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My Life in Cebu: Where are the Prettiest Women and Best Wives in The Philippines?

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We need to figure this out right now. Definitively! Where do the prettiest women and best wives come from in the Philippines? I need to know this because I keep hearing different answers and there are all kinds of articles of advice on this topic all over the internet.

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Face it. Many of the men who come to the Philippines to visit and then become Expats, didn’t come to visit Catholic churches. They came here to meet women. Over time they became fond of Filipino culture and learned to really like the people and life here. Maybe the “girl thing” was your motivation even if it was a long time ago. So, my guess is, though many of us are getting older, there is a raft of experience here among the readership and a great deal of “scientific facts” which make up the evidence for a stupid question like this. I am quite sure your wives have some “scientific evidence” too.

My wife said, “Stop writing. You don’t have to think about this anymore. The prettiest women and best wives come from Samar.”

“Of course you’re right Dear; this is just a funny, strange little article I’m writing.”

So, now that she’s not looking over my shoulder, where do the prettiest women and best wives in the Philippines come from?
On a “well read” website, readers offered the following answers to the question:

WHICH PART of the PHILIPPINES DO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN COME FROM?

My barkada says from the Visayas. Kase daw maraming naging Bb. Pilipinas from there.

MANILA of course!!! Hands down, Manila girls are prettier than most.

Bicol!!!

Pampanga, Cebu, Bacolod …

the tisays usually come from Bacolod or Cebu. when I went to Baguio this summer tho, I saw a lotta pretty gurls too! and you see these gurls in the dry markets selling walis or banana-q or something. I think it has to do with their Igorot lineage..and well, the weather too. and of course, Manila!!!!!! I’m from manila eh..sooo………….

Cebu…

oy pwede ba, sa Manila syempre! hehe 😀

sa Davao, Cebu, Bacolod..in no particular order yan ha…

sa Alabang?? ehehehe

CEBU…I married one (he hehe)…

Tarlac City

the truth is, anywhere in the Phils, merong magaganda 🙂

Morenas, Chinitas, Kayumanggis, Espanyolas

Though there are many categories, mostly about complexion, that can be used to classify Filipinas, four common ones are Morena, Chinita, Kayumanggi, and Espanola.

Morena women are characterized by darker skin and in some places in the Philippines, they have been the subject of ridicule in a culture influenced by Spanish and Mexican attitudes in which lighter skin means more pure Spanish blood. Personally, I think Morena women are the most beautiful.

By many local standards in the Philippines, the “chinitas,” fair skinned, and well-proportioned women are referred to as beautiful.

Of course, “Beautiful” is subjective by definition which makes this whole discussion impossible to come to the agreement on and there are the exotic looking, “kayumanggi” or brown-skinned women who reflect “espanyola” or Spanish features who are quite beautiful too.

And of course, beyond physical appearance, there are regional biases. The Philippines has a history as a tribal culture with many different languages, cultural beliefs, an even religious history that might help to define who is beautiful and who would make a “good wife.”

Manila, Cebu, and Davao are large melting pots and really a mix of many cultural groups and subgroups. And the biases are that women and men from these large population centers often perceive that other provinces’ women are “probinsiyana,” lacking the wits and a certain degree of sophistication by “Manilenyos” or others from bigger cities.

And besides the looks that might have initially attracted you, women change and age and become beautiful in different ways. Most of us have experienced someone who doesn’t initially appear attractive to us, who becomes very attractive when you get to know them.

Besides these physical things, what is it that makes a “good wife?” I mean over the long term? One internet site, in the business of matching Filipinas with foreign men, lists these qualities:

Filipinas are Exceptionally Beautiful

Your future wife has a strong Christian values

She Is Proud of her Femininity

You Are a Member of Her Family

She Will Be a Good Mother to Your Children

She Expects You to Make the Decisions

She Wants to Make Her Man Happy

She Doesn’t Expect the World

She Treats You with Respect

She Can Be Your Loyal Partner

I read this and realize what a marketing site, what a sales approach this is. To say that all Filipina women have these qualities is a vast overstatement. Some do, certainly, but I have met others who neither have strong Christian values, are proud of their femininity or wants to make her partner happy as the main goal in her life. Being a “member” of her family can be good or not so good, depending on a number of factors. Most of us have learned this, I am afraid.

Ok. So it’s “Decision Time”, or at least “Discussion Time”. Ask yourself. Ask your wives. Where do the prettiest women and best wives come from in the Philippines? And what makes them good wives? I am sure we aren’t going to answer these questions in any definitive way, but it could be an interesting discussion; that’s what I’m hoping for.

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Rob Ashley

After travelling to the Philippines and SE Asia perhaps 15 times between 2007-2011, I decided to retire in Cebu and moved here in August 2011. Things changed fast. A month after I was here I met my wife Rachel; In 6 months I decided I was bored after having taught high school English and in a graduate school of education at a Portland, Oregon university for 30+ years; I looked around; I was hired as the Head of the English Department at a Cebu international school. Rachel and I got married; we bought a condo in Cebu City; we got two cats. After 3 years here I was offered a similar position at a Japanese international school, so we went to Japan. After two years there I was offered another position of Coordinator of Languages at a Vienna, Austria international school. Living in Europe was nice, but Rachel said, “It’s too cold here.” So, finally last August, we returned to Cebu for good, and I really am retired. I have learned that you pretty much take your life with you wherever you go. I have a PhD from the University of Oregon and I’m a diehard Oregon Ducks fan. Likewise an NBA Portland Trailblazers fan, so I am often up at 3 am on Sundays or Mondays to watch football and basketball games. Cebu is home now and many thanks to Bob Martin for LIP and the services and opportunities he offers us Expats.

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My advice; stay out of the big cities, and get a provincial girl. Generally they have more traditional values, i.e. loyalty to family and mate, true gratefulness and appreciation of life, honesty, fidelity. Basically they tend to be less influenced by the West which is what, after all, most of us came looking for in the East. As for looks, well, there are beautiful women everywhere but, for my money, I like the kind of beauty that is natural, less self-conscious and less “developed.” Which, again, one is more likely to find in the provinces than in the big cities.

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Rob Ashley

David: Thanks for your response. i was hitting a big .000 in the comment department for my somewhat tongue in cheek article. I mean, there aren’t really answers to these questions, but i do agree with you. How to find an un jaded partner in a place that because of poverty, the internet and bad example, models jadedness. I have met women from the provinces who I am afraid, are scamming the hell out of foreign men and then there are those whose character is made of all the virtues you suggest. Be well David

David Haldane
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David Haldane

Thank you, Rob, you too…

Jay
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Jay

Hi Rob, I would tend to agree with David. I do think many foreign men who are interested in meeting a lady from the Philippines put too much important on finding the lady they find must attractive physically and tend to be willing to look past some huge red flags like the woman having kids and a previous marriage etc. I think part of this is that some men want to feel like they are being a hero and rescuing some pretty damsel in distress. Maybe they think the more screwed up the ladies life is the more grateful they… Read more »

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Jay: Man are you right about that…”the more screwed up the ladies life is the more grateful they will be and the more loyal.” As far as attractiveness goes, there are lots of ways of being attractive and the “super lookers” that you see on dating sites are probably not good bets, at least in my opinion. I was married before and it really takes not only hard work but some luck in having relationships work out. Of course when you are a lonely guy from a Western country, it’s hard to be rationale about love. Marriage is a great… Read more »

Cordillera Cowboy
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hello Rob, I don’t think I could answer your question with any confidence. I can only say what worked for me. I wasn’t looking for a wife. I did know what I wanted in a wife. When I met the person who had those qualities, she happened to be an educated Filipina from the rural province who was already working to improve her standing in life. I believe it was the combination of education, a rural background, and being proactive that meshed with what I was looking for. I’m still not sure what she saw in me, but she stuck… Read more »

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Cowboy: I too was not looking for a wife and then Boom, it happened. And if I had weighed all the circumstances, you know education, age, life goals in tact…well all I can say is I didn’t really evaluate any of those things. I think in life, when you start seeing someone, you see them the first time, then a second, then a third, and pretty soon you are having a relationship. And, if you like each other, you start to make some plans and the relationship continues unless you or she ends it. It’s not a job interview; it’s… Read more »

Cordillera Cowboy
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Hello Rob, I did it that way the first time around. Unmitigated disaster. That’s what led me to the decision not to commit to marriage until I met someone who matched my ”checklist”, for lack of a better word. But for non-permanent romantic liaisons, prior to that commitment …. So now you’ve heard my story Plain as the light of day. Hard to feel guilty for loving the ladies And that’s all I’ve got to say. ‘Cept a woman is the sweetest fruit God ever put on the vine. And I’d no more love just one kind of woman Than… Read more »

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Cowboy: I admire a man who goes about things methodically, a thinking man. I have not always been that way about love and when I have been lonesome, the checklist somehow goes out of focus. I also admire an amigo who quotes John Prine and here’s one for you guys to watch… John Prine/ Iris Dement “In Spite of Ourselves.”

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yset_chr_syc_hp&p=John+Prine+In+spite+of+myself#id=2&vid=ccfbe1d4c117c1af1659273f14d68b5e&action=click

You’ll get a good laugh and you’ll play it more than once. -Rob

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Rob; When I read the comment by your wife I lost track of your train of thought, as my wife was born in Samar. And I know truth when I see it so please tell your wife that she is absolutely correct. According to my wife and me too) Over the decades of visiting this archipelagos I did notice a high degree of attractive ladies with pleasing personalities, but I found the same in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia too. Korea Japan and China were also very attractive. How I got back to the Philippines is strange or funny story. I… Read more »

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Paul: Great story and I think we all have sort of coming at you sideways story about how we met our wives. My wife also does not want to go to the USA; she tried to get a tourist visa for a two week trip to see where I was from (we were married and together, but I was not allowed to go to the interview); we were in Japan and the US Embassy made her cry and of course turned her down. We tried a second time and they made her cry again. They even told her that she… Read more »

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John Reyes

Re: “i was hitting a big .000 in the comment department for my somewhat tongue in cheek article.” In the old days, a topic like this would have generated at least 50 comments, even a hundred or more. While most comments were made in direct response to the topic of the article itself, a good number of the comments were reactions to other people’s comment that sometimes resulted in the conversation thread going in different directions. While the thread sometimes did stray off topic, it made for interesting reading -entertaining and informative nonetheless. And, because most comments carried opinions of… Read more »

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

John: Me to about the comment count. They have dropped off and I miss the back and forth banter that was taking place when I was first on here. I hope all you readers take note of this….as John says, not just comments back to the writer but between readers. As to beautiful women…they are everywhere and once in awhile, right here in good old Cebu, I will see a face and a smile that is breathtaking. Of course, all I have to do is roll over on my pillow and my wife is pretty stunning, except when she’s mad… Read more »

papaduck
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papaduck

John,
Have do agree with you about the comments. I do miss the day’s of 100 comments or more. And some day’s up to 200 or more. That made for some heated conversation. You had different writers back than, except for Paul, and more provocative topics.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Hey Guys: Thank you for the comments. As John Reyes says below, the comments have dropped off and it is unfortunate. I wish we could do more to encourage the back and forth we used to get on the site. I used to do comedy bits on the radio in Portland and Seattle. Top 40, Morning Radio, every day M-f. The problem with radio is there is no feedback. You do you funny thing…it goes out over the airwaves and you never hear if anyone thought it was funny or not. So really, readers and other writers’ comments are the… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Rob:
John is right, but the writer of each article is the one to simulate comments as you have just done by answering them.
When a writer does not answer my comment, I no longer comment. It is up to the writer.

Bob Martin
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I agree with Paul. Not only answer them, either but also answer them in a timely manner. If you answer like 12 hours later, well, the people have already left the conversation by then. Answer within a few minutes if you want to keep the conversation going.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Bob: Good suggestion from the one who knows. The amount of work you put into keeping this site going is incredible. Thank you, Rob

Cordillera Cowboy
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Ah, but if one is in the Philippines, and the other in the US, there is an almost built in 12 hour lag.

For my own articles, I subscribe to them by e-mail. That way, I get a notification of a comment even after the article has moved off of the front page.

Take care,
Pete

John Reyes
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John Reyes

You hit the nail squarely on the head on this, Paul. I think it all boils down to common courtesy. If a reader took the time and trouble of composing his comment, then have his comment totally ignored by the writer, well, I think that is just discourteous on the part of the writer, and to a certain extent, disrespectful. My initial reaction, if I were that reader, would be to boycott that writer’s future articles, meaning I would stop commenting to that writer’s future articles. Incidentally, Paul, in all the years you have been writing for LiP, I saw… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

John:
Mary Jane Maglangit You are the only one who ever understood I was joking. I looked her up on Facebook, and struck me as a nice person, who just doesn’t like to comment. Thank you John, for noticing that..

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I never got to meet Mary Jane although I think I saw her name after one of my writings. Just a name, no comment. hello Mary Jane.

Jay
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Jay

Hi Bob and Rob,

You are both right, but in my situation that is not possible. I honestly do not understand the elimination of the “recent comment” section. Ocassionally someone comments on one of my archived articles and I do not know about it. Also all my comments go to moderation that slows mine down. I guess I need to stop being a loose cannon.

Peace

Jay

Bob Martin
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If you log into your account your comments will never go to moderation.

Jay
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Jay

Hi Bob,

Ok…thanks! I am not sure how to log into my account. I thought I was put under moderation after a comment I should not have made to Paul Thompson. It caused Paul to request we not comment on each others articles. I thought about it and figured Paul was right that I should not comment on his articles.

Peace

Jay

Bob Martin
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You have never been put under moderation, Jay. There is only one commenter on the site who has been under moderation, and that was for good reason, but even he is no longer under moderation. There is no person under moderation at this time.

I will email you and tell you how to log into your LiP account.

Bob Martin
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She makes her comment on facebook. Her comments are emoticons. Those will not transfer to the site.

Gezel
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Gezel

I did notice her too and the tounge in cheeck answer you gave Mr. P made me laugh so hard that my husband gave me a funny look. Anyway we are beautiful here in Bacolod too we are not only pretty but we have the most soft spoken voices too. (😀😁).

John Reyes
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John Reyes

Hi Paul –

The name, Maglangit, is a Tagalog word that refers to heaven. May be she is an angel on Earth, and wishes to remain incognito by not commenting. If Mary Jane is reading this and wishes to disprove this earthly theory, she could leave a comment along with her usual emoticons. Aba, grabe ito ah, Mary Jane.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

John: Bingo to this. It is very important to take the time to answer people who write to you. I mean, this isn’t the government. Social Security always writes me back but it takes 6-8 months to get their answer sometimes and of course there is no insight or emotion in their correspondence. It’s “Dear Sir.” I like that about what you guys write. -Rob

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I’m responding. I’m responding. Paul, you are definitely a “Lifer” on this site and the most experienced of writers here. I am constantly amazed when I see somewhere on this site “Contributions” and by my name it says 36 and by your named it says 600,000 or something (I’m exaggerating a bit). All I can say about stimulating comments is that I, like all of us who write here, tries to write interesting stuff. Sometimes my stuff isn’t the particularly “Helpful to a guy who wants to move to the Philippines” content. It’s more just a slice of my life… Read more »

Sean
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Sean

From my limited traveling around Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City, and Ormoc I found the ladies in Ormoc to be the prettiest. After all it is the self proclaimed “City of Beautiful People” lol. I am headed to Cagayan de Oro next week so I will have a new city to throw into my limited lexicon.

John Reyes
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John Reyes

Not so fast, Sean. By your own account, you’ve only traveled to the Visayas. I don’t doubt that Visayan ladies are pretty, but if I were you, I would hold off on declaring Ormoc ladies the “prettiest” until I’ve traveled to Mindanao and Luzon, especially in Ilocandia. My goodness, if you ever find yourself in any of the Ilocano provinces there, you may find your head swiveling 360 degrees full time gawking at the prettiest of the prettiest who live there. 🙂

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Walk in to any S&M Deportment Store anywhere in the Philippines and be shocked by the visions you will encounter. I’m an extremely happily married man, and as a monthly treat my wife will take me there. Of course she gets to shop.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

Ha. I feel that for the time I have spent in women’s clothing and shoe stores with my wife…you know, “Yes Dear. The blue one is so flattering on you.” “Yes Dear, I agree; even though you wear Size 37 shoes, get the 34’s. They do make your feet look tinier.” I should get to at least “look” at SM Mall. I do but it’s kind of out of the sides of my eyes.
-Rob

John Reyes
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John Reyes

Rob, if you’re like Paul Thompson, you would wear a pair of sunglasses inside SM Mall so that your eyeballs can’t be seen moving from side to side as you try to appreciate the abundance of eye candies moving about left and right and going up and down the escalators. Don’t overdo it though because if your wife catches you, you might get a dose of tampo effective as of right then and there and may last for days. LOL

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

John: Good suggestion. I was thinking of wearing my motorcycle helmet, but that might be over the top. And sometimes, these women actually look back which is always good for our old guy egos. Tampo, I’m afraid, is my wife’s middle name. -Rob

John Reyes
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John Reyes

Rob, when the ladies look back, isn’t that the ultimate prize we’re secretly hoping they would reward us with for watching them? And when they smile, that’s an added bonus. See, it goes both ways. They boost our over the hill egos when they look back as you said, while at the same time, we make them feel good to know we’re still watching. Do you move your eye brows up and down with a smile the moment she looks back at you? LOL. Don’t worry if you don’t, It’s a Filipino thing…

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I’m getting my eyebrows ready for my next trip to SM. Sort of a John Beluchi thing where he could go back and forth between the brows.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I need to go to Ilocano sometime…for the cultural sites, or a spiritual journey, I mean. -Rob

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I too like Ormoc. I went there the first time about 10 years ago and then went there more recently. It’s really changed and gotten nicer. There’s a good resort there, Sabin Resort, not cheap, (like 3000p) but not too bad; it is an oasis right on the water. I agree; there are some really pretty women there I think. Good luck in Cagayan de Oro. I spent only one night there, but also liked Dipolog and Dapitan City. -Rob

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Rob;
I’ll rest my case on how you the writer can stimulate comments, an you sir have done a great job! I will now never miss anything you write.

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

You’re the Man Paul! Thank you

Chief Crazy Bat
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Chief Crazy Bat

i didnt come here for the women…. I cam for business. But I tell ya it aint ever gonna be easy to leave!!! I feel like I am a 9 y/o in a pre liquidated Toys R Us…. How can you choose?

Richard
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This island nation is filled with beautiful, decent, hard working lovable women. Big city, remote island it makes no difference where you look. For me, I set some requirements of what I wanted, age, kids, looks etc and looted onto a filipinoCupid and talked with dozens of girls. And here I am, so happily married I feel like I’m in heaven. So, IMO, tho woman who makes the best wife is the one that most agrees with your disposition, wants and needs. Being beautiful is just a bonus.

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