As far as owning property is concerned, I can share only what I've heard. I do not live there yet. I understand that you can purchase a condominium. You may also buy a house but you cannot own the land. If you are married to a Filipina then they can own anything but it will be in their name. Be careful of relatives. There are several expats on this forum who have much more knowledge that I on this and every other subject. Good luck and please forgive any erroneous info I have given. Remember that this is all hearsay and not admissible for good reason. Check with the Philippine consulate for more accurate information. Good luck.