The Philippines, described since the 16th century as the Pearl of the Orient Seas, is home to a people whose complex and fluid cultural identity is a product of a Malay-Indian-Chinese mix overlaid by four centuries of Spanish and American colonial experience. The Philippines is the only predominantly Christian nation in Asia, and English is widely spoken. Filipinos' adaptiveness is key to their resilience. This is born out by the fact that there are currently seven million Filipino skilled and professional expatriate workers in 150 countries, and the number continues to rise. To work effectively with Filipinos in the Philippines or anywhere in the world, it is necessary to look beneath the warm and friendly exterior and answer Filipinos' efforts to adapt with an effort to understand how Filipino values and convictions about life motivate their behaviour and actions.

Cultural Detective Philippines contains the following stories and critical incidents:

  • Mind Your Own Business:

    The experience of a Filipina nurse in an Australian aged care home.

  • Surprise:

    A Filipino IT engineer and a German director have very differing expectations of the development process for a new system.

  • Whose Side Are You On?:

    An interation between a Filipino manager and an Indian member of staff.

  • All in the Family:

    Work relationships between a British manager and a Filipina subordinate in a retailing business in England.

  • Business Partners:

    Contracting between a Saudi business owner and a Filipino recruitment-and-selection partnership.

  • Hospital Issues:

    A Filipina nursing supervisor's role as "shock absorber" between her US American boss and a multi-ethnic staff.

  • Just Do It!:

    A conflict between a Dutch team leader and a group of Filipinos on a ship-based project.

Cultural Detective The Philippines is authored by Adelia Rejante-Nicholls, Carmila Legarda and Dianne Hofner Saphiere.