How do foreigners tip Americans

How to tip in Manila

Tipping can be a bit strange here. In general, restaurants charge 10% service fee and don't expect much else (if they don't add it, feel free to leave 10%). Additionally, people often leave some of the bill off to round up to the nearest 100 pesos or something.

Bars generally don't expect a tip (i.e. it's not like the US), but feel free to purchase a drink or leave the appropriate amount if you think they were helpful.

Anyone helping you (porters, guards, bouncers, etc.) will appreciate and may expect a small tip. Maybe 20 to 50 pesos, more if they really went out of their way to help you. But be aware that many people will try to help you even if you don't want to - i.e. stop a taxi that you could easily have done yourself, open the door, etc., don't feel compelled to tip them . Some places have signs saying that people acting as guides or helpers should not tip because they are already employed. Again, it's up to you.

You will never get a bad reaction from tipping too much or tipping where it is not expected. Likewise, no one will chase you down the street for not tipping. Your mistake is likely to tip too much.

Many people make between 100 and 300 pesos a day in service jobs, so even a small amount of money is quite significant. Generally, when someone has provided a service that you found useful, you can reward them for it. There is no reason not to tip what you personally think is worth. Just be aware that you are likely to overpay.

When staying in one place or visiting the same places, it is an idea to tip to encourage better service. However, if you have a reputation for handing out 100 pesos for sundries, you may get more attentive service than you can handle.