GIFT GIVING IN
PHILIPPINES* - Gift Giving Etiquette
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING /
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
Once a contract has been signed,
prepare to give your new partners a gift of greater value. These gifts
include dinner at a fine restaurant, whiskey for men, and perfume for
women. Whatever you decide, avoid being so extravagant in your selection
that your gift is perceived as a bribe.
- Giving gifts, particularly flowers and food, is
especially popular in Filipino business culture. Moreover, exchanging
gifts is an essential step in solidifying business ties.
When selecting wrapping paper for a
Filipino recipient, you may use any colour you wish, which makes the
Philippines somewhat of an anomaly among other Asian countries.
When invited to a Filipino home, bring
a gift of flowers, candy or chocolates. Another option is to arrange to
have these items sent before your arrival. Avoid bringing alcohol or
heavier foods as these gifts may imply that the hospitality is inadequate.
Allowances are made, however, for a specialty dish or food that is unique
to your home region. Be sure to send a thank-you note afterwards; another
small “thank-you gift” is also a thoughtful gesture.
At Christmas, you will be expected to
give a small, modest gift to practically everyone you encounter in a
business context. This includes everyone who works for you and all service
personnel you depend upon regularly.
When you receive a gift, follow the
Asian custom by not opening it in front of the giver. Instead, wait until
you are alone.
During certain family events,
particularly baptisms, it is customary to toss a handful of small coins to
any children present.
At weddings, guests will sometimes use
pins to attach money--typically bills in small denominations--to the
clothing of the bride and groom.
- a gift item related to the country or
city you inhabit
- fine pens
- stationary imprinted with your company
- dinner at a fine restaurant
- whiskey [for men only]
*Peru Business Etiquette - Gift Giving.
Executive Planet. 09 Aug. 2004
Above: The flag of Philippines