Women believe that marriage to a wealthy man or a foreigner will guarantee happiness.
When Filipinos are in their teens, groups of males and females go out together in a kind of group dating. Girls often have to permission from their parents and guys are sometimes subjected to mild interrogation by parents.
In the cities one-on-one dating and dancing are common. According to an article on the website for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Northern Illinois University: The traditional dalagang Pilipina (Filipina maiden) is shy and secretive about her real feelings for a suitor and denies it even though she is really in love with the man.
|~| Although polygyny had a long history in pre-colonial Filipino civilization and was common in the Muslim community prior to the 1970s, polygynous marriages are the exception today.
The majority of sophisticated, highly educated males, whether Muslim or Christian, choose to be monogamous for financial reasons.
Because of the Western influence on women’s liberation, to be a single older woman is no longer considered a social disgrace or the result of any personal inadequacy. In the Muslim community, the parents of a girl between ages 14 and 16 may betroth her to an older man.