The dowry, given by the bride’s parents to the groom, may be a large sum of money, property, or a sizable wedding present. Marriages have traditionally been monogamous although in some places, particularly Muslim and tribal areas, men have had more than one wife.Virginity has traditionally been valued, particularly in the countryside.|~| Although polygyny had a long history in pre-colonial Filipino civilization and was common in the Muslim community prior to the 1970s, polygynous marriages are the exception today.

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The rest are college students, youth, artists, and intellectuals who are attracted to this lifestyle.

|~| Courtship is a cherished Filipino tradition with certain specific rules based on religious, sociocultural, and family values.

There are five widely shared rules or “commandments” associated with courtship: 1) Say “yes” to the first invitation.

2) It is a prerequisite to have an escort, either a friend or next of kin, on the first date (no escort is necessary for a woman 28 years or older.

Marriages have traditionally been a way for elite, politically powerful families to unite.

Marriages among cousins of different degrees are somewhat common among Tagalogs.

Furthermore, the definition of unmarried used in compiling official statistics makes it difficult to estimate the popularity of this behavior in the sense it is understood in the Western Hemisphere.

Beginning in the late 1980s, the increased tolerance of non-marital cohabitation in the West began to influence the middle-aged and younger generations.

5) If dating leads to marriage, one must remember that marrying entails marrying into the spouse’s whole family as a clan.

The majority of young men and women believe that love, physical attraction, similar religious beliefs, and trust are the basic essentials in creating and maintaining a stable relationship.

During the author’s 1996 visit in the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, and metropolitan Manila, there was an estimated increase of half a percent and an estimated 340,000 couples in unmarried cohabitation.