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NikonD90
8/5/2019 20:40 EST

I have been toying with the idea of moving from So Calif USA to Davao. f Due to my concerns of warning abt Mindanao I am looking elsewhere. I am considering Legazpi in Bicol : any feedback. I would prefer the city rather than province, No GF locally to consider, any harm to expats. thx

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Goslig
8/6/2019 11:26 EST

NikonD90 Davao was just rated the fourth safest city in the world according to PhilStar News. I have lived here 8 years. Take my word based on experience, it’s very safe. There are other safe cities in Mindanao. However, there are some in central Mindanao that aren’t. When you say safe and refer to an area, you miss the point of unsafe situations. For example, driving conditions, bar girls (lots of STD’s here), polluted beaches, street foods, scammers. Motorcycles, tricycles and Jeepney drivers are crazy dangerous. Motorcycles are the worst.

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GTflyer
8/6/2019 11:59 EST

From my experiences, Legazpi is safe and sound and has much to offer in general life style terms. Gets as busy as any other similarly sized place, usual jeepney's, tricycles, noise, air pollution etc. You might also consider Naga, the city of smiles. I co-own and run (with my filipina wife and her family) an eatery along the Aslong highway near to Libmanan and Naga is our go-to place for everything we need, when we need it. No complaints from me about life in Phil, it is what it is and it is what you make it etc. Hope you find your place in Phil.

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mactan64
8/7/2019 00:15 EST

I have visited Mayon Volcano in Legazpi & found it a really nice place.There are nice restarunts/Coffee Shops & Bars right on the water with magnificant views of the active Mayon Volcano continusally blowing smoke.There where plenty of shops to buy whatever u need & I found it a nice relaxing laid back place.U can hire ATV's to tour up the Volcano & there is world class scuba diving 1 hour away.

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mactan64
8/7/2019 00:15 EST

I have visited Mayon Volcano in Legazpi & found it a really nice place.There are nice restarunts/Coffee Shops & Bars right on the water with magnificant views of the active Mayon Volcano continusally blowing smoke.There where plenty of shops to buy whatever u need & I found it a nice relaxing laid back place.U can hire ATV's to tour up the Volcano & there is world class scuba diving 1 hour away.

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mactan64
8/7/2019 00:25 EST

Yep Davao gets a bad rep coz it happens to be in Mindinao but after 19yrs of travelling all over the philippines I can honestly say I have the safest in Davao.I have walked the streets alone at nights & u jut get the feeling things will be ok.I believe alot of the people have great respect for law & order due to the former Mayor & now President R Deterte.He never tolerated drug dealers or criminals in general & if they valued their life they would move to a different city.Very Harsh but he was protecting the honest hard working folks from criminals.

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