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Tipping.... Just pretend you're dancing kuratsa center circle at a barrio fiesta... have a fistful of P20's... and start throwing them up in the air for everyone to catch. :biggrin:

 

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1 hour ago, JJReyes said:

My wife and I are leaving for the Philippines in a few days.  We would like to know the current tipping culture for porters, taxi drivers, restaurants and hotel personnel.  Our visit is for more than four months partially to test expat living.  This is in preparation for a time when either one of us is less mobile.  The plan is to then hire caregiver services.  Too expensive in the United States.  More affordable in the Philippines.

Regarding tipping.  I used a discount business class website to book Philippine Airlines.  The payment prompt strongly suggested a 10% tip for the agent.  That's insane!

Why tip, its not America you know?  No tipping culture here other than whats brought in by those who think the world is the same everywhere. If you were in Australia you would be looked at as in, WTF.  How many Filipinos tip on average?  Only the rich tip here so why bring outside cultures to the table? Yes I sometimes do but it beats me why the culture from other countries think its the norm all over the world. I have seen Americans calculating out tips as if they were still at home with no idea that they are giving like 3 days salary. 

 

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They suggested tipping a ticket agent? I don't think so. Isn't that a red flag to avoid them?

Tipping is not the norm in Philippines. 

If you want to tip JJ it's up to you.

We do tip at restaurants if the service is above average maybe 20 Peso. 

Porters we tip 20-150 Peso depending on what they haul and how far. 

Taxi drivers that drive safely and don't play games get a small tip from me sometimes. If the traffic is awful as it often is in Cebu City sometimes I have pity and will give them a tip.

The entire tip culture is upside down. Why are customers responsible for workers wages? Instead the employers should be providing competitive pay. 

 

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7 hours ago, Joey G said:

Tipping.... Just pretend you're dancing kuratsa center circle at a barrio fiesta... have a fistful of P20's... and start throwing them up in the air for everyone to catch. :biggrin:

 

A non sensible reply to a sensible question.

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We tip in resto's for exceptional service only here 10-100php depending on the meal and service and venue or not at all - I have a dream that one day our meals will arrive at the same time. funnily enough same in Australia only for exceptional service. 

AM tips the parking guys/guards that help with parking 5-10php every time.

When it comes to massages, nails and hair, AM always tips as she knows from personal experience many in those industries are paid in tips only.  Is this illegal? Yes.  Are the wage laws enforced?  No.

If you are going to tip at all, better to give it to your service person directly on the QT - we know of a number of venues where the owner/manager will take the tips, in Dumaguete anyway.

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We tip at restaurants if the service is good and the food acceptable.  The tip will range from 20 peso, plus any of the coins, up to 10% of the bill depending on how much we enjoyed the food and service.  For taxi we keep small denomination peso notes and tell driver to keep the change.   We do not tip at hotels, resorts, etc. except for meals.  My haircut is 70 peso and I tip 30 peso.  Tipping by leaving the change works well for me because I really don't care to carry a bunch of change.  What change I do take home goes into jars.  At the end of the year the jars are given to churches to help with their youth Christmas programs.

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10 hours ago, JJReyes said:

wife and I are leaving for the Philippines in a few days.  We would like to know the current tipping culture for porters, taxi drivers, restaurants and hotel personnel.  Our visit is for more than four months partially to test expat living.  This is in preparation for a time when either one of us is less mobile.  The plan is to then hire caregiver services.  Too expensive in the United States.  More affordable in the Philippines.

I take it one of you has a disability, my advice and experience is use the wheelchair service available. In USA you might be obliged to tip but here in the Philippines they won’t except a tip openingly, it has to be done sneaky. Since the last contractor got the A thing’s are different. As for tipping willynilly, only if the service is above board. Wise move, a full time nurse for domestic duties varies but 20 k pesos per month for live in is the normal. Make sure you bring 4/5 medicine with you, bloody expensive but doctors are cheap enough. Good luck.

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9 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

Why tip, its not America you know?  No tipping culture here other than whats brought in by those who think the world is the same everywhere. If you were in Australia you would be looked at as in, WTF.  How many Filipinos tip on average?  Only the rich tip here so why bring outside cultures to the table? Yes I sometimes do but it beats me why the culture from other countries think its the norm all over the world. I have seen Americans calculating out tips as if they were still at home with no idea that they are giving like 3 days salary. 

 

So no tipping for anything in Australia?

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