The Role of the Husband in the Philippines-“Under the Saya”

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30 thoughts on “The Role of the Husband in the Philippines-“Under the Saya”

  1. This is so true. I met a lot of overseas Filipina workers during my travel in Dubai and I must say, these modern-day Filipinas are a definition of a strong independent women. On the other hand, Maria Clara, was created by Rizal as an “ideal” image of the purity and innocence of a sheltered native Filipina during the Spanish occupation. It helped generations of Filipinas to be balanced. This is an interesting read!

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  2. This is very true. Filipinas can be both and they do it splendidly. Filipinas are way ahead of the women’s movement of equality but unlike the Western women, they do it with grace and humility. My grandmother was a strong and successful businesswoman in the early 1900s supporting nine kids by herself as written in my book, “The Iron Butterfly”. Deep under that veneer of shy, demure personality is a strong character and knows what she wants.

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  3. Modern day Filipina are totally different. Gone are the shy, demure and submissive Maria Clara type Filipina. Well, of course, not all but I believe it’s like 8 out of 10 Filipina are those type na “EMPOWERED WOMEN”. Like me, while at work on the ship I am the one giving instructions to do this and do that but when at home, I am the one receiving that “do that, do this” thing from my wife…. LOL….

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    1. Here in Italy Filipinas were the first ones to settle here and only years later their husbands followed. So the women are the ones who have a stable job and manage the money of the household. The husbands often limit themselves to baby-sitting. That is amazing from the standpoint of a Westerner

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      1. I do everything you mentioned except that, most of the time, instead of doing the cooking I clean the kitchen. My wife still wants to have authority over the kitchen. Nevertheless sometimes I contribute to the cooking too and, recently, I baked pandesal

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      2. I love to cook but the kids doesn’t like my cooking. LOL… Same here, my wife still dominates the kitchen. I love pandesal especially home made.

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  4. Haha! You’re so funny! And so true! I always say: i am the slavedriver in the family!!! I am the slave, i am the driver! Ngek!
    Permission to reblog this, my friend. I really got a hearty laugh out of it.


  5. Reblogged this on Color My World and commented:
    I came across this blogger, an Italian who got married to a Filipina. Eduardo Maresca’s hilarious write-ups on Pinoy culture is spot-on. Here, he writes about the Pinoy couples, and how the wives are able to overrule the husbands ever so subtly. I guess he learned his lessons through experience. You can agree with it, you can deny it, but we can all laugh about it. Here goes…

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