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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Chum Reap Suor

Cambodian people greet each other by saying “Chum Reap Suor”, accompanied by a gesture of pressing their palms together in front of their face and slightly bowing forward, which is called ‘sampeah’. Your Cambodian hosts will be happily surprised to see you using the ‘sampeah’ to greet them. Shaking hands is now more and more acceptable, usually with men, and after a ‘sampeah’.

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Keeping good luck

On the New Year Day ( first day of the new year in Lunar Calendar) , do not sweep the floor/ clean house. Vietnamese believe everybody/ every household has good luck on the first day of the new year. If we sweep / clean the house/ throw out the garbage, we will lose good luck.

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Red Color Items

A Khmer Belief is that People tie red cloths on their wrist, motor handles and other type of accessories because they believe that it will bring good luck and happiness to them.
People like wearing Red Clothes on Sunday because it is believed to give them more happiness.

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Greetings in Indonesia

Guarantee you will not see many Indonesian greets each other with a kiss on a cheek or a giant hug. Indonesians respect their elderly (or people they respect, generally) by salim, which is a revering handshake by touching the back of the hand to the forehead. For example, when shaking the hand with older persons, such as parents, grandparents and teachers, the younger people or students are expected to touch the back of the elder’s palm with the tip of their nose or forehead, this reflects a special respect from the young to the old. This salim gesture is similar to hand-kissing, with exception it is only tip of nose or forehead that touch the hand, not the lips. As for the meeting new people, a hand-shake is a very common thing to do.

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Pierce Baby Girl Ears

It is a tradition in most part of Indonesia, to pierce the ears of a baby girl right after she is born or when she is still a baby. It is considered odd not to do it, since it is one main symbols of feminine applied to females. Baby girl without pierced ear will be often mistakenly considered as a baby boy.

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Disliking when Pregnant

When a woman is pregnant, she is not supposed to dislike or hate a person for whatever reason too deeply. It is believed that the baby will be born with a face (and or behavior) that really looks alike with the disliked person.

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