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Expat and Foreigner Relationships in the Philippin...

Even though there are many Foreigners, or Expats in the Philippines, with the vastness of the Philippines plus the different lifestyles, there are times you hear of a person living here, but have never met. You walk through the malls and see a person that is not Filipino but many times all you get is a nod or a mumbled “how you doing.” There are many reasons a foreigner comes to the Philippines. It can be because of a...

Domestic Help in the Philippines

With our 2 oldest nieces in review school for their board exams in nursing and our youngest niece in 3rd year of nursing school, Elena decided to hire a maid or helper to assist her with taking care of the house. In America, if you need assistance with the house cleaning, most average families hire a cleaning lady or company to come once a week, or twice a month to take care of the heavy cleaning. These people come to your...

Kadayawan 2009 Disappointment

This year as the same last year, I did not have the energy to battle the heat and the crowds and go downtown for the Kadayawan Parades. On Saturday is the parade for the dance teams. These are teams that dress in native outfits and do native folk type dancing. On Sunday is the Parade of Floats. But, we guessed that they would do the same and have the floats on display at SM City Mall in Ecoland but we were disappointed. We...

It’s Kadayawan Festival Time Again

There are many festivals and fiestas in Davao. From the neighborhood or barangay to the larger citywide festivals. The biggest festival is the Kadayawan (Ka-da-ya-wan) Festival. This is the 24th year of this celebration. Officially it is runs from August 18 through the 24th but there are activities all week. Kadayawan history: KADAYAWAN is a festival of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest and tribute to its colorful tribes in...

The Legacy of Corazon Aquino

My Friend and fellow Blogger John Ray of Palawan Anecdotes sent me this article. He has written a few this past week about his beloved past President Corazon Aquino. I hope you will enjoy his words and sentiments about his country which he loves and cares about. These are John Rays words and  he asked me to post here for him. Being a guest in his country, I will not comment if I agree or disagree whith his feelings since it...

Road Trip to Agusan

  Last Wednesday the foreigner group I belong to, Friends of Mindanao, made a road trip to Agusan del Norte to visit the home of one of our members, Richard and Jesa. Their home is in Agusan which is about a 3 hour drive north of Davao. We arraigned for two private vans to accommodate the 20 members and their wives/girlfriends. We met at a local shopping mall parking lot, where our cars would be safe for the day, early...