Philippines/moving to iligan


dear bill i recently met a wonderful woman onlne and plan on traveling to the phillipines concern is having to leave after my extended visa is up.if i marry this woman i want to stay there.will my US citizenship be in a retiree are there any programs that allow americans a permanent stay. thank you for your time. and by the way you sem very happy congrats on your finding the right person. sincerely john

No Worries John, I left the States in 1977 and haven't spent a consecutaive 12 months there ever since and still retain my American passport / citizenship. There are over 100,000 foreign expatriate retirees here and many more who live seasonal lifestyles, 4 to 8 months in the Philippines and the rest at home or working overseas. Yes you can apply for SRRV immigration status in their office across the street from the PRA, Philippine Retirement Authority in Makati, Manila or you can extend your 21 day tourist visa every 2 months up to 12 to 24 months( budget U$600 / year ), leave the country overnight and start the whole extension process over again. Mabuhay ( To Life!)Philippines!!


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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.

Awards and Honors
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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