I would like as many good, bad, and ugly Balikbayan 'Visa" BI arrival stories as possible in a hopeful effort (fingers crossed but not holding my breathe) to see if we can figure out what we need to be approved (or will get us denied) a Balikbayan 'Visa' - which yes, is not a Visa but a 1 year Visa waiver. To start with, we arrived yesterday from Hong Kong with copy of marriage certificate from the NSO in hand. My wife's new Passport with her married name (same surname as mine) was still in process at DFA when we left so she had her old Philippine Passport. We arrived in NAIA at terminal #3 and proceeded to the Philippine Passport area. I gave the BI officer our marriage certificate copy and then our passports. He asked my wife about being married and why her passport was not in her married name which she explained. He then stamped us both in but gave me a tourist visa which being tired, not having cleaned my reading glasses (d*mn things), and being in a hurry to catch our Duma flight, I did not catch until we sat down at the boarding gate. I assumed (stupid me) that the lack of questions meant Balikbayan Visa was no issue, it wasn't but not the way I was thinking.