I lived in the PI in my boat for four years. My filipina fiance has been with me for four years. Two in Cebu. Rest in Bonbonon, Palawan, Puerto Gallera, Luzon and a few other places.
Firstly filipina that was with beheaded Canadian was released a couple of months ago.
is safe some places in others you'll need to buy bottled.
Stay away from Southern PI, including South Palawan. Be careful heading between PI and Malaysia
. I am the veterinarian that had the three boarding attempts one night there two years ago that's in noonsite. Not full disclosure. nuff said.
Some tips on understanding Filipinos. As said watch your anger. They are raised in multi generational households living close together and expressed anger not conducive to harmony. You discredit yourself in their eyes.
If you ask a question and they didn't say something it's one of several things:
1. They slightly lifted their eyebrows which means yes.
2. They squinched up their nose which means no.
3. They moved their head
. Wherever their nose was pointing it means that way.
4. It means they don't want to answer. For them that is not impolite. Still have problem with that one.
Also if they answer with a double vowel sound (ah-ah, uh-uh, etc.) It means yes. Big confusion when first dating fiance when she said uh-uh and I thought that was a no.
If someone younger takes your hand and puts it on their head
it's a sign of respect.
You indicate you want a trike, taxi, or bus to stop by extending your arm at an angle to the ground with palm open. If you want to tell them which way your going same with arm pointing direction.
If someone squeezes by you bowed over with arm pointing to ground it means excuse me.
Loved the Philippines. Finishing the circumnavigation
to the Caribbean
. We'll stay there a few years. Will then sail back to SE Asia
to live out my life. Probably will use Puerto Gallera as home base.