Guide to Filipino Men: Dating Style & Cheating, Looks & More

Filipino men are depicted as macho, strong, hard-working individuals who respect women for what they are. However, there have been big changes to their perception of masculinity over the years.

So how are men in the Philippines today? This is what we’re going to talk about in today’s article!

Men in the Philippines – What are they like in a relationship?

It’s not just the looks that matter when it comes to men out there – how they behave in a relationship is also extremely important.

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And in this regards, men in the Philippines may sometimes disappoint. At least if you are big on monogamy and not so much on poly relationships.

According to a study conducted by Psychology Today, Filipino men are among the worst in the world when it comes to cheating on their partners. The study reveals that 54% of Filipinos cheat on their partners, which is a rather high number.

And that’s not just for men in early stages of a relationship – the stats show that it includes those in long-term relationships too! It seems like they simply don’t know how to deal with whatever urges they have, so do keep this in mind!

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However, if you are not very big on commitment and want to have fun with someone rather than settle down, then you might actually enjoy men in the Philippines.

After all, most of them are friendly and will happily give you their full attention, even though it won’t necessarily be exclusive.

Of course, I am generalizing here and I don’t want to put a stigma on men in this great country. Many of them will never consider cheating, but we all know it that it’s usually the bad traits that tend to stick when describing somebody. And it’s always better to be prepared than sorry.

Men in the Philippines – Their Looks

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The Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in terms of physical looks. A typical Filipino man can be tall and lean, short and chubby, or just right in-between.

But what do women think of them? Are they good looking? Do they have a type? It’s difficult to generalize, but that’s the purpose of the article so I will try to do it. Do have in mind that there are exceptions to the rule.

So, even though we have already agreed upon the fact that men in the Philippines come in all sizes and shapes, we do have to admit that they are generally on the shorter side. In fact, the average height of a Filipino man is 5’4″ (163 cm).

So for the ladies out there who like their men tall and slender, The Philippines is not the best place to go searching for Mr. Right.

However, if you don’t really care about the height aspect so much, you’ll be happy to find out that men here have a lot of other advantages.

In terms of actual looks, men in the Philippines have a certain style that makes them very pleasant to the eye. It’s hard to describe, but it’s sort of like an Asian version of a hipster.

In other words, Filipino men like to look good and are always on the lookout for new ways to improve their appearance.

For many Filipino men, a haircut is not just a haircut. It’s an experience that requires time and attention. Same goes for clothes: they have to match and look good on them.

Even if many people here don’t earn a ton (at least by Western standards), they will always do their best to smell nice, look good at all times and be very pleasant to look at. And they are!

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Men in the Philippines – The Money Issue

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We have talked about how Filipino men look and behave when it comes to relationships, but let’s talk money now.

After all, it’s important for you to know what you are getting into when you are with someone, especially if you’re considering a long term commitment.

Here’s the thing: most men in the Philippines are not rich, even if they present themselves as such. They will hide their real job and pretend to be doing something better for a long time or just try to fool you with wearing clothes that they don’t really afford.

It’s something that people do in many countries – especially the poorer ones. When you grow up poor (and I am talking from personal experience), it’s difficult not to want to show the world that you are rich, even if you’re not. And this is a problem that many men here suffer from.

This can cause serious problems down the road, as I already said it. But financial education is not a main focus in the country, so prepare for it.

Generally, men here are more on the traditional side and consider themselves responsible for being the breadwinners in the family.

With the Philippines being a relatively poor country compared to others – and especially if you come from a richer foreign country, he might feel like he’s a bit inferior and would try to overcompensate.

But this is just how things are and usually a solid talk about the financial aspect will solve any potential problems.

In the end, when it comes to relationships, even though money do matter, they shouldn’t be ALL that matters. Make sure you tell him what you think and, even though it might be a bit difficult at first, I am sure he will understand.


While many people rush to label Filipino men as unfaithful, lazy and difficult to be in a relationship with, this isn’t always the case. On the contrary!

The men in the Philippines are very good-looking, fun to be around and will put a lot of effort into their appearance and helping you have a good time in their company. They also strive to make dating fun and take their masculine role very seriously.

So if you don’t care too much about the height of your partner, it’s not impossible (on the contrary, I would say) to find a nice man there, no matter if you’re looking for a long term relationship or a quick fling.

Over to you now – if you have any thoughts or tips on dating men in the Philippines, don’t hesitate to let us all know by commenting below!

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