It is within this stage where the couple engages in a series of group dates, chaperoned dates, The couple later on decides to come out into the open and reveals the status of their relationship to family members, relatives, and friends.The serious suitor or boyfriend visits the family of the woman he admires/courts or girlfriend in order to formally introduce himself, particularly to the lady's parents.The teasing practice assists in discerning the actual feelings of the male and the female involved.
On the other hand, the Filipino man fears rejection by a woman and would like to avoid losing face and embarrassment.
This teasing phase actually helps in circumventing such an embarrassing predicament because formal courtship has not yet officially started.
In the province of Bulacan in Central Luzon, the Bulaqueños have a kind of courtship known as the naninilong (from the Tagalog word silong or "basement").
At midnight, the suitor goes beneath the nipa hut, a house that is elevated by bamboo poles, then prickles the admired woman by using a pointed object.
Dating couples are expected to be conservative and not perform public displays of affection for each other.
Traditionally, some courtship may last a number of years before the Filipino woman accepts her suitor as a boyfriend.
Through this "human-bridge", the bachelor can also ask permission to visit the woman at home from the bachelorette's father.
As a norm, the couple will not be left alone with each other during this first home visit, because formal introductions to family members are done, which may be performed by the "tulay". During this preliminary evaluation period, the Filipino woman will either deny her feelings (or the absence of feelings for the suitor) and avoids her admirer, or does not become angry because of the teasing and encourages the suitor instead.
Bringing gifts or pasalubong The actual boyfriend-girlfriend relationship may also result from such formal visits.
In the past, particularly in a rural courtship setting, a Filipino man, accompanied by friends, would engage in serenading the woman he adores at night.
Conservativeness, together with repressing emotions and affection, was inherited by the Filipino woman from the colonial period under the Spaniards, a characteristic referred to as the Maria Clara attitude.