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JJReyes last won the day on June 5 2020

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  1. Thanks for the info. My preliminary research is the NGO helping the Mangyan tribe is Pampamayanang Mangyan Ugnayan Inc. I recall as children we were never permitted to step outside without wearing either shoes or slippers because of parasitic worms.
  2. Thanks. I will hold on to the $600 for now and bring it with me to the Philippines. One previous observation is seeing barefoot street children or they are wearing well worn slippers. Perhaps it could be "new slippers for old slippers" with distribution either on my own initiative or in partnership with a local group. My role in the joint project would be buying the children's slippers or flip-flops rather than simply handing over the money to the group. Cebu or Samar might be a better location than Metro Manila. During the trip planned, we will probably fly to multiple destinations.
  3. My wife and I received on New Years Day our 2nd stimulus check through direct bank deposit. By agreement, we can each spend our $600 without consulting the other. My idea is give the money to a charitable organization(s) in the Philippines. Any ideas? Our 2021 plans include a trip to the Philippines after receiving our Covid-19 vaccination and the reduction of contradictory travel restrictions. No nose swabs or quarantine if this can be avoided. Part of domestic travel planning is to visit areas that have been developed for tourism during the past few years, assuming they have re-ope
  4. Check with Bruce, a former member of this forum. He flies frequently between his home in Hollywood, Florida to Samar where Bruce has a small charity. One of the forum moderators can give you his email. Bruce mentioned to me he has a ticket to the Philippines around November, but may cancel if quarantine requirements remain.
  5. Whenever I replace my laptop, the old one is mailed to Bruce's home address in Florida. The laptop is then included as part of his regular balikbayan box shipments to Catbalogan, Samar. If the pc or laptop is already in the Philippines, Bruce can provide you with a local mailing address in Samar. This was the arrangement for one of my donations
  6. Yes! Someone should start a reclamation drive. I believe the campaign to retrieve the Balangiga bells was organized by the Catholic Church. If you visit the churches and cathedrals in Spain, the altars are packed with silver and gold looted from their colonies, including Mexico and the Philippines. Maybe the Philippine Catholic Church should take the initiative by talking to their Spanish counterparts.
  7. During WW2, US submarines were ferrying ammunition to Corregidor Island before the fall of the Philippines. On the sub's return trip to Australia, they were loaded gold and silver from the national treasury. During one of the last trips, the sub included General Douglas McArthur and members of his family. My father had purchased large pieces of stones which were flat on one side and curved on the other side. This was for use as paving material for our Pasay City home. The stones were granite of a type not found in the Philippines. We later learned it came from a Spanish Galleon. I
  8. Sorry. I meant metal detectors.
  9. The security at the refinery is very interesting. There is a law requiring all gold mined in the Philippines to be sold to the Banko Sentrale. However, some of the independent small miners sell theirs to traders who smuggle it out of the country. The threat is not external because most refineries have excellent security. For example, the depository at Fort Knox is next to a fort housing and training tank and armored brigades. The worry is personnel. Workers are required to change to coveralls and safety shoes provided. At the end of a shift, showers are mandatory. The water drains i
  10. Thanks for the information. I am thinking of purchasing a gold piece for our granddaughter during our next Philippine visit. If there is time, perhaps add a necklace so she could wear it as jewelry.
  11. Does anyone know if the Philippines sells gold coins to the public as legal tender through the banking system? The Bangko Sentral has a gold refinery in Quezon City across the street from the Heart Center. This is also where they print currency. It is interesting to note that the Philippines is one of Asia's top gold producers. The Banko Sentral has approximately 196.4 tons stored in their vaults compared to Thailand, also a gold producer, with 152.4 tons. Although not a producer, Singapore has substantial reserves at 127.4 tons and this country likewise stores the precious metal for othe
  12. The remains were cremated so there is no DNA for German authorities to confirm his identity. How convenient. In the meantime, lots of money is missing.
  13. The Philippines is signatory to an international treaty designating beaches as public domain up to the high water mark. When a resort or individual property owner claims the beach to be private, what they mean is no access allowed through their private property. Security guards can be persuasive so I won't recommend exerting your rights. The recommendation is to visit the local barangay office and explain your need. They will help you find a place to pitch a tent. If challenged, inform the person that the barangay office had made the arrangement.
  14. The 13A is one route, provided the spouse still retains a Philippine passport (citizenship). Since I have a US passport, the requirement is to reapply for dual citizenship. This dual status is recognized under Philippine law, but not the US law. I would also have to pay taxes in both countries except in certain circumstances, the tax is reduced or eliminated due to tax treaties between the two countries.
  15. RobH's inquiry is about finding an alternative solution to his Balikbayan status without leaving the country before it expires (one year). There is a way to extend his stay up to a maximum of 36 months (3 years) total which therefore resolves his immediate problem. Perhaps RobH can post what happened after visiting the BI and what kind of status, visa, fees, etc. I am curious.
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