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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Bohol Island?

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We asked people in Bohol Island if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Bohol Island in the Philippines, it is important to avoid making the following cultural faux pas: 1. Avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in religious sites, as modesty is highly valued in Filipino culture. Opt for conservative attire that covers your shoulders and knees. 2. Do not point with your fingers, as this is considered rude. Instead, use your lips to gesture or point in the direction you want to indicate. 3. Avoid public displays of affection, as they are generally frowned upon in the Philippines. Keep physical contact to a minimum, especially in public places. 4. Do not interrupt or talk over someone, as this is considered disrespectful. Wait for your turn to speak and listen attentively when others are talking. 5. Refrain from discussing sensitive topics such as politics, religion, and personal matters with locals, as these conversations can quickly become heated and uncomfortable. 6. Do not refuse food or drink offered to you, as this can be seen as impolite. If you have dietary restrictions, politely explain your situation and thank your host for their hospitality. 7. Avoid raising your voice or displaying anger in public, as this is considered impolite and can cause embarrassment to those around you. 8. Do not take photographs of people without their permission, especially in rural areas where locals may be more conservative. 9. Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially during religious events and festivals. Participate in local activities and show interest in learning about the culture. 10. Always use your right hand when giving or receiving objects, as the left hand is considered unclean in Filipino culture," commented one expat who made the move to Bohol Island, Philippines.

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