Which Foreign Nationalities Do Filipinos Prefer to Marry?

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Let’s start with a fact that you probably never thought about: Of the over 430,000 marriages that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) tallied for 2017, over 14,700 of them were between a Filipino and a foreigner.

But when it comes to the nationalities of these foreigners, the tastes of Filipino grooms differ from Filipino brides.

We took a look at PSA’s data from 2015 to 2017, and we found that Filipinos prefer a handful of nationalities for their lifelong partners. The majority of them come from Western countries, while the rest are our fellow Asians.

For Filipino grooms, Australian women top the list, being the most preferred nationality for all three years. The next three places shift between Chinese, American, and Canadian brides depending on the year, with Japanese women rounding out the top five.

On the other hand, Filipino brides have more consistent favorites, with the top spots remaining consistent for all three years. American men ranked first, having twice as many grooms as Japanese men, which came in second. Rounding up the top three are Australian men, with Korean and British grooms fighting for the fourth and fifth spots each year.


We also noticed that the Filipino woman and foreign man are a much more common pair than the reverse. For every Filipino groom marrying a foreign bride, there are over seven Filipino brides marrying foreign grooms.

What that says about the quality of Filipino men, we’ll leave that up to you.

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