5 Reasons Why Filipino Women Marry Older Foreign Men

4 min readMay 14, 2019

It has become common for people all over the world to marry not for love but primarily for financial security. Financial stability has pushed people, most often women, to find partners with thick pockets instead of love because they see it as their meal tickets, their way out of poverty. In their desperation, they turn to marriage for money since they have the expectations that their well-to-do husbands will pay not only for their needs, but also those of their families.

Marrying for money has become the norm in Asian countries, including the Philippines. This practice has been done in the past, but back in those days, it was much harder because communication between the Filipinas and the older foreign men was limited. They could only be pen pals or talk to each other via phone calls, which was very expensive. Because of this, back then marriages between foreigners and Filipinas were rare.

Nowadays, with the internet, emails, and social media, it has become easier for men and women alike to marry someone from the other side of the world. While some Filipino men also do it, this practice is much more common for Filipino women.

But why do the women settle for this kind of relationship where love does not play a factor?

1: They believe that this is the fastest way for them to get out of poverty.

Filipinos in general are deeply attached to their families and most of them will do anything to improve the lives of their parents and siblings, including marrying for money. Ask any Filipina why they have chosen to marry older men who are foreigners and the likely response will be because they need the money. Marring into wealthy families is an age-old practice, and Filipinas are not much different from those who see marriage as merely a business transaction.

2: They seek older men because they know that they are much more willing to be in that kind of relationship.

Nobody really dreams of spending the rest of their lives alone, and single older men are no exception. These men are still hoping to spend their lives with someone, even just as a life partner. It doesn’t matter to the men if there is no mutual affection or love; they just don’t want to be lonely. Filipinos are known to be naturally…


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