I went to Apo Island along with my local relatives for a swim. I’ve met a couple of blonds in their mid twenties walking around the beach. I said “how you doin “ ( really fast just like how Americans say it) and one of them responded to me in pure Visayan (Cebuano) dialect. Having been away from Dumaguete after my high school graduation to attend college in Manila, then migrated to the USA, I could not keep up with her speaking my native language. Both of them are American Peace Corp volunteers. Which answered my curiosity why this women can speak my native tongue fluently while me on the other hand loosing it to tagalong/taglish and now main stream American lingo. It is part of their job to learn local custom and tradition. For a small amount of US dollar pay check, they have to stay in an assigned local home and live like locals. I know that this will raise some eyebrows but I have to ask this question. How long will take for a mix marriage couple ( Filipina and Western Guy ) to really learn from each other, rather than “ everything is okay because we have plenty of money and we can afford to live upscale status here “ BTW – I would love to hear from the Mr. rather than the Mrs.