- Foreign businessmen should shake hands firmly with Filipino men.
- Traditionally, there was no physical contact between men and women in public.
- Today, however, most Filipino business-women will offer to shake hands.
- Observe titles: Filipino companies often reward employees with titles instead of additional pay or responsibilities.
- Upper-class Filipinos may follow the Hispanic tradition of having two surnames: one from their father (listed first), followed by their mother's.
- Most Filipinos have nicknames, which may sound incongruous to foreigners.
- Foreigners must be punctual.
- Without introductions, it is very difficult to meet with decision makers.
- Filipinos rely heavily on their feelings and personal relationships.
- Restrain your temper and speak in quiet, gentle tones. While Filipinos try to avoid conflict, if you express anger, it may easily provoke a similar response.
- Trying several local dishes (for example, bogoong and balut) will endear you to the Filipinos. Don't be squeamish.
- Celebrate your new deal at a prestigious restaurant.