Filipinos are warm, welcoming, friendly, and smile frequently.

Filipinos also value laughter and use it to break tension or relieve awkwardness. Laughter puts people at ease in the Philippines.

Filipinos respond well to peaceful approaches. They don't like to be harsh, and rarely use the word "no." Filipinos can be indirect and often find other ways to get their point across when they disagree or refuse.

Instead of pointing with their fingers, Filipinos generally use the palm of their hand facing downward. A thumbs up is also the preferred gesture for "ok."

  • Capital: Manila
  • Population: 105,720,644
  • Area: 300,000 sq. km. (186,411 sq. mi.)
  • Nationality: Filipino (noun); Philippine (adj.)
  • Language: Filipino and English
  • Climate: Tropical Marine; Northeast Monsoon (Nov. - April) Southwest Monsoon (May-Oct.)
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