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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The basic visiting etiquette when visiting a mosque in Malaysia

As you enter Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital of Malaysia, you are bound to notice the pink-domed Putra Mosque sitting right on the foreshore of the man-made Putrajaya Lake.

The iconic mosque was named after Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj, who was the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The mosque is well-known throughout the country for its exquisite architecture, intricate designs and rose-tinted granite.

Mosque etiquette

Before you visit the mosque, or any particular mosque in particular, I recommend you to learn some of the basic visiting etiquettes to make your visit a pleasant and worthwhile experience.

  • Visitors are required to dress appropriately at all times.
  • Visitors are required to remove their shoes before they enter the prayer hall.
  • Menstruating women are requested not to enter the prayer hall.
  • Visitors are requested to respect the mosque by maintaining cleanliness.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited.
  • Non-Muslim visitors may not be allowed into the prayer hall during the 5 daily prayers.

As one of the two mosques located in Putrajaya, the Putra Mosque remains to be one of the most visited mosques in the country. Built in 1997, the mosque’s architectural design is derived from traditional Malay and Middle Eastern elements. Its impressive minaret also happens to be one of the tallest minarets in the region and was influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. Due to the sheer size of the mosque, the mosque can accommodate more than 10,000 worshippers at any one time.

The Putra Mosque is generally accessible to the public however, visitors are required to adhere to a particular dress code. If a staff finds you inappropriately dressed, the staff will direct you to the robe counter located at the entrance to wear a robe. The robes look quite similar to graduation gowns, and it doesn’t cost you anything to put it on.

Like most mosques in Malaysia, the Putra Mosque consists of three main functional areas – the prayer hall, the courtyard and learning facilities and function rooms. For the best experience, make plans to visit the mosque during one of the 5 daily prayer times to observe how the Muslims pray in congregation.

If you are interested to know more about Islam, the mosque provides free leaflets in English and other languages to help you understand the religion better. If you are in luck, you may even get a volunteer guide to share with you in-depth information about the mosque as well as the role Islam has on a Muslim’s life.

While you are at the Putra Mosque, you should also visit the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, or more popularly known as the Steel Mosque.

Address Putra Mosque:

Putra Mosque, Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia

Visiting hours:

Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (9.30am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 4pm) Friday (9.30am – 12.30pm, 3pm – 4pm, 5.30pm – 6pm)

Phone number:

+6 03 888 85678

Website:

http://www.masjidputra.gov.my/

 

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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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