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Cebuanas.com is something of a niche online Filipino dating site, as it caters specifically to guys wanting to meet girls located in the central province of Cebu. That said, you'll find girls from elsewhere in the Philippines too. It's packed with features, including a very comprehensive guide to life in the Philippines and a large membership and real buzz of online activity, which boosts your chances of finding a date. In contrast, because it packs so much onto the site, it can appear a little cluttered and is difficult to navigate because of this. However, it's certainly worth your taking the time to check out Cebuanas.com.
One of the great things about Cebuanas.com is the attention paid to the little things; for example, an on-site clock displaying the local time to ensure that you login at a time when members in the Philippines are not sleeping. This is important if you're living in another part of the world. The majority of Filipino members won't have internet at home and so rely on internet cafes, which open between around 10.00am until 11.00pm local time. At the time of this review (around 11.00pm local time) there were 651,190 members registered and 2,171 members online, which compares favorably with other sites in this category. Most were from Cebu province, but there were women from other parts of the Philippines too.
Another impressive inclusion is the range of guidance on all aspects of the Philippines, its culture, religion, history, cuisine and practical issues to do with obtaining visas, living in the Philippines and other important information. For those who are considering visiting or even relocating to the Philippines, you'll find everything you need to know right here on the site. You can also watch video clips and listen to music-both Filipino and Western. All of this makes for a more immersive experience and attention to detail you rarely find on other sites of this kind.
It's free to sign up and all you need is a valid email address in order to create your profile and get browsing immediately. Taking a look at the member profiles you'll be pleasantly surprised by the completeness of member profiles. Most feature multiple photos of reasonably high resolution, if perhaps a little small. You can learn quite a bit about a member, the most important sections being the self-written ones describing that member and what they're looking for in a date. A significant proportion of profiles also feature video intros, which allow you to get a much better idea about what a member's like.
From a profile page you can get in touch with that member in a variety of ways. If you haven't yet met you can send a 'smile'; an automated message designed to send a greeting and break the ice. Email is the default method of communication and messages can be stored in your inbox for up to 2 months. You can also chat online (using your webcam), but only to female members whose profile rating is 3 (or above) out of 5. You can also add a member to your favorites list or rate their profile on a 5-point scale, which automatically calculates and displays that member's average rating.
You'll find a range of search tools, including quick and advanced searches that allow you to be more or less specific in choosing from a range of criteria (see above). There's also a name search and some one-click tab searches to locate featured members (those with high profile ratings), new members, online members or First Class members (see below). Free members can create a profile, browse and search profiles, create a favorites list, send smiles and rate profiles, but there's no email or online chat unless you upgrade. It's possible to take out a monthly or 3-monthly (cheaper per month) premium subscription, which gives you unlimited communication and a few more enhancements such as priority listing and being able to 'hide' your profile if you don't want to be seen. If you're feeling really flush, for $249.95 per year you can become a First Class member. Most importantly, this gives you privileged access to the top-rated female profiles, as well as featuring at the top of searches and photo galleries, plus First Class membership of two other dating sites (choose from SaigonDarlings.com, OdessaDarlings.com, AsianToDate.com and AfricaDarlings.com).
One original feature that you won't find on other sites is the 'Send Flowers' feature. There's more to it than just sending flowers. It's actually a way of verifying that a member that interests you is who they say they are and not trying to scam you. You can choose from two packages; the more expensive Package A (costing $99.95) comprising a dozen red roses, chocolates and 500 pesos cash, or the more inexpensive Package B (costing $34.95) comprising a dozen red roses and 200 pesos cash. When you pay to send flowers, Cebuanas.com staff review that member's profile, photos, messages and reports from other male members. They will also check up by meeting that member in person; so it's a way of gaining peace of mind if you find somebody you really connect with and want to avoid being taken for a ride. It seems a little cynical but at least Cebuanas.com offers some method of verification-if you're willing to pay. In return you receive a video intro from that member and 1 or 4 'glamor shots' depending on whether you choose the more or less expensive package. There's a wealth of information on the site, including a FAQs page. If these don't help, you can email the support desk or contact the 24/7 online chat support desk.
Packed with features and well thought-out, Cebuanas.com is a great Filipino dating site with plenty to keep you occupied, a very healthy membership base to browse and comprehensive member verification feature. Whilst the free membership limits your communication options, upgrading is well worth considering as the subscription rates are reasonable and offer a good deal, whichever package you choose.
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