Tipping etiquette in the Philippines

Discussion in 'General OT' started by docjbr, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. JohannChua

    JohannChua Active Member

    Dec 25, 2004
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    Novaliches, Q.C.
    I also tip 10% for food delivery.
  2. Edelheid

    Edelheid PhilMUG Addict Member

    Sep 11, 2013
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    Auckland, NZ
    I default to 20% of the total cost for tips except for a few things:

    For Grab (don't really drive my own car as much anymore, far more convenient to just use the app) I usually just go for the highest tip Grab lets you tip which is P40. For salons, eh, it's typically default to 100 but more if I liked the outcome. For restaurants I don't tip if there's already a service charge otherwise it's also 20% of the total cost, but then again, I don't frequent them in the first place unless I am asked to. Valet typically 100. Delivery guys I just never ask for the change anymore or 20% of the total cost if it's less than the change.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention there are exceptions with Grab rides. I would typically tip more (if only for the peace of mind) if I get stuck in traffic with them for an hour or so. I can't imagine even the added surge fee can cover my 1-hour P250 ride from Mandaluyong to BGC during rainy rush hours. Any other day/time and they could've already earned twice the amount had it not been for the ridiculous traffic since it normally takes me 15 minutes to get home from Mandaluyong. Grab drivers have it rough these days, they seem to be losing riders to Angkas.
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  3. Mykolant

    Mykolant PhilMUG Addict Member

    Apr 8, 2004
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    Between Down Under and the Great White North
    I got used to mandatory tipping in Canada [15%] these past months we've lived there. I used to just select 15% on the POS machine but then realized that would be after the 15% sales tax has been added. So, I now select the manual tip button and compute for the 15% based on the total price before the tax is added.

    Tipping isn't required in Sydney, Australia kasi so it was something new to me after coming over. I didn't normally get tips when I worked as banquet server at a 5-star Sydney hotel, but then again the hourly wage is much higher compared to North America.
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  4. Godfather

    Godfather PhilMUG Addict Member

    Jun 2, 2006
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    Here and There
    In the US, I always tip 15% because that is what they expect.

    Here, I usually just leave 50 to 100 to waiters, regardless of the bill for ordinary meals. When entertaining big groups, I leave 200 to 300.

    The one I am most generous to is my barber, who always gets 100.
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  5. hitme64

    hitme64 PhilMUG Addict Member

    Apr 2, 2007
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    I've noticed that in NYC, tipping is as mandatory as stepping aside when someone passes you on the sidewalk. Which means, it can't be missed.

    Here, it's a matter of preference and choice. Preferably you can. It's your choice if you must. The key is, when it's not on the bill, then do so.
  6. imart

    imart PhilMUG Addict Member

    Nov 10, 2007
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    S$10 for my local hair stylist for S$35 service
    S$10 for my Pinay Bench Fix hair stylist for P350 service; P50-100 for the assistant doing shampoo/scalp massage
    P100 grab from airport to hotel in QC
    A pouch of all PH coins accumulated during a home visit -> hotel security guard / housekeeper on duty
  7. docjbr

    docjbr PhilMUG Addict Member

    Sep 21, 2007
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    Makati City
    So 7 years after I started this thread, just gave it a once over as to where Im at right now.

    Restaurant Service
    - I look at the service charge. If it's above 100, and it usually is, I leave whatever small change there is. If it's below 100, I add 50 bucks.

    Barbers and Hairdressers
    - 100 to the barber, 50 to the shampoo person

    Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards
    - 10 bucks. 20 if I stayed long

    Valet Service
    - 20 bucks

    - 50 bucks

    Carwash boys
    - just realized haven't gone to a carwash is a while since we had drivers that clean it themselves

    The mechanic that fixed your car
    - none so fat in the past few years, since it's always at the casa. Always wanted to leave a 100-200 tip to the SA, but would they scoff at that?

    Gasoline attendants that offer to put air in your tires/clean your windshield
    - 10-20 bucks

    Masahistas (the legit ones, ha!:p)
    - 100, but if it was really good, then 150

    Home delivery of food
    - 50 bucks

    Casino dealers/the drinks lady
    - what... I don't go to the casino... why did I type this 7 years ago... noo nee noo nee noo...
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  8. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

    Jun 8, 2008
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    Mm...with service charge, no tips. Without service charge 100 up, Barber is 50, watch your car boys 20 (one time I refused to give, when I returned, my car had one long scratch, beware), sekyu 40, tire inflation 20, car wash 50 up.
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  9. deucejunkie

    deucejunkie Active Member

    Dec 17, 2010
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    The Burrow
    When in Sydney:
    Hairdresser: $10, assistant: $5
    Restaurant: $5-$10

    When in Manila, I go by the 10% rule in general
    Hairdresser: Php100, Assistant: Php50
    Cab: usually depends on the total fare. below Php300 - Php30; above Php300 - at least 10% of the fare, rounded off to the nearest hundred.
    Restaurant: 10% of total bill if no SC, otherwise an extra Php100

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