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Are you thinking twice about marrying a Filipina?
People have doubts about almost every decision they make – marrying someone for one. Since marriage is a lifetime commitment, you don’t just agree to it right away without thinking it through at least a thousand times over.
You might be hesitating, and that’s normal. Plus, you’re marrying a foreigner. The steps and procedures for that to happen legally are more complicated than marrying a local. There are many factors to consider, such as your culture, distance, beliefs, etc.
Instead of asking yourself if it’s a mistake to marry a Filipina, why not ask yourself whether you are ready for marriage.
If you’re ready to say yes, you’ve most probably thought these things through:
With marriage comes children. Whether you two are ready or not, someday, you will have one (or two) of your own. The good thing is that Filipinas are naturally excellent and resilient mothers – this is one of the benefits of marrying a Filipina. Come to think of it, this department is the least of your worries, as long as you’re open to having children.
Discuss whether you will be sharing a bank account in the future and how you will balance your assets.
It’s always best if both of you have a say in your finances, legally speaking.
You might have accounts in both the Philippines and your own country, so do your research on the ease and cost of transactions to and fro both accounts.
Ask yourselves these questions:
Will you each put a certain percentage of your income toward shared bills?
Do you have an emergency fund?
What if one person is out of work or decides to stay home to raise the kids?
These are the things you need to plan out to prevent future conflicts.
Of course, the time you spend with your family (parents and siblings) will need addressing. You will have a family of your own, so you need to think about your priorities. I am not saying that you should choose one over the other, but you can’t exactly expect to raise a child when you’re also taking care of your parents and siblings.
Also, discuss how you’re going to spend your vacations later on. Will you be spending Christmas with her family or yours? How about birthdays? National holidays? One of the problems with Filipino wives is that their family is in the Philippines, so you will need to figure out a schedule and budget for your travels.
Do you practice the same religion or have different ones? Is it important that you share the same faith? How will having different beliefs affect your lifestyle?
Your Filipina will most likely be Catholic since the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country. She may not be willing to change her beliefs, so you’ll have to take that into consideration, especially if you decide to have kids. You will have to compromise on what kind of household to raise them in – whether you want to raise them as Catholics, non-Catholics, or non-religious.
Where will you two be staying after the wedding? Will she move to your country, or will you uproot yourself and live in the Philippines with her?
If you don’t want either option, you could move to an entirely different country and start your new life there as husband and wife.
Whatever you choose, you need to consider your finances, job, and family. There will come a time when you will need to rethink some of your choices because a better opportunity has presented itself.
One of the things to know before marrying a Filipina is that they are not like other women.
Filipinos value education. In fact, most Filipino parents place heavy pressure on their children to get college degrees, so it isn’t surprising that you will end up with a highly-educated woman.
She can converse on equal ground and go toe to toe with you on intelligent topics. Granted that not all Filipinas are fortunate enough to get an education, let alone be college-educated, they are still formidable enough to keep you on your toes.
She will be a wife equal through and through. Nothing is better than an intelligent woman.
A Filipina’s values, morals, and upbringing are more traditional and straightforward than an American woman’s. That is because she grew up in a conservative and religious household.
She will be loyal because she believes marriage is sacred and holy. She will work hard to be the perfect wife and mother. Most of all, she will take care of her family.
In continuation of the above, your Filipina girlfriend will expect your loyalty too. She’s not a woman who is into games and manipulation. All she wants is a commitment that lasts her lifetime – ‘til-death-do-us-apart kind of love.
To her, infidelity isn’t something you will find in her vocabulary. Sure, there are some Filipinas that fool around, but at the core, most are traditional and put a lot of value on marriage.
Filipino mothers make sure that their daughters know how to take care of themselves so that when they have their own families, they will know what to do. So don’t be too surprised if you find out your Filipina partner knows how to cook, clean, and raise kids. It’s something she learned from her mother and deeply ingrained in her growing up.
It’s their culture and upbringing that makes Filipinas great wives. I know a handful of American men with a Filipina wife, and most (if not all) are living happy lives. So, if you are searching for a Filipina bride yourself, you should visit the Philippines. Who knows, you might end up meeting your future wife there.