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CultureShock! Philippines

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CultureShock! Philippines is a survival guide for anyone living, working, or wanting to discover life in the Philippines. Settling into a foreign land is never easy, but with this book you will learn to understand the importance of "amor-propio", appreciate the Filipino ways, and learn about the history and culture of this diverse country. Find out the importance of family to the Filipinos, how to communicate with the locals, and learn the appropriate business etiquette. Packed with a resource guide, glossary, contact numbers, website addresses, and useful advice, CultureShock! Philippines is essential for anyone wanting to fit in and enjoy life in the Philippines.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of the Philippines
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Cultural Fatigue
    2. Differences in Perception
    3. Two Faces of Sincerity
    4. Face-to-Face Situations
    5. The Importance of Amor-propio
  10. Chapter 2: Overview and History
    1. Geography
    2. History
    3. The Filipino: Product of History
  11. Chapter 3: People
    1. Filipino Women
    2. Filipino Men
    3. Looking Behind Those Spanish Names
    4. Start of Urban Life
    5. Traditions
    6. Social Values
    7. Characteristics
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. Guide to Social Situations
    2. Social Customs
    3. Body Language
    4. Dating Etiquette
    5. Compadrazco: God Parenthood
    6. Filipino Wedding
    7. View of Foreigners
    8. Alternative Lifestyles
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Living in the Philippines
    2. House Hunting
    3. Househelp
    4. Health and Hospitals
    5. Schools / Day Care
    6. Childcare
    7. Banking and Taxes
    8. Shopping
    9. Transportation
    10. Telecommunications
  14. Chapter 6: Eating and Entertaining
    1. Filipino Food
    2. Dining at Home
    3. Eating Out
    4. Favourite Filipino Recipes
  15. Chapter 7: Culture and Travel
    1. Festivals
    2. Brief Guide to Fiestas
    3. Calendar of Festivals and Holidays
    4. Art and Media
    5. Newspapers and Magazines
    6. Travel
    7. Sports and Hobbies
  16. Chapter 8: Mind Your Language
    1. The Filipino English Accent
    2. Language Reflects Culture
    3. Filipino English
    4. The Cultural Factor
    5. Speak Softly
    6. Filipino ‘Yes’
    7. Learning Difficulties for Foreigners
  17. Chapter 9: Doing Business in the Philippines
    1. The Nationalist Factor
    2. Minding Your Business
    3. The Business of Telling Time
    4. The Personalised Business Style
    5. Dealing with the Bureaucracy
    6. Tips on Graft
    7. Don’t Get Personally Involved
    8. What Makes Filipino Businessmen Tick
    9. Government and Business
    10. Business Etiquette
    11. Labour and Business
    12. The Nationalist Business Credo (1986 Constitution)
    13. Volunteer Work
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts about the Philippines
    1. Famous People
    2. Topics of Conversation
    3. Acronyms
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Authors
  25. Index