Most Filipinos have nicknames, which they use in the work-place but it is advisable to refer to them more formally with their office title, such as Director, Attorney, and others.In the work place, a lot of acronyms are used, so familiarity with acronyms will also be useful. They are able to laugh or make jokes, in good or bad times. The use of cell phone is the number one means of communication in the Philippines.Modest display of affection like holding hands and putting an arm around the shoulders are acceptable in the Philippines.Public displays of anger and other strong emotions are not acceptable.If they do not want to respond to a question, they may just smile.A respectful way of addressing an elder (someone older or one with a high and respected position in society) is to say “po” (formal) or “ho” (informal) at the end of the sentence.
It is usually expected to engage in general light conversation at first, and talking about family, friends and where you come from is a good starting point.In office settings, punctuality and timeliness are practiced.However, in social informal gatherings, Filipinos, generally have a tendency to not be on time (called “Filipino time”).Filipinos are a very hospitable and friendly people. If meeting someone for the first time, it would be good to smile at the person before you even start a conversation.Pilipino, which is largely-based on Tagalog, is the national language. The medium of instruction in most school is English.