Continuing with my research for genuine Filipina pen pal and sweetheart sites that are worth your dollar, let me share an exciting niche find, www.cebuanas.com.
“Cebuanas” are natives of Cebu province in the central Philippines, much like Latino ladies would prefer you call them “Mexicanas” or a beauty from Madrid is “Madrileña” or “Castillana” to you.
That’s right, Latin and Filipina ladies have a Spanish heritage in common. Aside from the occasional milky complexion and haughty nose, they also have fiery temperaments that can erupt if you try running roughshod over them. But they also dance a mean tango or salsa.
Cebu and Cebuanas retain a tinge of that Old World flavor because the Spaniards landed here first in 1521, barely 29 years after Columbus made it to the West Indies.
Hence, the oldest Catholic basilica in Asia remains standing here.
Religion runs more deeply in this corner of the archipelago, partly because this is where Catholicism first took root in the country four and a half centuries ago. So the lady of your dreams might dress and strut like Beyoncé or Britney but scratch the surface of a Cebuana and you find religious devotion to rival a Southern Baptist’s.
Open for marriage
Many half-breeds dominate, to this day, the great sugar plantations in nearby islands.
Since these patriarchs like to keep their daughters on a tight leash, the aristocratic young Filipinas go to college in Cebu City itself rather than to the teeming metropolis that is far Manila.
Then the randy old goats turn around and get their serial mistresses pregnant. The result? More than their fair share of sun-kissed foreign looks in a sea of brown Indo-Malay complexions.
That said, many of the Cebuanas advertising their openness to an overseas sweetheart are plainly middle class by Philippine standards (they have been to college and some are professionals) or barely getting by. This is obvious from the fact that many of the pictures taken are from the ubiquitous camera-equipped mobile phone or, worse, a murky Internet café webcam shot.
But if you really wanted to have your pick from the crème de la crème of Cebu high society, you wouldn’t be doing it online would you? You would fly over and sample a night life every bit as vibrant as Manila’s, just without the old politicos or military types elbowing you out.
The pickings at Cebuanas is not large, a mere 320,000 members since the site went up three years ago. In part, that’s because the central islands are none too densely populated.
But then again, isn’t this just perfect for folks who are not convinced they have what it takes to stand out in a crowd? So if you haven’t yet bloomed into the Johnny Bravo of your reunion class, you can take heart from having less competition for the ladies’ roving eyes on Cebuanas.
Still and all, even a casual stroll through the Cebuanas galleries reveals a splendid array of beauty catering to every taste.
Having seen many a gallery elsewhere peppered with plain spinsters and sour-faced, unlovely specimens, I would have to rate the folks at Cebuanas.com an 85 or 90 out of 100 for the selection of beauties they have coaxed on board with dreams of marrying one like you.
There is something to be said for a Filipino dating and pen pal site that openly admits it is based right there in Cebu city.
Chances are the kind of respectable but adventurous Cebuanas you want to befriend and connect with long-term will feel a greater affinity with one of their own. No wonder the testimonial page also has Cebuanas gushing over their good fortune at meeting the man they had waited for all their lives online.
So you could get lucky, like Bill, who was swamped with over 5,000 Cebuanas who were keen on him over many months that he was online.
Or Jim Dally of the UK who hit it off with a petite lovely after just three weeks, flew over, married his sweetheart and patiently toiled for 8 weeks to get his wife a UK visa from the British embassy in Manila.
Happy endings or many an entrancing evening chatting up your lovely newfound friend?
The choice is yours, like the barker said. But go grab yourself an entrancing lady at Cebuanas soon as you can.
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