6 Signs That You’re in a Long-Term Relationship with a Filipina! (By a converted Englishman)

By Jonathan Howe September 22nd, 2014 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Travel Blog 55 Comments

Being from the United Kingdom, you inevitably become accustomed to Western ways and of course, in turn, Western women.  

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

Having left Britain some time ago and has now been with Kach for almost two years, I thought I’d reflect on some of the finer points of being in a relationship with a Filipina and some of the personal changes you go through in the process.  I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I have!

Insane Hospitality

Villa Escudero Tiaong Quezon – Memorable Staycation with the Grandparents

Filipino’s are well-known for being some of the warmest and most welcoming people on the planet, and this part of the culture is starting to wear through your cynical and suspicious Western skin. You find yourself inviting complete strangers into your home and cooking them enough food to feed a small village for a week! Try the Kare Kare, it’s incredible!

Carnivore Heaven

One of the best things about the Philippines is the food.  The blend of Hispanic, Chinese and American cuisines has created a unique fusion of flavors that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.  The key ingredient of almost every meal is meat, no matter what time of day!  Deep Fried Pork with Deep Fried Beef and Deep Fried Rice (Kach’s Garlic rice!) has become your staple breakfast.  In fact, you have terrible mood swings if you haven’t eaten half a pig and a kilo of rice by 9 am!


We all love to shout out Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer with our friends when we’ve had a few drinks, but now you’ve reached a new level – The Filipino.  You can smell a microphone from a hundred meters away and will fight to the death for a can of Red Horse beer and the chance to sing Pusong Bato in front of fifty strangers!

The Bargain

Haggling is no longer something you do at markets for a bit of fun as you’re traveling around, for the satisfaction of getting a slightly reduced price on some tourist souvenirs.  Everything is now a potential discount, no matter how small.  You will happily spend half an hour trying to negotiate 5 cents off the price of an apple and openly celebrate your victory upon completion of the deal!

You don’t want the apple…It was never about the apple.

King in Your Own Home

It’s a well-trodden stereotype that Asian women treat their men like kings and this is certainly true of Filipinas.  However, let it be crystal clear that this is not the same as subservient; far from it as we will shortly find out.  You have however become accustomed to lovingly prepared home-cooked meals every day and regular massages – not because you asked, or she feels she has to, but because she wants to.

A Woman Scorned

As touched upon in the previous point, don’t think for a second that the loving and caring nature of the Filipina means that she will tolerate you being a shit boyfriend.  As a seasoned veteran, you have long-since learned the dire consequence of crossing this beautiful and enigmatic yet fierce and powerful creature, and there’s little chance that you’ll make the same mistake again.  In fact, legend has it that Manny Pacquiao learned everything he knows from his ex-girlfriend!

Jonathan and Kach with Manny Pacquiao

So there you have it, everything I’ve learned through our fourteen incredible months together.  All I can say is this – Whether it be fried pork for breakfast, questionable singing or seemingly ridiculous levels of bargaining, I wouldn’t change a single thing!

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55 thoughts on “6 Signs That You’re in a Long-Term Relationship with a Filipina! (By a converted Englishman)

  1. I’m Filipina and my boyfriend’s Italian/Czech (his name is also Jonathan!) He’s originally from Ohio but we are now both based in California.. and we have a trip planned to the PH this August!! Coming across your blog makes me even more excited to show him around back home.. I agree it’s a very rich culture I’m proud of, I’m sure it will be a great adventure.. Especially since he hasn’t been in Asia before!

    1. Yay! That’s really great Kixie 🙂 so how’s your trip to the Philippines? Just visited there last Feb for the first time and its really amazing.

  2. I must say all my Filipino friends are lovely. They were so keen to show me around parts of Manila & Quezon City. I was in Quezon City for 6 days. I have several Friends who are from The Philippines, I was even invited to the wedding of one of them who came to live in London. There are many more I hope to meet up with one day. I also know how difficul life is for so many in their own country. Kach Sounds a lovely person , and she is so adventurous , you are in deed a lucky man Jonathan. I wish you both so much happiness.

  3. My filipina wife and i have been married now for 7 glorious years. I had to laugh about the kareoke. I have never been happier in my life. If she gets mad I get the silent treatment…lol. I hope to retire to the Philippines. I love it there.

  4. legend has it that Manny Pacquiao learned everything he knows from his ex-girlfriend! LOLed hard here! i bet hes still learning from Jinky!

  5. your story is featured on rappler. While i was reading it, i can’t help but giggle because what you observed are in fact a typical description of a filipino woman and family. well good luck and best regards to both of you.

  6. haha! funny but true.. totally relate! Filipina here about to get married to an Irishman.. can’t wait to share this blog to my fiance! 😀
    All the best to you Kach and Jon!!! X

  7. Your story lifted up my spirit! And now planning to set my goal again for travelling! Ohhh yes we filipinos are loving, hospitable and list go on, but not a heck to foul araound 🙂 yes you have been warned haha. You two are awesome! Wishing all good for both of you! Cao

    1. Hola Anya, thanks for this!! He already knows what will happen to him, threatened him many times!! hahaha =) Go start travelling and feel free to message us anytime!X

  8. Have often heard of compliments about us Filipina but this one is just too cute the way it’s written. Just one thing – he forgot to write how simply beautiful Filipino women are because clearly he has one! 😀

  9. This is super adorable. I especially laughed out loud on the Karaoke part! (Too true, haha!) You guys seem great together, to more miles and freelance work! ☺️


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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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