It is important to understand the culture of other people. Hand gestures and body language are part of it. If you think that body language isn't important, well, think again. In the Philippines, it is a way of communicating to people. Here are some of the list on how Filipinos communicate through body language.
This body language describes that the person is 'nanglu-od' or upset. As a Filipino, I use this facial expression when someone doesn't fulfill his/her promise to me.
1. USING THE LIPS
This gesture is not all about wanting a kiss. Filipinos usually use their lips for pointing to something or in a particular direction. Yes, you will see a lot of Filipinos doing this, and for them, it is the convenient thing to do. Many find it funny, but it saves energy by not using the arms, hands, or fingers in pointing. I personally use this body language when I'm tired, or if my hands are busy holding something.
2. THE BLESS
In the Philippines, this body language is a sign of respect, and means you are asking for a blessing from your elders. You will carefully take the hand of the elder and simply touch it to your forehead. This is the first thing we do when we arrive home, and the last thing we do when we leave.
3. FIERY EYES
I can really say that this one is a very powerful way parents show they are either angry or are giving a warning to their children, especially in public. I can testify to this, because my mother would give me the silent look with her fiery eyes to warn me to stop. This body language directly means that someone should stop from what he/she is doing.
4. QUICK RAISING OF EYEBROWS AND NODDING WITH A SMILE
This filipino gesture means that you agree on the things said by your parents, colleagues, a girlfriend or a boyfriend. This could be intentional or not, depending on the person's mood. This is also done when you come across someone that is familiar to you. It is acknowledging that you saw him/her.
5. EYEBROWS MEET ON THE CENTER WITH A POUTING LIPS
This body language describes that the person is 'nanglu-od' or upset. As a Filipino, I use this facial expression when someone doesn't fulfill his/her promise to me, such as buying me an ice cream or something. But, this expression is also a hint that your lover wants you to show some sweet gestures.
6. LOWERING THE HEAD AND EXTENDING THE ARM IN FRONT
When you have to pass in front of two people talking to each other, or in front of the people watching television, Filipinos usually do this gesture. It might be a little funny for other people, but this is to show courtesy and respect. While doing this body language the person is saying, "excuse me".
7. MOVING THE SHOULDERS UP AND DOWN TOGETHER WITH AN OPEN PALMS ON BOTH SIDES
This body language is mostly done by Filipinos when they are being asked something, but he/she doesn't know the answer. I usually do this if I don't feel like talking. I know this is funny and a bit rude, but to us it's ok and good.
8. MAKING A SQUARE SHAPE IN THE AIR WITH THEIR FINGERS
When Filipinos eat in a restaurant, they always use this gesture to ask for the bill or menu from the waiter. It is either a square or a rectangle shape that will be formed in the air. It depends on the person who is doing it.
9. MANGUHIT (POLE) AND TAPPING THE SHOULDER
This body language is where Filipinos touch someone quickly with the tip of their finger to get their attention. This is usually done when you are in a crowded place and your voice will not be heard. Also, you might tap someone's shoulder if you saw him/her unexpectedly. This is the gesture that makes people notice and recognize your presence.
10. SITSIT OR HISS
This gesture is used to get someone's attention You use your mouth and closed teeth to make a hissing sound. It is used here in the Philippines instead of shouting to get someone's attention. Parents will use this to call their children instead of shouting.