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No more Brownouts in Guimaras?

No more Brownouts in Guimaras?

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“No more Brownouts in Guimaras?” Was some reporter over at the Panay News attempting to get their name entered into a “Tokhang” drop box? “Operation Tokhang” is the Philippine National Police's campaign against illegal drugs. (more…)
Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

Manggahan 2015:Mango Mascots and Muslim Folk Dancers

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I confess. I did have one bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen before I took the following picture.  It was so hot that the roosters were using oven mitts to pick up worms from the ground. I was hot and sweaty and sweltering in the mid-morning sun. Yes, dear reader, I quaffed another early beer but please note that this is a rare exception for me and one usually only practiced when our mango festival in Guimaras makes it's annual appearance. Of course, if certain Floridians are in town, I have been known to quench my thirst with an adult beverage at an earlier hour also. By the way, if anyone would care to share, what time do you personally think is a reasonable time to have your first beer? There's no right or wrong answer in my books, but I'm curious as to what time your "happy hour" mi
I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015

I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015

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Regular readers of Philippines Plus know that I excel at doing as little as possible. I've perfected my slothfulness to a fine art after almost six years of living in the Philippines.  But retirement in this archipelago comes with a price: notoriety. Thus, many of my stalwart subscribers, especially those that have visited or who reside in the PH, will not be surprised by the title of this post: "I'm Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015."  (more…)
I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

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Celebrity status in the Philippines is a phenomenon many foreigners will encounter in the archipelago. Some expats, like Tom Ramberg over in Gen San, is often the recipient of wolf whistles from appreciative Filipinas whenever he steps out in public.  I've been chased and screamed at by pretty pinays as I sat in the rear of a jeepney or tricycle in Guimaras, my island province home. Every time this event occurs I check my barn door to make sure it's closed. It always is so I can only assume that the young ladies were either stoned on shabu or flirtatious Filipinas from the local KTV bars. (more…)
American Expat Heads Back to the States

American Expat Heads Back to the States

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American expat, The Tom Cat, heads back to the States. Yes, my American amigo is going back to the land of the free and the home of the brave this coming October. Things won't be the same in Guimaras, his current stomping grounds, or in Iloilo, where my asawa and I presently reside.  The Tom Cat and The Kano (more…)

In the Philippines, Got Carabao Milk?

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Discovered an interesting booth in the Manggahan Agri-Trade Fair held in Guimaras in conjunction with their annual mango festival. It was early Sunday afternoon and I had left my asawa and her relatives behind at our home in "The Compound." Sent a text message to the "Tom Cat" earlier, my American expat friend, who has been living in the Philippines for the past two years,  to see if he could join me.  Tom lives in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, where my wife had a home built over a decade ago.  (more…)