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  1. For any of your friends who are thinking of taking your Filipino girlfriend abroad, please read the following and the attached letter that I have had to send via a lawyer. It all started when I heard that many Filipinos have been turned away from traveling on holiday by immigration particularly at Clark. So I decided to go with my partner to Manila, so she could get the certificate of attendance for the lecture specifaclly for Filipinos with Foreigner Partners or Spouses. This was to enable us to travel unimpeded. I had read the reports previously about Clark immigration not allowing girls to fly with their boyfriends and husbands on international flights, so I had planned to fly with my GF out of Manila.. but then, stupidly I listened to a friend of mine who told me “they can’t stop an eighteen year old from going on an overseas holiday - they have no legal rightâ€. Well he was dead wrong - yesterday they stopped my eighteen year old girlfriend from getting on the flight and no amount of arguing would make them change their minds! Expecting this might be a problem I booked my GF’s flight separate to mine and she went into the terminal alone. She checked in, paid the travel tax and the terminal fee and then when she got to immigration they immediately told her to go to the secondary inspection area. The red flag I assume was that she is an eighteen year old Filipina flying alone to Bangkok. They had her fill in a form about where she was traveling to and asked for her return ticket, which she also had only in her name. Her prepared story was that she was going to visit her older sister that was working at the front desk of a hotel in Thailand. She had the name of her sister and her address in Thailand, but that wasn’t enough - they told her she needed a letter from her sister stating she was staying with her and a copy of her sister’s passport. This was just horse shit of course and a requirement they made up on the spot knowing that she wouldn’t have it. I was already in the departures area and I was talking to my GF on the phone. I told her she needed to get angry at the immigration people and tell them it wasn’t a legal requirement to have this information, so they had no right to stop her from flying. She tried to argue with them, but they weren’t having any of it. Eventually they told my GF they were closing immigration and they told her to leave the terminal. I really couldn’t believe the fuckers would do this. I had a friend traveling with me and he bravely walked into the immigration area, grabbed my GF and said “come on, we’re goingâ€. They both started to walk into the departures area and the immigration staff didn’t know what to do. For a moment I really thought they were going to make it, but the only thing that stopped them both getting on the flight was the delay while their bags were screened at the x-ray. This gave the immigration boss a chance to approach the two of them and physically try to stop them from walking into the departures area. My friend ended up in a big argument with the immigration boss. He was asking him why she couldn’t fly and told him the requirements they were asking for were just made up. His only response was that it was a human trafficking issue. My friend then took a photo of the official and he went nuts over it demanding that it be deleted. My friend refused to delete the picture and the official then tried to stop him boarding the flight. It turned into a physical scuffle as several small Filipino men tried to stop my rather tall friend. Eventually my friend agreed to delete the photo and then they started demanding to see his passport - which of course he refused to hand over. That was then the end of the fight and my friend and I boarded while my GF was stuck behind in tears. Initially they held her passport, but eventually released it saying they had placed a restriction on it so in future she couldn’t travel. I was expecting to see my GF’s bag on the carousel when we got to BKK, but the airline had somehow pulled it from the aircraft before take off, which made me think that must have been done very early on, as there was no delay on the tarmac. Bottom line - if you have a GF under 25 and want to take her on an international flight with you.. don’t fly out of Clark. In any real country I’d report these fuckers for what they did, but what’s the point in the PI? I know nothing will be done about it. I’m just hoping now that they don’t try to blacklist my friend when he returns.. http://www.clarkphilippines.com/the-troubles-with-clark-airport
  2. This advertising slogan is for the birds. The local filipinos do not give a damn about tourists, all they want is their money. Foreigners have no rights in the Philippines, the local PNP will not do anything to assist a tourist. But guess what happens when a filipino moves to the USA? They get treated VERY WELL in the USA. Even in Thailand, the Thais hate the farangs, so do why foreigners keep flocking to SEA when we are not welcome nor wanted there?
  3. The first video is private, so can you elaborate more on what you know about what happened to David Graham? And, others like him?
  4. A point of view...copy and paste..since being back in the ph now for 6 months i am allready looking forward to visiting my dad back in the states for 3 months.I had a plan when i came back,call it the 9- 3 plan,9 months in ph 3 months back in the usa to spend time with my 80 year old dad then back to the ph.I am in the ph because i am retired and seen so much in the usa and want to experience other cultures and of course the woman,if not for the woman i wouldnt set foot back in this dump.You can Save your smart comments telling me to "leave and dont let the door hit you in the arse on the way out" as i really dont give a shit.The only place this place will save you money is rent and that will get you a rooster,karaoke machine,and the smell of burning charcoal and plastic somewhere close by so you will hear it or smell it.No city ordances here for no burning or quite time at 10 pm. I travel all over the islands and the place bores the shit out of me,i havnt seen anything that makes me say to others that they should visit this or that because its really kool.The state bird of the philippines is a platic bag stuck in a tree blowing in the wind.The koolest thing i did here was the year i lived in mindanao and i was mining gold in the creeks with the locals,its my hobby and passion that i was doing while living in California and i was lucky to hook up with some locals whom showed me the areas in mindanoa and let me store all my mining equipment at their nipa huts along the creek.Do a forumn search and you can read all about my mining experiences here in the philippines.I dont live in mindanoa no more because i got in a serious accident and there wasnt any hospitol care around within 200 miles.I ended up flying to manila and spending 12 days in the hospitol. For just an argument statement theres no Grand Canyon,San Francisco,L.A,New York,Yellowstone park,Glacier Park Montana,museums such as the great museums in Washinton D.C.I could go on and on but you get the drift,if not then you either havnt traveled the usa or any other country with lots of history and interesting culture. Maybe you seeing an old mold infested church in the philippines held together with wire and rope will excite you or a rice terrace or a chocalate mountain,even boracay is a dump and if you dont look down when you walk you may just step on a piece of glass.The offcials of boracay are now banning all glass containers from the beach area,haha,good luck enforcing that one. I will soon be traveling to vietnam just to see saigon now ho chi mihn city just because i grew up watching the vietnam war on tv and then spendig time in the military i am interested to see whats there and i have heard its not much to see but i want to and like to travel.And about the city i live in now,iloilo city,its a pollutted dump with nothing to see,guimaris island is a 14 php boat ride away and then there are a couple resorts there but again resort is the word the ph uses to advertise it but the proper language should read something like"come stay at a real trashy place with white sand beach with plastic growing in the dead coral and see the beautiful state bird waving in the trees as they sing to you as the wind blows and please leave your trash behind as the sea will automatically wash it out"
  5. Tuesday, November 27, 2012 I read the letter written by Arlene Perez del Socorro about an abusive foreigner. If Arlene did nothing wrong during that incident she wrote about, then the foreigner was wrong in giving the finger. But what about the abuse that foreigners face here? I have lived here for seven years now and have had my jewerly, money, tools lumber and even load out of my phone stolen by people who I trusted. I had a 35,000 yorkie poisoned, human waste thrown in my yard by people I don’t know. I like to go to local beaches. One time, I came back to my pickup and someone keyed it from one end to the other. Several weeks later, I was there with my family and someone let the air out of my tires. One of the greatest sports played on foreigners here is overpricing or cheating. This is because people think we are all rich and stupid. I have experienced this many times and found that the prices for many things here is 2 or 3 times more for me than for my wife. Whenever we make big purchases, I have to hide. My ex-neighbor, a Brit, was robbed four times by the same girl, but nobody did anything about it because she was underage. He also had the tires of his car slashed, and a brick thrown through its back window. One day, I was driving back from Argao and passed a black SUV doing about 20 kilometers an hour. The driver swerved into my lane and forced me off the road. I honked my horn, then he started chasing me down the highway going just inches off my bumper. I got behind a Ceres bus and the driver of the same SUV passed both of us on a blind curve with a truck coming. We had to slam on our brakes as he just missed the truck. Later on, I caught up with him when he was behind a jeepney. He passed the jeepney and forced an oncoming car off the road. What was funny was that he had a sticker that said “beware, children on board.†You will probably say that if i don’t like it here, why dont I go back to where I come from? I can’t, as everything I have is here. There were times when I wanted to give the finger when I was forced off the road by someone passing on blind curves or someone swerving in my lane to keep me from passing. In the end, I just mutter, stupid, and keep going.--Dan Nielsen
  6. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/sports/12/09/12/pacquiao%E2%80%99s-siblings-tears-after-bout
  7. http://philippinefailblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/paquiao-loses-fight-philippines-calls-national-day-of-mourning-wtf/ This blog is written by a native Filipino
  8. Pay attention to the smell, if it reeks, do not eat it. Do not ignore it like I did, you might catch Candidasis or oral thrush.
  9. Visiting America regularly in the last four years to help promote the Gawad Kalinga movement has made me understand more deeply the life of most Filipino-Americans. I had many assumptions that have dramatically changed, and a few that have been affirmed even more so. My first visits to the United States just over forty years ago were business-driven and ended in 1986 after the historic speech of Corazon Aquino before the US Congress. It took twenty years before I visited again, and I have been in a special journey of rediscovering Filipinos who have become Americans ever since. There was a census taken last year, 2010, and the results are not yet out. The speculation, though, is that there must be approximately four million Filipinos in America, mostly documented and now citizens of the United States or in the process of being so. They are not Overseas Filipino Workers, they are immigrants. They are not leaving the motherland temporarily, they are leaving it forever as Filipinos to become Filipino-Americans. They are like the daughters of a family who get married and then adopt the family name of their husbands, permanently out of the home where they were born and raised. The foreign language, the vastness of America, the lifestyle of the West and a developed economy confront new and budding Filipino-Americans and force them to make dramatic changes in their own lives and habits. Except for the few who did migrate to the United States as rich Filipinos, the rest have had to wrestle with the drastic changes of their new environment. While the trappings of an advanced economy must have dazzled the new Filipino-American, having to struggle to afford these must have rattled many of them. But as an ethnic group, after several decades and waves of migration, Filipino-Americans have arrived, have survived, and are thriving in their new country of opportunity. Filipino-Americans are full-fledged American citizens. When introducing themselves to the world, they are Americans and accorded all the rights and privileges of American citizens. When they need identification and travel documents, they go to American agencies; abroad, they go to American embassies. They may look brown, but they are Americans. There is actually no need to call themselves Filipino-Americans because they are Americans and not Filipinos. Even though they are of Filipino descent, they cannot identify themselves as Filipino citizens, only as American citizens. The rest is true of other American citizens as well, no matter what motherland they may have come from. They are all immigrants from somewhere (except the American Indians), mostly Europe a few centuries ago, and now from all over the rest of the world. They are Americans now, not British, not French, not Italians, not Germans, not Africans, not Polish, not Israelis, not Spanish, not Portuguese, not Mexican, not Vietnamese, not Chinese, not Filipinos. Moving across America, especially when I do so overland and driving for days making stops whenever the tired body needs to, I interact with many Americans from the gas stations to the groceries to the shops and restaurants. Most of them identify themselves as Americans, of course. Very few quickly say, I am “Afro-American, German-American, etc.†even though physical attributes may strongly indicate their original countries or regions. And, rightly so because they are Americans. This is a reality I have had to struggle with in my mind and in my heart, to accept that Filipinos are now Americans – as much as that white person whose ancestors came from Europe, as much as that black person whose ancestors came from Africa, as much as all the rest whose ancestors came from some part of the globe. I did not realize until so much later that I had assumptions that were not necessarily false, but definitely not true anymore. I believe that many Filipinos in the motherland have similar assumptions as the ones I had, and one day will have to learn the same lessons as I do today. What makes it difficult to realize that Filipinos in America are now Americans and not Filipinos is the fact that they keep identifying themselves as Filipinos by using the word “Filipino†in the term “Filipino-American.†By holding on to the word “Filipinoâ€, Filipino-Americans are regarded as more Filipino than American by Filipinos in the Philippines. Much more so by their own families or relatives. There may be some who more quickly say, “I am not Filipino, I am American,†but these do not yet reflect the mainstream sentiments and articulation of Filipinos who are now Americans. The term “Filipino-American†used to identify Filipinos who are now American citizens serve to keep deep bonds alive. No matter how substantial the changes have been in their lives, most Filipino-Americans retain traits that identify them as Filipinos, including language or regional dialect. These bonds make it difficult for many of us to realize the major shift of citizenship, of required obligations attached to that citizenship, of global identity. Since the use of the term “Filipino-American†is one by choice of those as only the term “American†is required by law, it might be time for Filipino-Americans to reflect on the reasons why they choose to identify themselves as such. By holding on to the word “Filipinoâ€, Filipino-Americans must realize that there are implications when doing so. The word “Filipino†is a term that is alive, representing a race and a motherland. If there is no strong attachment to one’s race and one’s motherland, there is no reason or benefit to continue identifying oneself as “Filipino†when one is already an American. The context of choice is that it has implications, and these implications affect the lives of those who make choices and many others. By calling themselves “Filipino-Americansâ€, Filipinos who are now Americans involve make a choice that keep them attached to the Filipino race and the Filipino motherland. In my next article, I would like to write about that choice, that attachment, and the implications they have on all who care about being Filipino. to be continued …
  10. What are your suggestions for the most affordable suburbs to live in Manila, granted Manila is dirty and congested and sprawling..I went to Las Pinas and I liked what I saw there.. Has Cherrygirl traveled extensively throughout Manila?
  11. Jesus Christ and his disciples were not Catholics or Protestants or Muslims or Jehovahs witness. They were not even Christians. They did not start Christianity or Catholicism or the JW faith either. They were Jewish. This story of the Resurrection and Jesus Christ and his disciples and the stories of the old Testament happened, what? 3,000 years ago? People today are worshipping something that supposedly happened 3,000 years ago? Man, talk about living in the past and being unable to move on!! I highly doubt that Jesus Christ or his disciples were thinking about civilsation 3,000 ahead of their own future! The events listed in the Bible were written for that time period and not 3,000 years later!
  12. When I was there last year, I took a trip from Taguig city to Las Pinas via car. When we arrived in Las Pinas, I did see a club by the side of the road with filipinas sitting outside. The question is, do girlie bars exist all over the Philippines? I mean, the one we drove by suddenly popped out of nowhere, It was unexpected. I have been to Goldenfields commercial complex in Bacolod, and so I was wondering if similar clubs exist in Iloilo or Cebu.
  13. When I was there last year, I took a trip from Taguig city to Las Pinas via car. When we arrived in Las Pinas, I did see a club by the side of the road with filipinas sitting outside. The question is, do girlie bars exist all over the Philippines? I mean, the one we drove by suddenly popped out of nowhere, It was unexpected. I have been to Goldenfields commercial complex in Bacolod, and so I was wondering if similar clubs exist in Iloilo or Cebu.
  14. http://youtu.be/W7QYvye95U4 Enjoy
  15. http://www.malaya.co...edmacasaet.html http://catholic-and-...nd-pajeros.html ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas. While growing up in a small subdivision in Quezon City, I kept wondering why the priests in our parish church, who always preached the joy of simple living and who extolled how “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven,†lived in luxury in a mansion that used to be owned by a former senator. They had maids and drivers, and waded in a big pool to get relief from the summer heat.I learned later that the priests belonged to the order of the Augustinian Recollect Fathers, or the Recoletos, owners of San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Claro M. Recto Avenue and of six other exclusive schools in the Philippines.The question kept recurring in my mind for many years, and instead of getting answers, a few more questions occasionally cropped up. Why is it that the Roman Catholic Church does not have a single school that offered free education to at least the very deserving of the poor? Why is it that all the schools that it operates are for the children of the wealthy, the only ones who can afford to pay the astronomical tuition fees and kind of lifestyle that such schools demand of their students?After graduating from the Manila Science High School in 1969, I was among the graduates who qualified for a scholarship at the Ateneo de Manila University on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. But the scholarship offered only free tuition, so when I was interviewed by the Dean of Admissions, I asked if they could give me a monthly stipend so I could buy the needed books and clothes that I needed to at least not feel insecure in the company of those filthy rich students. The dean said if they did that, it would set a precedent and all the other scholars would ask for a stipend. So, I went to the University of the Philippines and never regretted it.The reluctance of the Jesuit-owned school to offer a stipend to a few deserving scholars despite the millions that it earns every semester from its rich students strengthened my perception that the Roman Catholic Church that was supposed to serve the poor does not really care for the poor.The Church rakes in billions of pesos in contributions from its faithful, many of whom belong to the poorest sector of the population, but one can count in one’s fingers its projects that would benefit the poor directly. Where does it bring its billions?They have at least P18 billion in investments in some of the country’s biggest corporations, including the giant San Miguel Corporation, where eight of the top 100 stockholders are religious orders, aside from the billions more in real estate properties, and yet they still compete for meager funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that, under the law, should be appropriated for the needs of the poor, such as hospitalization, ambulances, medical equipment, etc.Such was the case with the recent expose by current PCSO officials that revealed that at least seven bishops were given a total of P6.9 million to purchase brand-new SUVs and vans during the term of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has mastered the art of giving away government funds to gain loyalty.One bishop, who was known to be very close to Arroyo, even asked the latter in a letter to give him a “brand new 4×4†as a birthday gift. He got a check for P1.7 million which he used to buy a brand-new Pajero, the preferred vehicle of traditional politicians. What a shame!The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) defended the “donations,†and maintained that their “conscience is clear.†Tell that to thousands of patients in dilapidated government hospitals, many of them forced to share a small cot or lie down on corridors while awaiting a hospital bed to be vacated. Tell that to residents of small barangays who have to bring their seriously ailing kin to distant government hospitals on board a tricycle for lack of ambulances. Tell that to relatives of poor patients in hospitals who have to go back and forth to the PCSO every day to get their meager medical assistance. Tell that to the poor family living under the bridge that can’t even get a cent from the PCSO to buy a decent meal.How can their conscience be clear when the bishops violated their own Statement on Gambling issued in 2005 that said: “…the CBCP has made it a collective policy:.. to refrain from soliciting or receiving funds from illegal and legal gambling so as not to promote a culture of gambling; and to encourage church personnel and church institutions to refrain from doing the same, even when the objective may be that of helping the poor�Why can’t the Roman Catholic Church, which is awash with billions in cash, get a few millions from its funds and buy these bishops the SUVs and vans if they think they really need them to “serve the spiritual needs of the poor� Why can the Church spend hundreds of millions of dollars to settle sexual abuse cases, and not have a few million pesos to buy these bishops the “needed†vehicles? Why is it that each time they need to build a church, they have to ask for donations from their parishioners and not get from their billions stashed in banks and various investments to do so? Why is it that each time they need to help typhoon victims, they have to ask for donations from the parishioners?Where does the Church bring the millions collected from parishes all over the country every Sunday? Where do the religious orders bring the millions collected in tuition fees in their exclusive schools? Where do they bring the millions earned from their stocks in some of the country’s largest corporations?Faced with these questions, I can’t understand where the bishops were coming from when they said their “conscience is clear†when confronted with the PCSO scandal. And my thoughts bring me back to those Recoletos fathers in that huge mansion in my youth.(valabelgas@aol.com)
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