A woman's purity is considered the most precious gift she could offer to the man she would spend the rest of her life with.
In a Catholic country like the Philippines, engaging in premarital sex is strongly frowned upon.
Others may have forgotten the long-held Filipino mores as time goes by, but, there are also those who still keep up with the age-old tradition.
1. Megan Young
"Sex is for marriage. That's my belief. You say no. If they try to push you, you step away, because that person doesn't value you, doesn't value the relationship as much. If the guy is willing to sacrifice that, that means a lot."
2. Janine Tugonon
“Wala nang lalaki na ganyan na mag-sa-sacrifice and 'yung rerespetuhin ka nang gano'n, iyong talagang papanindigan na, 'This is my stand, this is my principle.'
“For me, marriage is sacred. Ngayon kasi, parang nagiging norm na lang, eh, sa tao na, 'Come on, let's do it.' Pero iba pa rin siguro 'yung pakiramdam pag ginawa mo siya after [getting married]."
3. Jewel Mische
“When we got together one day, he was like, ‘You know, it would be very hard for me not to kiss you. But I want to wait until we get married, I hope you don’t mind.’
“And I was just shocked!!! I couldn’t believe what I just heard! That’s just one of the many confirmations that he is the future husband I have dreamed of! We both have the same biblical mind set. We view sex as a priceless treasure box and as God’s wedding present.”
“We always believe that sex is for married people. But we messed up also in the past. Now that we have found each other we are willing to pursue what we think is right. Kailangan kasi when you want that, kailangan pareho kayo ng beliefs, ng convictions. We’re helping each other to achieve that.
“We believe that sex is God’s present. We believe that sexual intercourse, or physical and emotional union, should be a means of celebrating love, producing children, protected by the commitment of marriage.”
4. Nikki Gil
“Nobody told me to stay a virgin, or because I'm a stuck-up prude na holy-holy. It's my choice. I've always been ma-pride. If sex is something I value, [gano'n talaga]!”
5. Yeng Constantino
“There's no pre-marital sex. Gano'n talaga. No pre-marital sex, iyan 'yung clear na, 'No to it.' Kasi we want to honor marriage. Kasi, 'diba, ang tagal-tagal kang prineserve ng mga magulang mo, nanay mo, papa mo. Lahat ng paggalit, pananakot para hindi ka lumabas ng bahay, pumarty, pero sa isang iglap, 'It's all gone.’
“Kasi naniniwala ako na once mag-move ka na in to physical intimacy sobrang magbabago na ‘yong relationship ‘nyo. It’s another level that you have to save, for me, that’s for me.”
6. Toni Gonzaga
“Ako kasi, ang paniniwala ko, at saka kung paano rin ako pinalaki, I think that love should be greater than your lust for each other.
“Naniniwala ako that love should be unconditional. Hindi porke mahal mo ang isang tao, dapat ang kundisyon mo, 'Dapat sexually compatible tayo.' I think that love should be the strong foundation of the marriage, and I think that the trust and the commitment that you want to stay together in the marriage.
“Sobra hirap, sobrang hirap panindigan. Honest lang talaga ako. Mahirap talaga panindigan. Hindi naman ako magsasabi ng napakabanal ko.”
7. Iya Villania
“I don’t look down upon other girls who practice it. It doesn’t make them less of a person. Kanya-kanya namang values ’yan eh. But, personally, I do believe that one should not practice pre-marital sex.
“Doon ko naman na-confirm na mahal niya talaga ako. He was very patient, yes. I mean, it’s easy now for me to say because we’re married now.”
Even Miss Universe 1999 1st runner up Miriam Quiambao chose to remain untouched until she remarried her now husband Ardy Roberto.
"Let it be known that I, Ardy Roberto aka Mr. Pogi, and I, Miriam Quiambao, aka Ms. U, vow before God to protect each other's purity from this day onwards until the day, by God's grace that we are wed. Therefore, we shall not engage in any act that shall ignite sexual desires or passions prematurely, such as passionate kissing (lips-to-lips), pheromone sniffing or foreplay.
"The only expressions of affection allowed are: kissing on the cheek, holding hands and hugging or 'akbay.' I, Ardy Roberto, promise to take the lead in this purity pledge and protect you, Miriam Quiambao, and your testimony. So help us God! In Jesus' name."