Filipino dating traditions
In Philippine culture, courtship is far more subdued and indirect unlike in some Western societies.A man who is interested in courting a woman has to be discreet and friendly at first, in order not to be seen as too presko or mayabang (aggressive or too presumptuous).Friendly dates are often the starting point, often with a group of other friends.Later, couples may go out on their own, but this is still to be done discreetly.
Children love scratching the dancing firecracker watusi against concrete sidewalks and cemented surfaces, although the government has been warning against it because of chemical poisoning.
COURTSHIP IN PHILIPPINE CULTURE - Panliligaw or ligawan are the Tagalog terms for courtship, which in some parts of the Tagalog-speaking regions is synonymous with pandidiga or digahan (from Spanish diga, 'to say, express').
Manliligaw is the one who courts a girl; nililigawan is the one who is being courted.
Some courtships could last years before the woman accepts the man's love.
A traditional dalagang Pilipina (Filipinpa maiden) is someone who is mahinhin (modest, shy, with good upbringing, well-mannered) and does not show her admirer that she is also in love with him immediately.