documents you should not fail to bring is a copy of the
birth certificate for every member of the family;
baptismal records; marriage certificate; divorce
decree(s); school transcripts and/ or report cards;
medical records and X-rays; electrocardiograms;
driver’s license; inventory of household items if
applicable; pet documents and several passport-size
photograph for each family member. When living in the
Philippines you will, or may, need all such documents.
for those who may plan to pay the City in a short,
limited time it is recommended you register self and
family at the Consular Office at Metro Manila upon
arriving of your country’s Embassy if you plan to stay
more than two weeks. This is not a requirement but it is
an effective means of locating individuals in times of
emergency. It also facilitates the issuance of a new
passport if yours is lost or stolen. You may call your
Consulate for its requirements.
a visitor or transient and even a foreigner who will
decide to reside permanently in the wonderful Orchids
sure that you remember these few things in establishing
rapport and relationship with the Filipinos, in this
case the Dipolognons.
Do allow a Filipino/Dipolognon a way
out of a situation so he can “save face”
embarrassment will result in “hiya” - loss of face.
Don’t employ the word ‘stupid’,
especially to a villager.
Don’t correct an employee in public;
When food is served, taste a little
even if you don’t like it. Leave some food on the
plate to show you’ve already had enough.
Have extra food on hand for unexpected
guests as invited guests may bring companions!
Try to understand ”Filipino time”
as there is no social sanction for lateness. “Bahala
Na” means, “what will be, will be”.
Great old folks present, as respect for
age is very important.
Don’t open a gift in public without
receiving permission from the giver.
Give food as a gift to the sick; do not
Befriend children – an easy way of
reaching their parents.
Do not be annoyed when people stare at
you; you are interesting to them.
If you desire to be quiet, go to a
silent area as with company suggests your dislikeness
for something or to someone.
Do remember to bring gifts or
“pasalubong” for your employees when returning home
from a trip.
are three alternatives for temporary housing:
“leave” homes, two-three star hotels and pension
“ homes are private homes sublet by their occupants
for a month or two while they are on home leave.
Locating a “leave” home is strictly by word-of
–mouth, and is usually difficult.
are number of pension house, inn or a hotel, whose
accommodation and services are best reflection of the
hospitality of a Filipino.
There are several of these establishments located
near where a family intends to live, work, or attend
school, proves most convenient.
provide an alternative from the atmosphere of our real
home. Not only are they less expensive, most having the following
conveniences: furnished room with television and kitchen
utensils, refrigerator, stove, air-conditioner, and
telephone. Almost all have swimming pools, and several
have washers and dryers for guests who prefer to do
their own laundry. Many have coffee shops on the
premises, as well.
for rents and facilities vary greatly, as do the
apartment sizes. It is important to ascertain whether
services and facilities are included in the rent or
whether they are an extra charge.
stay in the Philippines is one of the most memorable
experiences you will have in your life.
In your lifetime, be sure you can visit the
Philippines its natural beauty exceeds the undesirables.
addition, if you want to stay for the rest of your life,
you are most welcome!