Although the concept of gender equality existed in the Philippines during the pre-Hispanic era this changed when the Spaniards came and patterned the image of the Filipina to a meek and submissive individual.
As it happened all over Asia, women in the Philippines were expected to become caring and nurturing mothers for their own children and take care of most household chores.
In fact, it will only be the government employees, and the professionals, who might make use of English.” Modern-day Philippine women play a decisive role in Filipino families.
They usually handle the money, act as religious mentors, and can also make all the important family decisions.
They were entitled to property, engage in a trade and could exercise their right to divorce her husband.
They could also become village chiefs in the absence of a male heir.
Some pre-colonial social structures of the Philippines gave equal importance to maternal and paternal lineage.
This bilateral kinship system accorded Philippine women enormous power within a clan.
This is especially if the housewife, who is often referred to as the Ilaw ng Tahanan (Light of the Home), is convinced of the benefits that will be gained from a certain practice such as the concept of family planning in the barrios. development." Courtship and relationships in the Philippines are conservative in nature.
It is during the courtship period that the man would put his best foot forward to create a good impression on the woman and her family.
Generally, the man is being measured on his being a gentleman, ability to respect the woman's family, and servitude (the extent of what he was willing to do to prove his love for the woman).
In the bigger more urbanized cities, this conservative courtship idea is not so emphasized as much.
Parents prefer their daughter to be courted in their home, so they can have a chance to know the man.