Now that we are all caught up on solid benchmarks for choosing the reliable friendship and dating sites to go with, let us take a look at a handful of discoveries, courtesy of two weeks of surfing the Net and a few bucks against my trusty VISA.
One of the most charming has to be Filipina Heart, a site that welcomes foreigners and Filipino males alike. Honestly, male residents of the Islands are more likely just amusing themselves when they go online. So the “Filipino dating” part is just a comparative handful of sailors and immigrants pining for winsome ladies back home.
The field is pretty much left to European and American men who have heard pleasant things about getting themselves an online Filipina sweetheart.
You know the folks at Filipina Heart are serious about making you a compatible match because of the exhaustive profiling data requested on sign-up: ASL of course, star sign, Chinese zodiac sign, occupation, physical attributes, present marital status, whether living with children from a prior relationship, English fluency, ample chance to wax lyrical about yourself and the lady of your dreams, and that telltale clue, willingness to relocate should expectations materialize.
Since turnaround is fair play, you are allowed to screen for much the same information, including a height and weight range you can live with.
Lastly, you specify ahead of time whether you want merely to correspond, for friendship, dating or marriage (leave them all checked, why not?).
This being 2009, it seems you can choose to indulge in any of these even with those who admit they are married. Now is that a system bug or are open marriages the norm these days?
At Filipina Heart, free registration and standard membership allows you to get into the swim of things risk-free.
As is usual in encounter and dating sites, upgrading to Gold or Platinum status for about US$ 20 monthly permits you to flesh out your profile, post more photos, embed contact information in all messages, communicate with Filipina lovelies via all possible channels, avail of translation services and most important perhaps, rank high in selection searches by the ladies.
In the age of YouTube, Filipina Heart, naturally enough lets the more sincere and “tele-genic” among us record video greetings and send or receive video or voice mail.
Filipina Heart the genuine deal?
But all you online charmers already know from experience you can find all these channels for preening and checking out lissome Filipinas in one combination or other elsewhere.
To my mind, Filipina Heart is hard to beat for sheer numbers and obvious quality of the ladies. The last time I checked, the site had upwards of a million members already and hundreds were online even at midnight EST.
The thing is, the ladies at Filipina Heart are the genuine, Grade A article.
Whether it’s the dusky lady in the Home page banner to the peaches-and-cream looks that are so obviously Amer-asian and every lovely shade of complexion in between, they are clearly Filipina in features and poise.
No names like Tsien Ming or Man Lo Loka here, it’s page after page of Western names (“Jennifer, Ghia…” in Asia?) and others straight out of a litany of Catholic saints.
These are secure Filipinas in their thirties (or older), blooming beauties in their twenties and so many who look barely legal. You just know they had to have some gumption to post online but over and over again, you see welcoming smiles that can quickly withdraw into shyness.
Must be the low-maintenance facet of Filipino dating.
Look into it tonight, why don’t you? You have nothing to lose but your heart and those dreary stretches of lonely evenings wishing there was more to life than vapid talk in some singles bar downtown.