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‘Bating Filipino’: The New Way of Greeting Another Person

The government is promoting another way of greeting other people, which is ‘Bating Filipino’ while ensuring health safety amid the pandemic.

House Resolution No. 408 urges the government to promote placing one’s palm at the center of the chest together with a slight nod as a customary Filipino gesture of goodwill.

This is more commonly known as “Bating Filipino.” This intends to replace the usual handshake to reduce the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19.

The resolution was filed by Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando in July 2019 and was officially adopted last February 2020.

The new way of Filipino greeting shows sincerity and respect towards another person, Fernando told CNN Philippines News.

The representative added that government agencies, specifically the Department of Education, should help in spreading awareness about this.

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