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    More foreigners arriving Philippines amid global crisis

    More foreigners arriving in RP amid global crisis


    MANILA, Philippines - More foreigners arrived in the Philippines during the month of September amid the financial crunch that continues to rock the world markets, the immigration chief said Thursday.

    At the same time, Bureau of Immigration data showed that the number of foreigners arriving from January to end of September this year is higher by eight percent compared to figures during the same period in 2007.

    "The upsurge in foreign arrivals indicates that the Philippines is still an attractive tourism and investment destination amidst turmoil plaguing the world's financial markets," BI commissioner Marcelino Libanan said in a statement.

    Records show that a total of 384,948 foreigners arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports of entry last month compared to 356,760 in September last year.

    The BI chief also noted that fewer foreigners - a total of 421, 208 - left the country last month.
    Last year, the September figure for foreigners leaving was pegged at 471,638, a difference of 11 percent.

    Americans were on top of the list of the 4.3 million foreign visitors to the Philippines this year.

    About half of that figure - 2.041 million - were tourists while the rest were expatriates, businessmen and holders of other immigrant and non-immigrant visas such as investors and retirees.

    BI records show that 524,339 Americans arrived in the country this year, followed by the Koreans with 479,830 and the Japanese with 293, 965. - [b]GMANews.TV


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    I wonder if the TOT boss has viewed the Philippines tourists figures?

    More competitive exchange rates, all the nightlife things you can find here and more beautiful islands to visit.

    Strangely far more foreigner friendly regarding their rules and laws than LOS also.

    I can nominate at least 100 of my friends who work off shore and who are now bypassing Thailand (for their time off work) and heading straight for the flip flops in a more friendly and cost advantageous environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Strangely far more foreigner friendly regarding their rules and laws than LOS also.
    I think below says it all really on how much easier it is to live in the Philippines
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    About half of that figure - 2.041 million - were tourists while the rest were expatriates, businessmen and holders of other immigrant and non-immigrant visas such as investors and retirees.

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    Who counting at arrivals? Stevie Wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    About half of that figure - 2.041 million - were tourists while the rest were expatriates, businessmen and holders of other immigrant and non-immigrant visas such as investors and retirees. BI records show that 524,339 Americans arrived in the country this year, followed by the Koreans with 479,830 and the Japanese with 293, 965. - [b]GMANews.TV
    Lot of mongers in there also just like Thailand. The most reliable tourist is the sex tourist. Cant keep a good man down

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    Well, as far as I know the philippines are even worse than Thailand when it comes to corruption and violence, so each destination will have it's pros and cons I guess, as long as there's no change in any of the 2 they won't steal each other many tourists and expats.

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    There have been several changes in nightlife and visa regulations over the last few years which make Thailand less attractive. Add to that the rising costs in T and the falling Peso value in the Phils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plorf
    Well, as far as I know the philippines are even worse than Thailand when it comes to corruption and violence,
    How can you say that looking over the last few weeks in Thailand, beheadings and burnings of Monks in Southern Thailand, soldiers at war on the Cambodian border, people blowing themselves up in Bangkok.

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    ^ ok, so on those points the two countries are as bad as one another. So its cheaper there and theres plenty of easy women there, damn, even scampy got laid there and he has 6 month old fluff on his todger
    So the last major consideration is do they have any decent beer there?

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    20 years out of date but I stayed there a year and main downsides were ease with which they resort to violence (way, way above LoS) and absence of edible food...if anyone been there more recently can confirm both have improved, will be there for Xmas.

    May have posted this before, but a few years ago a friend's cab was stopped from the airport heading for Ermita, he was stripped to his underwear and left on the side of the road in shock and ego bruised but otherwise undamaged.

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    I've heard the new airport is finally open...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    ^ ok, so on those points the two countries are as bad as one another. So its cheaper there and theres plenty of easy women there, damn, even scampy got laid there and he has 6 month old fluff on his todger
    So the last major consideration is do they have any decent beer there?
    Tiger beer is from the Philipines.

    They do like a scrap, tooled up sometimes unlike the Thais. The women are well horny; like the way they speak Ingrish with that Spanish lilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeybloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    ^ ok, so on those points the two countries are as bad as one another. So its cheaper there and theres plenty of easy women there, damn, even scampy got laid there and he has 6 month old fluff on his todger
    So the last major consideration is do they have any decent beer there?
    Tiger beer is from the Philipines.

    They do like a scrap, tooled up sometimes unlike the Thais. The women are well horny; like the way they speak Ingrish with that Spanish lilt
    Tiger beer is from Singapore . . . You must mean San Miguel . . . a bit sweet, but not a bad drop.

    I have to go to the Philippines every couple of weeks and I'd put it on par with Thailand in terms of corruption, though violence is more possible there . . . every man and his dog has a gun - see my thread on pictures from abroad.

    Flippie food is the worst in Asia, though the seafood courts by the water are good value . . .

    The accent? Geez, how grating can an accent be . . .nothing lilting Spanish about it, I'm afraid, more like a really bad mixture of American and Yuck. But the advantage over Thailand is that very many people speak English.

    Manila is a dump.

    My business is on Mindanao, not a good place to be right now, and Manila but there are so very many beautiful islands and even more beautiful beaches . . .

    Between the two, TH and PI, I'd choose ....... neither, to live

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    Flippie food is the worst in Asia
    worse than khmer and Burmese? Ugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pai nai ma View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    Flippie food is the worst in Asia
    worse than khmer and Burmese? Ugh!

    I've not had Khmer, but Burmese food isn't half bad . . . Philippine 'cuisine' centres around Jollybee, a nasty fast-food knock-off, and loads and loads of pork . . . usually fried.

    Luckily our littlest one's nanny, who is a Filipina, was a vegetarian back home so she knows how to cook without using pork and fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    I've not had Khmer
    Much of it is the same as Thai, but they do have some 'unique' dishes that you wouldn't wish upon anyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Records show that a total of 384,948 foreigners arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The BI chief also noted that fewer foreigners - a total of 421, 208 - left the country last month.
    So they're minus 36,260 visitors. Is that something to boast about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    and loads and loads of pork . . . usually fried.
    Usually only the fatty parts like belly, I wonder what they do with the proper meat parts, feed it to the dogs to fatten them up?

    Oh, and lots of very small fish with lots of bones in em. As for chicken, the grilled heads and intestines seem to be regarded as the best parts.

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    Wot? No one here fancies Balut?

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post

    The accent? Geez, how grating can an accent be . . .nothing lilting Spanish about it, I'm afraid, more like a really bad mixture of American and Yuck. But the advantage over Thailand is that very many people speak English.
    I have dated a few girls from there. I always think girls voices from the Philippines are deep and big. That is the only way I can describe it. Almost manly and not feminine at all. And no, these are real women!
    Last edited by chitown; 10-10-2008 at 09:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiff
    Oh, and lots of very small fish with lots of bones in em. As for chicken, the grilled heads and intestines seem to be regarded as the best parts.
    And . . . balut . . .

    Speaking of intestines, a few guys went out to a mamat stall for lunch yesterday and the yellow curry with bamboo shoots looks really nice . . . big spoonful and there was a jelly-rubber like substance that looked like octopus tentacles . . . tirns out it was cow intestine . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    And . . . balut . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Wot? No one here fancies Balut?
    Snap, you beat me to it . . . as for ^ . . .


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    Had a Philippines girlfriend, she would cry every time we had sex.
    Had to dump her, used up too much tissue paper for my liking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelmate View Post
    Had a Philippines girlfriend, she would cry every time we had sex.
    Had to dump her, used up too much tissue paper for my liking.
    So, do you use any less tissue paper now that you're single....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteshiva View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Travelmate View Post
    Had a Philippines girlfriend, she would cry every time we had sex.
    Had to dump her, used up too much tissue paper for my liking.
    So, do you use any less tissue paper now that you're single....?
    Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    And . . . balut . . .
    Sheesh, that's not how you eat it! Crack it open (carefully so you won't lose the juice), sprinkle some salt on and work your way through.


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