This one caught my attention while reading my favorite feeds.
Published on page A1 of the July 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
BOLINAO, PANGASINAN—Somewhere in this western Pangasinan town a Swiss village rises. But don’t look for Swiss watches, Swiss chocolates or even snow-capped Alpine peaks. For 20 years now, the women from the sub-village of Lipong, Barangay Luciente 2 (population: 2,922) have been marrying men from Switzerland.
According to the article, this started in the ’90s when A Swiss gentleman who was looking for a bride, fell in love and got married to a Filipina, a rice vendor, who started pairing off two Swiss men to two of her sisters. Later, she started a sort of mail-order bride service in Switzerland to help her village mate.
The series of marriages began.