Philippines - Culture
When visiting the Philippines, there are some social norms that should be followed that will aid in a successful trip. Initial greetings tend to be quite formal and protocol dictates that the eldest, or most important person is met first, and a handshake is suitable. It is considered polite to bring flowers or sweets to the host when invited for dinner (however, chrysanthemums and white lilies should be avoided). Guests should always wait to be told where to sit in case a seating plan is in place. Casual dress is acceptable in most areas, but when visiting Muslim areas, visitors should cover up.
Filipino is the official language of the Philippines, however it is spoken by just over half of the population. English is used in educational, governmental and commercial purposes and is widely understood while there are an additional 170 indigenous languages spoken. Taglish is a mixture of English and Filipino words and phrases.
After Spanish Roman Catholic missionaries converted the islands to Christianity in the 16th century, it has remained the predominant religion. Today, with 83% of the population following Christianity, the Philippines is the fourth largest Catholic state in the world. The Protestant Church is followed by 8% of the population, while 5% are Muslim and a further 3% identify as Buddhist with 1% listing other.
Philippines Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to the Philippines.
Learn about the history and culture of the Philippines, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about the Philippines nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering the Philippines for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Philippines tours today!
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