Traits and Practices Filipinos Can Do Without
Many Filipinos are unaware that they have traits and ways that are offensive, rude and unpleasant. Unchecked, this could lead to conflict. Know some of these traits and practices to understand the other side of the gentle, smiling Filipino.
All Souls’ Day
November 1 and 2 are special non-working days in the Philippines. For the Catholics, November 1 is the day of commemorating the saints. For all Filipinos, November 2 is the day for the departed loved ones. What do Filipinos do on these days?
Communicating with a Filipino
Understand the unusual way Filipinos communicate. What "pssst" means and why puckered lips is not asking for a kiss.
Filipino Sayings and Proverbs
Sayings and proverbs describe the experience, customs, habits and truth in Filipino life. They serve as reminders on good manners and proper decorum in social interactions. These sayings and proverbs express the moral values prevalent in Philippine society.
Games Filipinos Play
How much fun would you get from kicking a paper ball or climbing a tall and greasy bamboo pole to get the prize? How about playing basketball in the courtyard wearing flip-flops?
Haggling – Pinoy Style
Haggling is commonly practiced by many in the Philippines especially bargain-hunters at flea markets or "tiangge". It is like a ritualistic dance performed by seller and buyer. Have a glimpse of how Filipinos do it and you may learn a thing or two.
Philippine Meal Times
Meal times in the Philippines is always a happy occasion for family, relatives and friends where it is fairly common to have at least 5 meals a day.
Summer in the Philippines
The most pronounced dry and hot period is referred to as summer by the Filipinos which normally begins in mid-March and almost always lasts until May. Summer time is vacation, fun and relaxation time for many.
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