Dating customs in te philippines
(teasing--and a girl's reaction to it) is a means for 'feeling out' a woman's attitude about an admirer or suitor.
It is also a way of 'testing the waters' so to speak.A man who is interested in courting a woman has to be discreet and friendly at first, in order not to be seen as too (aggressive or too presumptuous).Friendly dates are often the starting point, often with a group of other friends.To make the title of this section sound closer to English, then: "Seriously, I love you." That deflates the statement though, since the translation is bereft of all that affection in a Pinoy's wooing of a woman. On that one day, riders who wore red or red-and-white were entitled to a 50% discount. Luneta (national park) in those times bloomed in red. Theirs is an oppressed society -- oppressed by feudalism which continues to fuel it. Let me contrast that with a story here in Tacloban, Leyte (Eastern Visayas). Affection and the lightness of language -- for she, if Pinoy, too, knows he can just be saying it but not truly meaning it, so he enjoins her at the end of the line plaintively: do believe me, Deep down the Pinoy knows words are just that -- words. Their extreme behavior on this day consists of a mild reversal of roles, namely, the girls can gift the boys with chocolates to express their feelings. A couple who had been married for almost three decades had seven children between them. He had forgotten completely that it was Valentine's Day. The second story, has to do with the old couple across our house. They were a very quiet, self-contained husband-and-wife. Their only child was a loquacious tall male who since childhood manifested strong signs of effeminateness.
Perhaps he could not stand Apo La Paz's incessant yakking which became worse during meals. Apo La Paz herself, not a maid, would set the table. During all this she would check on Apo Sinti -- saw to his glass of iced water which had to be replenished always, and the banana which was his preferred fruit. One Sunday morning, Apo Sinti staggered to a traysikad, a bicycle with a side car, even before the mass ended in our one Catholic Church proximate to the town plaza.