To Bless the Meek

MOST GUYS DON’T GET THE OBVIOUS WHEN MARRYING A
FILIPINA. NO MATTER IF YOU TELL THE GIRL YOU ARE POOR,
YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE TALKING TO A CHILD. THEY JUST
DON’T UNDERSTAND MONEY HERE. ALL THEY SEE IS YOU
HAVE MONEY TO GET ON AN AIRPLANE AND FLY TO THE
PHILIPPINES TO MEET THEM. YOU MUST BE RICH IF YOU CAN
FLY ANYWHERE. I DON’T KNOW EXACT PERCENTAGES BUT I
WOULD BET LESS THAN 1 PER CENT OF FILIPINAS HAVE EVER
BEEN ON A PLANE AT ALL. I HAVE KNOWN SO MANY GUYS
HERE THAT JUST THINK THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL THAT
THESE GIRLS FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM INSTANTLY. IF YOU
DON’T THINK A GREEN CARD TO AMERICA IS AT LEAST HALF
THE REASON THEY WANT TO MARRY YOU, THEN YOU MUST BE
EITHER BE VERY DUMB OR JUST CRAZY. I HAD VERY MANY
GIRLS TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN I WENT TO THE PHIL. ALL OF
THEM 20 YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME. I AM OVERWEIGHT NOT
THAT GOOD LOOKING AND I SURE DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY.
THESE GIRLS WANT TO COME HERE AND WORK AND SEND
MONEY TO THEIR FAMILIES. THIS SAID FILIPINAS ARE USUALLY
FUN GIRLS TO BE AROUND AND WILL TAKE VERY GOOD CARE
OF YOU. COMING TO AMERICA THEY WILL LEARN AMERICAN
WAYS AND UNLIKE THE PHILIPPINES THERE IS DIVORCE HERE.
ONCE HERE IF YOU TREAT YOUR GIRL RIGHT SHE WILL
PROBABLY STAY WITH YOU FOREVER AND BE A GOOD WIFE.
ONE WORD OF ADVICE THOUGH IF YOU MARRY SOMEONE
UNDER 25 AND YOU ARE OVER 40 GOOD LUCK. GIRLS UNDER 30
STILL HAVEN’T MATURED ANY MORE IN THE PHIL THAN THEY
HAVE HERE. I KNOW PEOPLE WILL ARGUE THIS POINT BUT
I HAVE KNOWN MANY YOUNG FILIPINAS AND THEY AREN’T
ANY DIFFERENT IN THIS RESPECT THAN AMERICAN GIRLS.
I WAS MARRIED TO A FILIPINA FOR TEN YEARS AND AM
MARRIED TO A BEAUTIFUL FILIPINA NOW. I ENCOURAGE MEN
TO MARRY FILIPINA GIRLS IF THEY HAVE THE CHANCE
BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY SWEET LOVING PEOPLE. JUST TRY
TO TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN TO GET TO KNOW THEM.
IT IS EXPENSIVE TRAVELLING TO THE PHIL AND YOU DON’T
WANT TO BE IN TOO MUCH RUSH TO MARRY SOMEONE JUST
BECAUSE THEY ARE CUTE. IF YOU ARE DIVORCED AND HAVE
KIDS IT IS EASIER MARRYING A FILIPINA THAN AN AMERICAN
Mahinhin (27) Female Single Philippines
Seek: Male 29 – 60
For: Friendship, Long Term Relationship Education:
Bachelors Degree Have
children: No Drink:
Occasionally drink Smoke:
Don’t smoke Religion:
Catholic Occupation: Other
Relocate: Willing to relocate
to another country (Any)
Appearance Hair color: Black
Hair length: Medium Hair
type: Straight Eye color:
Brown Eye wear: None
Height: 5’4″ (163 cm) Weight:
50 kg (110 lb) Body style: Slim
Ethnicity: Asian Facial hair:
N/A Best feature: If you’re
lucky I’ll show you later Body
art: None Appearance:
Average Seeking nice guy,
honest and loving man who
can love me, a person who
can actually
develop relationship thru long distance then it comes…
bang u will just say that i love
this person i want to be with
him. someone who is seriously
want to be settled and be love
someone who likes
Filipina woman
to whom he will
respect
woman
with all his
heart.

***

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her fourth collection, To Love as Aswang, is forthcoming from Philippine Writers and Artists, Inc., in 2015. She is also the author of the chapbooks Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008) Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008), and For the City that Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press, 2012). She teaches in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco, and lives in Oakland. Find her online at http://barbarajanereyes.com.

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