In the Philippines

Sin Tax Passes!

At the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the Republic Act 10351, Sin Tax Reform Bill 2012. The bill is expected to raise about 34 billion pesos (about $830 million) annually from higher tax receipts on tobacco and alcohol to pay for and […]

Philippines Real Estate – Is it Too Late?

It was in October, 2006, and I was on my way to our annual real estate franchise convention in Las Vegas via a planned itinerary stop in Denver for a short layover and plane swap. While browsing around in the airport bookstore, I came across a paperback book titled “Sell Now!: The End of the […]

[Video] Philippine Beaches

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I came upon a article today which led me to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and got me to thinking. I remember when I was in the Navy, and upon acceptance of my orders to Guam years ago, I was required to get my military shot card up to date (for […]

New Air Passenger Bill of Rights

Air passenger bill of rights to take effect Dec 21 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The government on Monday released the “Air Passenger Bill of Rights”, a measure which seeks to protect consumers from certain airline practices such as overbooking and “misleading” promo fares. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya  and Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo […]

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Typhoon Bopha – A State of Calamity

Saturday, December 8, 2012 MANILA — The National Government has placed the entire country under state of calamity following the devastation and hundreds of casualties left by Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha). Proclamation No. 522, which was signed by President Benigno Aquino III on Friday, declares a State of National Calamity which “will hasten the […]

[Video] Typhoon Bopha – Help!

Watch this video to see the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon “Bopha” (aka Typhoon “Pablo”) after it hit Mindanao and the Philippines last week. Thousands of people were left homeless with billions in crop damage and hundreds dead.  All ad revenue from this video will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross. You can also […]

OMG! – The Philippines?

As I evolve as a U.S. citizen into a full time pursuer of the easy life, I am occasionally asked by my friends (with a look of puzzlement and fear) “why the Philippines?” Even some people that know I am married to a Filipina still ask that question. Some people just can’t understand why I […]