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The most important steps in efforts of gaining insights about the local residents is to understand him in his own setting .
The following are just some general statements intended to help you in your behavior in the local community:
Avoid wearing sandals when attending special occasions in the local community - wearing of shoes is a sign that the event is important to you
Do invite people at least 3 times. 
Local residents are thought that it is proper to refuse the 1st time or them
insistence is a clear sign that the offer or invitations are genuine.
Do give local residents a way out of the situation so he can save face thus avoiding embarrassments. Embarrassing him will cause a "loss of face".
Don't use the common sign of "OK" in the local community. it means money. 
You may use the sign ok. this is the thumbs up
sign which has been commonly seen on television.
Don't use your forefinger upward to call a resident- it is considered somewhat degrading. 
One way of calling is to beckon with a hand in gentle downward motion. 
`Sssst` is another popular way to get someone's Attention. 
As a rule however it is preferred to call the persons name. it is even better to use nicknames, because these are reserved for close friends.
Smiling is a form of friendship and a form of greeting.
Do show respect for age- use the proper appellations for elders and relations. find out right away what appellations are used in the family.

What to Wear - People in the Philippines dress for the weather HOT! Clothing of lightweight cotton and linen are ideal. Bring along light sweaters on mountain trips; umbrellas and jackets are a must during the rainy season. For formal dining occasions, the Barong Tagalog, the country's national dress shirt for men, is recommended in lieu of coat and tie.

General travel tips to ensure that your travels are trouble free

Planning your trip
When planning your trip, make sure that you find out about the wet and dry seasons, or other possible weather conditions that may affect your holiday. If you are using a travel agent then make sure that you ask about this, even though they should tell you.
Ask your agent, or other sources to find out whether the hotel or even the destination has any work going on. Again the agent should tell you, however he/she may have over looked the hotel that is being built right next door.
If you are traveling to an area that may be considered a 'hot zone' (possibly dangerous) then check with your insurance company to verify whether you will be covered in case something goes wrong. If they do not, and you still want to travel, then find one that will.

Arriving at your destination tips
Whenever you arrive in any country, whether it be by boat, plane or whatever you are vulnerable. You have all your cash, cards, documents and anything else valuable on you right at that moment. It is even worse if you have never been there before and look like you haven't, there are always people who are willing to "help". Every precaution you take will help to avoid any potential problems. After all you do not want someone to "help" themselves to your belongings, when you have just arrived.

Here are a few tips that should help.

Before leaving for your trip, try to get some prior information as to the rough layout of the airport where you will be arriving. This will help, to have a vague sense of where you should be going and where the taxis are located etc.

Whenever possible, especially in certain countries we recommend taking either the airport limousine, or a hotel pick up. Never take a taxi that seems just to be hanging around, offering its services when there is a taxi queue available.

Try to keep your wallet and valuables safely secured in a handbag or in one of your hand luggage. Change some money into the local currency before you depart. This gives you one less thing to worry about, and will stop you from pulling a large amount of money out at the airport arrivals. Keep a small amount of this local currency, easily accessible in a pocket or something, and away from the majority of your well earned money. You will need sufficient for the ride into town, a tip (perhaps) and a little for unforeseen needs like toll ways or a bottle of water.


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