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Hello guys, I'm very happy that I find this site and it's pleasure to see all people here try to help each other. I would like to ask you for your experience and advice.

I marry a PHL girl about a year ago and I would like to relocate in Philippines this xmas. How does it work exactly to get a long term visa upon arrival? I been told I have to ask for the visa straight on the airport together with my wife . Do I need anything extra? I got documents from PHL embassy(in Prague) when we register our marriage, but thous are only copies and it doesn't look trustworthy to me. Maybe it's enough for them but I don't know.

I'm planning to stay in Manila, Makati. How to find the best(and cheap) rent, I mean I don't want to pay a lot of money only because I am a foreigner. Of course I don't want to use a tent LOL.

Do you have a community there in Manila. It would be nice to meet an other foreigners time to time.

Thank you a lot your help.

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Please find the attachment, your country is on number 36, kindly visit the website on top of it to know more on Philippine Immigration rules. I remember you can take 30 days visit even without visa.
Living in Makati is more expensive, though they say it is safe.
You can ask your wife if it is okay to stay say in Tagaytay, or Cavite or Pasig or any nearby towm of Manila.
Be aware some people take advantage, not all, there are still good Filipinos.

Have a enjoyable living in Philippines.

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Manila can be expensive to live in. Different parts of Cavite, i.e., Tagaytay, Badoor, Dasmarinas, and a few other places are OK to stay, especially if you can find a gated and secured subdivision to live in. Until you are established here, renting would be the best path to take. My wife and I live in Gen. Trias for 5 years.

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Well Dereck, thanks for the reply, however I would like to be more happy to see something like personal experience, especially from someone who married Filipino girl.

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Well Dereck, thanks for the reply, however I would like to be more happy to see something like personal experience, especially from someone who married Filipino girl.
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Josef, my wife is a Bisaya Filipina from Mindanao. We have been together almost 10 years, married for 7 years, and have lived together almost 6 years here in the Philippines. Most Filipinos are friendly enough but there are those who will take advantage of a foreigner. Every thief, every criminal, every bad person knows where every foreigner is. One just has to take all the precautions needed for security. One rule of thumb, never go out alone, always go with your wife. In all purchases, let your wife do the buying and haggling, even in riding in a taxi.

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Manila can be expensive to live in. Different parts of Cavite, i.e., Tagaytay, Badoor, Dasmarinas, and a few other places are OK to stay, especially if you can find a gated and secured subdivision to live in. Until you are established here, renting would be the best path to take. My wife and I live in Gen. Trias for 5 years.
And how about prices in Gen. Trias? I would like to rent a flat (or house) between 40-70 m big. I saw many different prices online which starting from 5K up to 100K a month. Of course who want to pay more then is necessary. I would like to rent something average, don't need a luxury.
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Josef, my wife is a Bisaya Filipina from Mindanao. We have been together almost 10 years, married for 7 years, and have lived together almost 6 years here in the Philippines. Most Filipinos are friendly enough but there are those who will take advantage of a foreigner. Every thief, every criminal, every bad person knows where every foreigner is. One just has to take all the precautions needed for security. One rule of thumb, never go out alone, always go with your wife. In all purchases, let your wife do the buying and haggling, even in riding in a taxi.
JimnNila143 yes I understand that. However with the taxi in Manila I have very bad experience when I travel together with my wife. I used to think that would be better to let her talk but it was a huge mistake and they always try to cheat us until I started to taking a control about. I learned that anywhere I go in Manila the price for taxi should not be more then 300 PHP. When my wife talk, they ask for 500-600 PHP.
Then I start to say that I am going to hire you if you take me this place for 200 PHP so they try to bargain with me but I got always my price 250 PHP. Sometime I had feeling that a white skin mean 100% increase of the price. I know and I expect that there will be many things I have to learn there, because their culture with ours is very different. Of course bad people are everywhere and I met there also very nice ones.
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And how about prices in Gen. Trias? I would like to rent a flat (or house) between 40-70 m big. I saw many different prices online which starting from 5K up to 100K a month. Of course who want to pay more then is necessary. I would like to rent something average, don't need a luxury.
Josef, prices to live here in General Trias are quite inexpensive. For an up and down, for example, you may pay 6,000 pesos a month. For a 1 bedroom, perhaps 3,000 pesos a month, for a 2-bedroom, perhaps 4,000 pesos a month. It really depends on what you want and where it is located. When a taxi driver sees me, they want double the amount but my wife is extremely frugal, she will haggle down the price and if it is not to her liking, she will get another taxi. This also happened in Manila. There are a number of foreigners living in Manila, but when you are looking for a place, you might consider a condo until you can find what you really want. Remember that during a bad typhoon, Manila floods and it can get bad. Also the air pollution is bad too.

You just have to look around and see what you can find.

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I am hoping that eventually, you and your wife can buy a place, a piece of land and build a house on it. One of our friends, whose fiancée is from the UK, is buying a piece of land in Dasmarinas, 64SQM, for 200,000 pesos. They plan to build a 2-story house. It will be a cement filled cinder block house on a cement slab.

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Thank you very much @JimnNila143 that's good to know all you wrote. I think that's good idea to buy s lot and 200K it's ok to spend for. Does your friend has an idea about the budget, how much it will cost to build such house?

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