“You can come with me.” She was startled by his speed, but she packed some clothes in a duffel bag and joined Dan in Thailand.
Leonor was hopeful he might eventually whisk her off to a new life in America.
For the earnest among these internet searchers, the hope is that in the midst of these complexities, a real, lasting love can bloom.
Yet even as she went through the paces of partnering with him, Leonor found herself wanting to rewrite the script—and Dan’s betrayal became her chance to try again.
For decades, Western men picked Filipinas out of catalogues, selecting from rows upon rows of hopeful women’s pictures printed on cheap paper, like a strange yearbook or police lineup.
Divorce is illegal and socially taboo in the Philippines, but Leonor realized she would have to leave her husband.
She had followed a well-worn script when she and Dan met in 2001: beautiful young Filipina meets old but rich Western man.