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  1. But, but, but Jack old boy, in 1940 the Philippines was the "Commonwealth of the Philippines"! (Probably just another attempt by the Yank overseers to expropriate language from the Brits)
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    Remembrance day

    The Liberty Memorial at the U.S. National WWI Museum in Kansas City, MO, ready for the Centennial remembrance ceremony.
  3. Your asked what acts will get you kicked out. You’ve heard the biggies – unauthorized work and crimes. If you really want to see what will get you into legal trouble, it doesn’t hurt to understand the basic background of the immigration laws. But as everyone here will remind you, remember where you are! The judicial system here is, well, different. The Commonwealth of the Ph copied the US’ immigration rules in 1940, and although there have been some amendments, that is still the basic outline used today. Just like in the US, there is a different list of acts that can prevent a person from entering the country (grounds of exclusion) than the list that is used to KICK you out of the country (grounds of deportation). Exclusion grounds are very broad; it takes very little to be refused entry into the country. That is why we see news stories about people deported from the airport for basically just behaving like idiots. Deportation grounds are for people already admitted to the country, and are much more specific, covering such things as visa fraud, serious criminal convictions, drug convictions, prostitution, anarchists & visa violators. I don’t know where to find the law with amendments, but the basic grounds of deportation start on page 17 of this link: www.immigration.gov.ph/images/ImmigrationLaw/2017_Feb/1_CA613.pdf Fortunately for you and most of us, sometimes misspelling “Filipino” with two p’s in a row shouldn't get us deported.
  4. I have watched people try it at terminals 1 & 3. No luck for them - kept getting shooed away by the guards and police, and if a drive does talk to you, they get sometimes yelled at by the other drivers! And what JJReyes notes, the cabs in the departure area are just random taxis off the street, which raises concerns for some people. Choice of taxis really depends on your comfort level and pocketbook. If you want to cut the lines, but pay big bucks, take the 'coupon' (white/blue) taxis talked about above. For most people, the airport taxis (yellow) are a good compromise. Safe, controlled and metered, but the down side is the long line and cost about 50% more than the regular street taxis.
  5. Just like anything we read in the news, we have to consider the source of the 'facts' and then personally decide how much credibility we want to attach to the facts. The fun of living in an internet/social media world! Crime stats are reported from the lowest government levels, often by the people who have the strongest incentive to underreport crime to keep their jobs or to accommodate the bragging rights of local politicians. I'm not saying the numbers are wrong, but sometimes you have to wonder if some localities are more accurate then others . . .
  6. All correct answers here, but as GG says, " Your discussion will be with your airline at the time of ticket purchase as they are liable". If denied entry, the airline is fined and are responsible to remove the passenger from the country, so airlines often are very strict when looking at your documents before allowing you to travel. So... look at what the gate/counter agent might be looking at when you arrive for your flight. Most airlines I know of use the Timatic database to determine document requirements. (The quotes below come from the interface on the Skyteam website. Also available thru OneWorld.) For a one-way flight to Ph, this: Visa is not required for Philippines. Maximum stay of 30 days. Passengers not holding onward/return tickets or other acceptable evidence of onward/return travel may be refused entry. This does not apply to passengers with Balikbayan status, who are classed as former citizens of the Philippines, or passengers holding either a “Special non-immigrant Visa” or an ACR I-Card (alien certificate of registration) with permanent status issued by the Philippines, or passengers holding an APEC Business Travel Card endorsed "Valid for travel to the Philippines". Note that this does not explain how Balikbayan status can be used by a spouse. BUT- for a round-trip flight (with over 30-day stay), there is a better explanation: Visa is not required for passengers holding proof that they are former nationals of the Philippines (also referred to as "Balikbayan" status). Evidence of this can include a birth certificate issued by the Philippines, foreign naturalization papers showing former Filipino nationality, or a previous passport issued by the Philippines. Foreign passports showing place of birth as in the Philippines will not necessarily be accepted as proof. Maximum stay of 1 year. Passengers with "Balikbayan" status are required to hold a passport valid upon arrival. The visa exemption also applies to the children and spouse of the former national, provided they are travelling together with them. So, everybody is right. As long as you have an agent (or a supervisor) that can dig into this info, and you have all the required documents, you do not need a throwaway. And since you say you are flying PAL, I'd say you have no worries at all!
  7. Not too surprising. There was not much talk about it since the storm was never projected to hit the Philippines. Just enhance the southwest winds. It was only a tropical depression over Guam, then rapidly gained strength as it moved to the northwest.
  8. Royal Caribbean's website lists the excursions they offer at Subic. The top two are a visit to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (US$199) and a trip to Mt. Pinatubo/Puning hot springs (US$229). As JJ implies, cruise excursions are overpriced!
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    HIV diagnosis of a friend.

    It is always a wake up call when someone you know is diagnosed HIV+, but while the number of reported HIV cases is relatively low, PI has the fasted growth rate in the region. There were reports in the international news earlier this year of a new more dangerous strain' of the virus developing in Philippines, but WHO research says those reports were not accurate. A Phil Star article broke down the numbers by region, but the totals strike me as pretty low. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/14/1787616/hivaids-cases-philippines-continue-rise (The Philippine Star) - February 14, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The number of HIV/AIDS in the country continues to increase as the Department of Health (DOH) has documented a total of 11,103 cases in 2017, a report showed yesterday. This brings the total number of cases to 50,725 since the DOH started documenting infections in 1984. The figure included 5,080 AIDS cases and 2,466 deaths. Based on the DOH’s HIV/AIDS registry, 992 new cases of HIV/AIDS were recorded in the sentinel sites of the DOH nationwide in December 2017 alone. This means that there were 31 new cases every day last year, up from one case in 2008, four cases in 2010, nine in 2012, 17 in 2014 and 26 in 2016. Based on records, the 11,103 new infections seen in 2017 is higher than the 9,264 cases reported in 2016, 7,831 in 2015, 6,011 in 2014, 4,814 in 2013 and 3,338 in 2012. “Eighty four percent (42,360) of all the 50,725 diagnosed cases in the Philippines were reported from January 2012 to December 2017,” the DOH said. Data also showed that in terms of age, those infected were getting younger. Between 2001 and 2005, majority of cases came from the 35 to 49 age bracket but starting from 2006, the age proportion shifted to 25 to 34. The proportion of HIV cases in the 15 to 24 age group increased from 25 percent in 2006 to 2010 to 29 percent in 2011 to 2017. Most of the cases came from the National Capital Region at 351, followed by Calabarzon with 147 cases, Central Luzon with 106 cases, Central Visayas with 74 cases; Western Visayas with 66 cases and Davao Region with 41 cases
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    Ferry to MOA / Sea Residences

    The ferry to Bataan, and the tour on the island, is very well executed. The ticketing method seems to change every year but hopefully that has become more consistent. I've taken groups there several times and am always amazed how well-organized the whole operation is compared to, well, ... almost everything else you deal with daily!
  11. That link still has good tour information, but the map is out of date. Korean (and Delta, AF & KLM) relocated to the new Terminal 2 in February. The transit desks in T2 are on either side before you enter immigration, and just outside customs by exterior door #3. Remember you have to exit immigration for the tours, so a visa is necessary for filipinos. I have never taken one of these tours, but they look like a great deal!
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    Long Flights

    Unfortunately, I am still doing too many of these Asia (ICN, MNL or HKG) trips to the US each year. Longest flights legs between 13 to 15 1/2 hours. Good if you like watching movies, but getting tougher to tolerate as I rapidly age! A lot of the discomfort depends on your aircraft seat product and the environmental settings, but it is always good to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are a few tips I have discovered and learned from others along the way: Compression socks. A small protection against DVT and lower leg swelling. Also, don’t fall asleep with your legs crossed unless you want a very swollen knee! I learned that the hard way..... Bring backup entertainment. Book, videos, puzzles, etc. Most planes have AVOD (audio video on demand) and a good selection of movies and shows, but sometimes technology fails. And if you decide to fly PAL from the west coast, they sometimes sub in without any notice their old aircraft without any AVOD in coach. Bring your own ear buds or headphones that block out noise. Some prefer the over-the-ear headphones so their ear isn’t compressed when leaning or sleeping. Sit on your pillow? This tip has literally saved my a@@ on these flights! Some of us get a very sore tailbones sitting in an aircraft seat for hours. Very painful and makes the trip a nightmare until you finally just go completely numb. Place the pillow on the seat, but just forward a few inches so that a portion of your body weight is now being supported by your upper legs and not the back of your tush. Do it when you first board- don’t wait until you are hurting! Humidity. After 6-8 hours on some aircraft, especially when sleeping, the low humidity can dry out your mouth and nasal passages. Can be very uncomfortable and even lead to a nosebleed. Pouring a little water on a corner of the blanket and breathing through it will provide immediate relief. Longer relief by putting the damp cloth near your face when going back to sleep. Cheap Inflatable neck pillow. Sold at Walmart. Good for ‘head flop’, and takes up almost no room in your bag. Pack some emergency snacks in your carryon. Again, most airlines will have a snack basket set out in the galley for most of the flight, but you never know when you’ll be stuck in your seat or on a tarmac somewhere for hours. And sometimes the food is, well, airline food. Premium economy or exit row seats. Something to consider if not too pricey. Everyone I have talked to were amazed at how an extra 3-4 inches of legroom adds to their overall comfort. After you’ve ‘paid your dues’ in coach for a few years, and you just can’t bear the thought of another 12 hours without raising your feet, there is always business class! I see you are in Buffalo. If you search a bit, on some days China Eastern sells JFK-Shanghai-MNL in business for under $2300. Limited English, but great lie-flat seats! Good luck. The trip is definitely part of the adventure!
  13. The same happened to us last fall. We all expect minor schedule changes when booking in advance, but PAL also did the day switch for no reason we could see. Like you, switched back to the correct day, with same seats, and took the flight (CBU-MNL) a month later with no problems. Yes, dealing with PAL, especially on the phone, can sometimes be an adventure!
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    Citizenship or Not

    This is true. The actual phrase in that section of the US naturalization oath is: "... hereby declare on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;..." If a Filipino becomes a naturalized US Citizen, then wants to retain or reacquire their Ph citizenship, they then have to take this oath: "I _____________________, solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion." I've watched this process of reacquiring Ph citizenship many times, and I will admit the ethical implications of taking the second loyalty oath make me uneasy. But, it's not me saying it, and different people have different personal standards. I may not be fully understanding your statement, but it is really hard to lose US citizenship just by taking up citizenship in another country. Renouncing US citz is almost never required. The basic rule is that you are a citz of any country that says you are their citizen. About 1/2 of the world's countries say you lose citizenship if you take up citizenship in a different country. The US is in the other half-- you do not lose your US citizenship. Just like how you are required to renounce all other allegiances when you become a US citizen, it is that 'other' country's law that decides if you are still their citizen! So, any US Citizens, by birth or by naturalization, who take a citizenship oath in a different country that requires them to declare allegiance to that foreign country, rarely is this considered an "expatriating act" causing them to lose US citizenship. The difficulty on renouncing US citizenship has let to some historically interesting stories. The Warren Report detailed all of Lee Harvey Oswald's unsuccessful attempts to end his US citizenship. Others who could never get it legally right included chess champion Bobby Fischer, Grace Poe and Perfecto Yasay Jr.!
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    Citizenship or Not

    Both the US and Philippines recognize dual (even multiple) citizenships. Since 2003, if a Filipino becomes a naturalized US Citizen, they can retain their filipino citizenship by applying with the Ph consul with jurisdiction over where they live. Since your profile says Washington, here is the link to the DC embassy’s page on retaining Ph citizenship. http://www.philippinesusa.info/philippines-dc/consular-services-dc/faq-dc/#dual Retaining her Ph citizenship has absolutely no effect on her US citizenship.