Generally, Filipinos are friendly and nice people. Their courteous and hospitable nature is extended to all visitors except, of course, for those with bad intentions. On the other hand, there are quite a few things that you should observe in order to experience the friendliness and warmth of the Filipinos. Listed below are a few pointers on the dos and don'ts of the country's social etiquette:
• Don't get paranoid or annoyed if people stare at you because they find you interesting and wanted to take a good look at you.
• Don't be punctual if you are asked to attend a social function. You would be considered a polite guest if you arrived at least 30 minutes later than the arranged time.
• Do greet the elderly if they are present at any social function as a show of respect to them.
• Do taste a bit of the food being offered. If you like it, don't forget to leave some food on the plate to show you've had a lot.
• Do remember to remove your shoes before entering someone's home.
• Don't remain quiet in the company of Filipinos unless you want to show them that you are unhappy, bored or dislike somebody's presence.