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CultureShock! Philippines by Grace Roces, Alfredo Roces

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‘If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.’—Kurt Lewin

 

 

 

 

GUIDE TO SOCIAL SITUATIONS

Face-to-face situations and Filipino etiquette wreak havoc on foreigners’ expectations. Simple social invitations can cause irritation and misunderstanding and the classical hassles over ‘sincerity’. If you bump into a Filipino friend in the street and casually mention you are asking some friends over for dinner and “Why don’t you come over too?” he will very likely say “Yes,” but not take you seriously. The Filipino measure of face-to-face ...

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