You may or may not be a very religious person. Regardless, there’s a good chance that you don’t want your marriage/family to be based on atheism. Atheism may be an issue if you choose a wife from Russia or China (these countries have religion, but atheism is more prominent). You also may not be comfortable marrying a Buddhist—a likely issue if you marry a woman from some parts of Asia (China, Thailand, etc).
Most Filipinas are from a Roman Catholic background. Religious devotion varies, but Filipinas in general have some sense of devotion to God and the church. They tend to be open to other forms of Christianity (Protestant, etc) as evidenced by the success of other denominations in the Philippines.
In summary, Filipinas have a Christian/Catholic worldview, which may not be the case for women from other countries. This is another factor which makes Filipinas more compatible with Westerners.
When I look at Filipina dating websites or penpal bride websites, I often see profiles of women who are separated. I feel for these young women—this Filipina was probably abandoned by her husband, cheated on, or somehow mistreated. It is possible that someone got this Filipina pregnant, married her, then walked out on her.
Certainly this is not always the case, and I’m sure there are plenty of women in the Philippines that cheat or cause separation. Just seems that a lot of times there is a cheating, abusing man involved who didn’t deserve this Filipina in the first place.
Well, here’s what you need to know: divorce is not legal in the Philippines. Annulment is possible, but it is a long, difficult, and expensive process.
In other words, a separated Filipina is not legally able to remarry. Considering the time and expense, such a Filipina is probably not going to be able to annul her marriage.
If you choose to get involved with a separated Filipina, just keep this in mind. There’s no guarantee that she can get an annulment. If she can, there would be extra time and expense involved for her to be legally available for marriage.
There’s a follow-up thought that I need to ad to my first article regarding Filipinas and age. There are some societal/environmental differences that you should also consider.
By the time an American girl is 17, she’s probably only concerned about her report card or which Britney Spears CD to buy. A 17-year-old Filipina, on the other hand, may very well be the breadwinner for her family.
Filipinas graduate high school by age 16. If a young woman is able to go to college (many cannot afford to), she’ll probably graduate by the time she’s 20. Otherwise, she’ll look for work. As you can imagine, this does speed up the process of maturity. You may just meet a 18-year-old who has been working for the past two or three years.
Thus a Filipina’s perspectives are far different than the before-mentioned American teen. She’s too busy surviving to spend her twenties “finding herself.” This level of maturity makes some Filipinas more prepared for marriage than their Western sisters.