I sincerely doubt that anyone else on the blogger scene is carrying this story: “Are Amish Men Stealing Beautiful Filipina Brides in Guimaras?” We at Philippines Plus take pride in bringing our readers useful, practical information that can assist them in their move to the Philippines. The following story is just one example of our diligent dedication to our readers.
TIP FROM CAPTAIN TOM
This latest post sprang from a tip we received from one of our highly respected investigative reporters in the United States, Captain Tom.
It’s the fervent hope of our staff that this story informs, educates and enlightens anyone considering a move to the Philippines.
While our staff is not officially part of the Tourism Department of the Philippines, we especially encourage visitors to our little slice of “paradise,” the island province of Guimaras, the “Mayberry RFD of the Philippines”.
EMAIL FROM THE CAPTAIN
“You are my ears on the island of Guimaras now that Len2 lives on Luzon.” [Editor’s Note: “Len’2’’ refers to Captain Tom’s beautiful Filipina fiancée.] “Is there any truth to the latest internet buzz about Amish men taking a liking to beautiful Filipino women? I guess it kinda makes sense because of the good farmland and strong family/Christian values these women have.”
Captain Tom and LenLen
PHILIPPINES PLUS INVESTIGATES
The crusty old expat, yours truly, sprang into action once I received Capt. T’s message. Fingers flying, I typed the search phrase “amish men in Philippines” and discovered some relevant dope: Four members of the Amish community in Ohio, USA, who volunteered to help out Super Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines, came back to their home state infected with measles.
LARGEST MEASLES OUTBREAK IN RECENT U.S. HISTORY
The largest outbreak of measles in recent U.S. history was underway. Ohio had the majority of these cases — 341 confirmed and eight hospitalizations. The virus spread quickly among the largely unvaccinated Amish communities in the center of the state.
The Department of Health (DOH) [in Knox County] says the outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory disease began with unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio after visiting the Philippines.
The 4 Amish travelers were part of a humanitarian group convened by Christian Aid Ministries, an Amish-Mennonite organization based in Berlin, Ohio.
The group had planned to send at least two dozen more groups to the Philippines in coming months but the measles outbreak may have changed those plans.
Or did it? (Source: Rappler.com & PBS News Hour)
WHERE DID THE AMISH VOLUNTEERS GO?
Back in November 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest storm to ever hit the Philippines, hammered the Visayas and Mindanao. Guimaras, located in Western Visayas, was also hard hit by the storm but thankfully was spared from any major damage or fatalities.
It’s not far-fetched to believe that the four Amish volunteers could have gone to Guimaras and frolicked on Raymen Beach for a quick break from their humanitarian work.
Perhaps the young Amish men were on a “Rumspringa”, a sort of “Spring Break” for Amish kids. During this time, it is acceptable to begin dating and go to parties on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
It’s a time for sowing their wild oats and essentially deciding if they want to get baptized into the Amish church. If they get baptized and then decide to leave the church they would be shunned. If they leave the Amish church before they get baptized they will technically not be shunned.
It’s not uncommon for the Amish parties to get out of hand with the beer flowing freeing and music louder than any barangay fiesta in the Philippines. (Source: Listicle Solutions)
DID AMISH VOLUNTEERS KNOCK UP SOME LOCALS?
So what if the original four Amish volunteers knocked up some local island girls in Guimaras and went back to Ohio? Perhaps they spread the news of all the fun they had on our island province along with the measles epidemic.
After all, early marriages and teenage pregnancies in Barangay Hoskyn near the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras are so prevalent that the community has gained a reputation as “a haven of child brides or child mothers”. Filipinas, between 15 to 24 years old – are already mothers and these teenage mothers comprise about 43% of Filipina youth all over the Philippines.
Is it so hard to believe that a local girl, wanting a “white baby”, could have succumbed to the wiles of a young Amish lad with a beard sans mustache?
PROOF OF AMISH CONNECTION IN GUIMARAS
If the Amish men indeed visited Guimaras, they likely entered the island province through the Jordan port.
Did more Amish men wishing to volunteer and “sow their wild oats” decide to come to the Philippines and visit Guimaras? Thanks to a drone Captain Tom had left with some future relatives back in Guimaras, Philippines Plus has definite proof of an Amish connection on our island province.
Captain Tom’s drone captured the above image. While the photograph reveals that the Amish man is certainly no spring chicken, the Filipina in the images is definitely beautiful and youthful. After some extensive research, this website has been able to confirm that the couple are definitely man and wife.
In closing, let me say that we cannot verify if the Amish volunteers actually met any beautiful Filipinas near the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras or if they even landed on our island province.
But if they did, while I doubt that there are any young Filipinas near Raymen Beach that would engage in any activity that could produce babies, there is always the slight possibility that one or two locals near the beach could, especially if they were under the influence of bottle of Red Horse or two. Just saying’.