Now, my experience has been that despite poverty, the majority of Filipinos I know are honorable, religious, hard-working people. It’s the same old game with different locations and different tales. The first thing you gotta realize is that the local con artists spot you right away.Times are tough for them but they don’t let hard times compromise their spiritual values for the most part as a society.) who simply are not to be trusted. Whether you ever plan to come to the Philippines or not, these shady characters exist in your home town as well. The difference is that with a larger middle-class you may not cross paths with them quite so often. But no matter what the country, it’s the same old con game. You stick out like a hillbilly at a wine tasting function.They are that predisposed to seizing an opportunity when it comes up. losing some valuables on an ongoing basis will help you see it a little clearer. Another guy, owned a piece of property and hired a guy to be caretaker for it. Just a “you can afford it” attitude with no pang of guilt crossing his mind or heart. According to the caretaker he hired, pigs kept ‘disappearing or dying’. they see a chance to take something and they take it.I know one guy who over the years has gone through at least six maids. In reality, he found out the caretaker was selling them off whenever he felt like having some extra cash.. They might be a contractor, a gardener, a maid, caretaker or family member. Because this is by far the most likely thing you will run into as a foreigner here.One of the reasons I can walk down main street here in Mactan at 3am is because every legit store down the street is paying for all-night security guards to keep an eye on things all night. I am not kidding, you will see a security guard at every legit business.
and if left overnight, even stuff that’s nailed down.
After witnessing a bum-fight, my middle-son asked, “Here it is almost 20 years later and nothing has changed. The Philippines has a lot of wonderful things to offer, especially if you have the money to enjoy them.
Great beaches, resorts, restaurants, romantic getaways, adventure and more.
They do not have a moral struggle as they ponder whether to take money from your purse or put your cell phone in their pocket.
They do it in the time it takes you to get them a fresh cup of coffee from the kitchen.