I see the United States issued another travel warning for the Philippines. It was issued Feb. 13th as a replacement for last years continued travel warning. The U.S. apparently felt the need to issue an update due to a kidnapping of a U.S. citizen last October. I actually hadn't heard about the kidnapping at all until i read the warning. It's been awhile since we've talked about safety issues. I was wondering if the U.S. citizens that are part of this forum and living in Dumaguete, or elsewhere in the Philippines would like to share their real life experiences and/or concerns. Actually, it would be interesting to hear anyones thoughts on this real issue. I'm sure there are reasons for these continuous warnings, but how real are they, or do people just ignore them and hope for the best? From what I've read, there are small factions on all the islands in the Philippines, but most often, the only ones who put westerners in danger are the factions around Davao , is this correct, or are there real concerns in other places, such as the Negros? I look forward to hearing some good details and thoughts from some of you.