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The Philippines Do's and Taboo's

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Angeles Gutierrez

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Administrative Procedures
Angeles Gutierrez
June 3, 2013 The Philippines The Philippines The Philippines Business Attire The Philippines General Information Officially known as Republic of the Philippines
The Philippines, located in southeastern Asia, consists of 7,107 islands lying between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Philippine Peso (PHP) Population
94.85 million
Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English
8 major dialects
Waray Little about Philippines History and People The Philippines has a rich history combining Asian,
European, American, and Spanish influences. Before the Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and trading goods with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought the the construction of intramuros or "Walled City" in 1571. After 350 years, the Filipinos and their leaders Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo fought and succeeded in winning their independence. Important People You Should Know About in the Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario was born on
November 14, 1939 and has worked
for both the private sector and government. Benigno Simeon Aquino III was born on
February 8, 1960 and is the15th president
of the Republic of the Philippines. President of the Philippines Ambassador of the Republic of the
Philippines to the Unites States of America Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is the Ambassador
of the Philippines to the Unites States. The Philippines Means of Transportation There are many ways of transportation people use in the Philippines. For long distances the bus is usually the best option. The train is hardly ever used for the reason being that only one island has a railway. For short distances, (inside or outside cities and towns) Jeepneys, multicabs, or tricycles are the most used. In cities, the Jeepneys have fixed routes and are seen mostly in cities. In small towns the multicab (tricycle with attached passenger-cabin) is the way to get to your destination. Tricycles are used in Manila and other cities.
An excessive amount is seen in small cities or towns.
Prices depend on the distance. They may start from 2 pesos and may go up to 12 pesos. Start at 9 pesos and go up to 35 pesos.
Taxis are also available with much pricier rates starting at 25 pesos and can go up an unlimited
amount depending on the distance. The Philippines Currency The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PHP) and the centavos. 100 centavos=1 Peso. Bills are carried in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 Pesos. Coins are carried same as in the US; 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos. Foreign currency can be exchanged in many places like, hotels, department stores, banks and government locations. Exchanging
money at any other location is illegal. Current exchange rate: 1 Unites States Dollar= 41.62 Philippine Peso Men Business attire is conservative.
Men should wear a dark colored business suit. Women Women should wear a conservative attire consisting of a suit, skirt and blouse, or a conservative dress.
Women's clothing may be a bit more bright.
Should be good quality and well tailored. The Philippines The Do's Business meetings should be arranged a few weeks prior to your arrival to the Philippines. Call one week before the date to confirm the meeting.

Arrive 15-30 minutes before the meeting starts.

When you are introduced, always greet the oldest or highest-ranking person first.

Shake hand firmly as it is a standard protocol in the Filipino community. The Philippines Taboos Don't be afraid of Filipinos patting the side of your arm while shaking hands. This is a gesture of friendship and hospitality.

Don't be afraid if business meetings take more than expected. The Filipino people place more importance on the meeting rather than the schedule.

Don't depreciate the influence of family in a business meeting. Nepotism exist in many Philippine businesses.

Don't raise your voice or interrupt while your Filipino business partners are talking. It is considered very rude and disrespectful.

Don't be afraid to ride "jeepneys", tricycles, or any other popular transportation used in the Philippines.

Don't hand out coins to children. Your Filipino partners may get offended.

Don't expect for them to pick up your tab. The Philippines Dining Etiquette Refreshments may be offered during the meeting and if you decline, the Filipino host might get offended.
Always allow the host's family and/or assistants to grab refreshments first or go ahead and grab a few refreshments if they allowed you to pick first. At Meetings At a Restaurant Always be on time if they invited you to lunch or dinner.
Follow the lead of your host and wait to be instructed where to sit.
If it is a buffet-style lunch or dinner wait for your host to invite you to help yourself to the food.
If your host invites you to lunch, try to avoid bringing family or friend where the conversation is more likely to be strictly business.
It is costume that the Filipino host pays, and if you try to refuse, you will come across as rude. At Host's Home You will certainly be invited to dinner at their home.
When you have arrived at their home, greet everyone there but
remember, from oldest to youngest.
Do not go around the house unless invited by the host.
Compliment on the flower arrangements or a decoration in the house.
When dinner is announced, wait for the host and his/her family or
assistants to move to the dinner table.
Wait patiently and respectfully to be seated by the host.
Don't be afraid to try their food traditions. They can became offended by
your looks or reactions.
When eating dinner, do not use your left hand as it is known to be for hygienic purposes.
Dancing and drinks are usually followed after dinner. Try to leave at 10 PM if it is during the week or at midnight during the weekend. The Philippines Giving Gifts When giving a gift to a Filipino business partner, you must have wrapped it very nicely. It's important to them that it looks nice and that you cared and took the time to wrap it.

The more colorful, the better.

Don't be disappointed if your gift isn't open until after you have left. Filipinos consider gift-giving private and don't want to hurt the feelings of those present who didn't receive anything.

Gifts such as books, small electronics and other items unique to your country are appropriate for a gift.

If you're invited to the host's house you may give flowers, since they are always considered a kind act (never give lilies or chrysanthemums.

Candy is also a good gift to Filipinos.

Avoid any other gifts which can insult the host by assuming their household is poorly decorated or is in need of decoration.

If you are invited to dinner bring candy for them to taste after dinner as dessert.

After your business meeting in the Philippines, send a basket of fruit as a thank you. Always send it after your trip, but not before or during the trip. Your Filipino host will think he didn't provide sufficient food or hospitality. Jeepneys buses have fixed routes with their prices starting at 9 pesos.
The air-conditioned jeepneys are a more likely seen in cities. The appearance are similar to our buses here in Albany. The Philippines The Do's It's customary to offer your business card facing up and handing it to the other person with both hands holding the card.
Take a moment to study the card before putting it away.
Individuals are addressed by their titles and surnames until familiarity has established and they have allowed you to call them by their name.
Avoid long time eye contact. This can be seen as rude or confrontational.
Engage in a light conversation and also don't be afraid to laugh. Filipino people see laughing as enjoyment and pleasure.
Dress appropriately. Filipino people will respect you if you take pride in your appearance. The Philippines Transportation Jeepneys Jeepneys No! No! No!
Don't do that! The Philippines Travel Tips Pack light clothes. The Philippines has tropical weather where you won't need a sweater like in Oregon.

Bring cash with you, either US Dollars or Pesos. There are few ATM machines.

Tap water may be sanitary in Metropolitan cities, however, there's no guarantee. For safety drink bottled water.

The biggest problem for tourist is falling in scams and tricks. Guard your belongings closely but in a way that people won't get offended but most importantly don't fall for those scams. The Philippines Tourist Attractions Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines sits in the feet of a real waterfall. Hundred Islands National Park is located in
Alaminos. 150 miles from Manila. The Philippines More Tourist Attractions Boracay is a small island located 196 miles south from Manila.
An island perfect to relax.
Was awarded best island in the world by travel magazine Travel+Leisure. Star City is a family-oriented amusement park that has been opened since 1991 and is located in Manila.
Has over 40 rides. More tourist Attractions More Tourist Attractions Greenbelt Mall is located in Makati City.
This mall has five sections, three are indoor and two are outdoor.
Has more than 300 stores and restaurants. Thank You Sources The Philippines Dining Etiquette The Philippines Bibliography
Haldane, D. (2012, August 10). Do's & Don'ts of the Philippines. Islands.

Hamlett, C. (2009). Business Etiquette in the Philippines. Demand Media.

Ltd., C. G. (2009). Doing Business in the Philippines. The Philippines: Communicaid Group Ltd.

Nolan, J. N. (1996). Philippines Business: The Portable Encyclopedia for Doing Business With The Philippines. San Rafael: World Trade Press. The Philippines Some Filipino Words Representative of Sarangani, Lone District Emmanuel D. Pacquiao is a famous
Filipino boxer who not only wants
to represent his town on the
boxing ring but also on the Philippines House of Representatives.
On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao became the
Congressman of the Lone District in Sarangani. Famous Filipino People The Philippines Luo Diamond Phillips Born in Subic Bay Naval Station
in the Philippines. The Philippines Cost of Living This is the entrance to an apartment in the Makati City, Metro Manila. Distance: 6,729 miles
Flight time: 13 hrs. 58 min.
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