The Philippines is located near the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator. This not only brings an abundance of natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity but also makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons: natural disasters that rain calamity whenever they strike. Humanitarian aid is regularly needed at this vulnerable location. It’s important to learn the local customs of this country before you arrive.Local Customs of The PhilippinesThe local population will always be friendly and hospitable. Remember to be kind, polite and smile! Take the time to say “thank you”, and your politeness will be rewarded by the locals. You will receive an even better response speak Tagalog, such as “salamat”, which means “thank you”. Standing on your stripes will cause you to lose respect, so remember to be polite.Footwear is removed when entering a home, though the chances are that an exception for foreigners will be made. Be sure to look around before you enter a home. You can always leave your socks on.Tipping is always accepted and is mandatory in the more high-end environments such as hotels and restaurants.Giving money to beggars or children on the street is illegal. Food proves to be the better alternative.The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia ensure that you dress appropriately when visiting religious places.Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines and are almost always crowded. Try not to be alarmed if a fellow passenger gets too close for your comfort since this level of crowdedness isn’t seen at many other places in the world.