Is Martial Law in the Philippines’ Future?

Communist guerrillas to step up offensives to resist martial law. POSTED BY: Retired in Samar (Philippine News Now), MAY 25, 2017 In seeking to resist martial law, the CPP/NPA may well be providing the pretext for Duterte to roll it out nationwide The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has today (Wednesday, May 24) called on […]

Bohol Becomes Terror Battleground

The Philippines Today Anyone with any interest with visiting or living in the Philippines is surely tuned into the risks to foreign visitors here. Recently, and although President Duterte has vowed to crush radical terrorism here, it seems that the terror threat may be actually growing. For the first time in many years, elements of terror […]

Permanent Residency in Philippines – Annual Reporting

The Annual Report Once again, it was time to report to our local BI office for my Annual Report requirement. As a “permanent resident” and an ACR-I Card holder (which states permanent), a holder of this status is required to physically report annually to their local BI office, during the first 8 weeks of the […]

The Awakening!

EYES WIDE OPEN I was abruptly awakened by the sound of drums, with an ever-increasing accompaniment of brass instruments. Before I knew it and within seconds, there was a 7 piece marching ensemble passing my bedroom window on their way down the street. Now I was sitting straight up in bed and I’m sure the […]

A Life’s Moment in the Philippines

Can It Get Any Worse? Just as sure as the day is long, there will always be some happening here in the Philippines that will become an affirmation – that you might be living in the country that “Ain’t Quite Right.” And whatever it is that happens, it will happen most times when you most […]

Foreigners are Jittery in the Philippines

Nervousness in the Air. I get asked the question all the time. Has President Duterte’s turn on America had a negative impact on retirement here. For the most part, no, it has not. Duterte, the strong-fisted ruler that came to power during the last national election in May of this year (2016), has made some […]

Duterte Confronts Obama

Taken from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Written by: Gil Cabacungan 03:02 PM September 9th, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte is going out of his way to clarify news media reports that he called United States President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” In a speech before hundreds of Filipino community members at the grand ballroom of the Shangri-La […]

Philippines Bureau of Immigration – Dress Code Requirements

Should You Dress Up For Your Bureau of Immigration (BI) Visit? Everybody has probably heard the horror stories of folks traveling all the way into Manila to the BI in Intramuros only to be sent home because of what they were wearing as inappropriate attire. Even recently, I have heard discussions about and read comments […]