04/10/2013 | Filed under: My Story, Overseas Culture, Preparing To Travel and tagged with: adventure, age difference, asian, attitude, bar girls, bliss, courtship, culture, daily life, dating, expat, family, filipina, foreign, happiness, husband, island, joy, legal, lifestyle, love, may december, moral, older men younger women, overseas, pinay, preparations to travel, relationship, remarriage, retirement, security, senior, tourist, tradition, travel, tropical, wife, young bride Today I’m going to tackle a subject here that is intrinsic to a meeting of cultures here in the Philippines.

And that subject is the age-difference relationships between Foreign Men and Filipina Ladies. Whether you are reading this as someone with interest in moving to the Philippines, or as a person curious about this sort of relationship, I think you will find yourself challenged to keep an open mind about this.

So, without any more pretense, let’s get into the thick of this. here in the Philippines it is a very common sight to see a man in his sixties married to a young woman in her twenties with their child or two tagging along.

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Now, take just a moment to wrap your mind around this, because it will be the crux of what we are discussing here. I tell you, I’ve lost track how many times I’ve seen two or three young ladies walking by and at first glance I thought they were all schoolmates.

Chances are if you live in Europe this is not unfamiliar to you and you have seen this plenty of times. All the same height, same weight, same nice figure.. That is the sort of situation that makes up the Philippines.

Being an American myself, I have to say that in 49 years of living in the USA.. wife is in her 20’s and more often than not, very attractive. It’s not like in America where it’s pretty easy to tell the Mothers from the daughters. I want to know what makes their mind and heart ‘tick’. And from what I’ve observed of cultures outside the Philippines and within it here are some trends I have noticed..”.

I probably only saw or knew someone in a May-December relationship perhaps a dozen times. I’m the kind of person that observes and asks a lot of direct questions from people in private. That is great, and I raised my daughter along those lines.

But there’s another unspoken side effect to this individualistic, self-sufficient mantra and it echoes something like this when they are older, “.” The only part of American culture I’ve witnessed that contradicts this mentality is found among conservative religions such as Christianity, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh-Day Adventist and similar Bible based religions which still hold up the values of the Wife who is both a Help Mate to her Husband, yet submissive to his authority and leadership.

These days the Wife is practically spit upon by contemporary culture.

It is no longer esteemed as it once was even in America’s own history as recently as 75 years ago.

And if I go to the larger malls in Cebu, I see it several times a day all through the day.

What a rarely see, and by rare I mean perhaps three times in a four-month period..

is a Foreigner/Filipina couple who are both the same age.

It does happen, but here it is the exception, not the general rule.