"The Authentic Filipino Time" Philippines Local Custom Tip by edwinic

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Many observed that Filipinos are infamous when it comes to punctuality. 30-60 minute lateness in a meeting is usual and tolerable. This attitude was brought about by the outlook ?everyone else will be late, why should I be early??

(Show of) keenness is a manner not commonly appreciated in the Philippines. It is almost/always equated to stinginess.

It is, however, a different affair when attending job interviews, watching parades of movie stars, and queuing for calamity dole-outs.

If you are a visitor/tourist in this country, it helps to be direct on your time prerequisite. Express your desire that both party to be on time. More often than not, most Filipinos will act in accordance with your wish. You will find that most will come on time; while those who are late will blame the perennially-pestering vehicular traffic.

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  • Written Sep 4, 2006
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