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6 Types of Filipino Men You'll Date

Shan is a dating niche writer (her hubs with over 1 millions hits overall), holds a masters in HRM and currently working on a law degree

Is the Man of Your Dreams a Filipino?

A Filipino man wearing an embroidered Barong Tagalog, the formal shirt common at Filipino weddings.

A Filipino man wearing an embroidered Barong Tagalog, the formal shirt common at Filipino weddings.

The Allure of Filipino Men

Men from the Philippines possess an irresistible charm that is hard to ignore. A male hailing from this tropical country in Southeast Asia is referred to as a 'Filipino.'

Known to be thoughtful, sensitive, romantic, and sweet—though these are generalizations—men from these parts can either end your search for love or make you not want to date any of them ever again.

If you are a foreign woman who finds Filipino men irresistible, whether you live in the Philippines or are dating a Filipino man elsewhere, find out the different types of Filipino men you might encounter.

The Typical Types of Guys You Might Date in the Philippines


Mr. Romantic

Will remember your birthday and bring you gifts

Might propose before the first anniversary

Mr. Cool Hunk

Handsome, savvy about women, fun

Brags about his attractiveness, commitment-shy

Mr. Geek

Serious about work or studies and sets high goals for himself

Choosy about women

Mr. Player

Can be attractive and good at "wooing"

Not interested in a serious relationship and is not monogamous

Mr. Mama's Boy

Makes for a great date

Follows his mother's advice about women, making him a difficult long-term partner

Mr. Dependent

Family-oriented, not necessarily immature

Lives with his parents

1. Mr. Romantic

The Mr. Romantic types may seem few and far between. Don't fret, however. You may still be lucky to find this gem of a breed. He is the kind of guy you can expect to remember birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

Mr. Romantic types are attuned with female sensitivities, so you won't have any problem connecting with him on an emotionally fulfilling level. Consider yourself lucky if you get to know one because you can expect this type of Filipino man to be there for you when you need him the most.

Although at times he can be cheesy, know that it is just him showing his true romantic side. However, if you don't plan on getting serious, try not to lead him on. Make it clear that you are not looking to settle down so you can save him from further heartbreak.

On the dark side of this kind of man, a romantic type's romancing can be borne out of expertise and experience with wooing women. It could mean he has done romantic things too many times before. In other words, it may mean that he has the makings of a player.

2. Mr. Cool Hunk

Mr. Cool Hunk is the kind of Filipino man who is slick, makes himself look attractive at all times, and probably goes to the gym regularly.

This kind of man likes to have the latest trendy clothes and newest gadgets. He drives a car with customized trim or, if he is loaded, he probably drives a sports car. He is keen to be the center of attention and will do anything to be in the spotlight at all times.

He might even often brag about his magnetic personality and, indeed, women are drawn to him naturally. He is the life of the party and is aware of his magnetic effect on women.

On the dark side of things, he could be a player. He could also be masking some insecurities, which may explain his obsession with his appearance. These Cool Hunk types could also be suffering from narcissism, so take note.

At times you might feel like he is too high-maintenance for a man.

If you don't want your heart to be broken or if you are looking for a real keeper, it's better to stay away from the Cool Hunk. He can be fun, but a long-term relationship is simply not what he's looking for right now. If you want great eye candy, then enjoy him as a date, but that's it. Proceed with caution.

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3. Mr. Geek

He may not look like the geeks on reality shows, but there are Filipino geeks. They can even be hot in a geeky way. Intelligent-looking guys have a special allure that draws certain women. A geek can be serious, and he might seem to be more interested in his studies or career, but scratch beneath the surface, and you might find a real gem.

This kind of guy loves a good intellectual discussion and you better be up to the challenge. He also loves setting high goals for himself, in school or in his career. He may be intensely tied up with work or pursuing his master's or doctoral degree.

Mr. Geek can also be your IT guy who simply loves tinkering with codes and anything to do with cyberspace. He could be your average gamer who won't shy away from spending time hanging out on the weekends with his buddies playing games.

Your Mr. Geek type can give you very interesting company, and he will not bore you. He never runs out of conversation topics.

Since they work with their brains all day, you need to be on your toes. Make sure that you have enough between the ears to at least match his intellect.

On the darker side of things, Mr. Geek can be quite choosy about women.

4. Mr. Smooth Player

This type of Filipino guy is your modern version of Casanova. His goals may be to remain an elusive bachelor for a long time (think George Clooney before he found Mrs. Clooney—Amal, the international lawyer).

Mr. Smooth Player simply loves the hunt and most probably is maintaining a dating rotation consisting of multiple women.

You will most likely find him frequenting the bars and nightclubs preying on his next conquest. He likely cannot maintain an exclusive dating relationship.

For him, dating is a game of hunt and conquest. He is constantly moving on to the next woman. This behavior may even continue into middle age. If you are looking for a serious relationship, stay away from Mr. Smooth Player.

5. Mr. Dependent

Part of Filipino culture is having extended families, so do not be surprised if you find out that your date is still living with his parents.

Even to this day, many Filipino men choose to continue living in their family homes. For someone in the West, this fact can be shocking since young adults are expected to live independently by the time they turn 18. In contrast, Mr. Dependent may still want to live in the family home until after he gets married.

Mr. Dependent's living status may be a turnoff for independent women, but you should ask first before letting him go. Do not make quick judgments. He may have valid reasons for staying at home. He could simply be saving his money for practical reasons or who knows, maybe he is responsible for looking after an aging parent or grandparent.

Be aware though, that he may really be living at home because he cannot stand on his own yet.

6. Mr. Mama's Boy

Dating a Mr. Mama's Boy can both be a boon and a bane. There are good things and bad things about the Mama's Boy type. Being close to mom may mean that he is emotionally sensitive.

On the other hand, these types may do exactly what their mamas tell them, including choosing who they date and when. Worse, they might be so fixated with the image of their moms that they are inclined to look for the same qualities in their dates.

There is nothing wrong with adoring one's mother, but it's a different story if a man lets her dictate everything in his life when he is already a full-grown adult.

If you think you don't live up to this exacting boy's standards, you might want to pass. You shouldn't worry too much, however, if you're not interested in marriage. Think twice, though, if you really think this is the guy you want to be with.

Your Filipino Date

© 2012 Shan Moore

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