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In search of a lost girlfriend I saw your article dated 2/7/2007 containing a list of Philippine private detectives.

Your warning in the article that you would not recommend any of them proved correct when I first hired the services of a Richard Alan O Alfonso of (also an AllExpert). After giving him initial funding he subsequently replied he had found the lady, personally gave her my e-mail address and took photos of her. When he would not provide the photos as proof he found her unless I sent final payment I suspected something wrong and then discovered many fraud reports about him on the web. So I gave Richard the flick.

Undaunted I next enlisted the services of Abegail Reyes of who found the lady in a very professional manner. So if in search of a Philippine private detective this agency definitely gets the thumbs up.

The lady confirmed Richard came no where near her. So which authority in the Philippines would I report Richard to?

no authority would give much attention to any complaint from overseas about such a private detective who often have links to the Philippine National Police or military. The best thing you can do is share your negative experience with others on a dozen of the most popular Philippine related forums and yahoogroups so others won't be ripped off like you were.  


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Bill and Lorna Collings


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.

Publications,, who asked me to apply with

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.

Past/Present Clients
3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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