American Environmentalist Brandon Lee Shot in Ifugao Province, Luzon

Please note that this article is intended for educational purposes for any foreigner living, working, retiring or studying in the Philippines.  In particular, this incident underscores the dangers of involving oneself with environmental activism or being perceived as a political agitator within the Philippines.   Disturbing news coming out of Ifugao (ee-foo-GOW) province of Luzon with the August 6 shooting …

Why It Matters – Amor Propio, Hiya, Utang na Loob and Balat Sibuyas in the Philippines

The post was inspired by a random subscriber who basically stated that there is no sense in covering criminal acts here as they can happen anywhere and that there is ‘nothing to be learned and no insight to be gained.’  You can actually see the image of his comment in this post.  So, thanks, random anonymous commentor:  You inspired me! …

President Duterte Orders Sister Patricia Fox Deported from the Philippines

This article was originally written in April of 2018.  It’s September now, and I just thought I would update the story.  This saga of Sister Patrica Fox is apropos for any foreigner considering life in the Philippines as it shows some interesting insights into Filipino culture.   April 2018 A Catholic nun who has been in the Philippines for 27 …

American Nationals Nabbed for Drug Distribution – Cebu City, The Philipppines

DISCLAIMER:  Please keep in mind that the individuals noted below are INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY in a court of (Filipino) law.  What they were arrested for are ALLEGATIONS at this point.  This just occurred on June 1st, and the full story is not yet out.  Heck, even the identities of the foreigners have not yet been confirmed.    Well, after the …