Michael Flannagan wrote in response to this post:
Yes, I donâ€™t think people really understand or appreciate Filipinos. I think they are the most wonderful people in the world. I have also been around a bit and I have meet many people from many lands but Filipinios are the most loving and genuine people Iâ€™ve ever met. Now on to why I write.
Iâ€™m trying to find out info about immigrating to the Philippines. If you know anything of value I would appreciate it if you could share it with me.
I met a Filipino girl on the web. We had talked for several years. Over this period of time weâ€™ve been friends and Iâ€™ve come to love her very much. Sex has not been part of our conversations. Our conversations have been very creative. Iâ€™m an artist and Iâ€™m very Taoist. I love her way of thinking and we connect. I want to be with her. Iâ€™ve told her that I will do what I can to be with her. I will even marry her and live on the opposite side of the world till we can be together. Brining her here to the USA is something we would like but we have also talked about me going there. She likes the idea of staying where she is too. I know, I would love the Philippines, itâ€™s beautiful. However, more than that, I love where the people are coming from. I feel almost like Iâ€™ve been living in the wrong country all my life. I love the simplicity of life there. I love the timelessness of her character. I love so much about this girl and the people in her life. I would like to open a business there too. I am even considering the possibility of teaching there. We both would like to create more jobs there and much more.
Whatever you can share would be appreciated.
Hi Michael. Thanks for your kind words about my country and our people. “I feel that I’ve been living in the wrong country all my life” is the nicest-sounding phrase I’ve heard in a long time, even though patriotic Americans would probably snicker at you for saying that. It is gratifying to know that there are quite a number of you who hold the Philippines in high esteem. Indeed, I think the one thing that has held back our progress are the incriminating, mostly exaggerated reports relayed by the media in the West. This in turn has brought about the negative perception in the minds of most people abroad about the Philippines. Of course this is notwithstanding the fact that there are Filipinos who say bad things about their countrymen and their land of birth. Having stayed in the Philippines for most of my life, I am still trying to figure out the puzzle of why I seem to be so rooted to my homeland. I am still trying to put some sense to my head on whether am making the right decision to stay here when everybody else is flying out.
Hopefully, your determination and motivation will make you decide to finally make the big move here. It’s good that your special someone likes the idea of staying where she is rather than go straight to the USA first-hand. That way you will have a deeper understanding of the Filipino culture and way of life and better understand your loved one in the process. You will have discovered the importance we put on things like religion and family connections. You will get to know that in most of the Philippine countryside, people laugh and smile a lot even if they have no pennies on their back. I did say the “countryside,” not in the cities where shadowy characters will probably milk you just for hailing your taxicab.
I salute you for your good intentions and I hope the following information will help you at the start:
Doing business in the Philippines – Department of Trade and Industry website
Retiring in the Philippines – Philippine Leisure & Retirement Authority website
Good luck for now!