- Series: Culture Shock!
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Reference; 7 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761456716
- ISBN-13: 978-0761456711
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Culture Shock! Philippines: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette Paperback – October 1, 2009
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This is the most up to date and comprehensive guide I have ever seen for traveling to the Philippines....
There is much humor in this guide and reading it along with my Filipina wife, we found that there are many details, quotes, and suggestions as well as analysis of the culture which are truly entertaining to us....
I can wholeheartedly recommend CultureShock! Philippines to anyone planning to travel there, in fact I recommend you re-read it after you return - you'll be surprised at how helpful and accurate this guide was for your journey - and this guide will definitely be with me when I return again, lest there were any details I'd forgotten over time. --San Francisco Book Review, October 2009
About the Author
Now based in Sydney, Australia, freelance writer-painter Alfredo Roces was editor of GEO, Australasia's Geographical Magazine, from 1978 to 1991. A Filippino, he served as editor-in-chief of a ten-volume study on Philippine culture and history entitled Filipino Heritage (1978). He was a daily columnist for the country's leading newspaper, The Manila Times, for more than ten years, for which he gained a Columnist of the Year Award from the Citizens Council for Mass Media for 1971. Earlier he was cited as one of Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 1961 for his contribution to the study of Philippine culture. An artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame in the USA, Alfredo has also authored various books. Grace Roces holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She then worked in the training field for 18 years designing training material for Westpac, AGC and other large organisations. In the year 2000, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education from Macquarie University. Now a Special Education Teacher in a primary school in Sydney, she works with students who have reading difficulties. Grace grew up in Manila and moved to Australia with her co-author father and family in 1978. She is married to Howard Boorman and they have two sons, Damien and Alex.
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The book states, and rightly so, that the West is a 'goal oriented' culture, while the Philippines is a 'people oriented' culture. As such, there are many traditions and expectations. Their violation may be forgiven a first time traveler. However, there is only one chance to make a first impression. This book makes that much easier. It explains expectations in most social and business settings.
The only area found lacking is the section on Dating. If one is on business, a single ex-pat, or tourist there is an opportunity to date. The book's section on dating covers some key points in an abstract way. For example, the book explains that at some point in time one must 'meet the parents'. But, one learns elsewhere in the book when meeting anyone for the first time, a gift is expected. Showing up at a female date's house to meet her parents without a gift is a BAD thing.
Speaking of gifts. The book does mention gift giving as a cultural expectation. It also makes some suggestions as to appropriate gifts. The gifts mentioned are for business settings with peers or superiors. Casual/social settings do not require such elaborate or expensive gifts.
Overall this book delivers a great deal of insight and information to the Philippine visitor - be it business or pleasure or both.
Like every culture visited, attempting to respect national/regional culture goes very far in being welcomed. This book does allow one to do that.
This book covers most everything. Be warned though that its not a travel book. It goes into great depth in explaining the values influencing the Filipino people, their history and what "makes them tick" in today's world. It is definitely a book that requires more than one reading and I consider it mandatory reading before and after relocating there. I think my cultural transition will be much easier having read this book.
I already understand my Filipino friends much better and I haven't moved there yet.