Flavier also mentioned that "In the Philippine barrio, the one responsible for the home" and its management "is the wife... The man will have to court the woman and prove his love for her before he can win her heart.
Sometimes the courtship period would last for years. In the bigger more urbanized cities, this conservative courtship idea is not so emphasized as much.
Generally, the man is being measured on his being a gentleman, ability to respect the woman's family, and servitude (the extent of what he was willing to do to prove his love for the woman).
Usually, the woman is courted by several men and will have to choose the best from among her suitors.
During the last part of the colonization of the Philippines, Isabella II of Spain, introduced the Education Decree of 1863 (10 years before Japan had a compulsory free modern public education and 40 years before the United States government started a free modern public school system in the Philippines) that provided for the establishment and for the building of at least two free primary schools, one for the boys and another school for the girls, in each town under the responsibility of the municipal government. Through the American-patterned school system, Filipino women became professionals, although most of them and their male counterparts opted for making use of their former education roots and expressed themselves in Spanish or Tagalog.