Talking about linking and networking

This one caught my attention while reading my favorite feeds.

No Alps, just 200 brides in RP’s ‘Swiss village’

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.

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8 Responses to “Talking about linking and networking”

  1. 1 Eric July 9, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, I wonder what the local guys have to say about this whole thing. BTW, a private island in the nearby town of Santa Cruz in my province of Zambales, is supposedly owned by a Swiss.

  2. 2 myepinoy July 10, 2006 at 7:11 am

    ERIC: Thank you. Maybe this Swiss guy is planning to make it like the one in Panglao, Bohol.

    Great post you have there about smokers.

  3. 3 Jayred July 11, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    A typical Pinoy story. Yeah, mail-order brides are quite common here. Akala nga nila I’m one.

    In my town, there are three sisters from Cagayan de Oro married to Swiss men.

  4. 4 Patrice July 13, 2006 at 11:02 am

    Same here in my area in Florida. I once attended a Pinoy party and they all spoke in Bisaya. Ako nakatanga 😦

  5. 5 me July 14, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    Jayred: Are they not the sisters mentioned in the article? What do you think?

  6. 6 me July 14, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Patrice: Ha ha… I know what what you are saying. Here, it is common- groups of Kapampangan, Ilonggo, Ilokano, Bicolanos, Batanguenos, up Maranaon, etc… There are so many of them and they love talking in their own dialects.

    Parang assmbly sa U.N. pag nagsama-sama.

  7. 7 Lani August 10, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    Basta ba ok ang marriage at walang apihan sa huli, agree ako diyan. Siempre kailangan love nila ang isa’t isa before magpakasal dahil di biro ang haharapin nilang buhay laluna’t magkaiba pa ng culture.

  8. 8 myepinoy August 13, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Lani: You are absolutely correct. Love is the key.

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