he will care for his wife.
Remove your shoes before entering a Filipino home.
A handshake, with a welcoming smile, is the
If you are invited to a Filipino home for dinner
bring some sweets or any little gift to the host.
Respect for elders is very important. This is
still very much alive even in modern times.
When leaving be sure to personally extend good
wishes to the elders of the household and express
your appreciation to everyone.
Some Don'ts or "bad
Avoid speak so loud because the olds didn't
like a noise.
Be clean, pleasant, quiet and respectful.
Don't even try to say negative things about the
Catholic Church for they need respect.
Avoid being frank or directly, this hurt other
Strong words are avoided and we often need a
3rd party to let a certain people know what we
wanted to let him know. Filipinos are raised to
please, serve and not hurt others feeling.
believe in words like this: If you have nothing
good to say... be quiet.
Some about our way of life
Arriving at a Filipino house during
mealtime, you will be ask to sit down and share
with them whatever they have in the table. Always
accept an invitation to eat no matter how many times
you have already eaten that day. For
eating alone without asking the people near you
is considered rude. This is how a Filipino
accept and respect a visitors and it comes truly
from the heart like the smile they are giving
with every people they met. Filipino's are being
known also for being sensitive to other feelings.
Help clear the table and do the dishes unless your
hosts insist otherwise. They probably won't accept
your offer to help, but it will be considered favorable
if you make the gesture.
Filipinos might interpret a decline of their food as a
personal offense. Many Filipinos live in poor conditions,
so when they offer their food, they are essentially
conveying that you are worth the trouble. By refusing
their offer, you are refusing their hospitality.
Kids or the younger ones will pay respect to the elders
with the "mano" gesture and address them with a greeting.
Mano is a gesture in which they lift an elder's hand to their forehead.
Bahala na is a Filipino attitude loosely
translated into English as "fatalistic
passiveness", actually describes the Filipino
way of life, in which, s/he is determined to do
Filipinos are immune to hardship caused by
natural calamities. The tougher the challenge,
the tougher the Filipinos are and they indeed