Why Are Filipinas Going Out of Their Way to Marry a White Man?

Hoping to Get Out of Poverty

The Philippines is a developing country. Many of its people are struggling with poverty. Many of them believe that marrying a foreigner is their ticket out of the slums. Filipinas, who are very close with their families, are willing to meet and marry a foreign man in hopes of him financing her and her family.

The Prince Charming

Because of Hollywood movies, there has been a stereotype believed by many Filipinos and Filipinas that every American is gallant, rich, and handsome. This leads Filipinos to believe that an American is guaranteed to be attractive. The light skin tone helps in that aspect.

The Opportunity to Go Abroad

Filipinas have dreams, and most often, it’s about going and living abroad. The quality of life in Western countries is tenfold better than in the Philippines. At least that is what most Filipinos think. By marrying a westerner, they can live that dream and attain that luxurious life they have been wanting.


We can’t rule out love. Just because the reasons listed above are less than ideal — as understandable as they are — it doesn’t mean Filipino women won’t genuinely fall in love with an American man. Just like how they can easily fall in love with a Filipino man, a Chinese man, or a European man. Everyone falls in love unexpectedly, after all.

We Go for the Love We Think We Deserve

At the end of the day, it’s our choice who we want to be with — whether it’s a white man or a native. We are all entitled to go for who we think would best compliment us. So, if you see a Filipina with a foreign man, remind yourself that it’s not your business. Instead, be happy for them. Not everyone is lucky enough to find someone to love.



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