Best Areas in the Philippines to Meet a Nice Filipina for Marriage
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Best Areas in the Philippines to Meet a Nice Filipina for Marriage

What Area of the Philippines Should You Focus On?

There are over 7,107 islands in the Philippines. For every island you go to, the culture is slightly different in some way. Many local dialects and languages are spoken here. Attitudes are different.

So, what do you select for your geographical search on FilipinoCupid?

I’ve traveled from Luzon to Mindanao and several places in between. I’ve formed an opinion about where to look for good girls. This is going to piss off a lot of Filipinas who are friends, but it has to be said.

Avoid Manila

It’s easier for me to detail the geographical area that I think you should avoid. Maybe you are not going to follow my advice on this and that’s fine. But, I can tell you that I’m not going to chase girls in these areas.

Don’t look for girls in Manila.

Don’t even think about looking for girls in Angeles City or Subic Bay.

To play it safe, stay away from the ENTIRE island of Luzon. Avoid it.

Wow. I know that’s a shocking and biased opinion. That’s too bad because I’m entitled to an opinion just like everyone else. Now, let me qualify my argument.

Manila is a big city. It’s one of the shittiest cities in the world. It’s overcrowded, the traffic is terrible, there are way too many people, and most of the poor live in horrendous conditions. Therefore, the level of poverty and desperation is high.

Many of the girls I’ve dated were just too deep into survival mode because of how they are forced to live. That survival instinct makes them focus on one thing. That thing is money.

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They can only think about how they can get that money out of your pocket so they can give it to their families. Again, it’s heart breaking. I love them all. But, I’m not rich. I can’t save even one of them. So, to think that they’re really into you because of who you are or because you are a nice guy is always questionable with these girls.

You can never really know.

Stay the Hell Away From Angeles City and Subic Bay!

Angeles City is one of the sex tourism hot spots of the world. It has been since the U.S. military established Clark Airbase there. Yes, the Americans are largely responsible for most of these types of locations around the globe. If an American military base pops up, a huge prostitution trade is born.

The same goes for Subic Bay, which is a former navy base for the United States. If you meet a girl within 100 miles of either Angeles City or Subic Bay, you are in for trouble.

Is that being stereotypical? Hell yes it is, but for damn good reason.

Most of the girls from this region are tainted because they have a cousin who is married to a foreigner, and therefore the girl has a lot of money. Or, they have a cousin who works in Angeles City as a hooker and therefore, the girl has a lot of money.

The girls in this region are looking to get to the same level. You can’t blame them for this. When money and benefits are dangled in front of your face, you’re going to want a piece of the pie as well.

Do yourself a favor and hunt anywhere in the Philippines but Luzon. For reference, Luzon is the big island that Manila, Angeles City, and Subic Bay are located on. I could just list those three cities, but the collateral damage has already been done. The bad attitudes have spilled over and spread.

Look Out in the Province (The Countryside)

Try to find a province girl. That basically means a girl from out in the country. A village girl. A girl from a small island. One who doesn’t have electricity or running water in her house. One with dark brown skin. One who washes clothes by hand in the river and knows how to kill a chicken. A girl like this is used to being poor, but she is happy nonetheless. She doesn’t live in horrible conditions, even though she has no material possessions.

Province girls make better girlfriends and wives because they are appreciative of what you do for them. They are nowhere near as material-minded as the city girls.

Avoid Girls Already Tainted by Angeles City

Let me be clear on something. If you meet a girl while she’s dancing on a pole in Angeles City and she tells you she’s from the province, that doesn’t qualify her as a nice girl. She’s already tainted. She’s still a hooker. She’s ruined. She will never be the nice-little-province girl that she was, right up until the moment her cousin talked her into going to Angeles so she could get rich.

Let her go back to her pole and don’t try to play Captain Save-a-Ho. She’ll take all your money and break your heart.

Where Do I Recommend?

I recommend Leyte and Samar if I had to pinpoint a location for you to focus on. Tell them that Marcos sent you.

Do Your Own Research by Evaluating the Tone of a Conversation

Do your own research. Put Angeles City in your search criteria on FilipinoCupid and chat with a few girls from there. Bet you a dollar you will end up chatting with some bar girls and hookers. You can tell by the conversation.

Then, chat with some girls from way out in the province. You’ll love and appreciate the province girls much better.

More Reading

Make sure you read all the articles in this series on How to Date a Filipina so you know what to expect!

Then, come to the Philippines, meet a nice girl, and enjoy the hell out of your life.

  • Nick January 19, 2018, 2:52 am

    Awesome article my man! Thanks a lot for the education!!

  • Mark Blackard January 19, 2018, 11:44 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it, my friend.

  • Khyber April 21, 2018, 2:48 pm

    Thank you man I really want to go and find a wife or just a good would who is loving a loyal and travel me from beginning to end ! Also my cousin wanted to know how to find people for house keeping or domestic helper without expensive really getting money and not them !

  • Khyber April 21, 2018, 2:50 pm

    Sorry last message went to wrong email please reply back to the gmail not the yahoo thank you !

  • Jason April 21, 2018, 9:27 pm

    This is awesome and appreciated.
    I was just researching this issue and was considering a girl from manila but something was making me cautious about it. Keep up the content. its appreciated.

  • Mark Blackard April 22, 2018, 2:53 am

    Hey man,

    You can meet girls online all day long. That’s the easy part. But, if you really want to find a good girl, you’ve got to come here and spend some time meeting chicks face to face. That’s obvious, but I think a lot of guys put too much trust in their online “relationship”. Get on Filipino Cupid, meet some girls, then book a plane ticket to Manila. Take things from there.

    It’s no problem finding a housekeeper here. Just ask around.

  • Mark Blackard April 22, 2018, 3:04 am

    Thanks, man.

    Take into consideration that what I write is just one man’s opinion. Maybe your girl from Manila is a wonderful lady. I can only write about my personal experiences and adventures. My friend is married to a very nice lady from Luzon. But, luck didn’t come my way with Manila girls. Therefore I hang my hat down in Cebu right now. Ha!

    Also keep in mind that you don’t know anything about a girl you meet online. NOTHING. I’ve been doing the online dating thing since back when it was considered dangerous and even impossible. The one thing that has not changed for me in two decades is that there’s your perception of a chick while chatting online, and then there is reality when you meet. If I get the sense that something’s not right while chatting, I end the conversation and move on to the next girl.

    Read this article if you have time:

    Good luck, my friend. Life is short so you have to take some chances.

  • guy May 1, 2018, 3:10 am

    Good tips, if you want to find a good girl stay out of the sexpat areas.

  • Mandla May 23, 2018, 7:39 pm

    I’m black a from England, I have girl from leyte and I’m very happy with her.
    I will advise you to go to the provinces

  • Mark Blackard May 24, 2018, 1:46 am

    I agree, my friend. I think most guys from the West will do much better with a girl from the province. Thanks for the comment.

  • Larry c BINGHAM June 13, 2018, 5:23 am

    How can i meet a filapina lady from small provences i wiuld like to meet one on line so i get to know her a little bit before i go there i would like to meet one with in 70 miles are closer to cagayan de oro phillipines

  • Mark Blackard June 14, 2018, 1:24 am


    I always use Filipino Cupid to meet ladies online. Here’s the link:

    Make sure you read this article about online dating scams: How to Avoid Online Dating Scams

  • Jean Logro July 3, 2018, 9:02 pm

    you did a good job Mr. Mark Blackard, thank you for appreciating Philippines

  • Mark Blackard July 4, 2018, 3:06 am

    Thank you, my friend.

  • Pete July 12, 2018, 12:30 am

    How does a female from Mindanao compare with other regions? Are they darker skinned, huskier, shorter, less educated?

  • Mark Blackard July 12, 2018, 7:26 am

    I dated one girl from General Santos City a few years ago. She was a very sweet girl, well mannered, and took school seriously. She was a city girl and not from way out in the Province. I would definitely recommend looking for a nice girl in Mindanao. The reason that I didn’t list it in this article is because many readers are hesitant about going down to Mindanao. They’ve read articles about the problems in the Muslim areas, Abu Sayyaf, kidnappings, etc. They’ve watched the videos from Marawi. Add the bullshit that the U.S. State Department publishes and most guys from the West want to part of Mindanao.

    Most of my readers have never even been to the Philippines, so I point them in the direction of Leyte and Samar as a place to start.

  • Amed August 7, 2018, 5:35 pm

    I have visited Manila in 2006 and it is true what you mentioned no matter what the reasons might be. There is a greed factor as well. I can understand that the people do things what they will not do if they were not poor. But, all the poor do not do the same deeds to make money including lying and deceiving others.

    I met good people among masses as well. I agree with you that the big cities like Manila are hardly good to look for a wife kind of material. Yes, it can be good only if one has money. As soon as money disappears, so do these so called girlfriends since the base of this relationship was about money. Great article.

  • Mark Blackard August 10, 2018, 6:42 am


    Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by, my friend.


  • Dan August 22, 2018, 6:27 pm

    These are good tips, while there are millions of them in the capital that have never been near Burgos or sold their bodies it will be very hard for a new tourist or expat to figure out who is who. The province, or any smaller town with under a million and not many foreign visitors would be great places to look.

  • Mark Blackard August 23, 2018, 1:04 am


    Excellent advice, especially for anyone new to the Philippines.

    I agree with both of your points. Yes, there are millions of decent girls in Manila. BUT, the Western guy who just stepped off the plane on his first trip to the Philippines won’t know the difference. If a guy will just camp out in a small town somewhere and get the hell away from Manila, he’s much less likely to hook up with a bad apple. The laws of probability will work in his favor.

    As much as you and I can try to mentor our fellow man, there seems to be a never-ending plethora of lonely fools who fall for the first bar girl they see and become….

    CAPTAIN SAVE-A-HO!!!!…..

    Thanks for the comment. Please weigh in on the other articles if you have time.


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