CultureShock! Philippines

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Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd, Sep 15, 2016 - Travel - 367 pages
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.


The Importance of amorpropio
Behind Those Spanish Names
Social Values
Guide to Social Situations
Social Customs
Health and Hospitals
Dining at Home
Brief Guide to Fiestas
Calendar of Festivals and Holidays
The Filipino English Accent
The Business of Telling Time
Topics of Conversation

Filipino Wedding

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2016)

Now based in Sydney, Australia, Filipino Alfredo Roces is an award-winning veteran journalist who has worked in newspapers, magazines and also authored several books on the Philippines and its art. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

Grace Roces holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She spent 18 years designing training materials until 2000, when she became a special education teacher working with students who have reading difficulties. Grace grew up in Manila and moved to Australia in 1978. She is married with two sons.

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