The Alien Registration Program (ARP) from the BI, Bureau of Immigration, a new procedure issued from the high command, Commissioner Mison, was introduced back in September. It begs the question: “Do YOU have to register?” Of course, if you’re an illegal alien in the Philippines, much like illegals back in the States who are now called “undocumented immigrants” and have been given amnesty by President Obama, you probably don’t give a damn. You can skip this post.
Fixers in the Philippines are as common as ladyboy hookers at KTV bars. They’re probably in every corner, crack and crevice throughout all 7,107 islands of this archipelago (along with the ladyboys.) In the latest report released by Transparency International, the Philippines climbed to 85th place from 94th last year and 105th in 2012 in the Corruption Index. This is being touted as a remarkable improvement by an administration which has jailed three opposition senators while members of their own party accused of similar crimes go unpunished.
My asawa and I had received disturbing text messages one Friday afternoon from the adviser to our nephew Sharwin: he had been attacked at Santa Teresa H.S. on Guimaras Island. I was on my way to the high school the following Monday morning to find out why the pupil who had punched my nephew was not reprimanded.
Nephew Sharwin in the middle participating in field exercises at the high school
The 13a Permanent Resident Visa. In the opinion of Gary Wigle and myself, along with other American expats, this visa is the cheapest, most hassle-free visa a person who intends to retire and live in the Philippines can obtain. Of course, your spouse has to be Filipino in order to sponsor you for it, but once you have the 13a, living in the Philippines becomes that much easier.
The subject matter of this post deals with an older gentleman that my asawa and I met at Raymen Beach in Guimaras a few months ago. Let’s call him “Roy.” Roy is 75. His Filipina girlfriend, “Jill,” is 25. They’ve been together for the past several years and have a three-year-old son together.
After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook us up at SM City in Iloilo this past Monday, I wasn't thrilled about any having any more excitement the rest of the week. I wasn't disappointed. Even with over 1400 aftershocks being registered, 87 of those intense enough to be felt (Monday night were the last ones I noticed), I relished my usual dull routine of sitting behind this computer monitor, slurping my morning cup of "Good Day" 3-in-1 instant coffee, scratching my butt and reading the Philippine edition of Google News.
My last post dealt with a personal list of my "Top Ten Tips" on moving to the Philippines and advice on what to do once you arrive. I covered the first five points previously. Here's my take on the next five tips. Remember, if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to drop a comment.
Opinions? Everyone has one. Here's a list of my "Top Ten Tips" on moving to the Philippines and advice for when you arrive. Feel free to add your own gems of wisdom. It's always helpful to get other points of view because, despite my asawa's belief when we first got married that I knew just about everything, she has since found out differently. Here's my list:
Been in Manila close to a month by the time The Sainted Patient Wife and I return next Sunday to the white sandy beaches found in beautiful Guimaras, a rural province in Western Visayas in the Philippines where we reside at a place I affectionately refer to as "The Compound." I'm anxious to return home and just have one more visit to the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros, Manila, this coming Monday to pick up my new Alien Certificate Registration card which will reflect my newly acquired Permament Resident status in the Philippines that was implemented this past Friday during our third visit to the Immigration Office. (Photo from Flickr, it's not from Guimaras, but who cares?)