I'm a half japanese and half filipino. my
father is japanese and my mom was a
filipina . I was born in japan.When i was in
seven, my parents decided to live here in
philippines permanently. My mother did not
process my papers like dual citizenship and
etc. and did not continue paying my taxes/
visa for staying here. Then my father died
when i was 11. Now I'm already 22 years
old. I want to go abroad, but were aware
that we have problems in immigration
because i am an alien here. what cAn i do?
Do i have to pursue my citizenship as a
japanese ? or can I switch to a filipino?
please i need your help. I dont know what to

FIRST whatever passport you used to come from Japan to Philippines when you were 7 years old needs to be validated and re-issued by Japan Embassy in Manila. You will likely need your birth certicate from Japan also. You might also need ALL DETAILS from your Japanese father as well. Once you have been issued a Japanese Passport then you can proceed to apply for Dual nationality which will require your Mother's birth certificate ( certified true copy from the municipality she was born ). We got our daughter a USA passport 3 weeks after she was born in Manila and at age 20 ( dual citizenship can be granted at 18 years old )applied for her Philippine passport at Consulate in Honolulu, HAWAII and it took only  a few weeks. To travel internationally you best use the Japan pasport; to avoid overstaying fees with Philippine immigration your Philippine passport and dual nationality status will free you from penalties. GOOD LUCK! and  


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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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