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Emergency Requests

Know someone who needs assistance?
Please read new posts here,you may save a life.

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Do you wish to donate to a worthwhile Charity? You can make a difference to someone's life here.

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Members Greetings

Wish a Happy Birthday or a special greeting to members here.

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Weather Updates

Typhoon warnings

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Life as an Expat

Thinking of a new life in paradise? Perhaps you are thinking of living in Cebu? Ask other expats what they think of living in the Philippines.

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Two Dogs - last post by Lordblacknail

Living Costs

The cost of living varies in different areas. Some places are cheaper than others.Is it cheaper to be living in Cebu?
How are others living in the Philippines? What are the differences and why?

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Where Is The Disconnect?? F... - last post by Methersgate

Travel and Visa Information

Do you need a visa or a travel permit to stay in the Philippines? Find your answers here.

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Where to Stay

What type of accommodation is available in the Philippines?

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Where do you want to go and how do you want to get there?

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Places to Eat

Where are the best places to dine.Tell us your Philippines experience.

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Circa 1900 Cebu - last post by RBM

Drinking Bars

Where to find a bar for drinking and relaxation. The Philippines offers it all!

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Bars In Angeles - last post by Papa Carl

Language and Local Dialects

Do you need to know a few phrases before you get here? English and Filipino (based on the Tagalog dialect) are the two main languages spoken. What does Salamat mean?

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How does the culture difference of the Filipino people affect you?

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Just Who Has The Cultural Gap? - last post by I am bob

Building,Renting or Buying Real Estate

What are the laws and regulations on buying or leasing real estate in the Philippines? What can foreigners really own?

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Finding A Place To Live - last post by Geoff Thomas

Schools and Colleges in the Philippines

What are the best education facilities for your children?

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Health and Hospitals

Where do you go if don't feel well? What health insurance do you need? Who are the best health professionals to see in the Philippines? Which hospitals have the best facilities?

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Shipping Goods

How do you get your belongings to the Philippines? How much will it cost and how long will it take? What about custom's regulations?

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Where do I find ?

Looking for something in particular but can't find it? Ask expats living in the Philippines.

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Where To Live In Cebu City... - last post by Dave Hounddriver

Driving and the Philippines

What driver's licence do you need? How do you find out about vehicle registration's, insurances, or repairs?

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Military And Veterans

Information for Veteran affairs,Retired military general information,Pensions

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Emergency Expat Assistance

The Foreign Assistance Center may be able to help when an expats lands in trouble wit the law. Details in this forum.

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Foreign Assistance Center - last post by Jollygoodfellow

Safety and Security

Just how safe are the Philippines? Are there places foreigners shouldn't go?

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Crime In The Philippines - last post by Medic Mike

Laws and Regulations for Foreigners

What are your rights and responsibilities as a foreigner? Are the laws of this country different to your own? How do you stay out of trouble?

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Crime and the Expat- News

This forum is for information regarding major crimes that happen to Expats and tourist in the Philippines.Please note,some members do not like reading the negative posts of life or death for expats so DO NOT READ IF THIS IS YOU.

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Tragic Wasted Life - last post by lyno 47

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Business; the Philippines and you.

Thinking of starting a business? What are the risks? Ask questions here to make the right decision.

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End Of Sari Sari Stores? - last post by frosty (chris)

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Banking in the Philippines

How do you set up bank accounts and transfer money?

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Cheated????? - last post by I am bob

Sending or Exchanging Money

What is the best way to send money to the Philippines? Where can I get the best exchange rate?

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The Filipina

What cultural differences and issues can you expect? How do you build good relationships with Filipina women?

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Race? - last post by Americano

Getting Married-Annulment-Divorce

What you need to know to get married in the Philippines? Are there any social customs or legal requirements you need to know? What about when the relationship ends?

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Internet Dating

How safe is internet dating? Can you meet your dream partner online? The good, the bad, and the ugly!

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Philippines, Still The Firs... - last post by Thomas

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Cell Phones/Mobile Phones/Internet Service

What type of phone do you need? Which service providers are the best? What is load?

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Computers and Electronics

Which is the best for cheap phone calls from your computer? Voip, Magic jack?

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What Does This Mean?

Need to know what was said?Ask for translations here.

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No Good Answer.... Has This... - last post by Americano

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Want to discuss the latest news from the paper or TV?
Please post reported crimes against Expats in the Security and Laws for Foreigners forum.

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Grandpa Killed - last post by MikeB

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Join a Club

Looking for a Philippines Expat club to join? Where do expats meet?

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Expats Cagayan De Oro - last post by Thomas

Where have you been?

Have you been somewhere in the Philippines that we should know about?

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Just Back From Malapascua - last post by not so old china hand

Recommend a Philippines Hotel or Restaurant

Got something to cheer about? Which hotel is the best?

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Touring Negros - last post by RBM

A Funny Thing Happened

Has anything funny or strange happened to you while in the Philippines? Problems with the wak wak?

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Two Honest Filipinos - last post by Americano

Sports and Hobbies

Wanting to play bowls or a round of golf? Where are the best diving spots?

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Philippines Related Off Topics

Haven't found a forum to suit your topic? Note: This forum should be used for Philippines topics.

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Classified ads

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Housing and Land

This forum is for advertising members private housing sales and rentals located in the Philippines.

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Motor Vehicles

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Philippines Videos

Seen an interesting video,share it with us here. Only Philippines related videos allowed. No Pornographic videos allowed

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YouTube Anywhere

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Living in China and Taiwan information

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Southeast Asia

This forum covers all southeast Asia countries not listed in the above forums

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The World Events Forum

Want to have your say on what is happening anywhere outside of the Philippines?
This forum has been created to allow our members to have their say on anything that is not related to the Philippines. You may discuss most topics but no Political or religion topics allowed. Please read the rules of this forum.

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Clean Jokes

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