|~| Although polygyny had a long history in pre-colonial Filipino civilization and was common in the Muslim community prior to the 1970s, polygynous marriages are the exception today.
The majority of sophisticated, highly educated males, whether Muslim or Christian, choose to be monogamous for financial reasons.
Women believe that marriage to a wealthy man or a foreigner will guarantee happiness.
Divorce is illegal, but annulment is available for the dissolution of a marriage. Leyson wrote in the Encyclopedia of Sexuality: “The colonial view of the sacredness of marriage includes a strong social condemnation of cohabitation for unmarried couples.
There are five widely shared rules or “commandments” associated with courtship: 1) Say “yes” to the first invitation.
2) It is a prerequisite to have an escort, either a friend or next of kin, on the first date (no escort is necessary for a woman 28 years or older.
The rest are college students, youth, artists, and intellectuals who are attracted to this lifestyle.
|~| Courtship is a cherished Filipino tradition with certain specific rules based on religious, sociocultural, and family values.During this period, the couple becomes established in jobs, pays for the education of younger siblings, and acquires household items.A woman who reaches the age of thirty-two without marrying is considered past the age for marriage.Because of the Western influence on women’s liberation, to be a single older woman is no longer considered a social disgrace or the result of any personal inadequacy. In the Muslim community, the parents of a girl between ages 14 and 16 may betroth her to an older man.Generally, in the Christian community, the courts do not consider pregnancy a valid motive to grant permission for the marriage of a minor.Furthermore, the definition of unmarried used in compiling official statistics makes it difficult to estimate the popularity of this behavior in the sense it is understood in the Western Hemisphere.