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         Hello my name in Milton Harvey from the United States(Chicago,IL)I leaving to go to the Philippines on November 30, 2015. This is my first time i have my passport,I met my finances when she came to Chicago three yr ago. I going to marry her in her country. Now what i need to know is that she ask me to come and live in her country with her. i am 62 yr and I  retired from  my job as a live in nurse, and I am a Vietnam veteran too. She own a store and a Internet shop, plus have a three bedroom house in Candoman Village in Mandaue city. Now I receive my Social Security for now which is ($800 an month) I will not receive my pension from my job until 2016. so let not talk about that, but I contact the Dept of veterans affairs in manila. i was informed that i will receive $800 for service connected.that a total of $1,600 monthly net income for me, my finances inform me to every month to have my money transfer into a bank for peso. well i don't know what the dollar values is in the Philippines from USD to peso. But i want to know can i live off $1,600 every month on that income and can i open my own business. but remember i will be living with her in the three bedroom house. i will help her with bills. but she explain to me no i don't have to but can i still live off that income for a man my age. please help me

Hello Milton,

I think you can live very comfortably in the Philippines with the kind of monthly income you have mentioned. Filipinas can be very devoted and loving wives and I don't think you will regret deciding to marry one. But you have to make that decision yourself. If you ever face any issue, I suggest you approach the US Embassy in Manila and they should be able to help you.

Hope this helps.


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I can answer questions regarding travel to the Philippines for both business and leisure. Anybody wanting to know the best beaches, archipelagos, coral reefs, dive sites, island resorts, including cheap flights etc. At the same time PLEASE DO NOT ask me about applying for a visa, immigration, customs formalities. Please note that I DO NOT have any experience or expertise in setting up a business in the Philippines or what are the procedures that one needs to follow if you want to get married to a local Filipino. I also DO NOT have any information about how to apply for a visa. For such questions it is best that you approach the local Philippine Embassy in your own country and enquire there.


I have travelled often to the country on business and when here for longer periods have never missed an opportunity to explore the country's hidden treasures - mostly the beaches and dive sites.

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