I’m going to the Philippines. Woo-hoo! I’m so excited!
Most of the time, I’ll be in the middle of nowhere, hiking around and collecting insects. I’ll be spending a few days in cities, though, meeting academic colleagues, going to seminars, and dealing with bureaucracy for collection permits. I’m not sure how I should dress for those things.
The on-line guides I’ve read so far say that Filipinos are rather stylish, and that women should dress in relatively conservative Western-style dress in urban areas.
I’m not sure exactly what that means, though. For those of you who are from or have spent time in the Philippines–what do you suggest I pack? What kinds of shoes, pants, dresses, etc. would work well for seminars and dinners with faculty members and museum curators? How long should my sleeves and skirts be? Are there styles of clothing or shoes that would be OK in the US, but not cool in the Philippines? Is it important that I wear jewelry or have a manicure done?
I’d really appreciate any tips or info you could give me!