Essentially, the Philippines is a mix of three cultures: Asian, Spanish and American. The Spanish colonized the Philippines for 500 years, followed by 48 years of American occupation (from 1898-1946). This influence is reflected in their love of all things American—notably its music, movies, TV shows and fashions. These periods of colonization are also a reason why you’ll see many different kinds of beautiful Filipinas. Some beautiful filipinas have dark complexions, while others are very light. Some have a very “Spanish” look, while other beautiful filipinas have strong Asian features.
Singing karaoke (it’s referred to “videoke” here) is practically a national pastime in the Philippines. Beautiful filipinas love American pop music, particularly love ballads from the 1980s and 1990s and the latest hit pop songs of today.
Frank Sinatra and Elvis are particularly revered by adult men. (“My Way” is the most popular song for them to sing, and they take it seriously; there have been incidents of people being shot in karaoke bars for butchering this signature Sinatra tune!)
The Spanish influence is seen in their love of singing, dancing and the dominance of the Roman Catholic church (you’ll see old Catholic churches throughout the country). This means using birth control is generally frowned upon, and divorce does not exist in the Philippines. It’s one of only two countries in the world where this is the case. (The only way to legally terminate a marriage is to receive an annulment from the church.)
While poor families having seven or eight children (or more!) may seem crazy to you, it’s part of the culture—and having lots of kids is a form of insurance for the future. In many cases, the young mother hands off her children to her family for them to raise, and she goes off to work in one of the larger cities in a bar, restaurant or hotel—or goes overseas to seek work in places like Hong Kong to work, where thousands of Filipinas are employed as domestic helpers. These women send practically every cent they earn back to their families. Eventually, they return home to their province in the Philippines and their children, once they are old enough, will work to support their elders.
Filipinas find Western men highly attractive, and unlike Thais—who have a fierce loyalty towards their country, and their king—it is the dream of virtually every Filipino to migrate to the United States someday. Many have family members who have taken jobs overseas (which is known as being an O.F.W., “Overseas Foreign Worker”) and send back money to support their families.
Different Types Of Beautiful Filipinas
The women of the Philippines tend to be shorter and darker-skinned than the more Oriental-looking women of Northeast Asia (which includes Vietnam and Thailand). Filipinas with Spanish blood tend to be taller and lighter-skinned than their Malay-Polynesian counterparts, which gives them higher social status. Women with this mixed blood and lighter skin are known as “meztizos.” They’re easy to spot; every local television show and advertisement you see in the Philippines features women with fair complexions, while skin-whitening products are the most popular cosmetics.
You’ll be amazed to find that in a tropical country that consists of over 7,000 islands, with some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, many Filipinas don’t know how to swim and avoid the sun whenever possible—for fear of getting darker, which connotes low status and poverty.
Unfortunately in the West, most of the news you hear about the Philippines is regarding natural disasters—typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions, etc., and in recent times terrorist groups have gained a foothold in the southern Philippines. These are some of the reasons why Thailand has been far more successful at marketing itself as an “Asian paradise” and attracting tourism. But if you’re willing to explore what the Philippines has to offer, and you practice common sense, you won’t have any problems. The bad stuff you hear about on the news generally happens in the more remote parts of the country, nowhere near the areas you’ll be visiting (Manila, Angeles City, Cebu, and the beach islands, which include Boracay and Palawan).
Although Americans colonized the Philippines in the past and maintained military bases there into the 1990s, today you’ll find far more Europeans and Koreans living there. This means that if you’re American, you’re considered to be quite special and exotic. In general, the Philippines has nowhere near the number of foreign visitors that Thailand attracts. If you’re looking to meet girls, this is a good thing!
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