Thank you for saying this for us It's nice of you to point this out. Although it's true that a lot of the locals actually make their living from the tourism industry, and that some locals are willing to put up with foreigners/customers who treat the locals like [insert your favorite derogatory term here], I would think that there are limits to the amount of disrespect that anyone would be willing to receive, be it from a foreigner or a non-Dumaguete-born Filipino tourist. I work in an office. Basically, I let my boss pay for my time and body so that I would do things that I normally wouldn't do if I were not being paid for it. This includes being humiliated and being called stupid when I do something that is not to the exact desires of my boss. In this context, I often compare myself to a lady of the night. Then again, there are certain limits to the amount of humiliation and/or disrespect that I am willing to accept, and there are things that I absolutely will not do (for the amount of money that I get paid). We all would probably allow a neighbor to have his dog take a dump on our lawns a few times. But after one dump too many, we would all get to that tipping point and do something either to the dog or even to the neighbor. One particularly nice thing I saw in Dumaguete -- the foreigners (at least those that I met) have a healthy respect for the locals, and the locals appreciate the foreigners not only for the business that they bring but also for their contribution to society. That wonderful balance does not happen in every city in the Philippines. It would be to your advantage to police your own, to make sure that your own backyards are clean, and to make sure that anybody coming to your neighborhood knows the "rules" of proper conduct (that which everybody should have learned in kindergarten). Dumaguete can be your paradise playground, but you have to help keep it that way. And this goes to everybody else out there who, like me, wish they were there living with you in your beautiful Dumaguete wonderland!