Philippine dating tradition
He serves the girls family in any way that he can to show to them and to the girl of his sincere intentions and love for her, be it by chopping firewood, fetching water from the well, etc.It is a way of saying "I will do anything to prove my love for you".In doing this, they will have to bring with them, lots of food and presents as well as the dowry that they can present to the girls parents.In the Philippines, dowry is given by the boy's family, not by the girl's family.This he will have to do everytime he visits the girl's house.In the Philippines, when you court a lady, you have to court her whole family as well.The parents in turn will introduce their daughter to the gentleman.
So after a long period of paninilbihan and a series of haranas, the girl can finally accept the suitor's love.
Courting under Filipino tradition gives very big importance on the value of respecting the woman and her family and strictly adhering with proper rules set by society for pursuing a lady.
This practice which dates back to the Spanish times prohibits men to be very aggressive or becoming even when they want the lady very much.
They will then be served with light snacks and they can talk in the presence of the girls parents and the man's friends.
Note that in most times, the couple will be with either friends or families.