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Retirement in the Philippines: why it’s attractive, and four places to see out your golden years

The Philippines appeals to retirees because of its low living costs, lifetime non-immigrant visas, friendly, English-speaking population, and accessibility to the rest of Southeast Asia. Here are four places to consider living.

The Philippines appeals to retirees because of its low living costs, lifetime non-immigrant visas, friendly, English-speaking population, and accessibility to the rest of Southeast Asia. Here are four places to consider living.

Retirement in the Philippines: why it’s attractive, and four places to see out your golden years
22 Aug 2019 - 10:28AM
48 hours on Camiguin, Philippine ‘island born of fire’: beaches, ruins, lush forest, waterfalls, natural springs

Volcanic island off northern Mindanao has waterfalls, hot and cold natural springs, pristine beaches, and ruins that are a legacy of past eruptions. Compact enough to see in two days, it is a paradise for hikers and divers.

Volcanic island off northern Mindanao has waterfalls, hot and cold natural springs, pristine beaches, and ruins that are a legacy of past eruptions. Compact enough to see in two days, it is a paradise for hikers and divers.

48 hours on Camiguin, Philippine ‘island born of fire’: beaches, ruins, lush forest, waterfalls, natural springs
18 Jun 2019 - 7:22PM
Philippines’ Mercedes islands: unspoilt beaches, stunning views perfect for adventurers

Mercedes in the central Philippines has earned a quiet following for its seven small tropical islands ideal for ambitious adventurers seeking solitude – think empty beaches, gin-blue waters and amazing views in abundance.

Mercedes in the central Philippines has earned a quiet following for its seven small tropical islands ideal for ambitious adventurers seeking solitude – think empty beaches, gin-blue waters and amazing views in abundance.

Philippines’ Mercedes islands: unspoilt beaches, stunning views perfect for adventurers
21 May 2019 - 7:14PM
A food odyssey in world’s oldest Chinatown: siopao, empanadas, hopia and tikoy in Binondo, Manila

From a breakfast of satay guisado – stir-fried noodles in peanut sauce with beef – to siopao, or steamed pork buns, for lunch, Binondo has it all; visit its temples and church, then it’s time for bean-filled pastries and sticky rice cake.

From a breakfast of satay guisado – stir-fried noodles in peanut sauce with beef – to siopao, or steamed pork buns, for lunch, Binondo has it all; visit its temples and church, then it’s time for bean-filled pastries and sticky rice cake.

A food odyssey in world’s oldest Chinatown: siopao, empanadas,  hopia and tikoy in Binondo, Manila
19 Feb 2019 - 8:28PM
Witchcraft in the Philippines: as millennials fall under the spell, businesses are catching on

The rise of liberal millennials in the Philippines has brought witchcraft and the mystical forces of nature from the fringes into the mainstream, with businesses from brewers to bars to restaurants joining in.

The rise of liberal millennials in the Philippines has brought witchcraft and the mystical forces of nature from the fringes into the mainstream, with businesses from brewers to bars to restaurants joining in.

Witchcraft in the Philippines: as millennials fall under the spell, businesses are catching on
1 Feb 2019 - 7:15PM
Philippines plastic pollution: why so much waste ends up in oceans

Half a million tonnes of plastic waste from the Philippines ends up in oceans every year. The culprits? Corruption, lack of political will – and an addiction to single-use plastic sachets.

Half a million tonnes of plastic waste from the Philippines ends up in oceans every year. The culprits? Corruption, lack of political will – and an addiction to single-use plastic sachets.

Philippines plastic pollution: why so much waste ends up in oceans
10 Sep 2020 - 7:01PM
ADHD helped these three Asian entrepreneurs succeed through multitasking, hyperfocus and curiosity

Virgin’s Richard Branson and Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad have two things in common: they both have ADHD and are extremely successful. So do three Asian entrepreneurs, who explain how a perceived disorder has been an asset.

Virgin’s Richard Branson and Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad have two things in common: they both have ADHD and are extremely successful. So do three Asian entrepreneurs, who explain how a perceived disorder has been an asset.

ADHD helped these three Asian entrepreneurs succeed through multitasking, hyperfocus and curiosity
23 May 2018 - 9:39AM
5 of the best places for freediving in the Philippines – it’s paradise for underwater adventures

From observing whale sharks and turtles to exploring shipwrecks, the country offers a wide range of freediving opportunities at the centre of the ‘Coral Triangle’

From observing whale sharks and turtles to exploring shipwrecks, the country offers a wide range of freediving opportunities at the centre of the ‘Coral Triangle’

5 of the best places for freediving in the Philippines – it’s paradise for underwater adventures
11 Apr 2018 - 10:09AM