Philippines/Friend held hostage


My friend is on a visitor's visa to the Philippines. He suffered a stroke and has been in the hospital. He should be released by Monday, he told us that he can't leave the country until his hospital bill is paid. He is due to come back to the US February 25, 2013, he has no money as he only gets abut $800 a month Social Security. What can he do?

I really don't know what he can do except for the obvious, ESCAPE or do what most people do when they're broke, ask relatives or friends to send money, contact his embassy for help, and bring his hospital proof to show immigration upon departure to avoid late / overstay fees. If he tells the hospital he has NO MONEY then sooner or later they will release him because each and everyday he stays is costing them money.
One of our maids fell and hurt her elbow recently and the clinic was ready to put a cast on even though her arm was not broken because they thought her employer US would pay but when it was explained that this woman had just arrived and didn't even have baggage they released her immediately. A hospital is a BUSINESS so they it's only a pyche war between patient and hospital when he is allowed to leave.


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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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