Philippines

Malinnie Pickman

Agricultral Products

  • rice
  • corn
  • coconut
  • sugarcane
  • banana
  • cassava
  • pineapple
  • vegetables

Eating Customs

  • Wait to be asked several times before moving into the dining room or helping yourself to food.
  • Wait to be told where to sit. There may be a seating plan.
  • Do not start eating until the host invites you to do so.
  • Meals are often served family- style or are buffets where you serve yourself.
  • A fork and spoon are the typical eating utensils.
  • Hold the fork in the left hand and use it to guide food to the spoon in your right hand.
  • Whether you should leave some food on your plate or finish everything is a matter of personal preference rather than culture-driven.

Christmas

Food is provided either through potluck, or via a pool of contributions to buy food. Usually have a whole pig

New Year's Eve

Eating twelve grapes at midnight for good luck in the twelve months of the year