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  1. Naval, Biliran – The local police in the capital town in the Province of Biliran are conducting a thorough investigation over the alleged shooting to death of a Norwegian National inside their house about 10:25 in the evening last night Wednesday (Mar 31) in Sitio Kahukaw, Brgy. Villa Caneja here https://www.biliranisland.com/blogs/2021/04/01/norwegian-national-found-dead/ Other sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1413820/norwegian-national-found-dead-inside-house-in-biliran https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1890574/Tacloban/Local-News/Norwegian-63-found-dead-wit
  2. Here are some thoughs from me, I'm 49 and my filipina wife is 32. We have been married for 3,5 years and have 2 children already. One boy who is almost two years and a 3 month old baby girl. In addition I have two teenagers from my previous marriage. Its a busy life, especially for my wife who has maternity leave right now, but soon will have to go back to her work. My wife loves children, and often says to me she wants as many as possible, at least 5 or 6! She says it with a smile, in a humorous tone. But I know there is some truth in that. I love my wife very much, and seeing all th
  3. Yes, sad news, indeed. I have been there a few times, en route to/from my wife's home province. Dipolog seemed to be a quiet, nice place. I have good memories of the city and its people.. There are quiet a few expats living there, as far as I know..
  4. A couple of news articles with a bit more information: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/127410/american-found-dead-inside-deep-well-in-negros-occidental http://www.visayandailystar.com/2015/August/18/topstory1.htm
  5. Hi Huggybearman, We have been useing China Bank Philippines (not Bank of China) for some years. And we are happy with it. They have branches all over PI, and their coustomer service is ok. We have been transfering money to various banks in PI and from Norway. Swift transfers. No problems whatsoever. Their onlinebanking-service is simple but have all the necessary features. The downside is that the online standard transaction limit is 20,000 php, but only 25 php in transaction fee. (BDO has 100 php) You can withdraw max 60,000 php over the the counter. We find China Bank satisfactory
  6. hehe... Yes, I probably must. Guess I was naive about the barangay-elections in rural Mindanano. I was before in a local election board in a municipality i Norway. So much auditing. And it was secret indeed! In the barangay elections - at least in my wifes home province - its all about money, 100 %. As low as 20 pesos pr vote. And how do they know you voted "correct"? Utang na loob.
  7. I always pay some of the officals a visit when I'm with my wife in our barangay I think it important to socialize with them, and in this way show them respect and recognize their status. I never, ever discuss politicts with them. They are always happy when I come, and we drink a few beer and sing videoke. hmm... In a weak moment, I promised to sponsor my fatther-in-law's run for barangay councilor next year , 30.000 php. I'm afraid its all about vote-buying, and its against my principles. We'll see if my wife can get me out of this... I can blame it on the Tanduay.
  8. Even if it's painful for me to accept, you might be correct, Sir!
  9. Hi all, I have just come back from a long (4 week) vacation in the Philippines, together with my wife and son, my mother and her friend. The main purpose for the trip was to meet our family who lives in Mindanao, and attend my brother-in-laws' wedding in Basilisa, Dinagat Province We traveled extensively in western Mindanano (Zamboanga peninsula), Siqujor and Northern Mindanao, using all kinds of transportation: Plane, bus, jeepny, car, van, boats (from bankas to ferries), habal-habal and tricycle. It was fun and exciting, but also quite tiresome. Traveling with a 12 months old baby is
  10. Hi there, I'v been visiting Pagadian City many times, the last time now this Christmas. My wife is from a place near by (Diplahan), as she have family in Pagadian. My impression is that there is quite a lot foreigners visiting the city from time to time, but only on short stay basis. I'm not familiar with foreigners living in Pagadian permanently. Some years ago, I was also contemplating on building a house in Pagadian and live there for longer periods. But after serious considerations, we abandoned the idea. Its to risky. Kidnap for Ransom Gangs are operating not far from the City,
  11. Dear Methersgate. Thank you for your interesting observations. During the period I have been chatting, courting, dating an eventually marrying my dear filipina, I have become more and more glad that I have been absent from Facebook. I' dont exist there. It has spared me for lots of annoyances and (jealousy) drama. Entering the dating field in the "filipina segment" is a strange experience. A kind of different realm, an unknown frontier, where the rules are so much different from what I'm used to. We will never understand. The women fight and compete and display their crab-mentality indeed
  12. Yes, there are indeed many similarities between settlers at the Western Frontier in America in the 1800s and Mindanao from 1930-1970. The grandparents of my wife was settlers in what is now called Zamboanga Sibugay Priovince.They where Christian filipinos coming in from Bohol. Together with some other familes they cleared land in the wide and fertile Sibugay walley, and established a agricultural society deep in the interior of Zamboanga Peninsula. This happened in the 1950's. The whole walley was at the time just a wast jungle and the land of the Subanon Tribe. Sadly for them, they lost
  13. I'm reading this thread with great interest, even if I have already found my filipina wife. Plenty of widsom and insights from experienced boardmembers are displayed here. I don't feel capable of giving the OP any advice in this matter. I have only had one relationship wiht a filipina, and she is now my wife. But I have noticed from my travels in RP that girls from the smaller provincial cities seems to me more shy and less "outgoing" than girls in tjhe bigger cities, let's say Cebu or Manila. And also maybe more conservative and "old fashioned"? Whether this in a decisive success-criteri
  14. You could just book a room at Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino. Its just a short walk from the airport terminal. I have stayed there a couple of times: http://tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298461-d577834-Reviews-Waterfront_Airport_Hotel_and_Casino-Lapu_Lapu_Mactan_Island_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html
  15. Thanks Brett. Yes, I'm wery well aware of the safety situation on the Zamboanga Peninsula. I have travelled through all the provinces several times, and also down to Zamboanga City. I have never felt insecure, but always held a low profile, and never annocunce in advance to strangers about our travel schedules. In March 2012 we had a big garden wedding at a resort in the municipality of Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur province, about 45 min drive from Pagadian City. The resort is owned by the strong man in the province, governor Antonio Cerilles. I think it was safe there. Nobody dears to at
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