Since that time, all foreign military men have received a warm welcome from the people of Philippines and from the ladies in particular.
In recent times those warm feelings have spread to include most foreign men from all walks of life. Most foreign men are just normal folk trying to get by on a modest income.
Spanish blood mixes with island fervor to make a passionate mix. They are jealous lovers who will give all and expect all in return.
There will be better off relatives seeking a little help to establish a business or go to school or travel to a job abroad.
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.
These are practical considerations but not the primary motives for a Filipina to date a foreign man.
Living in crowded conditions, a Philippine girl often has her first local boyfriend as soon as she reaches puberty.