I'm an American man that started studying Filipino culture just over 10 years ago, in 2005.
The impression quickly formed that Filipino women were remarkably family oriented and were in love with the idea of getting married.
The thought of having children was very much also in the forefront of their minds.
I began to spend countless hours each week talking to Filipinos in online chatrooms and with Filipino women in an international dating site called Filipina Heart, which today is known as Filipino Cupid.
I learned quite a bit about their culture by listening and asking questions, and even attempted to learn Tagalog, a main native language of the Philippines.
Sometimes when the Filipino women would talk among themselves in the chatroom, they intentionally spoke only in Tagalog. So, I befriended one Filipino lady that volunteered to interpret certain things for me.
Those were some of the greatest times online I can ever remember.
It never once dawned on me that I might be interacting with them at a time that would go on to define the very pinnacle of their interest in marriage and in meeting foreigners online.
It was the very hey day of something that would sadly diminish over the years.
Today, a growing number of men across the world are abandoning the idea of marriage, especially among millennials.
MGTOW and other such movements have deepened the sentiment that lesser committed relationships are a much better choice than that of the institution of marriage.
Financial matters are primarily fueling these sentiments.
Undoubtedly, Filipino women have become quite aware that their options have now been greatly altered, and are learning to conform to this new norm.
Google Trends reveal that search volumes from the Philippines related to getting married or having children have steadily declined over the last decade.
I believe this could very well run in cycles, with a renewed sentiment favoring marriage for women of the Philippines again by the early 2020s.