UK travel advisory

  • We advise against all travel to Mindanao and Cebu provinces.  We believe that terrorists are in the final stages of planning attacks.  On 10 January 2007, three bombs exploded in various locations in Mindanao (General Santos City, Kidapawan City and Cotabato City), killing seven people and injuring at least twenty seven others.  We also advise against all travel to the Sulu archipelago including Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo, where there are ongoing military and police operations against insurgent groups.
  • The high threat from terrorism remains throughout the Philippines.  We continue to receive reports that terrorist groups are planning further attacks and believe that they have the capacity and the intent to carry out attacks at any time and anywhere in the country.  These attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets in public places, including those frequented by foreigners.
  • There is a threat of kidnapping throughout the Philippines.  We continue to believe that terrorists and criminal elements plan to kidnap foreign tourists from islands and coastal areas in the southern Philippines – ie Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago.  Kidnappings from other parts of the Philippines cannot be discounted.  Boats travelling to and from offshore islands and dive sites are possible targets.
  • Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe.
  • Around 50,000 British tourists visit the Philippines every year.  Most visits are trouble-free.  The main type of incidents for which British nationals require consular assistance in the Philippines are replacing lost or stolen passports, running out of money or overstaying their visa.  You should be alert to the risk of street crime.
  • House for sale

    For those of you who may not have a permanent abode in Metro Manila or perhaps would like to relocate to a very central location within equally short driving or commuting distance to Quezon City, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Cainta, Marikina, Taguig, etc. you may want to consider a property located within our compound which is being put up for sale.

    The property is only a ten-minute drive to Edsa Shangrila Plaza and SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson Pioneer, Market Market, Pioneer Center, SM Hypermart, Shopwise, Tiendiesitas. You will be in the center of all these shopping centers!

    It is a one and one half storey bungalow with 2 bedrooms and a basement on a 200+ sq meter lot owned by Ms. Tess de Guzman. It is right behind where we live and those of you who have been to our place in Pasig as the house right below the half-court. 

    The asking price is PHP8.5 M, but like everything in the Philippines the price maybe negotiable.  To talk with the owner and inspect the premises you may call Dory at 671-0966 so she can arrange an appointment with Aling Tess for you.

    Fred Yap