With Valentines coming up, how about a little “love” knowledge.
My VA wrote this piece about “The Bachelor”, but what stuck out to me is that there’s no divorce in the Philippines.
Maybe this is why they’re so darn loyal.
Why…if you treat them well, they’ll never stop working for you.
Why they’re so non-confrontational. When they have a problem, they’re unlikely to bring it up to you unless they REALLY trust you.
Why there’s no “The Bachelor – Philippine edition”
We Filipinos enjoy reality TV shows as much as the rest of the world. We even have our own “Big Brother”, “Idol”, “Got Talent” and “X-Factor”.
We’ve tried to adapt most reality TV shows out there but there’s one show we never tried to adapt: “The Bachelor”
It’s not that we don’t enjoy watching the show. We love it. But there are certain aspects about Filipino culture that would make adapting “The Bachelor” problematic.
1. We don’t have divorce. The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t have divorce. If you want to leave your spouse, the only option is annulment which is costly and takes years to complete. So you’ll be hard pressed to find a Filipino willing to join the show, knowing how permanent and expensive things would be if the relationship doesn’t work out.
2. The influence of parents and extended family. Even though we do have the freedom to choose who we marry, our families can make it really difficult if we choose someone they don’t approve of. The Bachelor’s parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles might end up getting more screen time if that happens.
3. We have a mostly conservative dating culture. We date around. But there’s still the expectation that you shouldn’t be physically intimate with someone unless you’re committed to them. And the Catholic Church still has some sway over the media. There’s no way they’d allow a show like “The Bachelor” to be made in the Philippines.
US culture is so heavily pro-divorce.
If you don’t like them, get a divorce.
You had a fight? Get a divorce.
When I got married (20 years ago) my uncle (who is a divorce attorney) said to me:
“Congratulations on your marriage. I’ll help you with your divorce.”
I’m thankful there’s a culture where divorce isn’t the answer. It makes for great insourcing.
Here’s a bit about how loyal online Filipino workers are: