Where to Date Filipinas

Where to Date Filipinas

When you visit the Philippines to date Filipinas, you may get confused with so many different places to go. This being said, it is important that you have a checklist of the best places where to take your Filipina girl. This way, you can make sure that you will enjoy Filipino dating at its finest. Well, just read on and see the best places in the Philippines to go on dates.

Filipinas love the beach

The Philippines is a tropical place and the ladies love it. This is why on the top of this list is the world renowned white beach of the Boracay Islands. If you go here, you will notice many foreigners that are dating. This is because Boracay is a prime spot to enjoy dating. In the morning, you can enjoy many activities with your lady love. Of course, you can take a romantic stroll along the 4 kilometres of Boracay shoreline. When the Filipina you are with are more adventurous, you can take them parasailing and helmet diving as well. You can hire ATVs (all terrain vehicles) to tour the island too. Maybe you can take her to the next level by racing with the girl you are with. During the evening, you can party nonstop as the shoreline of Boracay is filled with many different bars that offer many great things.

You can bring your date to a more silent and secluded spot but quite thrilling as well such as Panglao Island of Bohol.  Here, you can get to experience the finest white sand beaches where you and your date can relax and bond with each other. You can engage in many activities too. However, when you are in Panglao Island, you can expect that you will not have to endure the noise and the party crowd of the Boracay Islands. Indeed, this is a place that you will surely enjoy visiting with your Filipina.

If you and your girl are more thrill seekers than most, you can always bring her to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Pagudpud is known to be one of the best surfing places in the Philippines. Here, you will be able to enjoy the nature and the adventures with your Filipina date. There are many different places that can accommodate you guys as well. The best thing about Pagudpud beaches is that they are surrounded by mountains, valleys, and hills. This being said, you are sure to be able to get the quality time with your Filipino girl.

If you do not want to go far from Manila

there are still many places where you go. There are many different restaurants to choose from. There are many sights and sounds too. If you are into history, you can always visit Intramuros, the walled city. You will get to see 16th century walls and architecture that will really astound you and your date. There are many places to go to inside Intramuros too. Here, you can enjoy the quiet and the silence of the metro so you and your lady love can spend time talking and getting close.

If your Filipina date is into hiking and trekking, you can bring your Filipina dating in Anawangin Cove in Zambales. There are two ways to go to this hidden paradise – you can take a 2 hour pump boat ride or hike and trek for about an hour. Either way, you can surely be able to enjoy the bonding moment with the Filipinas you are with. When you get to the cove, you will enjoy a beach that is untouched – no buildings and electricity yet. It will be just you and your lady love under the pine trees in front of the sea.

There are many places where you can take Filipina dating to the next level. However, always remember that the Filipinas are conservative in nature. They are naturally lady like as they are hospitable and all smiles. This being said, it is very important that you are at your most gentlemen like action at all times when you are with them. Sure enough, you will be able to enjoy dating at its finest.

Love and Dating – The Filipina Way

Love and Dating – The Filipina Way

There are many dating sites out there. Most of these dating sites showcase Filipina beauties, but why? Why are there so many men looking to find the Filipinas that they can date and even marry? What are men going loco for in Filipinas and Filipina dating? There are many reasons why. But then again, there are general answers these questions. Well, simply put, I have gathered what to me are the main reasons why there are men all over the world looking for Filipina dating and even marriage. You ready?

Before having to answer these questions, you must first answer – what do men look for in a girl? Generally, men like someone who will take care of them. Admit it or not, men are known to be big little boys. Meaning to say, no matter how big and strong they are there is still a huge part of them that are little boys. This is why men love women who will take care of them. Of course women will like this too. But when it comes to the caring department, the Filipinas are more on the caring side than being on the cared for side. When their man is sick, they will take time off to help them feel better. They will cook for them and make them eat their veggies too. In psychology, we are taught that men unconsciously look for women that resemble how their mom is. Unconsciously, men look for women who will take care of them like their mom did. Well, this is something that Filipina women are known all over the world for. They are motherly. Whether they are still a girlfriend or already their wives, Filipinas will naturally be motherly to you. And this is one trait that men all over the world love about the Filipino women.

Next up – men like women who can stand up on their own and not needy but at the same time will make them feel superior and never emasculate them. This is rare, actually. Not a lot of women can be both independent and make their men feel superior. But then again, Filipinas are. This comes to them naturally. The thing is that Filipinas are very traditional. They take to heart the fact that the men should take the lead in a relationship. They grow up looking for the men that will depend on making decision for their future family. But this doesn’t stop them from reaching their dreams. If they have dreamed to be a business woman, then they will be a business woman. If they dreamed to be an airplane pilot, then they will do their best to be an airplane pilot. But in love and dating, they will be the submissive ones. They will make sure that their men will lead and that they will be the ones to keep the family together while they do that. This is how Filipinas are. This is why there plenty of men that are looking to be into Filipina dating and marriage.

Technically, we date because we are in search for the person who we will be spending our lives with. Around the world, Filipina dating is known to be one of the best. Filipina women are conservative and traditional, this is true. This is why they grow up training to be great wives. They are loyal and faithful and god fearing as well. These are but some traits that men really love about Filipinas and this is why there are more and more men are Filipina dating – and marrying – these days.

Filipina Dating – On Dating a Filipina

On Dating a Filipina

 

Filipinas are among the women who are most desired by many men. This is because of many reasons, and I personally agree with the many Indeed, Filipina dating is all around the world. More and more men from all over the globe are looking for Filipinas for different reasons. But most people say that Filipina dating is the best compared to dating women of other nations. So are there things that one should not forget when they are dating a Filipina? Of course, there are. Read on and out the things that you should always remember when dating Filipinas.

First of all, Filipinas, much like any women around the world, love men that are groomed well and value good hygiene. Of course, whether you are dating or not, it is very important that you go out properly groomed at all times. It is important that you do not have dirty fingernails or smelly odor. Whether you are going out or not, it is always an important thing that you choose clothing that are clean and proper. It is likewise very important that you are tidy. Although this is something that every woman in the world looks for in a man, the Filipinas are very strict when it comes to these things. You are lucky if the Filipina that you are dating will be willing to clean you up. But then again, this is something that should be a priority of everyone – men and women alike.

To Filipinas, family is very important

This is why when dating a Filipina, always keep in mind that you do not ever insult any person or anything about her Family. The thing is that Filipinas are very family oriented, so are the Filipinos. But in the Filipino culture, family is very important. In fact, when you are involved with a Filipina and the family of the girl dislikes you, you will have just a slim chance of getting that second date. This is how important the family is to them. Therefore, if you make a mistake of insulting anything related to the Filipinas’ family, then you are in danger as well. As a matter of fact, it is very important that you get close to their. In the Philippine culture, the men actually have to woo the parents (and sometimes even the whole family) of the girl so she will go out with him. You might need to do this, too. Therefore, if you are looking to date a Filipina, then it is very important that you remember this.

In the olden times, women were looked at a lot lower than men. For many years, Filipinas were looked at someone who will just breed and take care of the house. This is not the case now. Filipinas love men who see them as an equal. This is why when dating a Filipina, it is very important that you treat your dates as an equal. Of course, it is still a good thing to be sweet to them and all. But you should never think that they cannot do something that you can. Filipinas love a good challenge. Therefore, always look at them as someone who can do anything that you can.

Filipinas are conservative. They are old fashioned but they are modernized in their own way too. The thing is that it isn’t hard to make them laugh. And once a Filipina laughs at your corniest jokes, it means that you are on the right track. When you are dating, remember these things and you will certainly get good scores in the Filipina dating game.

Filipino Culture: Tagalog – The Filipino National Language

The Filipino language

Tagalog is the dialect that has been chosen as the Philippine national language, formally known as Filipino.

Filipinos are known to be bilingual (having proficiency in two languages), in the languages Filipino and English.

 

English as the secondary language

In the Philippines, you can go at almost any corner and have someone speak with you in English. However, I cannot guarantee that they would be able to employ good grammar and vocabulary, but at least you will be able to understand them and find your way to wherever you needed to go.

The capital of the Philippines, Metro Manila, has the greatest percentage of Filipinos speaking English, at a rate of more than 98%. It is also in this region where most people go to school.

All schools in the country teach at least some English, but knowledge of a Filipino about the English language somehow depends on how high the educational attainment he or she has reached. Nonetheless, Filipinos can still learn and develop English skills outside school through experience and practice.

The immediate area around my home (in Metro Manila) already has a lot of Filipinos, young and old alike, who speak English well. To give a scenario, a person who has already graduated from primary (elementary) education will be able to communicate with a foreigner easily.

 

Tagalog in the provinces

Formal education is obviously most available in major cities in the Philippines. Practically, all schools in the country teach languages English and Filipino (specifically Tagalog).

For countries with a significant number of population, citizens have different dialects. I honestly do not know all of those dialects even though I am a Filipino, but by searching the Internet, here they are: Cebuano, Ilokano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Bikol, Ilonggo, Waray, and of course Tagalog.

Even if Filipinos living in remote provinces have their own dialects, they still know and speak Tagalog (though when I talk to them, they speak with a different tone). If you are a Filipino who lives in Metro Manila (the capital region of the Philippines) and know and speak Tagalog very well, then you will notice that a person came from the provinces by his or her manner of speaking.

Filipinos in the provinces should indeed study the Philippine national language which is Tagalog (I am not trying to be bias here, since I know only Tagalog among the Philippine languages), because communication is important for Filipinos as part of culture. Mutual intelligibility allows them to learn Tagalog fairly easy, because Filipino dialects have some words in common.

 

Filipino phrases

I have mastery of speaking both Filipino (Tagalog) and English languages, and I can freely switch between the two. Because you are reading this article, I would like to introduce you to some Tagalog words which all Filipinos use. I guarantee the correctness of the translations below.

If you could remember this section after reading and happen to visit the Philippines soon (if you are not there already), then you will definitely be able to impress Filipinos with your talent and interest in the Filipino language.

 

English greeting Filipino counterpart
How are you? Kumusta ka na?
Good morning. Magandang umaga.
Good afternoon. Magandang hapon.
Good evening. Magandang gabi.
Thank you. Salamat.
Goodbye. Paalam.
Take care. Ingat.

 

English question Filipino counterpart
How will I go to Manila? Paano ako pupunta sa Maynila?
How much (is this)? Magkano (ito)?
How much (is that)? Magkano (iyan)?
Where is Manila? Saan ang Maynila?
Where are you? Nasaan ka na?
Have you eaten (your lunch)? Kumain ka na (ng tanghalian)?
Where should I go? Saan ako dapat pumunta?
Who are you? Sino ka?
What is your name? Ano ang pangalan mo?

 

With the few sentences that you have seen above, you might think that learning the language is difficult. I could say that it is always difficult the first time trying, as when I tried to studied foreign languages (which includes Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish, except English of course), looking at their terms and grammar makes the first few weeks studying them difficult.

 

Polite use of Filipino language

Through the influence of culture, Filipinos should always show verbal respect to the elderly, superiors and strangers. This also includes customers and clients of any business.

Knowing the Filipino language is much more than just the use of proper words and grammar; it is also about the use of honorrific words, most commonly “po” (most appropriately placed between the predicate and the verb of the sentence) and “opo” (the polite version of “yes”).

The use of a honorrific word has no strict rules which have to be followed. For example, the words “ate” and “kuya” (literally meaning “older sister” and “older brother”, respectively) are nowadays used to informally call an employer of a small business, or a stranger which has almost the same age as the speaker.

In a similar manner, the words “tita” and “tito” (literally meaning “aunt” and “uncle”, respectively) can also be used to call the mother and father of a friend whom you have developed a close relationship to. Likewise, while the words “lola” and “lolo” literally mean “grandmother” and “grandfather”, they can be used to politely call any elderly Filipino.

 

Filipino Culture: National Costumes in the Philippines

Unlike the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese people whose National costumes are popular around the world, the Philippine National Costumes are rarely heard of. This might be because it is not common to use them nowadays. In fact, I’m pretty sure there are many people who do not own a set of these clothing in the Philippines.

The national costume for girls is called Baro’t Saya. For boys, it is called Barong Tagalog. These costumes stand as unofficial costumes though. Since the Philippines is composed of many different tribes, there are many that can be considered as National Costume.

The Baro’t Saya originated from the Spanish period. It is composed of a blouse (Baro) that is usually made from Pineapple or Abaca threads. The skirt (Saya) is usually woven from silk in different colors. It is rare to see a woman wear the baro’t saya in this day and age. Women might wear them if they are to attend an August Buwan ng Wika (National Month for the Filipino language) event at school or special gatherings requiring the wearing of such. Otherwise, it’s practically hard to find one, especially for an adult.

The Barong Tagalog also originated from the Spanish period. It is made of pineapple, abaca or banana threads. It is usually transparent and the guy would have to wear a dress shirt inside. The Barong Tagalog is paired with black pants. We see the Barong Tagalog more commonly than the Baro’t Saya. Men use this for formal events, especially during weddings.

While these two costumes are commonly thought of as the national costumes, there are many costumes in the Philippines worth looking at too. Here are a few of them.

  1. Igorot Costume.

The major tribes in the northern part of Luzon are called Igorot. There are many tribes that use the name Igorot. Basically, this term is used for people living in the mountain ranges whose usual occupation is rice-farming. These tribes date back to the pre-Spanish period. They have maintained many of their cultural practices until this day. Unlike the Baro’t Saya and Barong Tagalog, which are used only for special occasions, the tribes of Luzon wear their costumes on a daily basis.

There are many terms for their costumes. It changes names for each of the tribes. Typically, Igorots are really good weavers of cloth. Women usually wear two separate garments. An upper blouse is usually woven with colors of red, brown, black and yellow. The same is done for the skirt. The skirt is usually wrapped around the waist and goes until the girl’s foot. Women also adorn themselves with wooden beads. Their wooden beads are also popular tourist merchandise.

Men on the other hand wear something that looks similar to a G-string. The cloth is wrapped around the waist and thighs, with end hanging loose in front of the body. The cloth used is also usually woven. Big chunks of beaded necklaces made of wood and animal bones are uses to adorn their body. Furthermore, tattooing is popular to the native Igorots.

 

  • Visayan Costume

 

People from the middle part of the Philippines wore different clothing from the other islands. Women often wore a version of the Baro’t Saya of the Tagalog region. The upper garment is called kimona, which is usually a thin, woven cloth made of pineapple or abaca threads. This particular clothing is sometimes open at the sides and placed on top of an inner garment (like a poncho). The skirt is called patadyong, a woven skirt usually having a plaid pattern in colors of green, yellow, red and orange. Unlike the saya which is made out of silk, the patadyong looks humble and is usually made of cotton.

Men on the other hand, wore something also similar to the Barong Tagalog. They wore a kamisa de chino, a shirt made of cotton. Sometimes they adorn it by tying a red scarf on the neck. They work pants with it, usually made of cotton.

 

  • Mindanao Costume

 

The settlers of the southern islands of the Philippines usually have very colorful and elegant costumes. Both men and women usually wear two separate garments – an upper and a lower garment. These costumes are woven and are usually made out of the finest silk. They are adorned with artistic embroidery. The more intricate the embroidery is, the higher the status of the wearer. Some women also wear a malong, a cloth made of fine cotton and silk and is wrapped around the body.

Muslim women usually wear a scarf on their head to cover the hair and shoulders. Men may also wear a flat hat.

There are still a lot of different costumes in the Philippines because it is a country composed of many different tribes. While these costumes are not worn most of the time, we reserve them for special occasions. They also serve as reminders of the rich culture and heritage we have to protect even with the modern times.

Filipino Culture: Aswang: The Filipino Version of Monsters

Part of the Filipino culture is our superstitious beliefs. We have a lot of superstitions in the Philippines and they include the belief in creatures we call “Aswang”. The world has stories about mermaids, vampires, werewolves, white ladies, zombies, while the Philippines keep the superstitious culture by telling stories about aswang.

Stories about aswang began during the Spanish period, and they are known to be the most fearsome creature in all of Philippine folklore. There are many types of aswang. The aswang is regional. Each region in the Philippines has something they qualify as such. It can apply to witches, shapeshifters, and bloodsuckers.

Particularly popular of all aswangs is the manananggal. The manananggal is a woman monster which could split her body in half. Once she does, her upper part of body is able to grow wings and fly. She usually feeds on young children and the unborn. It is commonly believed that the way to kill a manananggal is to find the lower half of the body and douse it with salt or garlic bulbs so the upper body cannot attach itself again.

There are other types of aswang though, each as fearsome as the manananggal. There’s the balbal, a monster that eats human corpses and replaces it with a tree trunk. There’s also the tikbalang, a half-man half-horse who preys on young women. There’s also the mambabarang, a human with supernatural powers that allows him/her to bewitch someone so that worms and other bugs would eat his flesh or come out of his body.

While the Filipino culture is filled with stories about the aswang, modern technology has made them less prominent. In the early days, the presence of the aswang was the answer to all mysteries – why children suddenly disappeared, why women get miscarriages, and why people get untreated illnesses. The story of the aswang is still part of the modern Filipino culture, but it is mostly used to scare off children so that they could be kept off the streets at night.

The presence of aswang stories is also becoming rarer, especially since most of them are situated in the Visayas region. Since the population is higher in the regions in Luzon, we get fewer stories about them. With the onset of modern technology too, less and less people believe about aswang and their threats to the human race.

If there is one thing common about the many types of aswang, it is that they have the ability to shape-shift as human beings. While their presence in modern Filipino culture might be dying, it is not extinct. Many people believe they still live among us. Aswangs are usually characterized to portray as shy and gentle human beings. They are mostly women who look pure and innocent, which can be really charming to many men. Since they can dress up as human, the mystery sort of makes things exciting, so many people still believe in their existence today.

It is a mystery to many how the aswang came about in this world, and many theorize that they can turn other human beings into something like them, much like how a vampire bite can turn a person into a vampire too. Others believe that there aren’t really any aswang, just people with a mental illness. In order to keep this part of the Filipino culture despite the changes that modern technology is bringing, people do films and documentaries based on aswang. Parents also still like telling children frightful stories about the aswang to scare them away from the streets. My parents did this to me as a child so I never went home past 6 o’clock. I know I would do it too to my future children.

Cooking Filipino Food: Adobo

Let it be said: Filipinos love to eat.

There are Filipino communities everywhere and this is why you will notice the availability of Filipino food around the world. Filipinos are rice people. They just love rice. This is the main reason why most Filipino food are best eaten with rice. Given the popularity of Filipino food, people all over the world are looking for Filipino recipes. This being said, more and more people are able to taste our wonderful Filipino cuisine.

One of the most famous Filipino foods is the dish called Adobo. There are many different adobo varieties, really. There are some Filipino recipes of Adobo that use chicken as the main protein. There are others, however, that make use of pork. It will be your decision which one you can use. In fact, this is the reason why many people love cooking adobo. They can choose which ingredients they want their meal to have.

Here are two of the most famous recipes that are made available by Filipinos around. Again, the ingredients can vary depending on your liking. You can prepare either pork or chicken for the protein. As for the garnishes, potatoes are a staple in these Filipino recipes. Some people, however, add pineapples to the dish to add a dash of sweetness to it. Well, then again, it’s your choice.

So let us prepare the ingredients. First prepare your protein. Get around 4 to 5 lbs of your protein. Remember,  you have the freedom to choose to use either pork or chicken. Then, get 1/2 cup of vinegar and ½ cup of soy sauce. Get 4 cloves of garlic as well as 3 pieces of bay leaves. Lastly, prepare 1 tablespoon of peppercorns. Get 2 medium sized potatoes and cut them into wedges. If you would want to add pineapples, you can do so as well. Add the amount of pineapples of your liking. These are the basic ingredients that are used in the famous Filipino adobo.

Now, for the directions of cooking these famous recipes, combine all the ingredients in a large pot except for the pineapples or potatoes. Bring the potatoes into a boil to be cooked separately. Keep in mind that this recipe should be marinated for a while. Some people choose to marinate protein for about 3 hours. There are some people who choose to marinate it longer. When I say longer, some people marinate the dish for 24 hours or more. This will ensure that the protein will be able to absorb the sauce so that it will be tastier.

After you marinate your adobo, you are now ready to cook it. Simply bring the whole pot to a boil in low heat. Just leave it covered and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Do not forget to occasionally stir. After letting it boil for 30 minutes, you can now take out the cover and just let it sit. Wait until the sauce is reduced. This will thicken the sauce as well. Now you can add the potatoes or the pineapples. Again, let it simmer until the protein is cooked and tender. Normally, this takes around 20 more minutes but make sure to check every now and then so that the protein will not get over cooked. Voila! You have now cooked the famous Filipino food adobo.

Adobo is served with rice. The best thing about these food recipes is that they are so easy to cook and prepare. Yes, it can take quite a while but it is up to you. If you don’t have much time, you can easily cut the marinating time to at least an hour. However, you can expect that the protein will not be as tasty as the adobo that is marinated for 24 hours or more. Well, adobo is adobo. If you follow this recipe, you and the people who you will serve this dish to will surely be able to enjoy this famous Filipino dish.

Philippine Travel and Culture: Festivals

Colorful Festivals to See in the Philippines

Culture Parade in Philippines

Your Philippine travel adventure would not be complete without seeing at least one of the Philippine festivals. There are over a hundred Cultural festivals in the Philippines – usually celebrating something to be thankful for.

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Exotic Filipino Foods

When Your Stomach Feels Adventurous: Exotic Foods to Try

A marked in Cebu

Your Philippine adventure would not be complete without taking a bit of risk and trying some Exotic Filipino Food. Filipinos sometimes have the weirdest food, even just on the streets. However, these exotic foods will totally shock you. If you want to try some in the Philippines, but want to know what they may contain, read on.

 

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Filipino Food: Exotic Delicacies

Eating Balut on the street in Philippines

Into Exotic Delicacies? Try Filipino Food

The Philippines is a land of 7000+ islands. They are consisted of many different ethnicities and therefore their culture is quite mixed. This is why the Filipino food is indeed a variety. There are many different Filipino food recipes that many people would love to get to try. There are some, however, who consider them gross. Well, what I can say about Filipino food is that they may seem weird and gross, but they are definitely delicious and tasty. This is why I have decided to share with you the Filipino food that you should try when you get there. Read on and get to know more about these delicacies that the Filipinos love.

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