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I want to retire with my Philippine spouse, we are gay, so our
union has no legal value there.  He has bought a house in Palocpoc, and I would like to get an SRRV and then lease the house from him the lease to run for my lifetime, even if I should outlive him.  
Can I do this?
And can I use any or all of the $20,000 SRRV deposit (I am well over 50) to pay to my spouse in exchange for a lifetime lease?

Lee of course you can sign a long term lease of any property you choose and need not be a permanent resident either, even if your immigration status is a tourist you can extend your 21 day visa issued upon arrival every 2 months from 16 to 24 months leave the country for a day come back and start the whole tourist extension process over again ( budget U$600 to U$700 / year for extension fees plus a cheap U$80 - U$200 return ticket to any of 6 or 8 popular destination in S.E. Asia or China). If you choose the SRRV that is fine and this status has already been proven to protect foreigners and their investments in the Philippines even against their own spouses, lovers,family and friends should such relationships turn sour and frictional.

You can NOT use the U$20,000 ( I thought it was U$25,000 for under retirement age foreigners and it's only U$10,000 for over 62 year old foriegners; a personal friend got an SRRV 3+ years ago and told me how easy and quick the processing is now that the SRRV have their own office across the street in Makati from PRA (Philippine Retirement Authority who they use to be a departmet of ). The two approve ways if using the required deposit is investment in a condo or golf / country club membership( both usually over priced so sort of useless.) That's why I'm still staying here after nearly 30 years on either a Balikbayan Visa when arriving with my Filipino passport holding wife and dual national daughter or a tourist visa. When applying for tourist visa extension you can save yourself a time and money by re-applying for 2 months once or twice so instead of needing to go 6 times a year you can cut it down to 2 or 3 times yearly. or "RAINBOW ROOMS"  at  


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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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