Greeting someone in the Philippines

If you want to greet someone in the Philippines you can do this by putting your hands together and taking a small bow. This is quite similar to a greeting in China.

If you want to say something to the person you greet here are some tips:

  • Good morning – Ma-gan-dang u-ma-ga po / Magandang Umaga po
  • Good afternoon – Magandang Tanghali po
  • Good evening – Magandang Gabi po
  • You are beautiful – Maganda Ka
  • You are from where? – Taga saan ka?
  • My name is WhizKid. – Ako po ay si Whizkid
  • I live in America – Nakatira po ako sa America
  • Take Care – Ingat po

At last, read this article of you’re greeting and showing respect to an elder (60+) you know.

Mano Po Gesture: Filipinos’ Way of Respecting The Elders

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Using the word “Po”

Po’ is a word used to show respect and humility in the Philippines. It can be used when talking to someone in higher position, someone older, or even when a person in a higher societal status wants to show respect and humble himself before an old beggar.

For foreign people, it’s also appreciated if they include ‘po’ in their statements. For example: ‘Yes’ is ‘oo’ (pronounced as oh-oh), but to sound respectful,  people made it ‘opo’. ‘No’ is ‘hindi’, but ‘hindi po’ would be better.

Where to put ‘po’ in the statement depends on the phrase or sentence but if a foreign toungue would use it, it will be better if they will have it at the end of the sentence, like, “I don’t know po”, “I will check your sms later po”, “hello po”, “how are you po” and “happy birthday po”.

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The Face a Holy Temple, Malaysia

It’s common for Westerners to give each other a hug or kiss each other in the face when you meet.

However, when in Malaysia, try to avoid touching a Malay or to kissing them in their face. The head and face are considered to be the home of the human soul. You can only shake hands if they will reach out for you to shake their hands.

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Not Write in Red in China

The color red is considered to bring luck. But there is one way the color red may not be used. Please do not write somebody’s name in the color red. This means you wish them bad luck.

In general, it’s not good to write with a red color at all. In some more conservative company cultures, it’s not done, when your boss or colleagues see you writing with a red pen.

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Give/Receive Business Card & Gifts in China with Both Hands

When given and accepting any objects (such as gifts or business cards) with both hands, it shows you are fully interested and dedicated to receive the object. This custom is relevant in China, but also in many other Asian countries.

For example, business cards are also given with both hands and thumbs up. When you’re the receiver, also accept it with both hands.

An often made mistake is to directly hide the card away. This is considered rude. The best thing is to study the card closely for a while and then put it in front of you on the table. Do not play with the card or write any details on the card. Instead, just take a careful look to remember the name and the background of the receiver.

accepting objects with both hands

Do not throw cards across table. This is considered to be very rude and disrespectful. Always handle the business card with great care and respect. After you finish the conversation pick it up and take it with you. Do not put it in your pocket directly!

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Asia-Another World

Asia has been always been considered to be a continent of mystery. Surrounded by a long heritage of traditions and cultures dating back centuries, Asia remains a continent of interest to those that seek out the true meaning of heritage and perseverance. With over fifty countries comprising the total population of over four billion individuals and growing, Asia remains a focal point of all travelers who look to experience a unique traveling adventure that will forever be remembered. From the Great Wall in China measuring a total distance of 13,170 miles, to architectural feats of accomplishment that have remained for centuries, Asia remains the premiere travel destination encompassing a rich tradition of history brought forth from generations.

Asia is full of traditions

With points of interest for all those seeking adventure while experiencing breath-taking views, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore remain the most visited Asian countries to date. With a deep tradition of heritage and traditions in respect to each country, Asia is an adventure that needs to be experienced, to learn and explore. Although somewhat antiquated in the out-lying areas far from the larger metropolitan cities such as Beijing, the true China remains intact with small archaic villages that have survived the ever growing population and the need for expansion.

Respect for the culture and traditions of all Asian countries are mandatory and justly deserving. Asians have a long tradition of respect often shown towards each other, especially women and religion. With deep-routed traditions towards the Buddhism religion, the head of a religious believer is considered sacred and not to be touched or rubbed. Removing shoes when entering the home in any Asian country is an indication of respect towards cultures and beliefs passed down from generations. With many celebrations that are commonplace throughout Asian countries, Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is similar to celebration of New Year’s in North America with the exception of celebration lasting for two weeks or more.

Traditional values hold true throughout Asia in regards to marriage weddings, even pregnancies. Weddings in China stem from traditions that are rather lengthy compared to North American standards and often entail rituals that may last for many months’ even years. From Obtaining the Bride to Groom and Bridesmaids Games and Ceremonial Rites, weddings in Asia are festive and lengthy with actual ceremonies lasting for many weeks.

Replaced by the former tradition of women being servants to their dominate male partner, expecting Asian women of today are treated with respect and admiration. Asian women expecting a child are monitored closely with precise measures to see that the newborn is brought into the world without complications or birth defects. From restrictions keeping sharp objects in bed there-by eliminating the possibilities of a child born with cleft lip or palate, to restrictions from touching adhesives reducing the chances of a baby born with birthmarks, old traditions passed down from generations remain adhered to closely.

Undoubtedly, Asia in all its entirety is remarkable and beautiful in every respect. Regardless of the Asian country visited Asia, will always remain mysterious, inviting and another world.

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Asia, the largest continent in the World

Often expressed as “Pearls of the Orient”, Asia is the largest continent in the World. Comprised of over fifty individual countries each rich in tradition dating back centuries, Asia continues to be rich in ethnicities with firm beliefs in religion, family beliefs, customs and high moral character. From majestic mountains with breath-taking panoramic views of some of the most prolific scenery in the World, it is clear to see why Asia is indeed the Pearl of the Orient.

The unique culture in Asia

With a population of over four-billion citizens and growing, Asia is a unique culture comprised of many different principles and beliefs. From religion to everyday values, each individualized race is based on specific societies with strict beliefs from which lives are centered and built upon, passed from generation to generation. Although the focus is often primarily on China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, Asia is distinctive in many ways. The complexity of the culture, the hardships and torments that have been endured for centuries is only a mere beginning to fully comprehend the suffering and sacrifices made for survival.

Where traditional customs vastly differentiate in many countries from what is considered the norm by United States standards, Asian heritage is more than a custom. Asian Heritage is a belief in the individual person, each to his or her own, a unique entity brought into this World for a purpose, to fulfill legacies and the true meaning of existence. With religions from Buddhism to Hinduism and beyond, faith is the catalyst from which inspiration and determination are born. To those that have survived war, poverty and persecution, faith and the belief of a higher power allow survival.

In ancient China where male superiority was dominate. Asian women were considered servants to the predominate male of the family, catering to his individual needs. Often walking behind the male, Asian women were often ridiculed, abused and replaced as mere tokens. In today’s Asian society, women have made great strides in accomplishing what was once thought inconceivable. With greater emphasis placed on the Asian women as more than a servant, Asian women today are now matriarchs of the family, the foundation from which growth and traditions endure. Holding employment positions as leaders of major fortune 500 companies today, Asian women still adhere to traditional ancestral values, however are becoming heavily influenced by North American inspirations.

Throughout Asia today, North American traditions and beliefs continue to change the traditional values and beliefs once considered sacred. Replaced by high moral character and the belief of eternal life, North American and the changing World have erased what was once a proud and dominate society. Today, high rise architectural structures in larger metropolitan cities, replace villages where families endured, survived and worked as a strong bonding unit, forever together, forever strengthened on beliefs for a better tomorrow and the sanctity of ancestral generations passed.

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When in Asia

Living in Asia means experiencing the world. The continent itself will give you everything from its four seasons, biodiversity, wonderful people, natural resources and boundless sceneries ranging from the highest of heights to the depths of the seas. The famous tagline that says “in everything you do, there is always an Asian better than you” speaks for itself for so many reasons you must know and here are the things that you need to know on how to live and fully experience ASIA.

Culture Diversity in Each Country

There are funny impressions about Asians most Western people give. One, that all Asians know Karate, two, that all Asians eat rice and All Asians do Karaoke which is partially true but not necessarily for every Asian country you visit such as in the Middle East.

Asia is a huge continent divided by several countries, Kingdoms, Dynasties, and Religion but there will always one thing that binds people from Asia, it’s their resilience, from everything.

Similarities and Differences in Asia

Most Asians are similar in the color of their skin, might come to many shades of tan except Chinese, Korean and Japanese people who have lighter, yellowish skin color. Yet, you may also meet some Asians who have Western or Hispanic looks and culture for it could be the result of the past Western colonization in Asia.

Another similarity you can find in Asian People is their strict implementations of discipline, culture, and tradition. Asians have unique values practiced in family, society, politics, and religion. When you come to Asia, you will see how the people value their churches, monuments, and manners. Asian people are more conservative. Societal standards may differ from each country with various factors such as clothing, use of languages, religious practices, and public etiquette. Asian government and religion have so much contribution on how the people act, speak and live.

There are countless differences when you are to compare Asian people, culture, and etiquette based in every country. One country’s way of expression might offend another country in so many ways though they live in one continent. For example, Japanese people may be very polite and respectful but you will find them slurping when they eat their noodles as their way of showing gratefulness and enjoyment for a hearty meal served to them and slurping in front of other people might be very wrong when you do that in countries like Philippines and Dubai who already adapted the dining etiquette of the Western world to be really refined and quiet.

Asian Family Virtues

In Asia, you must know how to practice good manners and proper conduct when it comes to respecting your parents, siblings, most especially the elders. There are several ways you can show respect to them from Japanese’ way of bowing their heads to Indian’s “Namaste” greetings while placing hands together while bowing or the Southern Asian countries’ hand kissing and “bless you” gestures.

Most Asian families practice Patriarchal, fathers are given to earn for their living and most girls would stay home and do babysitting or chores but this is no longer practices in some Asian countries that are influenced by modernization and women empowerment. You may now find women CEOs and military who prove themselves to be stronger than how the society sees them.

Business Etiquette

We all know that most Asian people most especially Chinese have so much devotion when it comes to business. Most Asian businessmen value their time as much as Westerners do yet not with some other Asian people who were influenced by the Mañana habit of their Spanish ancestors who would always come to work and meetings late.

Common gestures you can use for business meetings as a greeting is either bows or handshakes. It is also important for you to give time for the speaker to talk and speak your mind when the guest or the leader is done talking.

Casual and Business suits are worn when in business meeting yet there will always be exceptions on how important the event is and there would be a must to wear a national costume.

Dining Etiquette

Not all Asians actually eat rice and use chopsticks for these are only practiced mostly in China or Japan. Like in the Middle East, aside from rice, their staple food is bread. Asians respect their food so much, they pray and do worship just before or even after eating.

Asians are well disciplined in having their meals. Some Asian countries can never leave their plates with leftover for that’s considered as an insult to both nature and God’s provisions. Aside from that, Asians eat together at the same time, for food is one of their many ways to bond and share with their loved ones.



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What One Should Not Do While Cooking and After Eating

Filipinos are known to be good in cooking. A lot of Filipino chefs have been successful all over the world. What others do not know is any Filipino who knows the most basic in cooking can be good in it. Ordinary people can cook very good foods even without formal cooking education or learning from cook books. Philippines is a country where people love to cook. Since cooking is a known activity, there are also known beliefs about it. They say, a males or females who are single should not sing while they cook because they may not have the chance to marry someone someday and will be forever a bachelor or an old maid. The same will also happen if one will get the last piece of food on a platter.

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Preparing Long Foods to have Longer Life

During parties, people are used to have something on the table to be shared by many. In the Philippines, people are fond of preparing a lot of foods. During birthday parties, cakes will always be appreciated. Aside from cakes, there is this something that will always be prepared and considered as most important from all the foods that are set. Rice noodles or pastas should be present in birthday parties of people in different ages. These are long, and since Filipinos are into symbolisms and superstitious beliefs, they believe that having these on table to be shared will give the celebrant long life.

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Why The Masters’ Bedroom Should Face East in The Philippines

Some people just buy houses and become contented. Others buy houses and do some renovation. However, the more savvy in The Philippines will definitely look at the direction of the master bedroom. For some it’s so important that they decide to have a house built depending on his preferences.

The direction matters in fact for a lot of Asian countries, but in the Philippines, there are especially beliefs about the position of the the masters’ bedroom. The room, the door of the room, or its main window should face east. The sun rises in the east and the sun is believed to be a sign of God’s graces and blessings.

Having the room’s door or window facing east can catch and welcome blessings. If those are facing west, people who are living in the house may just let the blessings pass by and will welcome quarrels, diseases, and death.

While you may believe this is just a superstitious thought, you’ll be amazed how much value (especially the older generation) places on this aspect of a home.

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Welcoming Good Luck in A New House

Filipino people, though most of them are Christians, believe in luck. They would sometimes be heard talking about bad or good luck. When a person bought or built a new house, they would celebrate after the house is set and ready to be occupied. They would set a date, cook a lot of foods, invite a priest or a pastor and a set of close friends and relatives, and put a ribbon to be cut. When the day comes that the house will be blessed, they will let the priest or pastor do the blessing and the owners to cut the ribbon. After the ceremony, house owners will shower a lot of coins inside the house. Old people say, once people do this, they will forever welcome good luck.

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