Understanding a Filipina
Long ago Filipina first came to international prominence as foreign brides. And such is the continuing reputation of Filipina wives, that foreign men still flock to the Philippines in search of brides.
As these documentary videos show, the key to understanding a Filipina, is to understand the strength of her family devotion, and to understand the limited opportunities for her to help her family at home. Filipina are often maligned as people who will do anything for money, and for being prepared to compromise their values in doing it. But the reality is that they just want to help their families, and that they are remarkably unselfish in doing it. They want nothing more than to help with their siblings' education, or to help pay for repairs to a leaking roof on the family home. Filipina make huge sacrifices for the families they love; families that are usually very large.
Filipina are said to divide into distict geographical and cultural groups, each with its own recognizable traits. There are the sturdy and frugal llocanos of the north, the industrious Tagalogs of the central plains, the carefree Visayans of the central islands, and the colourful tribesmen and religious Moslems of Mindanao. There are also smaller tribal communities scattered across the archipelago.
Ethnically, Filipina are mainly Asian - largely Malay, but with Chinese, Spanish, Anglo-saxon (American) and Arab influences. Culturally, Filipina are a more even mixture of east and west. Their traditional Asian culture has been strongly influenced by the Spanish - who bought the latin passion for life, and Christianity, and by the Americans - who bought the English language, and more western cultural influences.