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Many guides are written to tell you HOW to do something.
In the case of the Philippines, some are full of facts and figures about the country and do supply answers to many questions and are in this sense, valuable to the potential retiree or long term resident of the islands.
However, military personnel may prefer a new partner from their own 'ranks', so to speak. forces started pulling out in 1991 following the Mount Pinatubo eruption.
Milward first went to Angeles, as the locals call it, in 1993 for a VFW convention. He went back home, resigned from his GS-12 civil service job, returned to Angeles City and married her. The islands have attracted retirees since the first American GIs set foot there after the Spanish Civil War ended in 1899. Today there are several thousand American retirees living in the Philippines.
As long as you do not intend working or running a business in the Philippines, it's also possible to retire on a tourist visa, and many do; especially those who either do not want or qualify for a retirement visa.
It costs per month to stay on a tourist visa, and you can do it indefinitely provided you leave the country for at least one day, once a year.
Visit My Philippine for further information and also the Philippines Retirement Authority website.
There are expatriates from dozens of other countries and backgrounds too, living in cities and communities scattered around the thousands of islands of this 'tropical paradise' (well almost! It is common knowledge that numerous Americans, Canadians, British, Australians, Europeans and others have married Filipina.
Many of those couples met before the Western man or woman had even visited the Philippines.
On the ground floor of Air Force air power development, he moved a lot and saw the world. When he retired as a master sergeant in 1974, he went to work for an aircraft company. But living in Apple Valley, California was just plain boring. (Clark Air Base is 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Manila, the Philippines capital, on Luzon Island where there is also the Clark Field Holiday Inn Resort.
The ex-base is now called the Clark Special Economic Zone, and is located on the northwest side of Angeles City in the province of Pampanga.)A little hesitant at first, Welch eventually relented after visiting one of the free dating sites for Filipina to see what might be in store for him. He also knew there were many retired GIs living happily in the Philippines, many with Filipina partners.
The islands are well known for being home to expatriates from all over the world, many from the US, UK and Europe and Australia.