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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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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Use formal titles

When you are having a meeting with your Chinese associates, always address them by titles. i.e. Director Wu, Chairman Chen. If you don’t know somebody yet, just start with “xian sheng” or “xiao jie,” which means Mister or Miss/Mrs in Chinese. It is very important to keep in mind someone’s family name, which comes before the first name of a Chinese person. ( As in “Yao Ming”,“Yao” is the family name.)

 

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Have you eaten?

Have you eaten? is the direct translation from Chi le ma, but indeed it is a greeting phrase when people meet each other, representing an intimate relations between them. It’s important to understand this is NOT an invitation for meal. It is also important if you master this phrase and use it in daily greetings, very idiomatic

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Smiling, the start of every greeting in the Philippines

In greeting Filipino people, one has to smile and if there is a chance, doing the handshake is appreciated. Filipinos are known to be friendly, and with just a smile, a person, even if he’s a tourist or a foreigner, can gain a lot of Filipino friends. Smiles are the ‘meat’ of every greeting they can make. One can smile and if the other person, to whom the other one has smiled, smiled back, they can eventually talk like introduce selves to each other. One can even smile and appear like they are greeting other people without saying a single word.

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Greet the elders and seniors first

Seniority is vital in China. You need to be sensitive to rankings and be respectful to the elders in a Chinese company or organization. Greet the elders and seniors before the others, especially when dealing with government officials.

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What to give as gift?

If invited to someone’s home for dinner, bring the hostess pastries or good quality chocolates. Never give alcohol. Do not give toy dogs or pigs to children. Do not give anything made of pigskin.Avoid white wrapping paper as it symbolizes death and mourning.Avoid yellow wrapping paper, as it is the color of royalty. If you give food, it must be “halal” (meaning permissible for Muslims).

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Be sure to smile

In greeting Filipino people, one has to smile and if there is a chance, doing the handshake is appreciated. Filipinos are known to be friendly, and with just a smile, a person, even if he’s a tourist or a foreigner, can gain a lot of Filipino friends. Smiles are the ‘meat’ of every greeting they can make. One can smile and if the other person, to whom the other one has smiled, smiled back, they can eventually talk like introduce selves to each other. One can even smile and appear like they are greeting other people without saying a single word.

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