Confessions of a Filipina Internet Bride
I allowed the previous blog entry Conned by a Filipina to be posted in this blog in order to show the diversity of the Filipina, whether good or bad. Stereotypes hound on our Filipina who use a dating website to find a lifetime partner. But is it really hard to believe that there are Filipinas who do go online searching purely for love? Filipinas marrying penpals though considered fortunate by those from hard-up families, are generally regarded with disdain by Filipinos from the middle and upper middle class. It really wouldn’t matter if you try to expound or differentiate the details of how you met whether by chatting, online dating, by clubs – to the Filipino man on the street you are still essentially a Mail Order Bride. This entry by Geri narrates the love she found through the internet. Let’s hear her story:
I could remember distinctly when I was in my early 20s my tita Sefing (aunt Sefing) and I were grocery shopping at Rustan’s Cubao I saw this really goodlooking couple with a toddler in tow. The wife was a classy tall, long haired morena (brown skinned), wearing white polo, jeans and heels while the man was even taller, fit, around her age and caucasian. I wished fervently to have a family just like that one day.
But where was I going to find this man? I lived in a small non-touristy city where foreigners seldom wandered over. The only way I could meet them was have my bio and pics published in a penpal catalog (there was no internet then). That would be too cheap, I inwardly protested. I wanted a meeting that would be spontaneous, had drama and fireworks like bumping into this unsuspecting man in a bookstore or in our office. But pen pals?
Read more at Geri’s Confessions of a Filipina Internet Bride