Just How Dangerous is The Philippines to Foreigners Living Here?


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Just How Dangerous is The Philippines to Foreigners Living Here?
In this video Paul and I walk thought a strictly Filipino neighborhood while discussing safety and danger in the Philippines.

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  1. Just How Dangerous is The Philippines to Foreigners Living Here?
    In this video Paul and I walk thought a strictly Filipino neighborhood while discussing safety and danger in the Philippines.

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  3. Maybe if you walked alone in certain places like pasil you would get a better idea. If you only go to places that you think are safe you miss out on the real experience of living in the Philippines.

  4. You can be fined for littering here in Davao. I have always lived in a Filipino neighborhood other than the first month I was here, we were in a Condo. Where we are in Davao the people sweep the street and pick up trash in front of their place every morning.

  5. I was renting an apartment in Tupi, South Cotabato last year with my GF and her family for 3 months at the start of the pandemic.
    I really felt sorry for this one really skinny street dog that used to hang around out place, so i used to feed him every night at dinner time and about 6ish each night he would appear, he put some weight on and was looking OK 🙂 anyway one night there was these 4 drunk Filipino lads walking past our apartment and the dog was there waiting for his handout and one of the drunk lads went to kick the dog, i said loudly ‘Hey don’t kick him, he’s a good dog and i feed him, leave him alone’.
    The 4 lads came towards me and i seen one of them had a bottle in his hand and was saying something in Bisaya to me that i didn’t understand. At this point my GF came out of the flat, shouted something at these lads and pulled me inside.
    She said they were going to jump me for shouting at them for trying to kick the dog, and do me in, the one with the bottle was gonna smash me with it if i gave him the chance. She also told me that they didn’t understand English so didn’t know what i was shouting at them.
    That’s the only trouble that i have seen out there and in a way it was my fault, well i caused it but i wasn’t gong to stand by and say nothing while these drunks kicked dogs for fun. And i’d do it again too if i seen it happening.
    Besides that brilliant little town on Mindanao but nicer up in the hills though.

  6. been to Philippines many many many times over the last 25 yrs, never felt scared , and the reason is wherever you go you are usually a novelty, so no one is going to do anything to you because as it will not go un noticed , or un punished

  7. Gio, what a stark difference between the streets you are walking and the high rise condos in the background.
    I am a high rise condo person or gated community person.

  8. Have travelled 4 times in the Philippines, stayed a total of 9 months, never have I felt threatened in any way. In my opinion it is THE safest place on earth. Apart from the southern most part/ muslim part…. go figure 🤔😅

  9. You know Gio why all their eyes on you because because they are not yet use to seeing seldom foreigners in the street or around but if you will do it frequently you can see the changes by yourself .

  10. Put into consideration filipinos are go ing into some kind of transformation. Philippines is not the same 30 or 50 years ago. There so much change as with global life too

  11. Well said and shown! I feel the same way here and I am a female. Yes, the BEST advice is to stay away from the drunks! It is disgusting how many foreigners come here to be drunkards in their retirement age. It gives us foreigners a bad name. You are a hero for stopping that drunk especially in a car on National Highway! Oh my! You surely saved others LIVES that day!

  12. Hello guys this is the Mexican. I fallow you all the time. For my bother that just separated just want to say that I did enjoyed your blogs with that little girl. Not mentioned names so no one gets offended. One day will come to Filipinas. Lol most girls think in a Pinoy.

  13. Perhaps the kid swore at you because he didn’t get a donation. I’ve been with Filipinos before who told me someone was swearing at me in their language.

  14. If you’re hungry only have a dollar in your pocket you have no choice but to eat at a carinderia or streetfood but you still need to watch and know what you will eat.

  15. U get lots of staring because some areas seldom see white long noses people.l heard people snatch lphone and cell phone in Philippines and sell it here in US it’s useless to sell stolen use or new phone because u can’t activate it.

  16. we were at the jollibees and the swat team was there waving there m16’s all around and at my daughter, i looked them in there eyes and said muzzle control, they instantly pointed their guns at the ground…

  17. Been there about 25times + and shit can happen people are desperate and poor heard lots of bad stories Google how many expats murdered there usually in the provenances your girlfriend has a Filipino husband you will end up with a bullet was there when a American was shot in the head at the blue rock a love triangle ! And wife always warning me to be careful a hit man is very cheap !

  18. Hey Gio, I have travelled not extensively but to a few out-of-the-way places and never felt threatened or was a scared. That being said there are quite a few gangs in around the cities that you should be aware of. Wondering if you could do a video on gang tattoos and what to look for. You’re absolutely right though it is mostly entitled foreigners that are drunk & create the problem. My theory is you do not know what can upset a Filipino to the point of losing face & coming after you. Keep yourself safe and don’t go in areas that would put you in a predicament. Maybe Tondo perhaps would not be a good place to walk around even in the daytime.

  19. What’s the difference Gio between walking with a nice watch or walking with a cell phone out for everyone to see or a go-pro ? That camera you have could easily be worth more then a nice watch another person is wearing. How would a Filipino know that nice watch is worth taking but your camera is not ? But you are saying don’t wear a watch out walking but yet you show your cell phone or camera to everyone ? How is wearing a watch more risky ? Doesn’t make any sense.

  20. Like every where be careful where you walk esp at night. Know where to walk into and where not too is wise. Remember if you are living or just visiting in a different country the laws are not what you may think. Good topic and nice conversation as you both walk. Thank You for sharing and keep safe.

  21. I’ve been to a lot of foreign countries and at night time the places look a lot better per during the day all depends on what kind of cool lighting they use. Like in Baghdad for instance during the day it looks like a s*** hole but at night when I got their lights and light stripping up it’s beautiful to drive by or through even on the outskirts it’s beautiful

  22. Also keep in mind that it’s safer to walk with someone, like you & Paul were doing, rather than walking alone like a single first-time visitor might try to do.

  23. I first visited the Philippines when I was 17 in 1969. I’ve lived as a legal resident in the Philippines since 2011. Before D30 became president, a foreigner was getting killed at least once a month in AC, and crime against foreigners was rampant. I had my apartment broken into while I was sleeping on the second floor. Neighbors woke my wife and me up shouting from the street because they thought we were dead.

    When D30 became president, it was as if someone had turned the switch. Suddenly, women could walk the street again, ride a jeepney or a motorbike without being robbed, assaulted, raped, or murdered. Meth heads used to walk by my place all hours of the day and night. Not any more.

    Once the president got rid of most of the meth heads and crooked cops, the crime rate in the Philippines plummeted. D30 rounded as many bad cops as possible and shipped them off to islands where cops did not want to go. Those that did not want to go, were fired and others went out in a blaze of glory.

    Cops that that had been sent to prison for shooting criminals were pardoned, put back in uniform, and given the mandate to clean up the streets.

    Before D30 became president, the country was on the verge of becoming a narco-state. I had neighbors that were selling meth. They were all shot while getting into their car stopped at a traffic light. Lately, it’s been very quiet in the subdivision.

    My bother-in-law turned himself in when his name showed up on ‘the list.’ The cops came by with a megaphone, called out his name, and told him to report to the local PNP station. He was hiding out Tagum. My wife called and he turned himself in. He was told that if he f*c*ked up one more time, he would get laid up. The cops went through at the village level and cleaned out the dealers. When you’re driving down the highway on the island of Leyte, and you see a sign that says, this place is a drug-free zone, they are not kidding.

    I feel much safer now than I did when I first moved here. I now live in Lapu-Lapu on the island of Cebu. Terrible traffic but it is now very safe for the locals and ex-pats.

    And for all the bleeding hearts, if you don’t want to end up dead, don’t sell meth (shabu). Real simple.

  24. It’s good to see Paul in a better humor than in the last video which he deleted. Some viewers were pretty hard on him. None knew enough to have any legitimate opinion, and neither do I. Glad you are standing by your friend.

  25. Hi Gio! Thank you very much for the video. All your Videos are always clear and good quality, always pleasant to watch. Yes, by the way, maybe you would make another one online discussion about safety in the Filipinos after certain occasions! Foreigners Behavior/safety after breaking up with Filipina!
    For example, how safe is it to stay at the same place or walk on the same streets, eat at the same restaurant or visit the same places after breaking up with your Filipina?
    Even, if you are that kind of Man and have another Filipina every month, how people around you react, behave, what is their attitude? Do local people tents to condemn you?

  26. Great video Gio, I really like the sights and sounds of that neighborhood. Paul has a good head on his shoulders if only more expats had an attitude like you guys 👍🏽❤️🇵🇭

  27. One of the best videos I have seen for a very long time, absolutely spot on with everything you both said, when in Rome do as the Romans do, embrace the people as you both do, fit in, you never ever know when you may need their help, great video, very poignant 👍

  28. I have never felt unsafe in the Philippines. I am 188cm, 115kgs, and reasonably fit which helps. I would tread carefully if you party too hard, and are not careful about the women you associate with. No different than any other country, you are a guest. If in doubt, walk away…

  29. IMO the key to being safe is what are you doing drinking and bar life any place often leads to trouble . Being watched so much would feel strange tho

  30. I’ve been to Philippines many times. I have never had a problem, I’ve rode jeepneys, trikes and scooters. I was taught as a young man to walk down the street like you own it but not looking like an ass doing it. Be confident

  31. From my experience it is rather safe. But wanted your opinion if you think with an expected huge number of foreigners to be there in 2022 do u think it will become more dangerous? Im thinking it will for a number of reasons. Would be interested in hearing your opinion .

  32. I never feel dangerous in PH been in bad area like Tondo Manila same in Cebu pasil / V rama had a real poor area before we talk 20 years back , never any problems, I had friends living there . But if you go out in Sweden then you have problems day or night , here i cant feel safe at all . But in ph 100% safe , just dont bring gold necklaces be wise .

  33. Interesting ” that’s where we live right over there ” seems just a stones throw from that neighborhood , I have been in similiar in and one particular day ( climbing over big stones on pathway ) had prob my best fun conversation to the people living in that accommodation, they were happy and I had many fun and great meals there in that tiny basic living quater , lechon one festival time hmmmm ! just a pity Gio that playground could not be upgraded, could you contact the local Barangay Captain, I mean it is there just imagine a basketball court a level well developed playing field etc, I would embrace a prodject like that if at all possible, just a thought, vaccine certificates to be rolled out it seems in N Z so those not vaccinated ! cheers and San Miguel !

  34. I have been in an out of the Philippines since 2012…on that first trip, my son and I spent some time in Dipolog City…Dumagete, Cebu, CDO and went to Pagagian City….it was a beautiful city but alot of Muslims lived there … We had a couple of close encounters with them and cut our trip short..I am glad we hired a policeman to tour us around at the time…most of the Philippines I believe to be safe but you have to use your common sense no matter what country you are in

  35. Hi gio
    I like the walking videos
    I went to iligan city February 2020,and sometimes I didn’t feel safe ,had some dirty looks from a certain sector of the population ,but on the bright side ,I had company for two weeks and visited the water falls where you went once with lots of steps ,and I went swimming there ,what a beautiful place
    Thanks

  36. Hey Gio, good topic covered in this one. As a retired Marine, I’ve been in several foreign countries. It’s kinda common sense to know where you should or shouldn’t go. Much like being New York city, avoid a dark alley at 2am kind of thing.

  37. As a musician I play lots of bars or venues that serve alcohol. I myself like my beers at the end of a day. But I’ve noticed in several of your videos and other bloggers referring to “Drunk EXPATS” . Serious question: Just how common is “The drunk expat” being a problem.? Lots of people at my shows are drinking here in the US. Wide range of ages also and I have to say ive very rarely seen any problems such as arguments or fights. Given the EXPATS living there are probably a bit older I’d think theiyre probably pretty mature and very rarely a problem. So is the term “Drunk EXPATS” a real thing or rather a term that just kinda got thrown around and just sort of stuck? I often like to go sit down for a few beers and socialize….. So is the term “Drunk EXPAT” just sort of used to refer to people who frequent drinking establishments? Just kinda confused about why I’ve heard it said so often in these types of videos.

  38. If you go to the more populated cities in the Philippines, like Metro Manila, it’s not safe. I went to a wet Market in Quezon City and my wallet was pickpocketed.

  39. After living in Vietnam 14 years you can get a feel for the bad ones if any. I got stock back in Texas when the COVID hit so now waiting for Asia to open with no complications then will be back. Thanks for your video keep up the good work. 🙏🙏🙏

  40. That’s exactly correct Geo the most danger you’re gonna run into over here is amongst other ex-pats that love causing problems we called crab mentality this is exactly why I am hoping and praying the Philippines don’t open back up to tourist until at least 2023 because it is so peaceful over here right now with just a few ex-pats over here keep the rest of those suckers back in their own country because now this place is truly a paradise when you don’t have every Tom Dick and Harry over here

  41. KEEP the videos coming Gio. Most places are safe. You could be anywhere really but if you come across the wrong person at the wrong time it could get bad….like when my wife gets angry. 🤣

  42. filipinos stares at you because they don’t see many foreigners ..especially if you go to remote areas in Philippines you get more stares..but danger??? you are far from danger,, we filipino stares at you just out of curiosities 🙂.here in the u.s. I feel more in danger than in the Philippines ..especially in big cities such as philadelphia ,New York,LA, Detroit .to name a few..its the most dangerous cities in the u.s. I wouldn’t want anyone to even go there too many crimes, drugs, too many criminals owning guns illegally ,driveby shootings…….philippines is too far from to be a dangerous country …be careful when you come to u.s. especially in big cities..there you aren’t safe at all…check out philadelphia in Kensington today ,,drugs are legal and looking like zombie land its scary out there… Philippines is the safest country I’ve ever been to, since I was born there,,,I would never go vaca to anywhere else ..philippines got everything I need, the tropical weather, the beautiful beaches, the beautiful friendly people ,families ,manila the beautiful manila ,beautiful big malls ..I mean what else could I want more they got it all 🥰

  43. Most times it is safe, but never I mean never disrespect any one, If anyone decides ” he wants” you Dead believe me it will happen, 💯 and yes you can hire someone for “cheap” to have someone dead. Know this first hand when traveling with my wife in her province. …2nd tip.. if you want to drink in a bar or something, always I mean always sit by the exit door.

  44. Mactan Newtown?? Haha
    That’s all (rich) yuppies. There’s NOTHING to worry about around THAT neighborhood. I walked thru Tondo, Manila around midnight by myself and nothing happened. People are always friendly, but they do try to warn you about (dangers) situations. I’m born n raised in NY. NOTHING in the Philippines makes me nervous. This doesn’t mean there aren’t dangers, but the 9xs I’ve been there, I NEVER had a bad experience. I’ve been all over Cebu from Bago to Santander, from Lapu2xs to Toledo. Cebu is nothing. Most people hear you’re from NY and they have a 1000 questions for u. As far as jewelry goes, you’re an idiot if u display your property to poor people. Go to Bed-Stuy Brooklyn wearing and showing off your jewelry and see what happens.. I notice foreigners wanna display to poor people how much they got, and it makes them feel better than these people, and THEY R NOT!!! Filipinos r the most friendly people. Be cool with them and they’ll be twice as cool with you

  45. Hi Gio, can you make us a field trip report of some decent affordable and expat friendly Mactan Subdivisions ? 2/3 bedroom rental townhouses/bungalows. If its near the beach and Newtown even better. 🙏🙏

  46. Dude, you are walking on a very safe neighbourhood right next to mactan towers making videos about bad neighbourhoods. Please go and make the same video in Pasil, Fatima or Mambilang if you want to show at least some of the “bad” neighbourhoods in Cebu. To say that this video is misleading would ne an understatement.

  47. A foreign man was killed over there after what you just said happened he was in a bar with drunk philipinos and asked to buy a beer he refused they followed him out and shot him

  48. Love you’re videos. I’m planning on joining my wife is already in Cebu. A little worried about the ability to get medical care if I happen to get sick. Are the hospitals overwhelmed? Any thoughts about this would really be welcomed.

  49. All I know is that Camiguin island is by far the safest place I have ever lived and no crime and very clean. Cooler weather than CDO are Dumaguete. More rain but mostly at night. Green lush and Beautiful

  50. Just depends on where you go in Philippine, Go to mindanao and the farther west you go the more danger is it. Even Davao City has bombings quit a bit

  51. When I first arrived there I felt like I was in the horror movie, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, lol.

    If you watch that movie, you walk down the street and people are staring at you like they know you haven’t slept. lmao

  52. The only thing I fear and avoid if possible are Filipino police and street children. Both are unpredictable and dangerous.
    Good to see Paul with you on this one.

  53. TO BE HONEST (you can stay as long as you want) NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IN THE PHILIPPINES – considering not even a single cop in the area —- unless you are looking for it.

    You are more in danger of being mugged in the alley of Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, Portland and no ending inner cities.

  54. why is the Philippines so many places slums and poor,almost in every province ? it is the duty of the government and people of the Philippines to resolve it.

  55. If you don’t have friends or relatives to go out with, it’s because you are street smart. When possible, go out with streetwise family or friends. This is basic advice that everyone can use to be safe; especially when out clubbing.

  56. If you go to a city like Davao City, which hosts a surprising number of beautiful girls/Ladies, you will auto stick out like a sore thump from way down the populated streets. Of course they know you are not from there and will follow you around like stalking you. It is not safe for a white guy to go to a place where everyone thinks you are loaded and there are no other white guys around. The muslims are not going to mess with you in the Phils, other than ask you to dance and pal around with you. They may teach you “the Muslim dance” if they like you.

  57. I really liked your walk around in a real Filipino neighborhood Okay, I liked it when the kid said Hello Joe, It brought back memories of when I was in the Marines and stationed in Okinawa. when wmen would say ” Hey Joe, want suckie suckie. If you delete this that is okay . I just thought it was funny.

  58. Great video very interesting to show every day life in the philippines i have spent time living in the philippines most of the time was in the dumaguete good place to live at this time back in austrslia but looking forward to going back to the philippines Australia is looking to open up overseas travelling soon cheers

  59. Street food in the Philippines is the best! Anything deep fried is safe, just be careful with those skewers (‘inihaw’) making sure they are “well done”.

  60. I was in LA Calif two years ago and I was warned several times not to venture out after 7PM. I felt so apprehensive.The US is the MOST dangerous country in the world. The Philippines is one of the safest in the world.

  61. They’re wondering what a couple of “Canos” are doing strolling through their barangay, lol. It’s all good. Always a fun and informative video Gio. Blessings to you and Paul.

  62. I was just browsing, and came across your vid, coz I’m missing Philli 😢 Where are you guys? What got me curious is the swanky condos just on the other side, of a perfectly normal and peaceful neighbourhood. Probably a great neighbourhood to invest in. Keep safe.

  63. Yikes! That street chicken that’s cooked in old oil is not a good idea. Old, rancid, over-used cooking oil–besides tasting nasty–is carcinogenic as all hell.

  64. Hey Gio, at about 17:20 there was graffiti along the metal wall/fence. Do they have gangs and/or a gang problem there in the Phils. like here in the USA?

  65. Philippines is a safe place. Friendly people & can somehow speak English good enough to communicate. It is just natural for local people to stare at foreigners, for 2 obvious reason white complex & your height, another one they are preparing for their English in case you approach them. 😂😂😂

  66. Agreed the drunk intoxicated Foreigner gives us all a bad name and I really hate seeing that. But your sense of feeling safe or not feeling safe is absolutely as false as thinking the Philippines is a safe Paradise. 98% of the people are wonderful honest, is that 2% that would cut your throat and never think again spending your money.
    Nearly 30 years and I can say, I know a little too much. How many murders are nice and extremely gruesome. Two people Filipinos in my xy’s family were murdered. One was a sweet innocent single mom raped and cut to pieces and left to bleed, and then her grandfather separate incident very similar only even more gruesome.. I personally pursued an investigation and dealt with pilipino police oh, and it went nowhere. I know who did it.
    it happens in no other country that I have experienced directly knowing people that were murdered. Two other cases on Bohol when was it a nearby neighbor American another a European both murdered by their own wife’s Filipino boyfriends, then sold or stole everything and walked away free.. one must press charges for the crime. No one did..
    Something as simple as a misunderstanding can turn the mail Filipino ego into a rage because they are highly emotionally suppressed so when they explode it often turns violent and I have faced a stupid misunderstanding and an ignorant Filipino with a broken Coke bottle in my face. There was no alcohol this was all because they’re small-minded and just simply didn’t understand with a language barrier.
    some foreigners will not like hearing this kind of thing and give some heavy denial or point the finger of blame even my Direction, but that is truly ignorant and they don’t have a clue, perhaps living in their bedroom as air conditioning and cable TV they don’t really get out much. If you really look into this topic and I have you can find it in the news and pretty much weekly a foreigner is murdered in Cebu, or even the whole family shot in the head I’ve seen all of this. Sounds bad a lot of people will be in denial but you can wake up to reality and be careful oh, you can simply not be there, or you can live in Dreamland thinking so it would never happen to me. Your white skin makes you a Target automatically that is the fact,Andy regardless how nice you are how pleasant you are you could easily be the victim of kidnapping like several groups taken by Abu sayyaf, even kind missionaries have been senselessly murdered and blindsided.
    So to some degree it is a game of Oz and you may have a lifestyle that increases the risk, or you may just simply be lucky and have good timing.
    However I still May move there and live full-time.
    good topic about when bad things might happen thank you, salamat

  67. The walk in the neighborhood was reminiscent of my childhood. I grew up in a small city in China, the sights in my neighborhood in the 80s and early 90s were quite similar to this one. By today’s standard, the neighborhood should be called a slum. However back then, we grew up happily as little kids and no one felt poor or inferior, coz every family’s livelihood was pretty much the same. Maybe some better-off families owned big color TV and most families only had Black and white TV, that was pretty much the gap between rich and poor. Parents didn’t have to worry about their children’s safety, cos there were basically no cars on the streets, only a few motorcyles. People raised chicken outside there house. People had no private toilet but chamber pots, every morning there were long queues before the public toilets. Things started to change in mid-90s, when my family, along with more and more families moved out to the newly built apartments, but my grandma was still living there. In 1999, the whole neighborhood was demolished and replaced with new apartment buildings two years later. All families who still lived there were given a new home in the same old address. My grandma said she never dreamed in her whole life that one day she could live in an apartment with a toilet. She lived there for ten years and passed away at the age of 89. Looking back at the dramatic changes in our lives from the 80s to now, it was simply unreal.

  68. I have lived in the Philippines for 3 years, in a city that is not a typical expat destination – I have only met two other non-Filipinos in my area during that time. I have a Filipino family and a number of Filipino friends. I have never had any problems from ordinary Filipinos. I retired here at a relatively early age and my wife and I bought property, invested in a business, have an income and live in a relatively prosperous area. My advice to anyone wishing to retire here is to recognise that it it is not your home country so there are some behaviours that you will find strange but simply accept them. Also, make sure you have enough money/capital to survive.

  69. No wonder why some of pilipinos are exciling to other countries coz it is so poor out there! I saw in your video those trash, those poor houses, guys! You must get out from there!

  70. In the day time is safer but at night is a different situation try going to Mindanao especially towards Marawi I was in a neighboring city and the Muslims do not like foreigners there and my wife’s family in Mindanao feared for my safety ,as well as in Manila after the pandemic declared I was almost robbed and from that time I learned after dark it safer to take taxi after it gets dark there which of course after 6 pm in the evening in the Philippines 🇵🇭!

  71. Philippines is far safer then that of Mexico. That being said no country is “Crime free”. You feel me? Keep it real, keep it safe. Peace with booty grease. 😂

  72. I’ve lived here for 3 years and I’ve been in Cebu for 2 and a half. The Philippines is not dangerous as long as you stay away from the designated areas in Mindanao.It’s safer than many cities in the US.

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