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Dear Mr. & Mrs Collins

I found your  site doing research about the Philippines. I am a 64 year old US citizen currently living in Quito Ecuador. I have been traveling in South America for the last 3 years. In good health.


For an American living in the Philippine culture, how prevalent is price gouging? It is quite prevalent here in Ecuador depending on where.

Security- I understand that  this can be a problem for expats- have read of an ISIL  group now active in I believe islands in the far south- Security can also be a problem here in South America as well- I also understand the need to be cautious  wherever one is- in conjunction with this-

The Philippine attitude about Americans living in their culture- is there resentment ?

Finally- I would like to be able to live on somewhere between $800 and $1200 per month. My habits are to eat and drink in home, hobbies are computers, amateur radio, reading, some trekking and cycling- also like mountains doing some non technical climbing. I live a quiet low profile life.

I am reasonably well traveled in Latin cultures, lived in Mexico for 10 years prior to this trip but left there because of the internecine violence surrounding the war on drugs. I understand the absolute need to respect other cultural values when a guest or a non native in other countries.

Please feel free to use this question on your site but please post "Expat" rather than my given name.

Warmest Regards and many thanks for your kindness and interest

Carr McCormack III

Carr my wife and I are 61 and have lived here in semi-retirement since we were 30+. The Asian factor in the Philippines is much stronger then the Spanish influence so it's less violent especially toward foreigners. Filipinos love Americans and there are 3.4 million Filipino Americans who also help make the bond between the USA and Philippines closer. U$1000/ month is probably what 80% of the American retirees here are able to live well but simple lives. We have friends living in Cancun and various parts of Mexico for many year who we visited last year for my 60th birthday so we got a taste of Latin America driving 9000 km around southern Mexico and Guatemala. We very much feel that the Philippines is more easy going less dangerous and of course cheaper with lower cost of living. As you have lived many years overseas I think you will not have any of the cultural problems many Americans experience. Mabuhay ( To Life!) from Boracay!

Let us know if you plan to visit as we own and operate The Townhouse Hotel / Hostel Manila near all 4 airports with 5 private room rates from U$9 to U$23 and Casa Camilla Boracay Apartments with yearly rentals from U$3000 to U$5000/ year + utilities.  


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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.

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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.

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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