Life as a female expat in the Philippines

Hello,

While moving to a new country and discovering new cultures is definitely an exciting adventure, everybody experiences it differently. It can be particularly different for women, in both positive and negative ways.

What are some positive aspects about being a female expat in the Philippines?

What are some challenges in the Philippines that women face, and what are the ways to overcome them?

How is a woman's role viewed in Filipino's culture and society?

Is it relatively safe for a woman to live in the Philippines?

How would a woman go about expanding her social network in a safe way?

Are there any resources available for women to help with their expatriation (e.g. books, articles, support networks, etc.)?

Thank you for sharing your experience,

Priscilla

I don't think Philippines is a safe place for women who are new to the country. Of course there are lots of beautiful must-to-see islands to see within the country but I think as an expat life is little hard as we are not advised to go into wet markets which are little far away from the city and also visit places all alone especially for ladies because lots of rogues are around the city and the country is still developing. Many locals still don't understand proper English and we expats struggle to make them understand.

Hi Priscilla,
Sorry for late reply, and thanks for contacting me. But I just want to let you know that I'm a man.
Tony

Hi Priscilla, interested reading your post. Myself being a guy. Never would had thought about living abroad as in another gender experience. I have lived in Malaysia before. Malaysia was great place to live. So depending on your own country of origin. Different situations In migration into another country. As far as I have researched in the Philippines, before myself making the move. I have read that women can be second class, compared to say my country of origin. So I suppose where you be situated in Philippines.

Hi Priscilla. You have the Mauritian flag on your profile. Are you from Mauritius? I was born in Mauritius, but live most of my life in Australia. Back to your topic; I have been to many countries and each of them are different from others, in term of safety, human rights and woman rights. I have been to The Philippines 8 times and I love being there. People are friendly and respectful. Actually, I haven't been to any other countries where people are as respectful as the Filipino. But the problem is, there are many poor and uneducated people there. They struggle to make the two ends meet. Some don't know better than stealing and some earn a living by selling their bodies. I'm pretty sure if these people had a better social environment and good education, they would have had a better lives. My point is, we can't judge people without knowing the source of their situation. Anyway, Philippines is not as bad as some people say. There are many safe places to live in. There are worst countries in the world. As long as you stay away from trouble and do not adventure in any dark places, you'll be safe.
Good luck
Tony

Tony, Very true, some of your points. But I don't like the way Mr. Duterte is killing a lot of innocent people. He should rather give all of them education on how to eradicate poverty here, give them good moral ethics etc.

Sajnu :

Tony, Very true, some of your points. But I don't like the way Mr. Duterte is killing a lot of innocent people. He should rather give all of them education on how to eradicate poverty here, give them good moral ethics etc.

Since you dragged it up, reinvented an older post " Life as a female expat in the Philippines" created little interest, If I can ask? Why the political curve for the plight of the poorer people? Look back, tax laws changed big time and a "poor people" poverty ridden can now earn PHP 250K with no taxes if memory serves.
Education takes time and perseverance, can be related to all things Filipino, all things Aussie and yes starts with education at age 2 or 3 within the home and not within government doctrines but at home by a responsible family, the people that apparently voted are also to blame not just any old government/leader. These leaders are chosen by the people but the parents are the teachers of future leaders and that's where it starts, at home.
I apologise for going off the OP's topic and look forward to getting genuine related answers and then some but morals, ethics and even humility are learnt in the home, ministered by decent and loving parents that hold true to all of the above and would be interested to hear what they say about the OPs thread instead of political diatribe.

Cheers, Steve.

Sajnu :

But I don't like the way Mr. Duterte is killing a lot of innocent people. He should rather give all of them education on how to eradicate poverty here, give them good moral ethics etc.

As an expat you should keep your political opinions to yourself, you cannot vote or change anything, and expressing such ideas can only bring you grief.

Grief, reprimands and the occasional slapping teaches some while the unwary push on with ignorance and little learn.

Cheers, Steve.

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