Filipino Life and culture
Filipinos eat rice with most meals. Plain steamed rice is the basis of their diet. They also eat a lot of fish, chicken and pork, which are often fried.
Table knives are not used. Forks and spoons are used for dining.
Fast food has become a part of the culture, with national and international chains in many towns. A lot of meals at fast food restaurants include rice, although French fries also tend to be on the menu.
If Filipinos don't understand a question, they open their mouths. Raised eyebrows signify recognition and agreement.
Laughter may convey pleasure or embarrassment; it is commonly used to relieve tension.
Staring is considered rude and could be misinterpreted as a challenge, but Filipinos may stare or even touch foreigners, especially in areas where foreigners are rarely seen.
To Filipinos, standing with your hands on your hips means you are angry.
Never curl your index finger back and forth (to beckon). This is an insult. To beckon, extend your arm, palm down, moving your fingers in a scratching motion. Touch someone's elbow lightly to attract attention. Do not tap on the shoulder.
Pointing with your finger is considered to be rude, Filipinos point with pursed lips.
"Eyebrow flash" - a quick lifting of the eyebrows - is a Filipino greeting.
To call someone, Filipinos will often shout 'psst'
Hospitality is a big part of Filipino culture, they will always be sure to make sure you have eaten even if they don't have a lot of money
Respect is also a big part of Filipino culture. They call older females ate (meaning older sister) and older males kuya (meaning older brother). The word 'po' is often used after words as a sign of respect. A greeting for someone who is much older than you, is to take their hand and place it on your forehead.
The religion in the Philippines is predominantly Roman Catholic at over 80% of the population.
Because of the nature of our ministry we generally ask for shoulders to be covered and no low cut tops, no topless and no short shorts. But in the summer months (March-May) we allow vest tops, but no spaghetti straps. When it comes to swimming, if you are at a tourist spot swimming costume, swimming shorts, or bikini is fine, but at a local spot sometimes tops and shorts are needed to be considerate of the locals.
thank you - salamat
you're welcome - walang anuman
yes - oo
no - hindi
how are you? - kumusta ka?
good - mabuti
payment (particularly when on jeepneys) - bayad
stop (to get off a jeepney) - para