The welcome is friendly and relaxed with a handshake.
As in large parts English is spoken, the usual English greetings are used.
Widespread greeting formulas in Filipino are: Kumusta na ka? ("How are you?"), Maajong buntag hinkaon na ka? ("Good morning, do you have eaten already?"), Unsay nay balita ninjo? ("What`s new?"), Hinaut naa mo sa maajong panglawas ("I hope you are in good health?"), Unsa may kalamboan dinha? ("Any further improvements?")
Adults are mentioned with Sir ("Sir"), Ma'am ("Madam") or any other popular name. It is also common for young adults, to address older adults, unfamiliar with them, Manang ("aunt") or Manong ("uncle"). Considerably older persons are called Lola ("grandmother") or Lolo ("grandfather").
In almost all other languages of the country there are numerous of such expressions. Peers with the same societal status, talk to them with their first names or nicknames.
Filipinos love visits. Especially in the barrios (villages) this habit is widespread. Since it is found in rural areas only a few telephone connections, usually visits are made unannounced. In the cities one visited less frequently, and these visits are planned early. Normally guests do not bring any gifts along with them, since the visit in itself is regarded as a gift. From visitors who were absent for long periods of time, however, one expected a little, but not too expensive attention, a so-called Tinaboan.
Preferable one meet themselves at home or outside on a public square. Almost all villages have a so-called Plaza or basketball court, which also will be used for political meetings and dance events, such like open air disco.