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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 6/13/2002 5:20:05 AM EDT
My company has asked me to go to Manila for several weeks. With all that has happened there would YOU go for an extended stay?
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 5:22:34 AM EDT
I have been there and would go again. Now I wouldn't go into the jungles without an armed escort but you probably wouldn't either.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 5:46:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FreeBore: My company has asked me to go to Manila for several weeks. With all that has happened there would YOU go for an extended stay?
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Take it from a Filipino. Just stay in the major cities and you will be fine. BTW they have a great Playboy club in Makati. Definitely worth a visit [;)]
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 5:52:49 AM EDT
Sure, go for it. You'll be fine on the island of Luzon - most of the problems are in the southern islands. There are also some very nice looking women. Take a weekend and go to Bagio in the north (it's a beautiful resort area).
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 5:53:15 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/13/2002 5:55:08 AM EDT
Freebore, I will be in the Phils. at the end of the month. If you decide to come over Cebu, let me know so we can meet. No real safety concerns in Manila except that just like in any other country you should be very careful and do not trust anybody. email me for some travel tips.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:54:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:22:38 AM EDT
With all that has happened there would YOU go for an extended stay?
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If this is in any reference to the kidnapping of the Burnhams, then Manila is safe considering that Manila is quite far from Mindanao where the kidnappings took place.
Originally Posted By Paul: Originally Posted By riddler: Freebore, I will be in the Phils. at the end of the month. If you decide to come over Cebu, let me know so we can meet. No [green]real [/green]safety concerns in Manila except that just like in any other country you should be very careful and do not trust anybody. email me for some travel tips.
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------------------------------------ Holly cow! No safety concerns in Manila? I guess the country has changed since I last lived there. The place was crawling with con artists, pick pockets, corrupt customs and police officers, maids that would rob your hotel, "special" taxi rides, hotels with poor fire safety ... glad to hear that things have changed.
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Paul if you have to quote someone, please quote the entire statement and not just a part of it! All the things that you have pointed out are still there but "not trusting anybody" as I have already said, pretty much takes care of that. Remember always what Clint Smith of ThunderRanch said, [i]"If you look like meat you will be eaten"[/i]
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:31:10 AM EDT
I would defiantly go but as others have stated stay away from any non tourist spot and don't go to far off the beaten path. The incident with the NPA is nothing new the the Philippines and the Pinoy people like to rob rich or to them rich Americans very much. The only thing you need to know is how much the San Miguels are and what she wants for a barfine.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:35:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: Holly cow! No safety concerns in Manila? I guess the country has changed since I last lived there. The place was crawling with con artists, pick pockets, corrupt customs and police officers, maids that would rob your hotel, "special" taxi rides, hotels with poor fire safety ... glad to hear that things have changed.
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NO I don't think things have changed. We still have friends that live there, and get news of mugging all the time. But I think he was referring to kidnappings and such that is being covered by our news media here.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:35:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: maids that would rob your hotel, "special" taxi rides, hotels with poor fire safety ...
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Maybe it is your choice of hotels to stay at?? You get what you pay for especially with cheap motels. As for the "special" taxi rides, get a shuttle service duly accredited by the hotel. But again it all goes back to where you are billeted. Personally, if I could not stay with family or my fraternity brods, I usually would not settle for anything less than a 4-star hotel. YMMV
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 9:06:51 AM EDT
the only way to be somewhat safe in the PI is with an armed military escort, at least that's what my family does.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 9:14:00 AM EDT
I would go in a heartbeat, maybe you could stop in olongapo too, huh. You would like that place it was a great stop for us in the military (Marines). Maybe do alittle recon while your there.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 9:25:18 AM EDT
My point of concern is general safety, places to not go etc. I will have a driver. Nothing said about an armed guards etc. I don't know the hotel but I've been told that the office is out of the city. Really I'm looking forward to the trip. Now days, I really think that anyone who does international travel should be cautious. FB
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 10:02:45 AM EDT
I have a friend that lives in Singapore and works for an oil rigging shipper. He has to travel to all the countries in between Viet Nam, India, and Australia. The Philippines has always scared him the most even before all these high publicity kidnappings started.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 10:16:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Waverunner: the only way to be somewhat safe in the PI is with an armed military escort, at least that's what my family does.
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BULL$HIT!!! Either your family has a lot of enemies, they do not have enough common sense to stay out of trouble, they have "SUCKER" tattooed on their foreheads or they like to show off.
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