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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Cultural Do’s and Don’ts for Your Visit to Thailand

After taking a couple of simple rules of Thailand culture won’t just keep you from unintentionally insulting somebody, doing as such will separate you from the tourists just inspired by modest shopping or idyllic beaches. Respecting and observing the local Thai culture will positively enhance your experience.

Thailand has known as the “Place of Smiles” yet the Thai smile has numerous implications. Though, Thai individuals are exceptionally forgiving of misdemeanors, especially when conferred by tourists (outsiders), observing these essential Do’s and Don’ts will keep them happy.

The essential Dos in Thailand

Remove your shoes

As in numerous Asian societies, evacuating your shoes before entering a temple or any sacred place or going by somebody’s house is vital. In Thailand, you will also see a few restaurants, and shops, requesting you to remove your shoes before entering. If not sure, simply look to check whether there is a heap of shoes at the passageway, or verify whether the staff is wearing shoes. This is the reason simple footwear is a smart idea in Southeast Asia. It’s better not to venture on the threshold when entering temples and homes.

Give back a wai

The wai is prayer like pose in Thailand in which both hands are joined together in front and the head bowed slightly. To not give back a wai is looked as rude attitude; just the monks and the ruler don’t need to return wais. Do not to wai while grasping something in your hands; a slight bow will suffice. Know and read more about how to make proper wai or hello in Thai.

Use your right hand

The left hand is considered as filthy, as it is once in a while utilized for “toilet use.” Always use your right hand to pass items to somebody and while paying bill. Touch your left hand to your lower right arm (demonstrating that it is securely distant) on the off chance that you wish to show additional respect.

Show great respect to monks in Thailand

You will experience numerous monks in places, for example, Chiang Mai; better to treat them with respect. When welcoming a monk, monks get a higher wai than common individuals; monks don’t need to give wai. Ladies should never touch a monk, brush a monks robe, or hand something to a monk. Monks, at services and social events are always allowed to eat first. You will easily see number of Monks in Thailand; you’ll at sometimes see those using cell phones and also in internet cafes, so don’t be shocked!


Thai smile is very famous must to Thailand culture and etiquette; People of Thailand show it whenever they can. If someone passes a smile, give back smile. In Thailand, Smiles are mostly used amid an apology, negotiation and just in everyday life.

The don’ts in Thailand

Never kiss in public

Thai people don’t like to show affection in public beyond holding hands. So be respectful here and don’t do such things that create a problem for you as well as for Thai people.


Generally the Thai people are friendly and speak softly. They avoid confrontation at any cost. So try not to raise your voice or shout there. Keep your voice polite and low. Before taking pictures of local people or monk take their permission.

Dress properly

Thai people take a lot of care about their dress and do not like improper or very short dresses, especially if you are out of tourist areas or beaches. Please respect them and dress properly when you are in public places.

Don’t point your feet

Pointing your feet or raising it above someone’s head or putting your feet on a chair or desk is considered very rude in Thailand. Avoid pointing feet at monks or Buddha’s. When sitting somewhere in the grounds, try not to show your feet.

Never disrespect the king Thai people will ever tolerate the disrespect of their kind. So avoid doing any such thing because this can take you to the prison.

Don’t throw things

Throwing things at someone in fun is also considered very rude in Thailand. Take time to hand things to people instead tossing and throwing. Always unfold money when paying someone.

Touching some one’s head

Touching someone’s head in Thailand is considered as very impolite and rude. Avoid touching someone’s head, especially in public places.

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House customs

Do’s: If you are a guest coming to somebody’s house, it is a polite thing not to take a seat before your host invite or offer you to have a seat. If it is in a house, guest should take the seat closest to the door facing the inside part of the house, while the host sit on the opposite facing out ward.




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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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