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Culture Smart! Philippines

Culture Smart! Philippines is an illuminating and practical guide to Philippines culture and society. It will help you turn your visit – whether it’s for business or for pleasure – into a memorable and enriching experience.


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The Philippines, a scattered archipelago of seven thousand islands, appears to be one of the most Westernised countries in Asia. However, the realities of Filipino life are complex, and not immediately evident to the foreign visitor; the façade of the English language does not run deep.

The Philippines has a unique colonial history: it was governed by Spain for over three hundred years and by the United States for fifty. The majority of Filipinos are Roman Catholics, the government is democratically elected, and freedom of speech and education are highly valued.

Culture Smart! Philippines looks at the social, economic, and political issues the country faces. Despite the material disadvantages that much of the population faces, the Filipino people show an amazing resilience. They are warm, charming, and welcoming, and beyond the chaotic traffic jams and heat of Manila there is much to enjoy and appreciate.

Culture Smart! Philippines also includes among its pages case studies, true stories, and advice on what to expect and how to behave in many different situations. First-time visitors and long-term foreign workers will find an abundance of practical information and key insights into Filipino life that will enable them to make the very most of their time in this unique and intriguing country.

Contents include

  • local customs, values, and traditions
  • historical, religious, and political background
  • life at home
  • leisure, social, and cultural life
  • eating and drinking
  • dos, don'ts, and taboos
  • business practices
  • communication, spoken and unspoken
Book Title

Culture Smart! Philippines






Culture & Society




170mm x 108mm

Date Published

February 2004



Weight0.172 kg