TOP 6 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BRITISH AND FILIPINOS

The best things you will learned from travelling is get to know people, their culture and lifestyle and amazing background. What makes us different from one another is how we been brought up influenced by the place we live in and the people we associate with. How we educate ourselves can undoubtedly transform us into better understanding of the world that maybe secular, personal experiences, community, friends, and spiritual. By travelling, you will see these things standing out. 

Philippines local seaside

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From travelling back and forth from the Philippines to the Uk, I witnessed some differences between two worlds. There's no right or wrong from both ends: only fascinating. Obvious differences in lifestyle captures my attention and I would like to share it with you. I would like to know how you feel about it, so please feel free to comment below or share it with others. 

1. Kids Entertainment

Since Filipino kids has a limited access to technology, most of them are seen on the streets playing with spiders, running around, climbing trees like they don't need anything else. Kids are always doing something outdoor and love life by spending time with friends under the scorching sun.

I don't think playing with spiders is for everyone...

Having no gadgets kids can be resourceful 🕷🕸

My nephew Liam

Kids playing outdoor everyday

English kids are more sophisticated. Either you'll see them infront of the tv or playing x-box. To be fair, UK's weather always can put them off being active in the cold. 

2. Would you rather be a tell all individual or a conservative type?

Filipinos are known for their tell all personality, they can tell you their personal whole-life story without stopping, in fact, oftentimes you'll hear everything without even asking.

Here are some common expressions you might be asked;

How old are you?

When are you getting married?

How much do you earn?

Or how much is your salary?

How do you spend it?

While filipinos are not so insecure broadcasting their whole life story to strangers, English are quite reserved on the other hand. Don't get me wrong, they are very gentle and polite when they speak but not so much telling about their personal affairs. I guess this is way better than exposing your story to anyone. 

Neighbourhood catching up outside their homes

British usually catch up in pubs and cafes

3. Age

Filipinos don't really care so much about age. Asking your age is always part of casual conversation, a sign of deep personal interest towards others and them. So if incase you meet someone from the Philippines and start asking your age, don't get offended, it means they want to get to know you better.

British people are different. Asking their age is not appropriate at all, and considered rude. You may wonder why? In the British culture this is simply unpleasant.

It is common for Filipinos to ask personal questions that are considered rude in the western world

in British society it is considered rude to ask personal questions

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4. Table Manners

Majority of Filipinos are not etiquette so much when it comes to table manners. I think as a Filipino, we are brought up like a bear. Table knives are not used. Forks and spoons are used for dining but mostly spoons. Filipinos often eat with their hands, even rice and stews. The traditional method of placing food on a banana leaf and eating with one's hands is also used throughout the country. It is acceptable to eat food with one's hands at restaurants as well as at home.  Meals are regarded as a social experience. There is often a lot of food and a lot of talking. Guests are expected to eat a lot. 

 The British generally pay a lot of attention to good table manners, this have been a source of national pride. Even young children are expected to eat properly with knife and fork. It's a law to  swallow your food before talking. Elbows should remain off the table. At family meals, children are often expected to ask permission to leave the table at the end of the meal. 

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5. Being on time

Have you ever had an appointment set at 10:00 in the morning, and as you hurry your way not to be late, you find out that the one you’re meeting with won't be there for an hour or so? Isn't it frustrating? In the Philippines, it’s called “Filipino time.” Filipino time means being minutes to hours late compared to the standard time. This tardiness has been dragging filipinos for a very long time. While some of us are occasionally late due to circumstances beyond our control, repeated tardiness shows a lack of respect for other people and their time, and filipinos should really learn from this.

Traditionally, one of the best examples of the British etiquette is the importance placed on punctuality. It is considered rude to arrive late to a business meeting, medical appointment or formal events. As such, it is advisable to arrive 5-10 minutes early to appear professional, prepared and unflustered as a sign of respect towards your host. Call even if you will be 5 minutes later than agreed. If you have been delayed or cannot make it to the appointment , then make an effort to contact the person to let them know. 

6. Hospitality

It is so beautiful how Filipinos open up their homes to one another. In a world where people can be so reserved and untrusting, it's really inspiring to see how welcoming Filipinos can be. It doesn’t matter if the family knows that person or not…you will be welcomed inside to eat, drink and be part of the family’s blessings. You can show up to someone's house anytime, no advance arrangements are required. Without hesitation, they will give up their own comforts including their bed to accommodate anyone.

Brits has a different way of showing hospitality. Of course they are welcoming but it has to be done by arrangement. Showing up to their homes without prior notice is considered rude and not acceptable. 

We were invited to stay at our friends family house. They have accommodated us for a few days and made us feel comfortable

in the Philippines this meal can be breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner

Usually when British invites you to their homes the first thing they offer is a cup of tea

The above observation is purely based on our experienced. Roland is from Europe and I am from the Philippines. There are loads of things that makes us different, but this is the beauty of different cultures. We enjoy each other's company, and we got loads of friends from different ethnic backgrounds. MABUHAY !

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