Managing in the Philippines
Working in a Relationship-Driven Culture
For many people, the Philippines is an exciting holiday destination. Its sandy beaches and tropical climate make it one of the world's most popular tourist spots, but this fascinating country boasts much more than this. It has a rich cultural history, diverse wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and warm, friendly people.
The Philippines is a melting pot of Asian, American and Spanish influences, and you can see these different identities reflected in the country's architecture, food, streets, and names. Filipinos are exceptionally welcoming, and they place a high value on "pakikisama," which is the ability to get along with others.
In this article, we'll explore how to live and work successfully in the Philippines, whether you're managing a remote team or working with Filipino team members.
This article is intended as a general guide only. The Philippines is a culturally diverse country, so it's important to keep an open mind and use your best judgment, depending on your situation and the people you are working with.
About the Philippines
The Republic of the Philippines comprises approximately 7,000 islands, which cover 115,831 square miles. It's located in Southeast Asia, to the south of Taiwan and east of Vietnam. Manila is the country's capital, and the most populous city is Quezon City – both of these are part of the National Capital Region of Metro Manila. However, most people live on the island of Luzon.
The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia, to the south of Taiwan and east of Vietnam.
The Philippines has a population of approximately 100 million people, in addition to nearly 12 million Filipinos living abroad.