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This is useful for anyone researching Filipino culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better.
You may be going to the Philippines on business, for a visit or even hosting Filipino colleagues or clients in your own country.
In the Philippines, the normal case is a ‘friend of a friend’ or colleagues at work or at school, a neighbour- someone they see on a regular basis.
Since English is widely spoken in the Philippines, it is common to hear Filipinos use a mixture English and Filipino words or phrases, known as "Taglish" (a mixture of English and Tagalog), in their everyday conversations.
A steadily dwindling minority still speak Spanish, which had at one time been an official language.
English is generally used for educational, governmental and commercial purposes and is widely understood since it is the medium of instruction in schools.
The Philippines are the third largest group of English speaking people in the world, after the United States and the United Kingdom.