You plan to move to the Philippines? Wollen Sie auf den Philippinen leben?

There are REALLY TONS of websites telling us how, why, maybe why not and when you'll be able to move to the Philippines. I only love to tell and explain some things "between the lines". Enjoy reading, be informed, have fun and be entertained too!

Ja, es gibt tonnenweise Webseiten, die Ihnen sagen wie, warum, vielleicht warum nicht und wann Sie am besten auf die Philippinen auswandern koennten. Ich moechte Ihnen in Zukunft "zwischen den Zeilen" einige zusaetzlichen Dinge berichten und erzaehlen. Viel Spass beim Lesen und Gute Unterhaltung!


Deutsch lernen in Davao City!German Language Course in Davao City/Deutschsprachkurs in Davao City,

Sie muessen auf den Philippinen DEUTSCH lernen? You have to learn the German language in the Philippines? Sie wohnen in Davao oder irgendwo in Mindanao? Do you reside in Davao City or somewhere else in Mindanao?

Mein Deutschkurs als Professor am Institute of Languages (Fremdspracheninstitut) an der University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao besteht bereits seit fast
sieben Jahren und bietet die fundierte Ausbildung, die benoetigt wird, um das A1/A2 Examen beim Goethe Institut in Manila bestehen zu koennen. Das Goethe Institut Manila und USEP haben bereits vor Jahren ein Memorandum of Understanding zur Foerderung der deutschen Sprache unterzeichnet. Das Institute of Language ist eine spezielle Einrichtung unter der Aufsicht des Universitaetspraesidenten Dr. Perfecto Alibino. Es unterrichten nur Sprachprofessoren, deren Qualifikation nachgewiesen werden konnten. CHED - Commission on Higher Education befindet sich in unmittelbarer Naehe auf dem USEP-Campus. Alle Kurs-Teilnehmer erhalten ein Universitaets-Zertifikat mit Abschlussnote. Dies ist wichtig fuer eine Visaerteilung!
NEU: Kurzkurse (20 Stunden)! - My German Language Course at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City as Professor (since almost seven years now!) provides you with the requested education. You will be able to pass the A1/A2-exam at the Goethe Institute in Manila. Years ago already, the Goethe Institute and USEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding German language;s support. The "Institute of Language" is a special project since years being supported directly by the Office of the USEP President Dr. Alibin Perfecto. Only qualified professors are being able to teach different languages. CHED - Commission on Higher Education is located at the USEP campus. Language Course Students will be receiving an university certificate with average grade at the end of the course. This certification is important for a visa application! Short term language courses (20 hours) are available now!

Rufen Sie an: DAVAO 082 - 227 1761. Please call DAVAO 082 - 227 1761. ODER/OR 0915 - 2199002.

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES A1 and A2: 120 hours with following schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 am. (New course for beginners: July 8, 2015). Limited 15 seats.

Deutsche Sprache Kurse A1 und A2: 120 Stunden - Unterrichtsstunden: montags, dienstags und mittwochs und freitags von 9 bis 11 Uhr. (Neuer Kurs fuer Anfaenger beginnt am 8. Juli 2015!). Begrenztes Platzangebot: nur 15 Teilnehmer!

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EHEANNULLIERUNG AUF DEN PHILIPPINEN? Marriage annulment in the Philippines?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

DIETER SOKOLL: Suroy-Suroy's Geschichte von 1976 bis 2009 (Teil XXVII)/(Part XXVII)

Immer noch 1982 -Tokio - Seoul - Hong Kong - Philippinen 


Wir sind wieder in Hongkong, und dasselbe Spielchen wird gespielt. Zum Chinese New Year sind wir in Hong Kong. Wir feiern es im "Four Sisters" und später dann weiss ich nicht mehr wo. Wir hatte einige Tage Pause eingelegt. Es war sowieso schwierig, zu dieser Zeit Flüge zu buchen, und die Preise waren auch nicht so gut.

Nach einiger Zeit mussten wir eine Zwangspause einlegen. Irgendetwas war schief gelaufen. Alle hielten sich ziemlich bedeckt, und ich kam nicht genau dahinter was los war. Aber einer oder mehrere waren bei den Zollkontrollen in Korea böse aufgefallen. Alles verkroch sich in die Löcher oder flog irgendwo hin, nach Hause oder in Urlaub. Michael wollte "leer" nach Seoul zurückfliegen zu seiner Yonhee und dort bleiben, bis sich wieder alles beruhigt hatte. Ich machte mich fertig, um die Zeit auf den Philippinen zu verbringen und wollte meinen Liebling zu Hause in Cagayan de Oro überraschen.

In guter Stimmung, einige Dollars in der Tasche, und die Gewissheit, ein Konto in Hong Kong zu haben, flog ich nach Manila. Einige Tage in der Olga Casa Pension auf der Mabini St. oder im Las Palmas - nicht weit weg davon. Als ich erzählte, dass ich nach Cagayan de Oro fliegen will, gleich alles, was Filipino war: "Lass' das sein, mach' das nicht, das ist zu gefährlich!". Das konnte mich aber nicht davon abhalten, mir ein Rückflugticket nach Cagayan de Oro zu besorgen. Ich wollte doch wissen und sehen, wo mein Liebling zu Hause ist. Drei Flüge gab es am Tag mit PAL. Ich buchte den ersten Flug fuer frühmorgens.

Das war ein schöner Flug. Unsere Flughöhe war nicht zu hoch, und nur ab zu störten Wolken den Blick nach unten. Die Philippinen breiteten sich wie eine Landkarte dort unten aus. Ich konnte ziemlich genau sagen, wo wir gerade waren. Wir flogen an Puerto Galera/Mindoro vorbei. Es war gut zu erkennen. Nicht lange danach kam auch auf der rechten Seite Borocay in Sicht. Ich konnte auch die anderen Inseln wie Panay und Negros gut auseinanderhalten und auch Cebu erkennen, als wir die Insel überflogen. Von nun an wurde ich ja zusehends aufgeregter. Das, was jetzt kam,  war Neuland für mich. Wir überflogen Bohol, und nachdem wir wieder über Wasser waren, die Bohol See. Kurze Zeit später begann auch schon der Sinkflug und der Landeanflug auf den Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City. Auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite war gut die Insel Camiguin zu sehen. Der Flughafen von Cagayan de Oro befindet sich südwestlich von der Stadt auf einer Hochebene in den Bergen. Der Windstand günstig, so wie er meistens ist, ablandig. Das hieß, es war ein mehr oder weniger einfacher Anflug auf den Flughafen, solange der Pilot die Landebahn sehen konnte.

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(Vielleicht dreimal ist es mir später passiert, dass der Pilot von Süden her die Landebahn anfliegen musste. Das bedeutete dann, dass wir am Flughafen rechts vorbeigeflogen sind, also weiter in die Berge von Mindanao hinein,um dann eine 180° Kehrtwende zu fliegen, so wenn man dann links sass, dass Gefühl hatte, die Flügel würden die Hügel streifen.)

Also im direkten Sinkflug auf die Landebahn zu, nur kleine Korrekturen nach meinem Ermessen. Da ich rechts sass, konnte ich leider nicht viel von der Stadt sehen. Aber wie bei späteren Flügen auf der linken Seite, hätte ich sehr schön die Stadt, den Fluss und die zwei Brücken sehen können. Dann gab es nur noch unbewaldete mit Cogongras bewachsene Berge zu sehen und wir waren gelandet.


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(Fortsetzung folgt!)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

English Students Flock to Philippines For Low Cost and Sunshine

By: MINORU SATAKE, Nikkei staff writer

Maria Dobroskokina, left, studies English at a school on Cebu.
MANILA -- The Philippines is becoming a popular destination for the study of English. It offers good teachers, inexpensive lessons, and lots of beaches that students can enjoy when they are not in class. As more companies in Asia and elsewhere see English as vital to their globalization strategies, the island nation is likely to keep pulling in students.
     South Korean and Japanese school operators were some of the first to discover what the Philippines offers as a place of study: low costs and a high standard of English among Filipinos, thanks to the status of English as an official language. These companies opened language schools in the Philippines to accommodate their own nationals. Today, low fees for private lessons attract students from a variety of countries, including Russia and China. 
Warm environment
Maria Dobroskokina, 25, from Volgograd in southern Russia, enrolled in QQEnglish school on the island of Cebu in January. Back home, she worked for a newspaper, but she wanted to study abroad to improve her English. The U.K. and Malta are popular destinations for Russians to study abroad, but they are not cheap. A little research online led her to the school on Cebu.
     "On Cebu, the total cost, including accommodation and daily expenses, is about a half that of Malta. I was able to afford one-on-one lessons.  I feel I made big progress with my English in four months here," said Dobroskokina. The country's easy visa application  and warm weather are also a plus for Russian students.
     According to the QQEnglish, which is operated by a Japanese company, the number of non-Japanese students began to rise several years ago. In 2014, students from China, Taiwan and Russia accounted for 20% of its students. Staff from those countries help to bring in more students, along with Internet advertising and word of mouth.
Natural advantages
The Philippines began catching on as a destination for would-be English speakers more than a decade ago, when a South Korean company launched a foreign language school in the country. Since then, studying in the Philippines has become common in South Korea, where English fluency is a must for many job seekers. In Japan, too, there is concern that the English taught in the regular school curriculum is inadequate.  Now more Japanese-owned schools are sprouting up in the Philippines. The number of Japanese who studied in the country reached 30,000 in 2014, an eightfold jump in four years, according to the Philippine Department of Tourism.  
   In Japan, many universities recognize academic credits from Cebu schools, while big companies are sending employees to schools in the Philippines to hone their English skills.
   In the Philippines, high school education is almost entirely in English, and most official documents are written in that language. The country, which turns out more than 500,000 college and vocational school graduates a year, has a large pool of inexpensive, well-qualified teachers.

Friday, June 26, 2015

FHM Philippines Sexiest 2015: Jennylyn Mercado

By Gelo Gonzales

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Jennylyn Mercado is the sexiest woman in the Philippines today!
Let that sink in for a moment, FHM bros. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and telepathically send your congratulations to the woman who topped the polls for FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women In The World 2015.
After consistently making it in the Top 10 of the 100 Sexiest in recent years, the three-time cover girl (January 2008, November 2009, and June 2013) makes the jump from the fourth spot and ascends the throne, succeeding Marian Rivera in the process.
Now, open your eyes, and have one long look at her:
#FHM100Sexiest2015: Jennylyn Mercado Is The Country's Finest!

Catch Jennylyn and the rest of the 99 beauties in the July issue of FHM Philippines, which includes the 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2015 supplement!


European Commission Lifts Ban on all Philippine Airlines


Rappler.com
Published 8:09 PM, June 25, 2015
Updated 9:41 PM, June 25, 2015
BAN LIFTED. The European Commission will now allow Philippine carriers to fly in European airspace. File photo by Agence France-Presse
BAN LIFTED. The European Commission will now allow Philippine carriers to fly in European airspace. File photo by Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – All local airlines can now enter the European airspace, joining national flag carrierPhilippine Airlines (PAL) and budget carrier Cebu Pacific. (READ: PH carriers to know by July if they can fly to Europe)
The European Commission (EC) announced on Thursday, June 25, that all airlines certified in the Philippines have been taken out from the European Union Air Safety List due the tight oversight being conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Removed from the list were PAL Express (formerly Air Philippines Corporation), Cebu Pacific’s Cebgo (formerly Tiger Airways Philippines and Southeast Asian Airlines);Air Asia Incorporated; Air Asia Zest; Island Aviation Incorporated; Magnum Air Incorporated (Skyjet); and South East Asian Airlines International Incorporated (Seair-I).
“After 5 years of hard work, we are finally able to release the airlines certified in the Philippines from the European Air Safety List. The Philippines is an important country with a sizeable and rapidly growing aviation sector,” said Violeta Bulc, European Union commissioner for transport.
“Today’s result can serve as an example for other countries which have difficulty to match their safety oversight capabilities with the growth of their industry,” she said.
Opportunities
The lifting of the ban would allow and encourage Europeans to tap the services of the Philippine carriers when travelling to the Philippines or to other countries, said CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio.
The decision comes after a 5-man EU safety assessment team gave a positive review of the airlines following a series of inspections in April.
This led to the suspension of the operations of Skyjet and Seair last May 15 due to safety issues.
While the 7 carriers largely service only domestic and Asian routes, Apolonio said the EU decision will still benefit them.
Previously, European insurance companies would not cover people who flew on airlines on the EU Air Safety List, he said.
"European tourists will be encouraged to use low-cost carriers in the Philippines now," boosting the number of visitors who will want to fly around the archipelago, Apolonio told Agence France-Presse.
PAL now flies to London and is planning to add more European destinations, while Cebu Pacific is applying to fly to Italy.
Lubomir Frebort, EU chargè d’ affaires, congratulated CAAP for overseeing the operations of airlines operating in the Philippines.
“Within this period of time, the Philippines was able to get full lifting from the ban due to CAAP’s openness to improve its oversight functions, complemented by readiness of Philippine air carriers to enhance their own safety and operation standards,” Frebort said. – Rappler.com, with a report from Agence France-Presse

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Philippine Vice President Binay Quits Cabinet Amid Graft Probes


MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president next year, has resigned from the cabinet in a break with President Benigno Aquino as he is investigated for corruption.

Binay is being probed by the Ombudsman's office for alleged corrupt practices while serving as mayor of the financial district of Makati in the capital Manila.

He was mayor for two decades and his approval and trust ratings remain the highest among the country's top five national officials, beating Aquino, according to a survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia released on Monday.

But his ranking in surveys for possible candidates in the 2016 presidential election fell to second place for the first time this month, according to Pulse Asia and another pollster, Social Weather Stations.

"This is voluntary and there is nothing that can change his mind," Mar-Len Abigail Binay, Jejomar Binay's daughter and a member of the House of Representatives, said in a radio interview, adding her father was "very tired" of not being able to fight the accusations.

Allies of Aquino in the Senate have been steering months-long probes into allegations of kickbacks, ill-gotten wealth, bid rigging and money laundering against Binay, his son who is the current Makati City mayor, and his business associates.

(Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Filipinos Fear Armed Conflict With China

Philippines peace index down

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File - Protesters display placards during a rally at the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines Friday, April 17, 2015 to protest against Beijing's land reclamation activities on disputed territory in the South China Sea. The protesters led by Congressman Nery Colmenares urge China to "stop its reclamation activities in the Mischief Reef" which they claim to be still within the Philippines' EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone). AP/Bullit Marquez
Eight in 10 Filipinos fear possible armed conflict between the Philippines and China over the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The level of “worry about armed conflict with China in the disputed islands of Scarborough Shoal” remained high at 84 percent in March, with 49 percent saying that they “worried a great deal” and 35 percent saying they were “somewhat worried,” the SWS said.
The survey was conducted from March 20 to 23, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide.
The finding was consistent with that of previous polls in September 2012, September 2013, and June 2014, the SWS noted.
Panatag or Scarborough Shoal, locally called Bajo de Masinloc, is located some 125 nautical miles off Zambales.
Fewer Filipinos support the government’s actions on the Scarborough Shoal standoff, according to results of the survey, which were published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday.
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In response to the dispute, Manila filed an arbitration case before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
The SWS poll found 49 percent of respondents saying they strongly or somewhat approve of the steps taken by the government.
This was lower than the 62 percent and 65 percent recorded in the SWS polls in June 2014 and September 2013.
Public approval of the government’s actions declined in all areas of the country, except in the Visayas, where those who expressed support outnumbered those who didn’t (55 percent versus 37 percent).
But the numbers were generally tied for Metro Manila (48 percent-48 percent), balance Luzon (48 percent-49 percent) and Mindanao (45 percent-47 percent), the SWS said.
The March 2015 survey has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national and plus or minus six percentage points for area percentages.
The standoff started in April 2012 when the Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar apprehended Chinese poachers in the area.
Since then, China has maintained its presence through its coast guard, barring local fishermen’s access to the uninhabited shoal.

Philippines drops in global peace ranking

The Philippines has dropped seven places in a global peace ranking to 141 out of 162 countries because of the potential for conflict in the South China Sea and the Masasapano tragedy in January in which 44 national police commandos were killed in fighting with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels.
In the Global Peace Index 2015 report issued on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Philippines was in last place in the ASEAN rankings and in penultimate place in the Asia-Pacific rankings, just ahead of North Korea.
The South China Sea remains a potential area for conflict, with countries involved in the dispute (China, Vietnam and the Philippines) all showing a worsening of their scores in the 2015 index, the report said.
Although the likelihood of further military skirmishes in the disputed waters is high, a large-scale military engagement remains unlikely, the report said.
“The Philippines suffered from an escalation of internal conflicts between the government and rebel groups occurring late in the measurement period,” the report added.
It noted Indonesia was the most improved country in the Asia-Pacific region, rising 12 places to 46th in the overall rankings in 2015 due to a curb in the level of violent crime and a reduced impact of terrorism.
The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators in three main categories – ongoing domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security and militarization – that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence.
According to the index, since last year 81 countries have become more peaceful while 78 have deteriorated.
The Philippines scored 2.462 in the index and was among the countries with “low” state of peace. The report used a scale of one to five, with one being the highest in terms of state of peace.
Last year, the Philippines was in 134th place with a score of 2.456.
The Philippines’ 2015 global ranking paled in comparison with its ASEAN neighbors Singapore which was in 24th place, Malaysia (28), Laos (41), Indonesia (46), Vietnam (56), Cambodia (111), Thailand (126) and Myanmar (130). – With Jose Katigbak

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DIETER SOKOLL: Suroy-Suroy's Geschichte von 1976 - 2009 (Teil XXVI)/(Part XXVI)

Michael blieb in Manila und wollte dann weiter nach Boracay, und dort wollten wir uns wieder bei Willy treffen. Ich flog nach Cebu, und mein Liebling holte mich am Flughafen ab. Werner hatte den Trimaran mittlerweile von der Ouano Wharf weiter nach Cebu City Stadt verlegt. Dort lagen jetzt drei Yachten, und Zugang hatte man über ein Firmengelände, was irgendwas mit Stahl- und Maschinenbau zu tun hatte. Ich wollte eine Woche in Cebu bleiben und dann mit meinem Liebling nach Boracay fahren.

Yogi war noch in Talisay in der Beachcomber Bar, und Charly hatte sich Arbeit gesucht (das Geld war alle) bei einem Fiberglas Betrieb, maulte aber herum, wie wenig er für seine Arbeit bekommen würde. Werner sagte, dann solle er wieder zu ihm zurück kommen und wieder auf den Trimaran gehen. Als wir dann dort waren für zwei Tage, sagten die Arbeiter von der Stahlfirma, wir sollten aufpassen, da wollten nachts ein paar Banditos aufs Boot kommen, um es und uns auszurauben. Charly putzt den Schiessprügel und schiesst dabei durch die Decke. Grosses Gemecker von Werner. Zum Glück war gerade keiner oben auf Deck, sondern alle in den Kabinen. Na ja, in der Nacht kam keiner.

Horst der gegenüber von der Beachcomber ein Haus gemietet hatte, hatte eine Phase wo er nüchtern war und hatte sich auf dem kleinen Markt in Talisay einen Platz gemietet und ein "Restaurant" aufgemacht. Er machte Spätzle selber. Seine Frau, ich weiss nicht mehr wie sie hiess, sie hatten auch einen kleinen Sohn, hatte sich einen dicken Wälzer besorgt mit geheimen Zauberrezepten und war zuhause am Zaubertränke kochen. Ich habe mal einen Blick hineinwerfen können, soweit ich mich erinnern kann, war das Buch in Visayan oder Cebuano (Dialekt) geschrieben und hatte auch Zeichnungen. Es war ein sehr grosses und schweres Buch. Wahrscheinlich stammte es von den Hexen und Zauberern von der Insel Siquijor. Und sie sah auch immer mehr aus wie eine Hexe. Solche Augen habe ich später nur noch einmal gesehen, das war Jahre später in Cagayan de Oro, an der Frau von einem Australier. Die beiden hätten Schwestern sein können.

Werner wollte mit nach Boracay. Michael hatte dort bei Willy eine Hütte am Strand, und für Werner und für uns waren auch noch Hütten frei (ja, das waren noch Zeiten). Es waren einfache Hütten mit Petroleumleuchten und einem Wasserkübel zwischen den Hütten, aber die Hütten hatten alle eine kleine Veranda, von wo man den wundervollen Sonnenuntergang beobachten konnte. Am späten Nachmittag, nicht weit von unseren Hütten baute jeden Abend ein Filipino seine Strandbar auf. Das Bier gab es aus Eisboxen, und die Musik kam von einer Anlage, die mit einer Autobatterie betrieben wurde. Wir haben dort schöne lange Abende verbracht. Einfaches Essen gab es bei Willy oder auch weiter weg gab es einige kleine Bambushütten-Restaurants.

Mein Liebling und Werner mussten ja das Teufelszeug von Magic Mushrooms (Pilze, die auf Wasserbüffelkot wachsen) probieren. Sie sollen berauschen und so etwas wie natürliches LSD sein oder dessen Wirkung haben. Mein Liebling bestellte ein Magic Mushroom Omelett, es gab auch Magic Mushroom Nudelsuppe. Als sie nach 30 Minuten noch nichts verspürte, ass sie noch eines. Das hätte sie besser bleiben lassen sollen. Sie bekam in der Nacht einen Farbenkoller und Angstzustände. Wir hatten in unserer Hütte an der Wand eine handgeschnitzte bemalte Maske hängen und immer wenn sie die Augen aufmachte kam diese Fratze auf sie zu und sie hat getobt und geweint und nach Mama gerufen. Ich musste die Maske abhängen und nach draussen stellen. Das war eine schreckliche Nacht. Einen Vorteil hatte es allerdings, bis zum heutigen Tage hat sie nie wieder irgendetwas berauschendes angefasst oder zu sich genommen, außer Schnaps, Bier und Zigaretten. Werner lief noch am nächsten Tag grinsend und kichernd durch die Gegend und meinte, er hätte mich noch nie so braun gesehen.

Irgendwann war auch diese schöne Zeit vorbei, und wir mussten wieder nach Cebu. Mein Liebling ging wieder nach Cagayan de Oro, und ich zurück nach Manila, wo ich wieder mit Michael zusammentraf.

Wieder zurück nach Hong Kong an die Arbeit.

(Fortsetzung folgt!)

CNN Poll: Philippines Has World's Second Best Food

 (The Philippine Star) | 

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A CNN survey said there’s more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut (duck embryo), as the country is blessed with abundant seafood, tropical fruits and creative cooks. It cited the adobo, a ubiquitous dish whipped up in every household in the country. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Which destination has the world’s best food?
The Philippines ranked second among destinations in the world with the best food, according to a survey conducted by CNN through an open Facebook poll.
Garnering 1,528 votes, the Philippines came second to Taiwan, which earned 8,242 votes.
The survey said there’s more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut  (duck embryo), as the country is blessed with abundant seafood, tropical fruits and creative cooks.
It cited the adobo, a ubiquitous dish whipped up in every household in the country.
“It’s Mexican in origin, but Filipinos found that cooking meat (often chicken and pork) in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices was a practical way to preserve meat without refrigeration,” it said.
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Aside from adobo, the survey cited lechon as the most popular food served in every party in the Philippines.
“An entire pig is spit-roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part.”
The survey cited Taiwan’s simple culinary philosophy: Eat often and eat well.
“Small eats – but lots of them – are the big things here,” it said.
Taiwan’s food is a mash-up of the cuisine of the Min Nan, Teochew and Hokkien Chinese communities, along with Japanese cooking.
The Taiwanese capital, Taipei , alone has around 20 streets dedicated to snacking.
Tainan , Taiwan’s oldest city, is often referred to as its food capital.
“Every time you think you’ve found the best streetside bao, the most incredible stinky tofu or mind-blowing beef noodle soup , there’s always another Taiwanese food shop that surpasses it.”
Next to the Philippines with 810 votes is Italy, whose food has enslaved taste buds around the globe for centuries.
“With its zesty tomato sauces, those clever things they do with wheat flour and desserts that are basically vehicles for cream.”
But despite the successful export of the Italian restaurant, the idea of a unified Italian cuisine is something many Italians reject.
Instead there are regional dishes , sometimes with tastes as different as one could find between countries.
Even the basics differ – pasta with or without egg, butter in abundance or ditched completely in favor of olive oil.
Thailand ranked fourth with 470 votes, which was described as a nation that is extremely passionate about its eats.
With influences from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and a royal culinary tradition, Thai cuisine is the best of many worlds.
Thais often fit spicy, sour, salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and slippery into a single dish.
Everyone’s familiar with dishes like green curry, stir-fried cashew chicken (gai pad met ma muang) and pad Thai.
Landing at fifth spot with 443 votes is Japan, who apply the same precision to their food as they do to their engineering, taking their love for food a step – or several galloping strides – further than most nationalities.
“You can get a lavish multi-course kaiseki meal that presents the seasons in a spread of visual and culinary poetry or grab a seat at a revolving sushi conveyor for a solo feast.”
It’s impossible to eat badly in Japan.
Modern Japanese kyodo ryori , or regional cuisine, is a tourist attraction in itself, with nearly each major city having its own signature dish.
Malaysia, whose cuisine’s influences include Chinese, Indian and Malay, ranked sixth with 265 votes.
In some ways, it’s similar to Indonesian food, with the two nations sharing many of the same dishes.
Once you’re in Malaysia and slurping a bowl of laksa, you’ll quickly dispense with historical concerns and wonder instead where your next meal is coming from and how you can you get to it sooner.
Hong Kong ranked seventh with 236 votes.
The survey said the people there have a passion reserved just for Hong Kong food that eclipses their love for politics, shopping, gambling and even stocks.
The city is home to some of the most food-obsessed people in the world and produces an alarming array of food items, ranging from the stubbornly traditional to unselfconscious fusion foods, each more drool-worthy than the next.
The diversity and sheer number of Hong Kong dim sum restaurants is stunning.
The last three spots were occupied by India, Greece and Vietnam with 205, 167 and 162 votes, respectively.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Perlas Pilipinas Bounces Back and Routs Vietnam

 (The Philippine Star)

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SINGAPORE – Perlas Pilipinas remained in strong medal contention as it rebounded from a five-point loss to Thailand Tuesday, clobbering Vietnam, 100-55, in the 28th SEA Games women’s basketball at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 here on Wednesday.
Malaysia kept the fight for the gold wide open in stopping Thailand, 65-56, later in the day.
The Philippines and Malaysia play at 9 a.m. today with the Filipinas needing to win by at least nine points to stay in the hunt for the gold.
Through the second day of women’s basketball, the Malaysians were in the lead in the one-round-robin play with a clean 2-0 win-loss mark.
Allana Lim sparkled with 17 points, Clare Castro towered with 13 markers and seven rebounds and Afril Bernardino struck with 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals as the Filipinas virtually ran a clinic on the Vietnamese side.
Sofia Roman and Analyn Almazan played limited minutes due to injuries but there’s no stopping the Filipinas from running a show on the way to the win-column.
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Unlike against the Thais, the Filipinas found their shooting touch, connecting on a 53-percent clip including three three-point conversions by Cindy Resultay, Danica Jose and Camille Sambille.
The Filipinas waxed hot in the final half, pounding the Vietnamese, 32-11, in the third quarter and, 32-15, in the final canto.

Philippine Urged to Lift Bank Secrecy Law


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The Philippines needs to put in place a legal mechanism by lifting the bank secrecy law that will allow the exchange of information necessary in transparency, OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration head of global relations Richard Parry said. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is urging the Philippines to lift its bank secrecy law to strengthen the country’s tax system and fight tax evasion while meeting global standards in tracking tax  fraud.
The Philippines needs to put in place a legal mechanism by lifting the bank secrecy law that will allow the exchange of information necessary in transparency, OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration head of global relations Richard Parry said in a briefing during the two-day Workshop on Fiscal Management through Transparency and Reforms in Bagac, Bataan.
“It is possible to do it. The political will is needed for the Philippines to meet international standards in that area,” he said.
The bank secrecy law is a special legislation that requires banks and financial institutions to protect and keep confidential customer information from third parties even if these are government or tax authorities, unless the client relieves the bank of its duty.
Any violator will be convicted to an imprisonment of not more than five years or a monetary fine, or both, depending on the court’s decision.
Parry said the key challenge for tax administrators globally in dealing with money launderers and tax evaders is having enough information to detect law breakers.
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In 2009, G20 – an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies-declared that bank secrecy is approaching the end of its life in accordance with international standards.
That is why the OECD is introducing a new global standard for the automatic exchange of information between and among tax authorities to make it difficult for people to funnel investments outside of their country of residence, Parry said.
This will be set more broadly by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, a multilateral framework with 126 members including the Philippines.
“It is important for the Philippines to change its legislation in that issue in order to meet international obligations with regard to the exchange of information,” Parry said.
The OECD official said the Philippines’ commitment in upholding international standards would result in strides in holding violators accountable.
“That would lead to significant gain with regard to legitimate tax charges in Philippines. What it does is provide Philippines with revenue and resources it needs for social programs and deal with issues,” Parry added.
In March 2014, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Kim Henares urged lawmakers to lift the bank secrecy law amid renewed calls for greater exchange of information and increased transparency globally.

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