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An Expat Talks about Living in Manila, Philippines

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Manila

How long have you lived there?

2 and 1/2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Try to get involved in an US / Filipino club or establish a mixed group of friends.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Religous, primarily Catholic. Church and religion are an integral part of life. They don't separate religion from work life.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Food. If they can eat with family and friends, even better. Social life is very important. Image is also important.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be patient. Learn to accept "indirectness" as a form of communication. Just because someone doesn't tell you something, it doesn't mean they aren't telling you something. Listen with all your senses.

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