Do's and Don'ts
Jan 27, 2023

For expats living in the Philippines, there are certain things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth transition and an enjoyable experience.


  1. Learn some basic phrases in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, to show respect and better integrate into the community.
  2. Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when it comes to religion and dress code.
  3. Dress modestly and conservatively in public places, especially in rural areas.
  4. Carry small bills and change for transactions, as many vendors may not have change for larger denominations.
  5. Be patient and understanding with traffic and transportation delays, as they are common in the Philippines.
  6. Be open to trying new foods and experiences.
  7. Build a network of local contacts to help navigate the culture and community.
  8. Be prepared for unexpected power outages and transportation delays.


  1. Do not assume that all Filipinos are poor or uneducated.
  2. Do not make negative or stereotypical comments about the country or its people.
  3. Do not bring illegal drugs or firearms into the country.
  4. Do not disrespect local religious practices or beliefs.
  5. Don't litter or leave trash in public places, as it is considered disrespectful and can harm the environment.
  6. Don't raise your voice or lose your temper in public, as it is considered impolite and can cause offense.
  7. Don't assume that everyone speaks English, as many Filipinos speak multiple languages, but English is not always one of them.