I just found another interesting twist on obtaining a passport or screwing money out foreigners!!! We went to get my wife a Philippine Passport, her first one, of course. I thought we had met all the requirements, birth certificate, Barangay clearance, NBI Clearance, Marriage Contract, multiple photo ID's, pictures, etc. Then I learned that, since she is married to a foreigner, she also needs to attend a seminar in Cebu called a "Guidance and Counselling Program", a full day affair costing another 250P in order to obtain CFO (Commision of Filipinos Overseas) Certificate of Attendance, a pre-requisite for a passport. Note that the lady at CFO said that 650P would actually be required; I don't know why. To attend this seminar, my wife must bring my previous divorce documents also(stupid, since I was required to provide this in order to get married in the Philippines), a photo showing both of us together (I guess, to prove that I exist and have at least been close enough to touch her, haha), plus many of the other documents that she must also provide to the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) to obtain her passport anyway. Well, it looks like one more money grab, knowing that these Filipino wifes can get the money from their "foreign" spouse. Has anybody else had to go through this? Is there a way around it? I tried most of the travel agencies, thinking that they might know a fixer, but to no avail. Can this be fixed in Cebu itself? I would prefer to avoid the trip but will go if I must.