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  1. 4 points
    You may be the only person who lived in Philippines without hearing about it. Dang it. Now EVERYBODY knows
  2. 3 points
    Has anyone heard about the treasure tgat has allegedly been left in the Philippines by the Japanese army ? Ive been trying to work out why there are some holes that have been dug on my plot , it would appear that individuals at some point have been convinced that the aforementioned treasure has been buried in rhem thar hills around mount apo ,its not just my plot either ,others have these strange holes I googled it all and theres an intetesting story and ledgend about a Japanese general call yamashita andva vast wealth of loot stolen from the countries that japan invaded duringWW2 Gf now wants me to buy a metal detector
  3. 3 points
    Always happy to be a part of today's whiners . . . er winners like you said
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  5. 2 points
    What's left of the treasure is in Luzon. I know where it is but I am waiting until I need some money to go get some more. Seriously, I had not read before about this real case involving the treasure. Very interesting! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamashita's_gold Rogelio Roxas lawsuit In March 1988, a Filipino treasure hunter named Rogelio Roxas filed a lawsuit in the state of Hawaii against the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos for theft and human rights abuses. Roxas claimed that in Baguio City in 1961 he met the son of a former member of the Japanese army who mapped for him the location of the legendary Yamashita Treasure. Roxas claimed a second man, who served as Yamashita's interpreter during the Second World War, told him of visiting an underground chamber there where stores of gold and silver were kept, and who told of a golden buddha kept at a convent located near the underground chambers. Roxas claimed that within the next few years he formed a group to search for the treasure, and obtained a permit for the purpose from a relative of Ferdinand, Judge Pio Marcos. In 1971, Roxas claimed, he and his group uncovered an enclosed chamber on state lands near Baguio City where he found bayonets, samurai swords, radios, and skeletal remains dressed in a Japanese military uniform. Also found in the chamber, Roxas claimed, were a 3-foot-high (0.91 m) golden-colored Buddha and numerous stacked crates which filled an area approximately 6 feet x 6 feet x 35 feet. He claimed he opened just one of the boxes, and found it packed with gold bullion. He said he took from the chamber the golden Buddha, which he estimated to weigh 1,000 kilograms, and one box with twenty-four gold bars, and hid them in his home. He claimed he resealed the chamber for safekeeping until he could arrange the removal of the remaining boxes, which he suspected were also filled with gold bars. Roxas said he sold seven of the gold bars from the opened box, and sought potential buyers for the golden Buddha. Two individuals representing prospective buyers examined and tested the metal in the Buddha, Roxas said, and reported it was made of solid, 20-carat gold. It was soon after this, Roxas claimed, that President Ferdinand Marcos learned of Roxas' discovery and ordered him arrested, beaten, and the Buddha and remaining gold seized. Roxas alleged that in retaliation to his vocal campaign to reclaim the Buddha and the remainder of the treasure taken from him, Ferdinand continued to have Roxas threatened, beaten and eventually incarcerated for over a year.[4] Following his release, Roxas put his claims against Marcos on hold until Ferdinand lost the presidency in 1986. But in 1988, Roxas and the Golden Budha Corporation, which now held the ownership rights to the treasure Roxas claims was stolen from him, filed suit against Ferdinand and wife Imelda in a Hawaiian state court seeking damages for the theft and the surrounding human rights abuses committed against Roxas. Roxas died on the eve of trial,[11] but prior to his death he gave the deposition testimony that would be later used in evidence. In 1996, the Roxas estate and the Golden Budha Corporation received what was then-largest judgment ever awarded in history, $22 billion which with interest increased to $40.5 billion.[12] In 1998, The Hawaii Supreme Court held that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's finding that Roxas found the treasure and that Marcos converted it. However, the court reversed the damage award, holding that the $22 billion award of damages for the chamber full of gold was too speculative, as there was no evidence of quantity or quality, and ordered a new hearing on the value of the golden Buddha and 17 bars of gold only.[4] After several more years of legal proceedings, the Golden Budha Corporation obtained a final judgment against Imelda Marcos to the extent of her interest in the Marcos estate in the principal amount of $13,275,848.37 and Roxas’ estate obtained a $6 million judgment on the claim for human right abuse.[13] This lawsuit ultimately concluded that Roxas found a treasure, and although the Hawaiian state court was not required to determine whether this particular treasure was the legendary Yamashita’s gold, the testimony relied upon by the court in reaching its conclusion pointed in that direction. Roxas was allegedly following a map from the son of a Japanese soldier; Roxas allegedly relied on tips provided from Yamashita’s interpreter; and Roxas allegedly found samurai swords and the skeletons of dead Japanese soldiers in the treasure chamber. All this led the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal to summarize the allegations leading to Roxas’ final judgment as follows: "The Yamashita Treasure was found by Roxas and stolen from Roxas by Marcos' men."[14]
  6. 2 points
    They said 7% inflation and I thought that was per year, but then I filled my small car with gas. It cost me 2,100 pesos. Just about exactly one year ago it was 1,200 pesos to fill it. So either the gas station attendant is dyslexic or this inflation number is 7% per MONTH. They do that with interest rates too. ONLY 3% interest (per month)
  7. 2 points
    Please keep the Ooops to a minimum. The Philippines is already overpopulated.
  8. 2 points
    The Look when you realise that the question you were asked about my/our thoughts and expectations here in the Philippines was asked by a JUDGE at a Fiesta Meal in Valencia Last Evening the guy that enlightened me just made me laugh out Loud All was well as she was in some agreement about our Treatment here sometimes, So much so I think we will go (invited) to her little Beach resort on Siquijor at some time next month as we say all's well that ends well BUT maybe, just a little reminder to make sure we know who we are talking to when asked questions and giving Honest replies? Jack Morning All
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  10. 2 points
    Exactly my Point and many of the Filipinos are on a damn sight less than us, As usual they are pandering to a class that never needed help, When will they give a 3% increase in their money to help support this laughable Inflation. Crime rates will rise as we were told is happening already in some areas, What will they do next " Feed them Cake " Never mind new Roads and luxurious Living for the Middle Classes , FEED your Population First, For me, end of because I am old enough to have seen this Happen in other places and can feel a revolt rising, over what, 100.000+ population and all they care about is the Big island and those with big money. I am not a Politically minded or posting person but I can see this ending in tears. Only now, as I write this my Wife is attending an Emergency Strategic meeting with reference to a further Electric Hike on our Island, Where will it end. ANARCHY I suspect. I often tell my Wife Please don't tell me where the Money has gone, tell me why it needed to go there. So, as I can see this turning into something we can't do anything about Jack Morning All Edit before posting My neighbours (4) have all lost their jobs this morning because the Foreigner who is building has halted the Job because of Massive rises in materials and Transport cost of delivery. This is the Start as I see it. Thank Goodness I am at an Age where I can term a good old British Saying " I'm alright Jack" ( coined by peter sellers in a film of the same title) But I certainly do worry for the Little people
  11. 1 point
    True but not always. I am thinking of the extreme cost of healthcare in the USA, much of which is spent in the final weeks or days of life. I think Filipinos are much more likely to accept the reality of death rather than spend exorbitant sums of money for a short extension to a pain filled existence.
  12. 1 point
    Seems odd because in the USA they always refer to it as "Asian Flu".
  13. 1 point
    I have given up looking for an Air BnB in the Philippines. The problem is the lack of logic when setting up prices. The owners throw out a number hopping someone would be willing to pay. It is the "rich kano" mentality. Another problem is the owners borrow photographs from a neighboring unit. You show up and it is nothing like the photos on the web. They won't give you a refund if you try to walk away.
  14. 1 point
    The flu vaccine is available to everyone, except you may have to pay more for the shot. Every year, we get ours from Walmart pharmacy where it is convenient and efficient.
  15. 1 point
    I never gave it another thought about different countries having different flu strains. I'm just going through all my vaccinations at the moment and I went to a PI doctor here in Australia, makes sense they know what diseases are relevant or not. The pneumonia shot is a must she told me and it is free for over 65 here in Oz so that is a must. I was also told some of the recommended vaccines aren't necessary because of my lifestyle. On the flipside, anyone coming over even for a holiday, see a practising PI practitioner before coming over, it is their country and they know what vaccines are relevant, could save you a bob or two, vaccines aren't cheap.
  16. 1 point
    I confess I've never considered the flu strain being different in the Philippines (although possible that is less of a problem in Australia because the distance is less and we often get asian flu strains). And if the flu vaccine is provided in the Philippines by the WHO is it even available to non residents, those on a tourist visa or even balikbayan privledge?
  17. 1 point
    Well as im just up the hill from you in Alambre ,perhaps we could come to a deal ,ive got a buddywho keeps sending me e-mails about millions that im owed
  18. 1 point
    Depends on location. Beach, golf course and things like that will be higher. Also you have probably 2 adults and 3 kids which ups the price. From now to maybe March prices increase. What most hosts do is use airbnb smart pricing where in the settings the host sets the lowest price they will accept and the highest. Then the system decides the price by demand, availability, how many are search in the area ETC.
  19. 1 point
    Being from Davao where the Japanese tunnels are, I have a friend who sold me a map very cheaply as he needed to pay for the care of his sick child. If you are willing to fund the dig, I will split the proceeds with you 60/40. By the way, my real name is Masinga Mbeki and I am a Prince of the First Cast of Nigeria.
  20. 1 point
    My wife, while we were residing in the Philippine, would be approached by strangers asking her to translate Japanese manuscripts into English. They were supposedly maps showing the location of Yamashita's treasure. Most were handwritten copies of copies done by individuals who were not familiar with calligraphy. They were impossible to read. Besides, written and spoken Japanese before WWII was very different. What was more intriguing for us were accounts in Japanese historical manuscripts about a Japanese settlement in Luzon for an Imperial prince. At the time, twins were considered a bad omen. So the second child was sent away into exile accompanied by retainers and household staff. There is a church alongside Laguna Bay that has wood panels with the imperial family logo. We thought it could be a possible location for the settlement because a large lake was part of the description. Experts from the University of the Philippines claim that skilled Japanese artisans were sometimes hired to build churches. They associated the idea of a Christian god with the god like status of the Imperial family. Thus, the reason for the use of the logo. Story goes that the Imperial prince died and was buried in the Philippines. Included with the burial were all kinds of treasure. The remaining retainers and household staff were permitted to return to Japan. Interesting footnote. British forces had invaded the Philippines which included troops from India. On their withdrawal, a unit was cut-off in a town east of Manila. The Indian soldiers were captured and imprisoned for several years before being released to the general population. Away from home with no chance of returning to India, the soldiers married locals. About 50 years ago, the town of Cainta was well known for "Sepoys" or Filipinos of Indian descent. The men were thin, tall with a prominent Adam's apple. (Nothing to do with Japanese treasures in the Philippines.)
  21. 1 point
    No point in me buying a detector then ,:-(
  22. 1 point
    If not, perhaps they will issue an IOU or Duly Notarized Promissory Note.
  23. 1 point
    I suppose they can come up with any number of reasons to justify this "coincidence" i.e. imported products costing more due to Peso weakness and fuel price increase etc etc - regardless, it does raise some flags. I still think back to last New Year where it was almost impossible to get hold of San Mig Light in my area - amazingly the supply issue resolved itself at the same time as the price increase came through - pure coincidence of course!
  24. 1 point
    I have to agree to an extent BUT Yesterday at our Monthly meeting the venue, Put up menu prices x 10 peso per Item BUT we noticed that only on Foods that are likely to be ordered by a Foreigner, All local type Dishes remain at the same price, now read into this what you like but for me, We are again being singled out. The Restaurant is a busy one and attended by many Locals and is quite a favorite among Foreigners as it is really the only "Chinese style" eatery in Dumaguete. Having said that, it is still Good value and I for one, will continue to give my/our Patronage
  25. 1 point
    YES - Read Below https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/09/1858523/ultra-lotto-658-jackpot-now-p1-billion Ultra lotto 6/58 jackpot now P1 billion Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) - October 9, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The betting craze continues for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)’s online lottery draw Ultra Lotto 6/58 after nobody won the top prize last Sunday, pushing the jackpot to more than P1 billion in tonight’s draw. There was no winner in Sunday night’s Ultra Lotto 6/58 draw with the winning number combination of 45-21-02-30-07-10 with a jackpot of P954,503,164. Some 273 bettors got five of the six-digit winning combination and won a consolation prize of P46,890. PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said that the P1-billion jackpot is open to anyone above 18 years old, whether Filipino or foreigner. “Even foreigners can win the jackpot prize if they bought a ticket as long as they are 18 years old and above, which is the age requirement, and as long the claimant has the winning ticket, he or she can take home the jackpot prize,” Balutan said in a statement. He revealed that there are reports that even foreigners in the country were buying tickets, hoping to win the jackpot. “Itong P1-billion jackpot prize ay napaka-historic sa PCSO, lahat, lalo na ‘yung mga tumataya eh excited, ‘di na mapakali, at gustung-gusto na talagang manalo. Whoever wins this prize will be the first-ever PCSO billionaire,” Balutan said. Balutan assured the public that everyone has a fair chance of winning since all lottery games are drawn by machine. The agency implements strict procedures when it comes to the draw, making sure that the money or bets are really there. “Whoever holds the winning ticket is the winner. So sign your winning lottery ticket immediately and take extra precautions. If you can take a photo and video of yourself with the winning ticket, do it. But don’t post it publicly for security reasons,” emphasized Balutan. “I hope many bettors win so the jackpot will be distributed… P1 billion is so big, dizzying, so then many would be happy and with the growing jackpot the sales are increasing… a very big help to our Charity Fund. Hope someone gets lucky,” said Balutan. So far, the biggest jackpot in the history of the PCSO was P741 million in the Grand Lotto 6/55, won by a Filipino-American who was on vacation here in the Philippines when he placed his bet at a lotto outlet in a duty-free shopping center in Olongapo City, Zambales on Nov. 29, 2010. “A day before the draw, this 60-year-old Filipino male residing in New York bought the ticket at Royal Duty Free Mall in Olongapo. He got the right combination of 11-16-42-47-31-37. He claimed his prize in December that year,” Balutan shared. The Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot was last won in February by two bettors who shared P331,971,464. “Remember to place your bets on or before the draw, which is every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Keep your ticket/s in a safe place. You might not win the entire six digits, but you have a prize if you get five or three digits of the winning combination correctly,” reminded Balutan. If by some stroke of luck, you really won the jackpot, the winner has to bring two valid identification cards. Show the winning ticket to the prize claim section of the Accounting and Budget Department of the PCSO. After the ticket has been validated, the Treasury department will issue a check indicating the amount won with the winner’s name. The winner can then go to the Landbank of the Philippines to encash the check or he/she can open a bank account for security purposes.
  26. 1 point
    Yes, Jack. My little Ooops is 11 years old now so no worry's.
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  28. 1 point
    Try this one Video link: https://video.foxnews.com/v/5847592824001/.
  29. 1 point
    Your experience shows how it's all relative Jim, 70 to you is a poor rate but to me it's OK
  30. 1 point
    Thanks HK for your feedback. In fact I appreciate everybody's help. with the places I have decided to visit next time I come over I think I'm going to have to spend more time there than I originally envisaged. Once once again thanks very much I appreciate it.
  31. 1 point
    Reminds of my time in Nigeria, bodies just stay on the street, and there's lots of them, until they almost pop, then they put tyres and burn them, if you touch them, it's your responsibility to Bury them, we had one outside our compound, it was eaten by dogs, and eventually crushed in to the tarmac by traffic, horrendous
  32. 1 point
    I think the way government's gain from inflation is as easy or as complicated as you want it to be - i take the easy way so as inflation bites, everything rises (salary/basic goods/luxury goods etc etc) thus tax revenues (personal/income/GST or sales or VAT) rise. Is it any more complicated than that?
  33. 1 point
    It's an open secret that sometimes the bus driver would purposely run his tires over the body again. My friends in Makati said that it's cheaper for the victim's funeral rather than providing compensation for long term medical treatment. As far as being a good samaritan......that's a hard decision to make. Ordinarily, because of our western culture, we render assistance immediately to save lives or prevent further injury. In other countries where western culture is not recognized or even frowned upon, we need to proceed with caution. Perhaps have someone videotape your actions. For example, not moving the victim with possible neck or spinal injury or you took extra precautions and proper procedures to move the victim away from a burning vehicle. But if someone is bleeding profusely or not breathing at all......hell yeah, I'd go in without hesitation. Take command of the situation and direct others to assist you (crowd control, calling EMS, CPR assistance, etc). I often times hear that life is cheap in the Philippines. The hell with the typical mob mentality. I'm going in to help. Respectfully Jake
  34. 1 point
    Ill take the chance
  35. 1 point
    I was watching a Filipino political comedian who commented that "we" (meaning Filipinos) all know a relative of a politician who has won the lottery but none of us know a regular person who has won it, and yet we regular citizens keep buying tickets knowing the big money is ending up in some politicians slush fund. (Obviously not a direct quote but he did the bit quite well and that was the point he got across).
  36. 1 point
    I dont think so but I might be wrong. Anyway just get someone else to buy or claim and then send some to me after you are sick of counting it.
  37. 1 point
    I totally understand and agree Mike. My husband's parents were both elementary school teachers, but for the most part were from a rather average but large family with many children . We've worked and continue to help with the quality of life for many immediate and some extended family members over time. There is a large circle of extended family now too, some who have improved their lot for themselves, and others who have not been so ambitious or fortunate etc. It is a tightrope and takes imagination to figure out how much to help and we really choose on a case to case basis. It's not that we have a problem helping-- it's our choice, and not backbreaking at all, but it is a balancing act at times. Choosing to marry into a poorer family, and also choosing to live near them can work out happily in many instances, but can be trying sometimes in other. A new phenomenon for us lately though. is the opposite. Some family members who have become more successful financially, (rich wannabees) don't want anything to do with the poorer side of the family. They see my husband and I as "rich" or "desirable" relatives, and are lately trying to glom on to us and aggressively invite us for many social occasions or" Facebook moments" I've always considered myself a rather humble person, and am much more comfortable and happy socializing with the poorer, more down to earth immediate members of our family. It can be tiring ducking these social climbers at times lately.
  38. 1 point
    The description of your husband's relatives mirrors that of most of my wife's family. I think what you describe is quite common for those of us who marry into a Filipino family and choose to live here. Often with that comes the burden of trying to help them financially while avoiding charges of favoritism or putting yourself and spouse into financial distress. A difficult tightrope to walk, seems that often you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. Just venting a bit, it can be frustrating at times.
  39. 1 point
    Being a former US Peace Corps I've had a lot of experience being in many similar homes of the low monthly scale. Things have changed for many, but also still many folks living in our town with much less numbers of amenities. Not a lot has changed for the better for many since then.This includes some of my husband's relatives to some extent. Many average/poor families here in Cebu province are still gathering wood and cooking over open wood fires for every meal. A majority do not have any refrigeration. One family might own one table fan, that they don't use that often due to power costs. One to two light sockets are available. In towns and barangays with a poor water infrastructure, many people still bathe from communal water stations (running water) in designated areas. some carry water or purchase water from private owned sources for their daily needs. Often you can see folks bathing from open water barrels along the road. Scooters are available to many due to easy credit, but without a steady income as for instance a habalhabal driver, those scooters often get repo'd Many homes, even the most humble are often rented and not privately owned. A small TV or radio/stereo might be a family's pride, although I observe that almost everyone appears to own a cell phone of some sort. Proper consistent nutrition is lacking for many adults, and children. (Although a roast pig does seem to materialize out of nowhere for a happy occasion at times.) As with many places in the world, it's location, location, location, when it comes to the value of living in certain areas, Even for the poor. Some of my husband's cousins could live a healthier more carefree life in better surroundings out in the province, but because the city offers more ways to earn income and educate their children, they choose to live in heavily populated areas in not always the safest and healthy of surroundings. We as foreigners oftentimes because of our circumstances might be be insulated from many stark realities of life here in the Philippines. It dismays be sometimes how slow the pace of growth and opportunities for the average Filipino is clearly evident. For every comfortable or well-off Filipino family here, there are scores of people that still lack so much in basic needs. I don't see much for change in the future either, sadly.
  40. 1 point
    The current standard in order to avail benefits is making at least 3 monthly payments in the 6 months preceding the hospitalization. Effective October 1, it is 9 payments in the preceding 12 months before hospitalization. They are warning the public to be caught up on their payments in order to meet the more stringent 9/12 requirement. There are some exceptions for new members and other situations. It was supposed to be effective Jan. 1 but was pushed to Oct. 1 to allow more time for adjustments.
  41. 0 points
    If anybody is familiar with a reference to Jerry Springer this is that kind of post. An alchoholic expat that I know has three children here between eight and two that have not obtained U.S citizenship. He is on Social Security but just now (Oct 2018) had to borrow money to fly home as a result of severe health complications. His wife is poorly educated, status seeking and has a collection of children with different last names besides the expat. Expat has no assets. Wife negative assets. Embassy and Social Security has minimum standards of proof regarding citizenship and spousal/child benefits. I’m researching now. Interesting subject. It seems tricky to obtain citizenship or future death benefits with unmotivated parents and dodgy documentation.
  42. 0 points
    The flu season in the Philippines probably does not coincide with the US flu season, and will definitly be a different strain so your US shot will not be effective in the Philippines and vis a versa.
  43. 0 points
    I'm like you in that I'm receiving my income in GBP - It was at 75'ish when I arrived in 2015 and it's been down as low as 60 about 18mths or so ago so 70'ish isn't too bad. And if Brexit can be tidied away we might see it pushing the 80 mark. So, Inflation isn't the main worry for me as much as exchange rates. Not often I say I wish i was American ... no offence guys!
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