Living in Lapu-Lapu City Mactan Philippines
by Charles Harman
I moved to the Philippines originally back in April of 2004 and built my fiance' a nice home in Bogo which is now for sale. We moved to Texas two years later as Marianne wanted to travel for a while leaving the house to her parents. We remained in Texas for four years where we took several road trips, then back to the Philippines February of 2010 for a permanent move to Cebu Philippines. The nice thing about the Philippines is that English is taught in all grades of school from elementary all the way to college, so it is spoken by just about everyone including the kids. The street signs are in English and nearly all textbooks are also except for some of the very early school years. I spent a year in Thailand in the Military (1970) and liked it there, but had to learn the language to get by, you don't in the Philippines. I married a girl from Negros Occidental who had moved to Cebu City as a child, actually met her online chatting, but later found out she was new to chatting and it was being done in her family business which is still in operation today. I have taken her from near poverty to several levels higher in the social ladder than she was originally, now she is in college and will come out a Pharmacist and a Medical Doctor in Pediatrics. At the time she had several boyfriends but gave them all up to me. And to prove it she had me come in and chat with them, which i did with mixed reactions. One guy was very foul mouthed and I told Marianne, good thing you didn't settle on him. The other guys were OK and some have stayed in contact even though we are married now. I married Marianne in September of 2004 in Bogo, Cebu Philippines. We now have 3 children ages 6, 4 and 1. My business here is Information Systems (IT) and I have several packages available including Web Site and Blog design. It is important now that we all need a way to make money directly in the Philippines as things are rapidly changing in the US and money may soon dry up. Pleas take a look at all our photos on this website: http://retiringphilippines.org/ and my other website is: http://webbuilderspro.wordpress.com/for the IT business.