Philippines

Philippine Holidays in 2020

With almost 20 public (regular and special non-working) holidays on record, the Philippines – along with Colombia, rank 3rd in the top ten countries in the world with the most number of public holidays. Yet, this number still excludes the special non-working days in the regions, in observance of their respective founding anniversary, not-to-mention the …

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Philippines – Household Help

For a number of countries, household help living within the same premises as their employer is not widely practice. In the Philippines, having household help or “kasambahay” has always been a part of local custom and culture. While the Filipinos’ will always prefer to hire help by word of mouth or via referrals, there are …

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Philippines – Cultural Guidance 2020

The Filipinos are known for their hospitality, warmth, and many unique traits, developed and cultivated by centuries of colonial rule, and influenced by a rich culture and traditions passed down from generation to generation

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Philippines – Changes in Expat Schooling Preferences

We have seen a recent shift in the choice considerations of a considerable number of expatriates or assignees who plan to relocate in the Philippines. This is driven primarily by changes being made in their company’s expatriate policy and benefits. Companies are now looking for other alternatives due to the substantial cost of sending the …

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FAQs for the Asia Pacific Region – Practical Information Guide

Australia | China | India | Japan | Korea | Malaysia | Philippines | Singapore | Taiwan | Thailand Australia Are there expat areas to live in ?No, international assignees live in the same areas as locals. Why is rental property so expensive in Sydney and Melbourne ?Actually the rental yield the property owners can …

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Do’s & Don’ts – Practical Information Guide

Australia | China | India | Japan | Korea | Malaysia | New Zealand | Philippines | Taiwan | Thailand Australia  Australian Cultural Do’s & Don’ts Believe it or not, Australian culture is nothing like the old beer commercials of the 80s or the stereotypical image of Crocodile Dundee roaming the Outback. Australia is actually …

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Philippines – Shortage of 9A Visa Stickers

The Bureau of Immigration is currently experiencing shortage on the 9A (Temporary Visitor) visa stickers based on the “Note with Recommendation” addressed to the Immigration Commissioner. BACKGROUND: For the past years, the visa sticker is placed on the passport when requesting for a 9A visa extension. However, the supplies for these stickers have reached a …

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