Although having a series of friendly dates is the normal starting point in the Filipino way of courting, this may also begin through the process of "teasing", a process of "pairing off" a potential teenage or adult couple.The teasing is done by peers or friends of the couple being matched.This behavior serves as a tool in measuring the admirer's sincerity and seriousness.
However, this type of admirer could overcome his shyness and naivety by asking for the help of a "tulay" (Filipino for "Bridge", whose role is similar to that of the Wingman in Western Cultures), typically a mutual friend of both the suitor and the admired, or a close friend of both families.
Apart from presents, the Cebuano version of the pamamanhikan includes bringing in musicians.
Apart from the general background explained above, there are other similar and unique courting practices adhered to by Filipinos in other different regions of the Philippine archipelago.
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.
After the girlfriend-boyfriend stage, engagement, and marriage follows.
Through this "human-bridge", the bachelor can also ask permission to visit the woman at home from the bachelorette's father.