I have seen this behavior with Filipinos, however not in my wife’s family. She comes from what I would consider a middle class family, and there are a few members that are very wealthy, and others that are on the lower economic scale. Most are professionals, or work in middle/lower management for multi-corporations.
I’ve never had to come out of my pocket for these dinners or celebrations. Of course, my wife has made a dish or two, or we have pooled equal amounts of money with family at these events. At one dinner, I snuck to the cashier and paid the bill. I was admonished by my wi