Gift-giving Tradition in the Philippines

Gift-giving Tradition in the Philippines

Gift-giving is one of the traditions widely practiced in the Philippines. With over a hundred cities in the country having different cultures, you can certainly think of creative ways to bring about this tradition.
For almost every occasion and every activity there is always a chance to give gifts. In corporate events, a company have their guests receive common giveaways like planners, pens, notepads, or even flash drives. Another practice in business is sending flower arrangements or a food basket to your new business partner, while huge flower arrangements are best to give on the day of a business or store opening.
In gatherings, guests usually bring food even when there is already an overflowing amount of food for everyone. Dessert or finger food is the most usual choice you can carry with you as a guest. More often than not, before leaving the host’s place, they will ask you to take home food placed in plastic containers. Aside from the food, a nicely arranged perfumed flowers to complement the ambience of a gathering is also a good idea. This type of gift can also be used by the host as a table centerpiece.
When it comes to dating and courtship, if you are the guy, for you to be taken seriously and to show courtesy to the family, you have to visit them and introduce yourself formally. When paying a visit, as a suitor, you should be armed with “pasalubong”, or gifts like a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, stuffed toy, or even food. In tradition, it is said that you are to court also the family of the girl you are purusing.
It is always important to remember that aside from the gift-giving tradition, paying respect is always top of the list. When talking to elders using the Filipino language, saying “po” and “opo” are staples. Handshake for business or non-personal relationships and hand-kissing, or better known as “mano” for family encounters are gestures you should observe to show respect.
Whether the intentions for gift-giving is personal or for business, it is notable to take the relationship building at a pace for Filipinos have high regard on trust which takes time to be earned. Making a good impression when giving tokens or gifts is not bad but it shows how much value and time you put into your generous gesture. A gift that is nicely wrapped or packed is creates the first-hand reaction. The quality of the gift you bring is not appreciated by how expensive it is, but by its value of importance or even just by the mere act of thoughtfulness.
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