For most westerners coming to the Philippines and seeing the value that most Filipinos have on “celebrities”, it will appear very strange. Huge pockets of the population live on starvation rations and yet will watch the TV Soaps and seem to know everything about the actors or actresses and will talk about their wealth and shopping trips to Hong Kong by private planes.
The distribution of wealth in the Philippines is still a scandal. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Kris Aquino who has a very public battle with her husband.
Dollars and No Divorce
If you have a few thousand dollars you can get an annulment after a few years, but for most the simple truth is that there is not a easy way to get split from an unfaithful or loveless relationship. Therefore it is very easy to see a blind acceptance of men having other women and other families, if only divorce in the Philippines was allowed!
Marrying a foreigners is often the only way out of poverty for most Filipinos, but if they (Filipina) is already married this will put a huge financial and time burden on the foreigner to get the marriage annulled. But for certain parts of the population there is a legal divorce system.