A particular article about relationships is being shared all over the internet. The article was written by Celine Beau Selga and was titled "How Dating a Foreigner Changed My View of Relationships".
In the article, she basically compared how different it is to be in a relationship with a Filipino from a foreigner. She started by sharing that she was somewhat skeptic and unsure of falling in love with a foreigner but nonetheless, it happened.
" I have never pictured myself being in a relationship with a foreign man because of my belief that staying in a relationship with Filipino men would be safer and better. Well, I think I have proven myself wrong" she said.
According to her, they met in Manila while the guy was on his backpacking trip in Southeast Asia. He liked travelling solo and happened to have volunteered to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. He was American-Italian and they got along well. They started to keep in touch and got together eventually. She shared how she would usually get judgmental looks from her fellow Filipinos but they were able to talk about it and eventually become at peace with it.
"Though we both grew up in different cultures, this didn't pose as an issue. We both respect and learn from each other’s diverse culture as we progress in our relationship. Also, unconsciously, one of us starts to adapt some practices and habits. I am now into American football and hockey (gotta love it!), and I now look forward to watching the Olympics and World Cup. Plus, we get to update each other with international politics. It’s like always having something to talk about, comparing even the simplest details of life there and here." she said.
She was able to share the culture of the Philippines with him and she loves how he respect them. "I love how my boyfriend respects the Filipino tradition as he tries doing the mano po gesture, uses po and opo, ate and kuya too. Yes, they get used to it too," she said.
When it comes to romance, she only had this to s: "On the other hand, the idea of romance is comparable to most guys I have dated for years. It’s less of the infatuation but more of the wake-up callto what’s in the real world. The affection is clear and straightforward (kisses in public) which, I think is somehow uncommon to Filipino guys (based on my past experience) and uncomfortable in the eyes of other Pinoys. So yes! The kilig is very much alive."
Towards the end, she shared how sh sees patience as an important part of the relationship and shared some of the lessons she learned.
"In dating a non-Filipino guy, I think I learned how to open myself up to other possibilities yet still having your limitations and sticking to your own principle because we will surely have varying beliefs, habits, and practices. All these fall into place with [some] amount of respect, acceptance, and understanding. When you both love each other, all of these go hand-in-hand easier, hence, you get along well despite the imperfections. Don't mind what others say. What's important is to focus more on which is better for you and your partner."
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