A Filipino lady, like all the other descendants of Eva, feels special when the man she is with gives her a gift but do not be alarmed, you do not have to skimp all year long and stick to bread and water because gifts should not be expensive. For a Filipino woman, it is the thought that counts and not the value of her gift.
Before visiting your girlfriend in the Philippines, you should have already known something about her through her chat sessions, phone conversations, emails, and other ways. You should already have an idea of what her interests and hobbies are, what she really likes.
From what you know about her, buy a suitable gift date. For example, your Filipino girl is a bookworm. You should already know who your favorite authors are and what kind of books you read. Hope you are happy when you gift him a book by your favorite author.
Flowers and chocolates are also all-time favorites. From time immemorial, they had never failed to serve the purpose of making the recipient feel special and loved. The secret is to meet her first and you will know what gift to choose for her. You will be amazed at how Filipino women tend to get sentimental about gifts and may even keep wrappers as souvenirs.
Keep in mind that when you come to court your girlfriend’s house, you need to remember again that the Filipino lady comes from a family-oriented society and is expected to bring pasalubong (bring gifts) to her family. They would appreciate it. Again, you don’t have to exaggerate, but any gift you give them would prove that they are in your thoughts and that you also consider them as your future family.
Before you go to the Philippines, it would be helpful if you bought bottles of fragrance for your Filipino girlfriend’s parents, and they will appreciate it. Gifts from foreign countries are considered highly valued even though they can be purchased in the Philippines at a much lower price. Also, don’t expect Filipinos to open the gift in front of you. They will often put the gift aside after thanking you and open it later, preferably in private.
Expect your Filipino girl to share everything she receives with her family. For example, if you give him a box of chocolates, don’t expect him to hide under the covers and eat it after everyone has fallen asleep.
The best time to give your girlfriend a gift might be when she picks you up at the airport, as the pasalubong is usually given right when you arrive, but if it is inconvenient, you can present your gift to her after you have unpacked.
You don’t actually have to give gifts, but if you do, it is considered a very nice gesture, and you will be seen as a ‘very nice man’ who brought things for the whole family. Remember, courting a Filipina is also courting family!