Tipping etiquette in the Philippines

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  1. docjbr

    docjbr PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Traffic was a pain once again this week, and my mind wandered off to the usual mundane things that I think of. I had two experiences that actually made me thing of this topic:

    My wife had her hair done by some stylist along Connecticut in Greenhills, and when she was done, gave out tips (shampoo girls, manicurista, stylist), only to realize that one of those she tipped was the owner/head stylist. I read somewhere that other staff members, you should tip, but the owner, it's okay not to.

    Another incident concerned parking late at night. I had dropped by an establishment in Makati to just say hi (less than 10 minutes). I parked at the curbside, and before getting in my car, gave a 20 peso bill to the first watch-your-car-guy that approached me.... and he subsequently demanded 50 bucks for his "reserving" the slot for me, and "loss of income" since there are other cars who are "willing" to pay that amount even without a legal-mandated receipt. Sheeesh.

    Tipping is pretty standard, especially in the US, where people will really run after you for giving a lousy tip. Here in the Philippines, its not as practiced, and a P100 or P500 peso bill left as tip at a restaurant is received with a lot of gratitude.

    Some incidents of tipping in the Philippines that we encounter include:

    Restaurant Service
    Barbers and Hairdressers
    Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards
    Valet Service
    Concierge
    Carwash boys
    The mechanic that fixed your car
    Gasoline attendants that offer to put air in your tires/clean your windshield
    Masahistas (the legit ones, ha!:p)
    Home delivery of food
    Casino dealers/the drinks lady

    So far, these are the ones that I encounter on a weekly/monthly basis (except the casino, concierge, and the mechanic). I know our demographic here in PhilMUG is more of the "generous" type. ;)

    So, how do Muggers tip? :D
     
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    restaurant service: depends on the "class" level but between 20 to 100 pesos
    Barbers: 20 to 50 pesos
    Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards: 10 pesos
     
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    10% - Restaurant Service
    30-50 pesos - Barbers and Hairdressers
    10 pesos - Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards
    20pesos - Valet Service
    50pesos - Concierge
    20 pesos - Carwash boys
    Never did this before - The mechanic that fixed your car
    I do this myslef - Gasoline attendants that offer to put air in your tires/clean your windshield
    50 pesos - Masahistas (the legit ones, ha!)
    if on time: 10% of total bill, if not, just 20 pesos- Home delivery of food
    A: two chips of the lowest denomination, and they're B: called dollar drinks for a reason ;)- Casino dealers/the drinks lady
     
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    My barber = 20php
    Carwash boy = 20php
    Parking attendant = 10php
    Restaurant = yung sukli not in coins... max 50php hehe!
     
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    I love countries where you do not have to tip. I really hate it when you have to tip (like in the US. imagine, it is really a big deal there. the price listed should be the price. Period) :)

    That being said, the 10 (or 20% rule) doesn't apply here in the Phil.

    my usual
    barber - P20 (hehe my haircut is just P50) hehe. I just walk the short distance to the neighborhood barber who doesnt try to chit chat, doesn't give those awful massage or worse try to elicit crepitus or sounds from twisting my neck. no shampoos, done in 15 min.
    security guards - P10
    security guards (where i leave my car overnight) - P100
    watch your car boys - P5; i didn't give before but when i was backing out (heck I could do the thing myself because I had a backing camera and the jerk was always beckoning with his hand even though he wasn't looking at the oncoming traffic, there were 2 of them but i gave a coin to only one, the next morning i saw a long keyed scratched on my SUV
    resto - the change in coins + a P20 bill not more than P50
    hotel room attendants - never (even in 5 star ones and I've been to a lot locally)
    concierge - depends on what was done
    valet (hotels) P50-P100
    luggage/bell hops P50-P100
    taxi drivers - none especially if they are so talkative and always complaining of the traffic. heck i should be the one complaining because i am the one who has somewhere specific to go to.

    yup im a cheapo
     
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    Restaurant Service - P50-100
    Here in the US though I tip 15%-20%

    Hairdressers - P100 to the blowdryer, P50-100 to shampoo person, no tip for haircutter since he owns the salon

    Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards - P20

    Masahistas (the legit ones, ha!) - P100-150

    only chose the ones that applies to me hehe :)
     
  7. pels_17

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    i give a 12% tip here in the US..

    When i was in the PHL as a PT, patients usually gives 100pesos to as high as 5000pesos as tip :)
     
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    Barber 50 pesos
    Carwash - depends on quality 20 to 100 pesos
    Restaurant - 50 to 100 pesos
    Grocery - 20 pesos
    Massage 100 pesos
    Parking and security guards 10 to 20 pesos
    Gasoline attendant for extra service like cleaning of windshield and tire pressure checks 20 pesos
    Hotel housekeeping and room service 50 to 100 pesos
    Airport baggage handlers 50 to 100 pesos
     
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    Do you guys give a lower tip when the restaurant already has a service charge? I just noticed that among my friends, we have different approaches. I have a friend who doesn't like to give extra tip when the restaurant already has a service charge but I'd rather give a nominal amount, regardless.

    Here's what I usually tip:

    Restaurants - 20 to 200 depending on the kind of restaurant, how many we were and how much we ordered. If there happens to be a very attentive waiter, maybe an additional 50 to 100 for him/her.

    Gasoline attendants - 10 to 15

    Masahistas -50

    Hairdressers/eyebrow threaders - 40 to 100, depending on the kind of service.

    Home delivery of food - 10 to 20

    Taxi drivers - I round the bill up to the higher 10.

    Parking attendant - 10
     
  10. pilgrim28

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    If there is a service charge already, I just leave the coins since it becomes cumbersome to put in your pocket. But generally here is what I give out:

    Resto - 20, if very good service 50-100
    Barber - 20
    My masseuse - 100
    Parking guard - 10
    Gasoline boy at the pump and tires - 20
     
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    I dont give to gas attendants pa naman.

    Barbers i usually give the same amount as the haircut charge. Mas matagal na service mas malaki binibigay ko.

    Restaurant 50-100 regardless of any resto.

    I give a lot to guards, mas mahirap buhay nila.


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    gas attendants, I give only if i ask them to do something like pump air into tires, but not for pumping gas :)

    you have a point re guards. Perhaps i should increase what i give to them.
     
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    I don't give tips to parking boys, hair stylist. Only to restaurants that don't have service charge but serves well.
     
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    Common knowledge, dollar drinks are then applicable in the US, same with the bartender, hand over a buck for every drink prepared. But what's a "dollar" in the Philippines? I've seen some who just say thank you, some who give 10 bucks, some who gave a chip. I guess it's easier to toss them a chip :p

    As for the mechanic, I give a generous amount. I wanted to create a trusting relationship with the shop, so I'd know aalagaan nila yung car, and hindi nila ako lolokohin. I guess this is applicable only to specialty shops and not the casa.

    Same here, I give them a 20. I usually tip people who are very enthusiastic about their job, even if you feel it's "over", still, they're trying to make your visit a good one.

    When parking at the curb, with an "unofficial" guy guarding the spot, I usually just say "Ako na bahala sayo mamaya". That said, depending on the amount of time I spent taking up his spot (or how much fun I had, haha!), I give between 20-50 pesos for his time.

    I remember this, I was happy getting a P50 back then, that meant I'd get free merienda of a shawarma or a pearl shake (which were popular back in '99-'00) But my PT tips were usually food :p

    We've all mentioned we give to restos, but are somewhat apprehensive if there is service charge already. What about in buffets where you actually serve yourself? From Heat to Yakimix, the servers still offer a great service, stocking up your drink refills every 10 minutes, and giving plates and new silvers every so often. Do you guys still tip at buffets?
     
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    ^Doc, what I meant was I've never had any of our cars repaired myself before. :)
     
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    I give tips based on how I feel about the people rather than what I am obliged to do. I've seen hard working people that clearly deserve the tip. Others like watch your car boys that just appear as you leave I give very little as a social contribution.

    The tips I give is proportional to what the person is perceived to earn in tips that day and how much he earns in salary. I imagine how much the amount will mean to me if I earned and worked as much.
     
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    Most of the time, I do not have a fix amount in giving tips, but these are my usual ranges:

    Massage - P50-P100
    Haircut - P10-P50
    Resto - P20-P50 (depends on my change)
    Guard/Parking - P5-P20

    BUT when it comes to taxi
    -those who do not ask for additional amount and avoids traffic - P100
    -those who ask - i give the additional amount if it is reasonable(usually +P50), but NO TIPS!!!
     
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    My bad, I misunderstood it, pare, hehe
     
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    Haircut - i give 40-100php
    Security Guard - 10-20php
    Resto - 20-50php
    Mechanic 100-200php
    Gas Station Attendant that cleans your windshield or check tire pressure - 20php
    Carwash Boys - 20php




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    so hesitant to accept monetary tips especially if it's more than 1k. almost always they would insist and put the money straight to my pocket. they would insist if refused and would instead say "pang meryenda nyo na lang lahat pala." some would even call for food delivery. my PT tips are usually lunch meals, cakes, pastries, a basket of fruits- i even got a bunch of bananas back then from a patient in PGH (that's 4 buwig + a big basket full of green mangoes with alamang). the best i got was a beautiful Papal blessed rosary in a red rosebud box from the Vatican given by my patient - an Italian nun. i got lots of TY cards as well. so rewarding. last year, another patient even gave an iPad2 but for some reason, I returned it.

    restaurants - depends on the service (20-100)
    cabbie - always +30-50 unless he's a total jerk
    hairdresser - depends on the outcome 50-100

    I believe tipping is still discretionary even if it means "To Insure Promptness".. If I think it is not necessary in a particular circumstance, then I don't tip.
     

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