Being married to a Filipina, you should know that marrying a Filipina means marrying the whole family. That is just how it goes in the Philippines. You are expected to help out financially when the need arises. I have been lucky over the years that such a need has been rare, but we have helped out from time to time.
Although many foreigners believe that it is just a way to extract money from the foreigner, the truth is that this system applies to all people in the family – foreigner or Filipino. Those who have more means are expected to help out those who have little. It is just the way the system works.
Recently, I got a voicmail from Ed. Ed’s wife is from Cebu, and Ed and his wife visit just about every year. When he is not around, their nephew and his family help look after Ed’s house and car in Cebu. Ed sends money to help out the nephew, but he is also unsure of just how much he should be sending. Because of this, Ed thought he would ask me.
Well, honestly, every situation is different, and I can’t say for sure how much would be perfect, but I do try to offer Ed some practical tips on how to address the situation and be able to make a decision on what amount is correct. Hopefully this will be useful to Ed.
Listen to the podcast and hear what I had to say to Ed. If you have other tips for Ed, or for anybody reading, please share your thoughts in the comments below this article/podcast.
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