From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Cute Filipina Dancer Wants Me To Buy Her A Laptop!
Have to exercise caution if you are a foreign guy living in the Philippines. Doesn't matter to some of the cute Filipinas living here if you are married or not. I always make that clear up front in any conversation I have with sales girls at SM City in Iloilo which is the usual shopping hangout for my beautiful Filipina wife and I. I've been happily married for over 10 years, but am treated like a celebrity at my new home in the Philippines. Several months ago I wrote a story about a cute Filipina pushing a baby carriage in SM City who wanted to visit me at our home on Guimaras Island. It made no difference to her whatsoever that I was married.
As I've stated numerous times in my blogs, old geezers with a face like a dog's butt would still find attractive young girls in the Philippines that would be interested in them. Now if they are just trying to scam you because they think you are a “rich American” or “rich Canadian” (like one of my regular readers, Lance), I suspect the perception that some of us have a few pesos in our pocket might be the major draw.
However, many young ladies in the Philippines think that a white-skinned kano is a handsome guy because white skin is pushed so heavily here in print ads and on television. Major celebrities in the Philippines are light-skinned, and, as mentioned in previous blogs , employees of SM Department Stores have to be fair-skinned to be hired. While it is an extremely discriminatory policy and attitude, that is the prevailing belief in the Philippines from what I can see.
About a month ago my wife and I had discussed the possibility of introducing ladies from our area to American men or other foreigners that might be traveling to the Philippines in the future. We definitely were NOT planning a business to arrange marriages between Filipinas and foreigners since that is strictly forbidden by Philippine law. I cannot begin to tell you how many times female sales ladies from SM have asked me to introduce them to any friends I had in America once I told them I was married to a Filipina and came from America.
I am well aware that it is a harsh life for many in the Philippines where the average salary of sales associates at the mall for ONE DAY is 265 pesos, or approximately six US Dollars. However, one day when I walked into a local Ace Hardware, I was still very shocked by the request of a cute Filipina, who turned out to be a part-time dancer, that wanted me to give buy her a laptop computer for 23,000 pesos! 525 US Dollars! The CONCLUSION of this story tomorrow!