There are a lot of reasons why foreigners who’ve visited the Philippines remain enthralled by our country: the weather is pleasant, the cost of living is low, the beaches are gorgeous, and the women, jaw-dropping. No wonder a lot of AFAMs (that’s A Foreigner Assigned in Manila) end up not leaving, having found the Filipina love of their lives. If you’re one of these ladies, we’re pretty sure you know what we’re talking about below!
1. You attract so much attention when you’re together.
The AFAM on your arm is guaranteed to get stared at almost all the time. Plus, you get stared at by strangers too, giving you that nagging feeling that they think you’re his exotic Asian sugar baby. Shoo away the nega vibes and ignore them. They don’t know anything about you and your guy, and they’re probably just jealous of the hottie by your side!
2. They don’t poop money.
We hate to admit it, but a lot of Filipinos still think foreigners are oozing with cash. You, however, know fully well that they just seem rich because of the currency exchange rates, and that they’re average-earning citizens in their home countries. They work just as hard as every other Pinoy for their money, and they shouldn’t be treated like walking ATMs.
3. They’re cool with online dating.
While Pinays have embraced Tinder with open arms, membership on other dating sites is often considered an embarrassing secret. And meeting a guy online? Well, that just sounds so sketchy to most Filipinas. A lot of foreigners, on the other hand, will have no problem announcing to everyone that they met you through OkCupid or Match.com.
4. You just know your kids will be gorgeous.
“Your kids are going to be so cute!” “Ipag-artista mo ’yung mga anak niyo!” When you tell people that you’re dating an AFAM, there’s a high chance the conversation will include these lines, and you know just how true their predictions will be.
5. You have a deep appreciation for the wonders of the Internet.
“We send Facebook messages everyday and Skype at least six to 12 hours every Sunday,” shares Julie, whose boyfriend Andi lives in Germany. In fact, if Skype were to get a dollar for every relationship saved through its video calls, it’ll easily earn at least a million every week. (Yes, we did the math!)
6. You’ve made an effort to learn his language and to teach him Filipino in return.
There’s no better way to express your love (and impress your hopefully future in-laws) to your very own foreignoy than by saying it in his mother tongue. It can be very challenging at times, but the tongue-twisting sacrifice is totally worth it in the long run. And admit it, you melt every time you hear him say “mahal kita” in his adorable accent.
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