There is a social status to having a foreigner in the family and there is a practical element too.
When a foreigner marries into a Philippine family he will be seen as one of the richest members of the clan.
Philippine Women fall in love with foreign men as if they were rock stars or movie idols.
Why do Filipinas become so infatuated with foreign men? This may sound too good to be true so let us look at the history of it.
As those same girls get older and wiser they notice many Filipinas with foreign husbands who live well and raise healthy families.This sets up a fantasy that finding a foreigner will give the Philippine girl a better life.Of course there are Philippine men who are great husbands and raise wonderful families but the fantasy is that foreigners are better.A middle aged or older foreign man is probably already divorced, widowed, or coming away from a bad relationship.He has matured and no longer seeks to play the field.Philippine men seem to accept this fantasy and even encourage girls to find a foreigner.