The females reply to these songs also through singing.
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.
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.
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.
The house for the Filipino males is called the Ato, while the house for Filipino females is known as the olog or agamang.
The males visit the females in the olog – the "bethrotal house" – to sing romantic songs.
On the other hand, the Filipino man fears rejection by a woman and would like to avoid losing face and embarrassment.