Monday, July 10, 2017

LONDON, England - The British Man with the Pinoy heart, Malcolm Conlan, recently posted on his Facebook account : Over the last couple of weeks, I seem to spend every spare moment of my day on FB replying to messages and FB posts over imaginary 'jobs' here in the UK. My eyes are becoming really strained.

There are no jobs here for anyone from the Philippines unless they are directly recruited from PH. So no NHS Trusts, shipping companies, airlines, etc. may recruit directly.

But words of warning, if you have to pay any fee whatsoever at ANY stage then it's fake.  If they really want you, THEY will be the ones to pay.

Oh well, I guess if I can save one Filipino from shelling out hard earned money bound for fake job agencies either in Africa or Eastern Europe, then this warning is worth it for sure. 

NB. Burkina Faso is not in London.







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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Davao, you now have a special place in my ❤️

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Davao for the first time. As most of you know, I am passionate about the Philippines and her people.

I also truly believe that the Philippines is is in very safe hands under the exceptional leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte. You see, I can see that the President is a humble man, a man of his word and a leader who only wants the very best for the Filipino people.

I decided some months ago, that I wanted to visit the home town of the President, Mayor Tatay Digong as he is fondly called. I had heard that Davao was very safe and a well resourced and progressive city.

I 100% agree. As soon as I arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport last Monday, I could see that I was in for a real treat. Everyone was warm and smiling. My cellphone battery had nearly run out and when I asked if I could charge it somewhere, I was greeted with a friendly smile and positive response, nothing was too much trouble.

My companion for the day was a friend who I had met last year in a Ffilipino event in London, Darling Baquiran and her wonderful family.

I was met at the airport by them and we were driven into town by their driver for the day. The first thing I picked up on was the absolute insistence by the driver to wear my safety belt.
To be honest, when I am in the UK, I would always wear my safety belt when in a vehicle without exception.

However, having been to the Philippines 50 times, combined with the fact that some cars don't even have safety belts fitted, I have come to accept the fact that I don't need to wear one 😄

Was I wrong, totally correctly, our driver wouldn't start the car until I had put it on. I asked him about this and he simply said that Tatay Digong taught us discipline when he was mayor.

This is just one of the many excellent safety initiatives I noticed. I only wish that safety belts would be compulsory in all vehicles in the Philippines.

I also noticed that the city was very clean and well managed. The traffic flow was moving well and I noticed that everyone seemed to have a purpose and not just sitting around getting bored.

In the afternoon, I was invited to an interview about my love of the Philippines by Sun Star Davao newspaper. On the journey we needed to check the address on my phone, I noticed that the internet was very good. Much better than in Manila in fact 😂

After being interviewed by the newspaper, I was given a Davao yearbook which I have yet to read, but gives me a bit more history of Davao and the President. Sadly I didn't get time to visit the emergency services, nor the house of the President. However, I did get to visit House of Hope at the Southern General Hospital. 






This is a accommodation facility at the hospital, where children can stay whilst they are having treatment for cancer. They have excellent facilities, however they rely on donations to look after the children and provide for them. I was able to make a donation and also pass on a Donation from a friend in London towards their work.

In fact, I had been invited to the House of Hope by Darling Baquiran and family. She personally arranged a small Jolibee party for all the patients and families. With the official Jolibee mascot. Darling's family also entertained the children through singing and dancing.


All the parents were very grateful. This personal act of kindness by Darling, who incidentally is from Davao went a long way to helping the children feel better and more positive. In fact Darling personally supports a number of causes in Davao and also feeds other children in feeding programs. Darling and family are really an inspiration.

I was able to attend the Araw Ng Dabaw last night and found once again, everyone was so friendly and welcoming, warm and happy.

Maraming Salamat po Davao, until next time.





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Saturday, April 29, 2017

A handy guide to visiting the Philippines for all my friends who have been asking me for updates on changes/updates since they last visited.

Written by Malcolm Conlan

(Blogger and 'Filipino at heart')

1. Booking flights

There are many international airlines that fly to the Philippines. The main hub and capital city is Manila, there are 2 international airports, Terminal 1 and 3. Check which terminal with your airline.

When it comes to booking flights, I usually check the fare first directly with the website of the respective airline, before approaching a travel agency. Sometimes, travel agents tend to charge fees for flight changes etc.

My next port of call would be to check on Lastminute.com.
This website often matches fares and airlines together to get you the best fare. This is something travel agencies don't usually do. You can often get a very good deal if you are flexible about waiting time between flights and even different airlines in each direction.

Another advantage with Lastminute.com , is this new insurance policy they are doing which means if you need to make last minute changes to flights or cancel, you can get 90% back of the ticket you bought refunded in the terms of a voucher which can be used on their website to purchase another flight.

My preferred airlines are via the Middle East, for me this breaks up the flying time. Usually 6 hours to the Middle East and then 8 hours to Manila. Normally there is a 2 hour stop mid way.

I tend to travel with Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, as I am writing this blog however I am travelling with Emirates Airlines.

Some people prefer to travel on a longer sector like to Hong Kong with Cathay then just a couple of hours to Manila. There are also direct flights, but personally I am not a fan

2. Booking hotels

When deciding which hotel to stay in, personally, I just go for clean and comfortable, combined with being inexpensive.

When I am looking for hotels, there are of course many international hotel chains, with some even charging £8 for just a glass of orange juice (something which I experienced first hand).

The bottom line is that if you want to stay in top hotels, you can, these are generally less expensive than staying in a Western country generally, however costs are actually rising in the Philippines, there are still excellent bargains to be had though.

You can sometimes stay in a 5 star hotel for as little as £70 a night out of season. Again, when looking for hotels, I tend to use Lastminute.com and Expedia. When I went home last week, I relied on booking.com for all my last minute hotel needs. The advantage is that you can reserve a room at Booking.com and pay in local currency on arrival.

This is good if you don't have a credit card to hand. Often you can book on the actual day and you will usually find something for around 2,000 pesos a night. Granted it won't be 5 star, but I did this on three occasions on my trip last week and all accommodation was clean and acceptable.

3. Changing/Bringing/Carrying spending money home

My best advice is to bring around £100 in your wallet to change at the airport. You should get quite a good rate. At least 5 pesos better per pound than if you exchange at any Foreign exchange outside the Philippines.

Then you want to open a Philippine bank account. You can get a local ATM card and remit money.

I would suggest getting a Global Filipino Money Card through Philippine National Bank. You can withdraw money back home with little fees if any. They just give you a card here and over time you can use this to save for you holiday. They give you a PIN number here. When you get home, just pop your card in the machine and withdraw away 😄

I would suggest that you need around 100,000 PHP a week if you are going to travel a bit, stay in a few hotels and go out on the town. Any less and you might struggle a bit.

If you are sending money to friends and family back home, I would personally always use MyRemit, a service of the Filipino Channel (TFC) they usually have the best rate and TFC subscribers get a discount.

4. Communications

As much as I don't want to promote any particular telecoms provider back home...

Globe Telecom is the best currently in terms of signal and cost effectiveness.

Bring an unlocked cell phone, iPhone is good as you can take all your photos, videos, as well as being able to browse the internet on Globe. It's the best phone in terms of social media ease of use.

I bought a 30 day 8 GB internet package. You can buy this at the airport on arrival. Simply hand over your phone to the Globe stand. They will do the whole thing, download Globe settings, add the voucher, SIM card etc.

The Internet package costs only 999 pesos currently for 8GB even if you are going home for a week, this is a million times better than roaming on your overseas calling package.

If you run out of phone calling credit whilst back home, go to any branch of 7 Eleven in the Philippines and you just ask for a 300 Globe load, 300 pesos will get you around 9 mins calling abroad.

You may also need to give your local number if you are catching internal flights etc or if you need to be contacted by friends back home, so a Globe number I believe is a must!

5. Safety

I have personally visited the Philippines over 50 times and I have never experienced any issues at all. I have travelled 24 hours a day by all forms of transportation, including jeepney, taxi, MRT, LRT, Bus, Tricycle and anything else you can think off.

General safety rules apply though, don't leave personal belongings unattended, don't flash your money around and if in a very congested area, just keep an eye on your wallet like you would do in any major city.

Saying that though, I repeat that in over 50 visits, I have personally not experienced any issues.

I would recommend travel insurance. I always get my travel cover through Insure and Go.

Also healthcare is a little expensive if you become sick and need medical help. I have become sick twice in 50 times, both down to exhausting schedule and eating too much wonderful foods.

I would keep an eye on your Embassy advisory or government travel alerts though too. Just to ensure you are aware of places that are not recommended for foreigners to visit.

6. Travelling around

Jeepney

I always ride a Jeepney when back home. The idea is that they squeeze as many people as is humanly possible into a jeepney, often tapping on the side to ensure that you end up almost sitting on the lap of your fellow traveller.

However if you treat it as an adventure and fun experience, you should be ok. Part way into your destination, you need to pay your fare. You simply give your peso note to the driver. I suggest if you give a 50, you should generally get change. You also pass the fare along from the next passenger to the driver. They then pass the change back to the passenger by also passing it along the other passengers. When you want to pay your fare to the driver, you would do this by saying 'bayad' then the destination you happen to be going to.

Tricycle

When I ride in a trycycle, I tend to ride alone, you can ride with other passengers, but to be honest it's better to get your own or at least with your family.

When I am going to my Barangay to the town, I usually give around 120 pesos, sometimes 150 depends on the time. If it's late I might give 150 and when from the Barangay to city, I may give 200. Depends on how you feel really and your conversation with the driver.

Taxis

Ok, when I'm Manila, my usual form of transport is catching a taxi.

There are several ways you can do this, most hotels now can you call you a 'Grab'. Grab is an App which lets you hire taxis or cars or bikes etc.

You generally pay a set fare. On booking a grab, the person booking you the grab would tell you the fare. So if you were going from Pasay to Cubao for example, your ride might cost 220 pesos. This will be generally a little more expensive than an Uber in light traffic, but in heavy traffic it's a much better option.

You can of course just hail a taxi, always ask for the meter to be switched on, sometimes they might say Meter plus 50, it's like a tip they ask for. I'm ok with that. I would much rather they say that, instead of quoting you a ridiculous fare which some still sadly do. Particularly in going to the airport. Just don't get in and call another taxi instead.

7. Departure Tax

There has been a suspension of departure tax on international flights at the time of writing this. There used to be a departure tax of some 550 pesos I believe at the airport. This is of great relief to many going home.

8. Language

The national language is Tagalog or Filipino. However the vast majority of Filipinos speak some English. Most you would encounter in the city speak good English. It does help to speak a few words in filipino though. You can buy an English/Tagalog dictionary through the National book store. You can of course buy some filipino movies too. 😄😄😄❤️❤️🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊

(This is just meant to be a fun, handy guide based on my recent visit back home to the Philippines, to encourage others who may wish to visit for the first time, or to those who haven't been back home in a while. I wish apologise for any inaccuracies which may be present).






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Monday, April 11, 2016

LONDON, England - There are only a handful of Filipino Dentists in the United Kingdom who have graduated and partly practiced their dentistry in the Philippines but are now included in the British Dentist Register.  In the past, dentists who studied overseas and hoped to practice had to take the International Qualifying Examination (IQE).  All that has been changed into the ORE (overseas registration examination).

One of the few Filipinos who managed to pass the ORE in the UK and make it to the British Dentist Register is Marilou Villaver-Denosta, DMD.  Marilou is originally from Cebu and prior to her moving to the UK, practiced as a dentist for almost 4 years.

Right after passing the board exam way 2001, Marilou volunteered as a community dentist in Mandaue City Health Department. Afterwards she joined Macrohon Orthodontic Centre for 2 years, and then moved to the Bernal Dental Clinic where she became the principal dentist.  Simultaneously she was also asked to become a Reliever Dentist for PAGCOR Mactan located in the Waterfront Hotel Mactan.







When she moved to the UK, she wasn't able to practice her dentistry immediately and could only do associate jobs in the Philippines during her vacations. After a long wait, she said she finally had the guts and money to take the exam to allow her to practice dentistry in the UK. She recently passed it last September 2015 and was registered two months later. She is currently looking for a Dental Foundation Training Post for her to work in the NHS.

Dr. Denosta says that basic dental education in the Philippines is on a par with other dental professionals abroad.  At the moment while waiting for her training post, she keeps herself busy revising for the MJDF (Member of the Joint Dental Fellowship) run by the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

She envisions that once she has successfully finish my vocational training, she plans to pursue a specialization in Cosmetic Dentistry and open her own Dental Surgery.

In her free time I do online revision courses to other ORE candidates so they too can pass the exam (these are candidates of different nationalities).

Marilou says, "It's about time that community of Filipino dentists should be acknowledged the Philippines is amongst one of the best producers of dentists in the world and most of those who find themselves abroad are just settled doing assistant/dental nurse jobs thinking that these qualifying exams are so impossible to pass. Actually, it is very doable!". 

Dr. Denosta continues, "I wasn't a practicing dentist for 10 years but I took the exam with no formal course in manikin (phantom head) and I passed it!"

She says there are a lot of Indian, Pakistani, Nepali dentists who pass because they help one another.  On the other hand, Filipinos hardly know any other Filipino dentists taking the exam until the exam day itself when they see each other at the testing site.

In the entire northwest of England Dr. Denosta seems to be the only Filipino dentist allowed to practice  She adds, "Imagine how many Filipinos are here who have a dental degree but would rather work as in other medical disciplines just to get by.  However, I am sure that they would rather work as a dentist if given the chance and encouragement.  I hope my story inspires other dentists to take the exam too so that there would be more Filipino dentists practicing in the United Kingdom".





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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Isn't it about time the Philippines achieves a NHS like in Britain?

Have been thinking this morning, how fortunate we are to have a National Health Service here in the United Kingdom. An NHS which offers treatment based on clinical need and not whether you are rich or poor.

In fact, even if you are a millionaire, you would be offered the same treatment as a person who is homeless and on benefits. We are so lucky not to have to base the decision on whether to have treatment or not on financial considerations. Whether or not you can afford to even stay in hospital or afford to see a doctor?

Now compare this to the Philippines, which incidentally has a first class, highly skilled workforce and professional healthcare system, however unlike the UK, its not free. I know this through personal experience, which I believe gives me the right to share my experience. A few years back, I became sick and was fortunate enough to have private medical insurance. I was transferred from a provincial hospital to Makati Med. I got fantastic treatment, however I had to pay a bill. Luckily this was covered by insurance, however it was still stressful having to sort out the insurance and see the bills mounting up. I do remember distinctly the wife of the guy in the next room, telling me, following her husband having suffered a heart attack, all their savings, business and properties had been wiped out to pay the costs.

Of course if you were lucky enough to have been born into a wealthy family or political family, you would end up also in Makati Med ot probably more likely St Luke's. However the difference is, your bills would be covered. In fact even if you were a prisoner awaiting trial, you might still be housed in St Luke's free of all costs.

Just wondering how nurses from the Philippines feel here, when they know they can offer advice or support to their patients here, knowing they can have access to the best healthcare without having to ask the patient to pay for it. I expect it must be much better.

You see right now, I have my own situation and experience to draw from, my own worries... So once again, we are so fortunate to have a free NHS, long may it continue.

Hoping and praying also that just one day, the Philippines and Filipino people could achieve a NHS of their own, so that scenes like that in the photo would be a thing of the past.

After all, we owe the Filipino people that much after relying on their skills for so many years abroad.


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‪#‎FilipinoNurses‬




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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Sir,

I am writing to as a massive life long and devoted fan of Miss Saigon. I have seen Miss Saigon over 60 times including attending the opening night in London, the UK tour, on Broadway, the 10th anniversary at Drury Lane, the closing night at Drury Lane and of course the recently held 25th Gala performance.

I am also a big fan and supporter of the Philippines and Filipino people. I believe that the Philippines and Filipino people are incredibly talented and have so much to offer on the world stage.

I first watched Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane shortly after the opening when Lea Salonga was playing Kim with Monique Wilson. I am so glad that out of all those who auditioned you chose two Filipinas to play the lead roles.

Not only that, as you know many of the original cast were Pinoy. Including of course Pinky Amador, Cocoy Laurel, Robert and Isay Alvarez Sena and of course the late, great Junix Inocian who took over as the first ever Asian lead Engineer at Drury Lane and developed the role as we know it today. May he rest in peace.

As you are no doubt aware, many of the original Filipino cast decided to settle in London, some cast members ended up marrying and of course having their own families, so of course generations of Filipinos were in some way established thanks to Miss Saigon and your support and vision in believing in them, such is its legacy.

Of course with Jon Jon doing an incredible job playing the Engineer at the Prince Edward who was of course in the original production some 25 years ago as well as your most recent casting of the incredibly talented Eva Noblezada as Kim, the legacy continues. They will go on to Broadway of course as the magic continues there. Both Eva and of course Rachelle Ann Go, who both will be in Les Miserables both here and in Manila respectively.

So I just wanted to personally thank you for supporting the incredible talents of the Filipino cast of Miss Saigon, many of whom I have become friends with, thanks to the advent of social media and Facebook.

My own life has in some way been influenced and shaped through Miss Saigon. In fact when I first watched the show, I didn't even know where the Philippines was until I became a fan of Monique Wilson and travelled to Manila to watch her in a local production. In fact Monique has gone on to do great work and campaign for women's rights globally as well as of course helped to bring international theatre to the Philippines.

So, although with a deep sense of emptiness and profound sadness over the closing of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward theatre, I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving Filipinos worldwide the chance to shine on the West End as well as international stage.

Maraming salamat po,

Best regards

Malcolm Conlan


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Monday, January 25, 2016


MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Heritage Artist Dante Hipolito has passed on into the next life.

While Dante's works have been around for many years and his body of work quite immense, Dante's work received much attention due to a work created in time for the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila.

In the 29”x24” oil on canvas painting created by visual artist Dante Hipolito, Pope Francis is seen with Marian Rivera, Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, Gary Valenciano, and Sen. Grace Poe.


My sincerest condolences to the Hipolito Family.






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Friday, January 22, 2016

From the time I started working in the ambulance service, I have seen many people with health problems attributed to weight.  On myself, I have put on 2 stone gone from 15.7 to 17.


As 2016 set in, I have decided to shed off the excess weight

I am trying and since last Friday, I have lost around 5lbs going from 110.7 kg to 108.89 kg in 5 days.

Join me in the journey.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom - Today, January 11, 2016 an important day in Filipino Cinema. Erik Matti, who directed the acclaimed crime thriller “Honor Thy Father,” is determined to expose the alleged scandal that plagued this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Today, "Direk" Erik Matti, Dondon Monteverde and John Lloyd Cruz shall go before the House of Representatives to further the fight beyond social media.

"Direk" Erik Matti said the MMFF executive committee unfairly disqualified his film from the Best Picture category (which went to “Walang Forever”) after it alleged that producer, Dondon Monteverde, failed to disclose their participation at the Cinema One Originals 2015.

I met Erik Matti here in London, as well as John Lloyd Cruz, a number of times and I believe that Philippine Cinema deserves a bright future given all the talented directors, actors, and actresses.

"Direk" Erik also claimed that some members of the committee of the last MMFF had closer ties with producers of certain films and were getting favorable treatment not only in terms of nominations but theater distribution,as well.


In a long article written by Erik Matti, published in the Philippine Star, "Direk" Erik said, “I’ve come a long way ever since I started in this industry. I’ve gone through so much hell and I can’t imagine how I managed to still stay alive all these years. I’ve been shunned, banned, blacklisted, judged, shamed and laughed at by so many in this industry but I am still here surviving,”

He continued by noting that he has been labeled so many things even by people who haven’t worked with him only because they’ve heard stories about how he is when working with films. “Arrogant. Rude. Indulgent. Cocky. And I’m still here happy to be doing films,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matti stressed that in everything that happened to him he never backed down on what he believed was right even to the point of losing a mentor, suing a studio or cursing an actress publicly.



Despite the odds that his film has gotten through, Matti was proclaimed this year’s MMFF Best Director.

Expressing concern over the future of his career should he choose to pursue the fight against an established “giant institution” such as the MMFF, he said while other people in the industry can choose to stay silent, apathetic or scared he cannot just let go of things too easily.

“We are not too many in this fight. We produced the movie with hard-earned money hoping to get fair treatment with MMFF and the cinemas so that at least our movie can be seen. We’ve been robbed,” Matti lamented.

In addition to this, Matti cited with full conviction that this fight is the only thing he can hold on to that can relieve him with the anger he has deep down inside.

“I think I am out of my mind for doing this but what the hell?I love this industry. I love making films. I love every up and down I’ve gone through here. I love everyone who keeps this industry alive,” he said as he concluded with: “I hope that you, my industry friends and colleagues share this love with me too enough to do something about this.”

I support you, Direk Erik.  More power to you, Dondon Demonteverde, and John Lloyd Cruz.  While I do love romantic-comedies, the Filipino audience deserve the high quality films you guys produce.






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Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Open Letter to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Office, UK
Dear Theresa,
This year, I will be campaigning against proposed new immigration rules which are due to come into force in April 2016, which would mean that Non-EU migrants including Filipino Workers who have spent more than five years in the country would be required to earn £35,000 per year or face deportation from the UK.

The UK relies on Overseas Filipino Workers as well as migrants from other non-EU countries to work in our care homes, schools, hospitals and even private homes, taking care of our elderly, young people, people with disabilities and others who require care they often selflessly provide. I am very much aware from my contact with the healthcare profession and also meeting many families up and down the United Kingdom and overseas, that Filipino workers are very much relied upon and highly trusted for their caring attitude and hard work.

According to a report in the Guardian in 2014, 'The Philippines provided the highest number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff with a total of 8,094 out of 309,529, I am sure the figure is now much higher. This does not include the thousands of Filipino workers in people's homes and indeed care homes providing care 24/7, according to British Government rules, from April 2016, we face losing them, which I believe would be a great tragedy for the people of Britain. If you visit any hospital or care home all around the UK, you will often see many Filipino workers, in fact our British Student Nurses are often mentored or coached by Filipino health care professionals, we need to act now to save them and indeed the potential collapse of the National Health Service if it is to lose its Non-EU migrant workers.

I am calling on the British Public to join me in my campaign to fight any deportation of any Filipino worker due to these new immigration rules.

Yours Sincerely,



Malcolm Conlan
(Concerned British Citizen, UK)






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Asked about rumors of her dating the President of Philippines, she answered, "That's so...no, no,  That's so funny.", obviously finding absurdity in the statement.

Asked by Jayde, "Is he cute?  Do you want to date him?", Pia implied that she's too busy and doesn't have the time for it with all her duties as Miss Universe.

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Why do I love the Philippines and the Filipino people so much? Last week I was asked what was it that I love about the Philippines so much and her people. Got me thinking why I seem to have this fascination and deep rooted love for the country and people. It all started when I was around 19. I went to see Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and fell in love with the show. I quickly discovered that most of the cast just so happened to come from a country called Philippines. So, I decided to make the 7,000 mile trip to meet one of the cast members and discover more about the country. When I arrived in the capital city, Manila, I was struck by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. Nothing was too much trouble. I also felt incredibly safe. In fact in over 37 visits back home, I have never felt out of place, never been robbed or hurt, always been treated with nothing but respect and kindness. In fact, I would describe the Philippines as one of the most amazing, friendliest and safest countries in the world. Thank you to everyone I have met along the way, for your kindness, friendliness and hospitality. Philippines, I love you from the bottom of my heart.







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