In other countries, there are laws about how much bonus should you give to members of the service sector. In the Philippines, it's all up to one's discretion, which can be tricky.
There are many factors to consider when giving a gratuity—the quality of service, the location, your budget, and your relationship with the business. Once you’ve figured these out, consult this handy guide to see how much people from the service industry expect from you.
Restaurants: 10% of the bill
Should you give an additional tip when service charge has already been added? Maita Quesada of the Moment Group says "yes." She sees how grueling and thankless it can be behind the scenes in a kitchen, which is why she says she always given tips regardless of a service charge. The exception: When she encounters service that does not meet expectations. The public relations head believes there is no standard amount when it comes to tipping. She suggests you factor in your total experience, your capacity, the amount of service charge, and the total bill.
Valets: 10% of the bill
A general rule is to always tip those most helpful to you—from the porter who brings your bag to your room to the exceptional concierge that books you a table at the
Drivers: No tips expected
Former head of communications for Uber Cat Avelino speaks for the transportation company when she says that tipping is not expected from riders. “Riders typically rate the quality of their trip using a five-star system on the app,” she says. However, tipping is certainly not out of the question. “If a rider wishes to tip a driver for outstanding service, we certainly don’t discourage it,” she says.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.