Circulating now is a video showcasing a safer method of greeting another person. Not the cheek-to-cheek, not the handshake, but the “Bating Filipino.” Pronounced as bah-ting, not bae-ting.
The video explains this initiative set forth in a House of Representatives Resolution No. 408 in July of 2019 by Congressman Bayani Fernando (Marikina City). The resolution was adopted on February 5, 2020 by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
It explains further that the traditional gesture of handshaking is prone to transmission of communicable diseases and is a health risk.
View the full video below.