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What are good manners in the Philippines?

I already know how to show respect to the elderly. (Taking their hand and placing it against your forehead) Other countries like Shanghai, I heard you are not allowed to chew gum and litter. I would like to know more about behavior in the Philippines

For learning: Filipino (Tagalog)
Base language: English
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    We value the elders and persons who are older to us. We always use the polite words 'po' and 'opo' in our sentences.

    Unlike Westerns, we don't call relatives simply by their name:
    Mother- Mama, Nanay,
    Father- Papa, Tatay,
    Aunt- Tita
    Uncle- Tito
    Grandma- Lola
    Grandpa- Lolo

    Even though not blood related, we often call friends of our parents "Tita" (for female) and "Tito" (for male)
    and also strangers you just met as "Kuya (Brother) and "Ate" (Sister)

    When you are eating/ drinking either a snack or a full meal, it's appropriate to offer them to join you (even though you don't have anymore to share) They say it's the thought that counts.

    e.g. (You are drinking coffee then a friend passed by)
    : Uy, gusto mo? (Hey, you like?)
    :Tara, mag-kape tayo..(Come, Let's have coffee)

    When riding in a jeepney (public transport), it is expected that if you're nearer the driver, you will help pass the fare of the other passengers at the far end of the jeepney.

    We also have laws prohibitting spitting anywhere in the streets, and littering (although it is hardly implemented).
    It is also inappropriate for males to go out your house half-naked (without your top)

    More or less, good manners are the same all over the world, and we follow them too.

    hi Mabaet,

    there are indeed a lot of good manners here in our country (which you can of course, put it into practice when you get here). Just to explain some, when it comes to politeness, asking a favor from someone would always come with the word "could you" or "please" - in tagalog, we say it "paki" (prefix) + verb:

    paki-kuha (could you please get...)
    paki-sulat (could you please write...)
    paki-dala (could you please bring...)

    doing this otherwise, would mean that you are very arrogant, 'bossy' or lack of good manners.

    another thing is, passing through a persons having a conversation would require you to bow your head and utter "excuse me". this act will prevent them from being distracted / disrupted.

    as far as eating (table manners) is concerned, sipping a soup for instance should be done quitely or as much as possible, mutably (as opposed to japanese culture which I believe, the louder they sip the soup, the better). Just like others', we don't speak when our mouth is full.

    Okay, at this point, I'll let others to share some good point.


    take off your shoes when entering someones house unless they tell you not to.

    always say " po" (respect)

    wait for them to say "pasok ka" (come in) or "upo ka" (sit down)

    paying respect to elders is very important.

    the number one rule are always greet people in polite manner where ever you are, mostly elder.

    Magandang araw po-good day
    Magandang umaga po-good morning
    Magandang hapon po-good afternoon
    Magandang gabi po -good evening


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