Filipino Culture

Other Considerations

  • The Philippines has received a considerable amount of international media attention since the election of the current Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. The topic of illicit drug use is a sensitive matter and opinions vary among Filipinos. Although this topic is not taboo, avoid asserting your opinion in a critical manner. Criticism from foreigners about this topic has often been negatively received from the Filipino community.
  • Filipinos can be quite superstitious. There are many taboos and omens that people look out for and try to avoid. Generally, expatriate Filipinos who are acculturated to Australia will not believe in many superstitious. While superstitions vary from place to place, some examples include: do not sweep at nighttime; a pregnant woman should not wear a necklace; a brother and sister should not marry in the same year; and a single woman should not sing while cooking.
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