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  1. OP probably got the (bad) info from another forum/board.
  2. Immigration is before customs, so I’m not sure why “some say” would until after he cleared immi to ask about a visa. Don’t wait on line to ask - just look for the office or ask one of BI ppl who are roaming around where the office is at. Most of my previous flights arrived late or in the wee hours too. The office is open 24/7 and the process likely to be faster during those hours. Dont worry about your luggage, it’ll be safe in case there is some delay at the BI office. For future visits take pesos out with you. Your allowed to take 10k out of the country. That way you’ll have cash for your next visit. For this visit order it thru your own bank in the USA. Sure, you’re gonna take a hit on the exchange rate, but you’ll still come out ahead of you factor in what you’ll save - the express fee alone will offset the difference. And your time plus taxi fare to/from a BI office.
  3. Congrats and welcome to the forum. Get you extension right at the airport. As you enter the immigration area ask for the officer of the day or where the BI office is at (been a while since I entered via MNL - office used to be to the right of the immigration counters/booths). Tell them you’d like a 59 day tourist visa extension and, if asked, that you’ll be traveling around a bit so not easy to get to a regular BI office. They will do a computer check right there and they will also collect the fee (no express fee so save about 500-750 pesos). The whole process only takes about 20 minutes and there’s no form to fill out. They may or may not require one or two 2x2 passport sized photos; best to have a couple of them with you. You’ll then be escorted directly to the front of the line and passed thru immigration. Note: you will need to have pesos to pay the fee. Last time I did it in Manila (about 2 years ago) it was 2,745 pesos. Best to bring a bit more and if possible to have some smaller bills to give them as close to the exact amount as possible. Keep he receipt they give you, you may be asked for it when you depart the Phils (I never was, but have heard of others being asked for it - no receipt then pay again, lol).
  4. Maybe you missed the part where the OP asked about opening an account using only a tourist stamp.
  5. As far as I know banks will ask for your ACR card and you can’t get one of them until your second visa renewal (in country for more then 59 days). Not saying it’s impossible to open an account without one, but highly unlikely.
  6. By now I’m sure you’re playing the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” game. Don’t bother, heed the advice already given, learn from it and consider yourself lucky you didn’t wind up in jail - either on a real or bogus charge. If you do want to follow up then take Dave’s advice, wait until you’re safely out of the country and then file a complaint with the Phil’s embassy / tourist board in the USA. But that might wind up getting you blacklisted for being complainer, racist or some other nonsensical reason (nonsensical to us anyhow). Pick your battles my friend, but remember - you might win a battle or three, but you’ll likely loose the war.
  7. Small generator?

    Another option - human powered generators! Or if you want to keep in shape AND do something with your SO: You can always use your new found power to call in an airstrike on your neighbor's karaoke too! (The last one is actually a WW1 era listening post for air craft, but me thinks it's cool looking -).
  8. Power Induced Sexual Misconduct

    Interesting how Matt Lauer grilled Bill O’Riley recently, then he gets canned for even worse behavior. Heard they and a few of the other media / Hollywood big wigs, who also got the boot for sexual misconduct, are going to get together and form their own network. They’re going to report exclusively on sex related topics and sexual harassment in the workplace. It was reported they are gong to name the network PNN (Perv News Network), lol 😂.
  9. Seasons Beatings

    And we’d likely not have a Bible, instead He’d spread the word via Wastebook, GanstaGram and YahwehTube.
  10. In The Dead Of Night Hail Mary Chanters

    When I was living in Guadalupe it was the same. I lived just off V. Rama and about 200 - 300 meters down from the church. Actually, for a few days prior, it seemed like any time there was a religious holiday there would be some type of procession in the wee hours. After the first night I’d just close my windows before going to bed and keep them closed until after the holiday.
  11. Back a week and its rice

    Accompanied with malt vinegar and a pint or three? 🍻
  12. Rabbits for eating.

    I don’t do WasteBook, but can you find Puddy Tats there too? Likely better success breeding them for stir fry dishes at your local sorry sorry / canderia!
  13. Affordable monthly hotel deals Cebu City

    What’s your budget? Check websites like Airbnb and Booking.com. Plenty of fully furnished condos / apartments to rent and a few hotels advertise there too. I’ve stayed at Strawberry Residences a few times, nice and good location as well as Kiwi Lodge (they have 2 or 3 two BR fully furnished rooms there as well as regular type hotel rooms), Tancor 1 (Mabolo) and recently in Winland Towers (older building). Can’t say anything really bad about any of them, each had their own pros and cons. Sesrch the site as others as well as me have posted info about longstay places.
  14. Cell Phone Question.

    Even if under contract to a US provider you can have your phone unlocked. Just need to call them and tell them you’ll be traveling internationally. It only takes a few minutes. As others have said, Smart offers the best service in and around metro Cebu City as well as most of the island and most of Bohol too (at least in the tourist areas). I think the best plan to use is their Mega 250. 30 days of unlimited texting to all networks, 180 minutes talk time to Smart, Sun and TNT and 100mb of data for 250 pesos. Simply buy a 300 peso load card (they don’t sell a 250 peso load card) load your phone (instructions are on the back of the load card) and then text MEGA250 to 2200. Keep in mind that most ppl here text and do not call each other. Mainly because the call quality usually isn’t good and often there’s a lot of background noise (roosters, load music, tRaPPik, etc). Very important - Be sure to turn off your cellular data when not using it. Every few minutes your phone pings the server, so even when not actively using data it is being consumed. Your load or any remaining balance will get eaten and the next time you load your phone the balance due (from “over use” of data) may get taken right away. For Internet you may want to consider picking up a pocket WiFi device here. I’d recommend one that can be used with any provider you want. Not one that is locked into a specific carrier - like a “Smart Bro Stick” (USB type device). Pricing for unli data (LTE) between the two majors - Smart and Globe - is similar. About 1,000 pesos for 30 days, 300 pesos for 7 days and 50 pesos for one day (SurfMax on both; throttled back daily to 2G/3G after 800 mb consumed). You can also use one of the SurfMax plans (SurfMaxPlus for Smart) on your iPhone at the same time as the Mega250 plan and use your phone as a hotspot as well. The only drawback is if you’re in an area where say Globe has better data service, then you can’t swap out SIM cards (well you can - but you’d have to have both regular cell and data loaded on both Sims if you want to text and use the net at the same time). And that can happen even within Cebu City. I was just renting a place near the Capital building. Both Smart and Globe had a good cell signal, but only Smart’s data service worked well. Likely due to their tower being only a few hundred meters away. And btw, you can get Sim and load cards at the airport when you arrive. But if your flight arrives in the wee hours the shops might be closed. You can also pay a little more (typically about 5 USD) and get a SIM card and possibly even a load card on eBay before you leave the USA. Just don’t install the Sim until you get here (while in the air a little before you land) as it won’t work US and may want to roam (unless set up you’ll be charged for it - whatever load is included on the Sim may get eaten). In any event - welcome to the forum and hope you have a good trip.
  15. Pinoy Neighborhood Question?

    Have you tried leaving a note on the black car? Something to the effect that parking is for residents only or there is no parking there. Ask your SO to write it in Bisaya. As to the jail van - The gov has no budget for repairs (or it’s used for Red Horse) and the jail is in Guadalupe. The inmates there do repairs in exchange for favors - mostly extra food rations.
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