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I'd like to hear from expats or locals currently residing in Palawan.  I am seriously considering residing in Palawan...probably in the Puerto Princesa area.  I have been to Palawan on a vacation....spent a couple of weeks in Aborlan and an overnight stay in Puerto....fell in love with the place!   I can live very simple, eat the local food (love it!), mingle with local folks, even live in a nipa hut (I did, in Iloilo...for a whole year), and adapt to local customs (I even learned to speak Tagalog...many of my Filipino friends here in the U.S. have told me I'm almost native level....and also fluent in Ilonggo...picked up during my one year stay in Iloilo).
  Because I want to grow old in Palawan, of course I have to worry about health care issues.  So my first question is the quality of health care in Puerto?  Adequacy of medical equipment and medicines?  Would I have to commute to Manila or Cebu to get quality care?  I have service-connected disability (non debilitating) from military service....so I can always go the U.S. VA in Manila (still there?), I suppose.  Dental care?   I also have Blue Cross/Blue Shield that covers me worldwide (I have used this insurance in the Philippines once...also in Korea, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands).
  Weather is also a concern....I heard that Palawan does not get the brunt of typhoons that normally devastates other parts of the Philippines....particularly eastern/central Visayas and Luzon...is this true?  I know that Palawan gets a fairly even rain/dry season...that is, the distinct seasons common in other areas are fairly evenly distributed in Palawan. 
  I will probably have more questions later....but this is all I need to know for now.  Thanks...appreciate your advice/information.

I feel Thailand has the best medical care in asia...forget the philippines if you want proper medical care....

Maybe so....but I'm not going to live in Thailand (I've been there too, lived and worked a year and a half).  I had retinal reattachment done by an ophthalmic surgeon in Manila...(he is also licensed, educated...and practiced in Houston, TX).  Superb job he did on my eye...no complications, full and complete recovery!  Can't get it done better elsewhere...even in the U.S.  And didn't cost me an arm and a leg, either...like it would've cost me in the U.S.  My BC insurance covered the cost.

Palawan is a beautiful place to live. They are trying to keep Palawan as is but still develop it and keep its pristine beauty. As far as health care I have no clue but this is what I know. I'm a veteran too and so was my father. Unfortunately he passed away a long time ago. My mother who is still under Tricare, is still covered under Tricare overseas, and she still comes visit us in the mainland US and still does her check ups. To my knowledge I think they already accept Tricare especially where I live which was in Iloilo. I know when my dad got seriously ill he was covered by CHAMPUS then. He was going back and forth to Manila to visit the VA. Which is   still there. At that time my father was being referred to St Davids  at that time not the VA hospital. I would just inquire about healthcare plus the trip to Manila for healthcare is cheap..

Thank you....that was very helpful information.   And by the way, how do you like living in Iloilo?   I lived in Mandurriao during my stay in Iloilo.

I grew up in Iloilo and went back to the States in 95  and joined the army, I just retired last year. I havent been home since 2007 and from the pics it has changed a lot since my last visit. It has improved a lot since my father brought us back in 1977. I still know my way around but I wouldn't recognize all the improvements since I last visited. What a coincidence, our family's home is in Mandurriao,  by the old airport road, it is one of the few large houses by the road. We are close to the old airport and now I heard they developed the old airport into a business and residential area, condos. As far as living there, I love it cost of living is cheaper like 40 percent cheaper than Austin Texas. With my disability and retirement check I could live like a king in Iloilo.

Indeed a coincidence!  Then you must know the Escarrilla family on R. Mapa St.   We visited my old home and family in Mandurriao when we were stationed in Sasebo, Japan as a civilian working for the Navy.   It was a grand reunion.    By the way, when I was stationed on Okinawa (on active duty with the Army) I was reassigned to the US Army Support Element in Manila!  I kept reading my PCS orders over and over make sure it wasn't a mistake.  That was a dream come true!   It was the best assignment ever...yes, it was even better than my assignment in Paris.

Lol, I'm familiar with the name, matter of fact I know 2 Escarillas in Madurriao, one is Efrain Escarilla was my classmate in grade school in Assumption and the other Escarilla was a female who went to IHAS but then was my classmate when I was taking Psychology in San Agustin. I cannot remember her name I think it was Mabel or Maybeline, cant remember, though. Our house no was 192 R. Mapa St. right there by the old intersection at the old airport road. It's the old red brick house that belongs to my mother. I was also stationed in Japan, but I was on the mainland, Camp Zama and Sagami Depot. Loved that assignment, I was there for 5 years until I moved to Germany and spent another 5 years there.

Hey are we In the same astronomical paths?   Check this out...after an assignment (as Army civilian) in Korea we went to Germany (Rheinberg)...then to Schinnen, The Netherlands, and back to CONUS for a series of assignments with the Navy and Air Force.  Then back to the Far East....with the Navy in Sasebo, then with USMC in Iwakuni....then the Air Force In Guam....back to CONUS with the Army.....and finally retired as a DoD civilian in Oregon...but within six months got bored, contacted an old friend in Heidelberg who got me back as a reemployed annuitant (nice thing about federal civilians you can always get reinstated even after retirement).  Phew!   I only did 12 years active and 5 years in the Reserves...but made it up as a civilian with all branches of the service...so I was always with the military...in all my 32 years of service.
  The address in Mandurriao was 22 R. Mapa.  The family I lived with was in the home of Dr. Benjamin Escarrilla...who was married to Betty Alcantara....my mother's sister.  Siblings were Ben Jr, Henry, Linda, Leticia and Linda.  There was another daughter I only knew as Inday.  Of course they're now spread out everywhere with their own families.  Only Ben remains with his own family, married kids and grandchildren.   
Every time I visited the Escarrilla family in Mandurriao there was always 2 or 3 new kids I had to get acquainted with.  I am still in touch with a nephew, Rex Escarrilla....who is working in Cebu.
   That's it (I think).

Lol, I was in Germany in Schwinefurt for those 5 years, 2 of those years I went to Iraq. After Europe I was supposed to got to Hawaii for my 3rd overseas tour but got stuck in Germany. So they gave me Texas, which wasn't that bad. From the US I got to see Afghanistan, then after that it was off to Suwon South Korea for me. Currently I work as a contractor here in the middle east. Im trying to figure where the 22 R Mapa ST starts. I think it starts after the bridge and that place is Tabucan Im thinking that area? or is it close to the plaza in Mandurriao, The names are familiar I may have to ask my friends back home. Now before the bridge across from the slaughter house, there is a hospital there that was newly built when I went home in 2007 from across the bridge and on their wall, they painted that they accepted Tricare. I don't know how true that is.. that's how I know that there might be a possibility they accept Tricare plus with the experience with my mother. I can ask her if I can get ahold of her
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We certainly had a colorful and exciting life.  I believe 22 R. Mapa is closer to the plaza.  I remember walking to church and you pass Mandurriao Elementary School.  Back when I lived there...I don't think there was a hospital yet.   I believe my uncle was the only doctor in town back then...his house was his clinic and had a small operating room in the basement of his house.   Also believe that his eldest daughter was the only pharmacist in town, then.  Thinking back...he really was the poor folks'  Doctor...despite his impressive medical training in Switzerland.  Gad!  That was a long time ago.  Earlier, I did say "I wanted to grow old in Palawan...." but reminiscing all those many years and many places...makes me feel old now.

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