I think you're right bmw. The Philippines is more of a matriarchal society than here in America, however, the husband still has to assert some leadership when it is necessary and not be a pushover. He shouldn't rule with a rod of iron but he also has to make sure that she knows that he is responsible before God for the relationship, and there are times she won't agree with what he deems the right thing to do.Happy it is working out for you, as it is for me. Like you, I sought a woman of good character, which was waaay down the list of priorities back when I was young, dumb, and full of @#&.
Living in the Philippines, I see for myself weak men who are living a nightmare, as contrasted with strong men who have a fantastic life. The weak men are those who bring feminist equality mindset over here, letting the woman assume dominance in the relationship, as is typical in the West. Once a woman see the man as a pushover, she loses respect and seeks out a man she DOES respect.