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Kailan ka ikakasal?
Four data-driven comebacks to use at your next family reunion

If you're like most single Filipinos, you probably have at least one well-meaning relative who insists on interrogating you about your love life every time you see them.

Explaining your relationship status is a lot easier when you have a few snappy statistics to back you up.

The next time your Tita asks, cut that awkward conversation short with any of the following data-driven talking points, curated by our team from 10 years of marriage data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

"Nobody's getting married anymore. That is so 10 years ago."

Filipino marriages are on the decline. While the institution is hardly gone, it's been on a downward trend over the past decade, with an overall decrease of 15.9% from 2006 to 2015, even though Philippine population has increased steadily.

Number of Philippine Marriages, 2006-2015

Number of Philippine Marriages, 2006-2015

"I'm just waiting to reach ideal marrying age."

Being single in your twenties is nothing to worry about. More and more Filipinos are waiting until their 30s to get hitched, a pattern consistent with the global trend. In fact, while there are around 46% and 19% fewer Filipinos in their teens and twenties getting married today than there were about a decade ago, the number of marrying 30-somethings has grown by around 7%.

Changes in the number of marrying Filipinos per age group:
2006 vs. 2015

Number of Marriages by Age Group, 2006 and 2015

That said, most Filipinos still do get married in their 20s. The most usual marrying age for a Filipina is between 20 to 24, while that of a Filipino man ranges from 25 to 29.

And while plenty of Filipinos still get married outside their twenties, the age skew is different for men than for women. While there are four times as many teen brides as there are teen grooms, on the other end of the age spectrum, there are three times as many senior citizen grooms as there are brides. This suggests that "younger woman - older man" pairings are still pretty common.

In short: times are changing, but some conventions still hold.

Age Distribution of People Getting Married,

Age Distribution of People Getting Married, 2006-2015

"Actually, my fiancé just lives in another country."

We also looked at data about Filipinos marrying foreign citizens. There were a total of 171,503 Filipinos married to foreign citizens in the past 10 years: 88.8% of these Pinoys were women married to foreign men, while 11.2% were men married to foreign women.

International Marriages by Gender, 2006-2015

International Marriages by Gender, 2006-2015

While the number of marriages involving Filipino men and foreign citizens has been steady for the last decade, the number of marriages involving Filipino women and foreign citizens, however, has been decreasing. Some nationalities are more affected than others. While the number of Filipinos marrying Americans or Chinese has remained steady, there seem to be fewer Filipinos marrying Japanese nationals. Could stricter paperwork requirements for foreigners marrying Filipinos be one explanation?

Number of Filipinos married to Foreign Citizens, 2006-2015

Number of Filipino Brides married to Foreign Citizens, 2006-2015

"I'm planning to just elope."

Traditional weddings with all the bells and whistles are expensive and can be a hassle to plan. This could be one reason why most marrying couples opt for civil instead of Catholic ceremonies, even though over 80% of Filipinos are Roman Catholics[1].

Marriages by Type of Ceremony, 2006-2015

Marriages by Type of Ceremony, 2006-2015

Or maybe you like the idea of getting married, just without all the tedious organizing. You probably want to avoid getting married in May or December, the busiest months for nuptials. Consider getting married in August or November instead, the least popular months. Just be wary of the weather or your big day could turn into a big wet day.

Marriages by Month, 2010-2015

Monthly count of Philippine Marriages, 2010-2015

We just love how data can be used to solve everyday problems.

What do you think about these trends? Did you find something interesting? We would love to hear your insights, so make sure to say hi at [email protected]!

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