Good Websites as Resources

The Official Website of the Republic of the Philippines
http://www.gov.ph/
The Official Website of the Philippine Government. Contains news and information about the Philippines, the president, state of the nation etc.

The Philippines
http://www.philippines.hvu.nl/

Information about natural landscapes, the climate, tropical animals and tropical fruit & vegetables in the Philippines. Special attention for the volcanoes the Pinatubo and Mount Mayon, the danger of the typhoons and the advantages of Geo-energy. The housing, means of transportation and economic activities on markets and other places, will show you the way of living in this beautiful tropical country.

Pagasa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration

http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/index.shtml

The primary mission of PAGASA is to provide protection of life and property against natural hazards due to typhoons, floods, drought, giant waves, high seas, etc., to utilize scientific knowledge and information as an effective instrument to ensure the safety, well being, economic security and improve the quality of life of all the people and the environment; and to promote national progress and contribute to regional socio-economic development through various applications of meteorology, geophysics and space sciences (including astronomy).

Department of Tourism

http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/
General information regarding visiting the Philippines in order to ensure the safe, convenient, enjoyable stay and travel of foreign and local visitors in the Philippines.

Expatriate Living and Retirement Alliance of the Philippines

www.bestphilippinesretirement.com

Not just a website for those contemplating retirement in the Philippines, but also a good resource for those already living here, both expat and Filipino.

Cebu Central- your life in Cebu
http://www.cebucentral.com/

Classifieds about living in Cebu.

What’s on in the City
http://www.ClickTheCity.com

Expat All Sorts Manila
http://expatallsorts.com/philippines/tiki-index.php

Arrival Survival: A guidebook specifically for Manila newcomers can be obtained (hard copy only) through Union Church offices, the American Women’s Club office, at the monthly AWCP Bazaar, at the Brent International School Manila Spirit Shop and book store, at the International School Manila book store, and at the ADB Spouse’s Association. In addition, the Union Church hosts a twice monthly coffee morning at their church on Rada St. corner Legaspi St. in Legaspi Village, Makati telephone number (02) 812-6062 and e-mail address atarrivalsurvivalmanila@gmail.com. For more information on how to obtain the book, please send an e-mail to Carla Chalmers at arrivalsurvivalhandbook@gmail.com.

BALIKBAYAN BOXOLOGY: This seems to be an all-encompassing website for information on anything and everything to do with Balikbayan Boxes: http://manilaforwarder.com/

The Retirement & HealthCare Coalition (RHC): The RHC is a terrific post-arrival organization for the new retiree to the Philippines. They are “a One-Stop-Shop for Retirees & Expats. RHC offers services along the lines of community integration, lifestyle, and healthcare. We organize regular meetings, have a network of doctors, clinics, hospitals & home healthcare providers. We connect new members with more experienced members that can be a guide to them during their first weeks.” Where ELRAP is a terrific resource for the pre-arrival retiree to the Philippines, RHC is the essential post-arrival organization. Learn more about the RHC by visiting their website at http://www.rhc.com.ph/about-us-the-rhc/.

InterNations Philippines: http://www.internations.org/philippines-expats

Another great post-arrival group, particularly if you are looking to settle in Manila. From their site: “Mabuhay! and a warm welcome to InterNations Philippines! Our network for expats in the Philippines is tailored to your particular needs and helps you with moving to and settling in the Philippines. Relocating overseas to a foreign country is adventurous and also challenging now and then. For expatriates Philippines a lot of questions come up such as: ʺHow good is the health care system in the Philippines and do I need special vaccinations?ʺ, ʺIn which district should we live when moving to Davao?ʺ or ʺHow about the overall safety in Manila?ʺ And many more questions…

InterNations aims to support you, as an expatriate, in getting to know the Philippines expat community and discovering the Filipino way of life in all its facets, from having the traditional halo-halo to celebrating Kaarawan ni Bonifacio.”

“ More and more folks are retiring at an earlier age, while they are still healthy enough to enjoy their lives. The problem is, in the First World, even a couple in their late fifties that have a $500,000 investment portfolio, which includes their home equity and other investments, won’t have enough retirement income to take advantage of their hard-won freedom. ”

The FREEDOM HANDBOOK
By Bruce Silverman
http://funphilippinesretirement.com
“ELRAP is a friendly website! On our pages please--no vulgarity, and no politics or religion discussed!”