Yesterday was a sad day for the Philippines. At around 1:30pm, Philippine Time, a bomb went of in an upscale mall in Makati, Metro Manila. The powerful bomb exploded at Glorietta 2, a mall that Feyma and I have been to a number of times. Glorietta is probably our favorite mall to visit when we […]
Safety in the Philippines
When I moved to the Philippines in 2000, the biggest concern that my family and friends expressed to me was about the safety of living in the Philippines. Others who have made the move have told me that they experienced the same concern from their family and friends back home.
The truth is that safety is a concern these days no matter where in the world you may live. Whether it is in the USA, Europe or anywhere else, safety must be considered, and the Philippines is no different.
Read the articles in this archive to learn more about safety issues for those living in the Philippines.
One big problem in the Philippines is the number of scams that will be tried on you if you live here or are just visiting. There are a lot of scammers out there and you must be careful and always keep in mind that the person you are dealing with may be trying to scam you. For more information about Scams in the Philippines, read our archive about Philippine Scams.
Many foreigners who move to the Philippines (primarily Americans) are concerned about wanting to own a Gun for their own protection in the Philippines. Read about gun ownership in the Philippines in our archive about Guns.
Whenever the subject of travel to or residing in the Philippines comes into conversation, it’s inevitable that the topic will turn to safety, perhaps even focus there. So, what is it about safety that warrants so much attention? Well, the first thing that people say is terrorism, or crime. Are those a concern? Hey, I […]
How far does one go as a foreigner when it comes to personal security. I have a very special reason for starting this article, its simple It became abundantly clear during my last visit that security is one of the major considerations when living full time in the Philippines. I have to say in all […]
Over the past few days, and even before that, some folks reading this site have expressed concerns about the dangers of living in the Philippines. So many people worry about the rates of murder being high here. I always get e-mails saying – “I’m white, I stick out like a sore thumb. Surely I’ll be […]
Elections in the Philippines are less than a week away. But, elections here are probably different from where you live, at least if you live in any first world country. Why? Elections here often bring violence. Serious violence. Death. Killings. Kidnappings. Bad stuff! It’s true. Many of you probably know that I I travel a […]
Recently here in the Philippines, a United States Peace Corp Volunteer was murdered, her name was Julia Campbell. Julia Campbell, 40 years old, was from Fairfax, Virginia. Campbell had been teaching at an Albay College on the island of Luzon since September 2005. She was fluent in Tagalog. I saw her do an interview on […]