Philippines Provincial Barangay life style for foreigners
Talking to foreigners planning to settle locally
The talk or chatter to foreigners wishing to settle here revolves around buying land, building a house and a new life. I never try to influence just give my opinion and answers to the questions. How big is your house and what did it cost to build? Can I own land here “NO”? It is hard to answer as land and building costs vary from province to province. To build a house depends where you are as labor and building materials can vary. In addition you must find the right architect or person to manage the building project.
One question I do ask is “Have you been to the barangay (village) you intend to live and stayed there? In the majority of cases the answer is “no”. They have visited and do not wish to stay. The barangay family home maybe basic and not suitable to a foreigner. The foreigners thinking appears if I build a nice house in the barangay things will be different! Yes the house will give the conveniences of everyday life but the life style in the area you live will remain the same.