“When he saw me, the first thing he said was, ‘You don’t look 5’5”.
I said I wasn’t, primarily because it was sweltering, but he insisted. Or maybe I’m just stupid.” Sab, 28, an ER nurse from Quezon City, doesn’t believe in using apps but relies on Facebook messages and friends to meet potential dates.As I was about to leave, he commented that my clothes were a little loose and I should wear something tight-fitting next time. ‘With you, I’m sure my kids will be beautiful and smart,’ he explained. That has not spared her from her share of bad dates, though.But good dates—one characterized by a lot of talking—are possible as well.“I really adore guys who can carry a good conversation,” said Guy’s Grace, a 34-year-old corporate counselor from Manila.“It’s not very easy to find men who will date transwomen openly,” she said.
Dating sites and apps are “really more convenient” given her busy schedule, so now she lives by her philosophy: “Collect and collect then select!
With her male friends either married, engaged or gay, she has braced herself to settling for whatever comes, said Min, a 34-year-old from Taguig who works as an administrator.
“In these times, it’s hard to be choosy,” she said.
But “no casual hookups for me,” she said, adding that she wants something long-term.
Bad dates She’s had a lot of bad dates, the worst being with “an arrogant guy, 6 feet tall, who was so proud of his height.
Thanks to social media, the Internet and various dating apps, the love life of Filipino singles remains a lively but complex landscape filled with possibilities, dashed hopes, terrible dates and illicit relationships, as well as a constant search for committed relationships.