"On Eating, again" Philippines Local Custom Tip by edwinic

Philippines Local Customs: 242 reviews and 278 photos

I will bet that you are kind, well-mannered and lucky if it happened you be invited by a Filipino family to a lunch or dinner. Do not decline unless you have a compelling reason not to eat their food -- religious reasons, allergy or doctor’s order, for example.

Filipinos see it as an insult and loses his face if you beg to be excused from a table invitation.

It would help to bear in mind that while Westerner dine to be entertained and luxuriate, Filipinos eat because they are hungry – a differentiation that is easier said than done for them to take hold of and agree to.

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  • Written Sep 4, 2006
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