What Things Are Taboo in The Philippines?

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1. Not taking a shower before meeting someone is considered very rude. Body odor is a sign of disrespect. Filipinos are not used to the smell of non Asians and will find it unbearable. So shower lots, use soap, deodorant, moisturizer and baby powder on your socks. Wash your bum with soap and water.

2. Filipinos will not take insult lightly and in Bisaya areas, you could get beaten up for insult. I have seen it myself, the foreigner was a Spaniard in Bohol.

3. Not using serving spoons.

4. Calling a superior/elder by name. If you speak a Filipino language, use polite speech like Po, and addressing yourself and others in the 3rd person, also lower the tone of your voice. This is polite speech.

5. Pointing is a sign of aggression, don't point at people.

6. Do not attack a woman, if you hit a woman or commit sexual assault, all she has to do is shout and people nearby are more than willing to beat you dead, so be careful. Conduct yourself properly around women, the Philippines is a matriarchal society. This is not like Thailand where you can go head to head with a woman, in Philippines, the locals will intervene and join in. Strangely, cat calling is still common here even though I heard it is illegal.

7. “Pssst hoy" is rude. “Oi" is ok.

8. Cheating is taboo. If you were caught in the act fornicating, your spouse can kill you and your lover on the spot and the spouse will not be charged for any crime.
  
9. Drugs is taboo. People hate drugs here that is why Duterte is the most popular president in Philippine history.

10. Do not hold positive views towards the NPA. People hate that terrorist group.

11. Do not show off your wealth or intellect. People hate it.

12. Don't criticize the Philippines and say your country is better.

13. Don't openly support America or China.

14. Don't touch people, even in a friendly way.

15. Don't say anything negative to Muslim minority groups or anything about Islam in public. Even us locals here don't do it despite our differences, we don't talk about it, this is not America. We don't say things out loud just because we can. Please be sensitive to people's religious beliefs even if you disagree with it since it is their choice and it is their life. Religious tolerance is more important than exercising freedom of speech here.     

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