I am a stranger who needs a favor... actually for my brother-in-law. I cannot promise you anything in return, but you will be doing good for Negros and be saving my long treasured and awaited vacation to Dauin. I always wanted to visit Dumaguete and enjoy the seaside of Negros. I got some free PAL award MN-DGT-MNL tickets, for early September, for wife baby and I, as well as for pinay sister-in-law and her Polish-Canadian husband (both of whom will be visiting the Philippines from Calgary, Canada - we live outside Manila). Thought all of us could enjoy being by the sea at Dauin and still not be too far away from Dumaguete city. Anyway, I am overseas right now and here is an extract from a recent chatlog with my pinay wife: "Bad news is (XXX NAME OF BRO-IN-LAW) doesnt one to go to dumaguete anymore. bcoz a filipina friend der told dem dat d place is not peaceful and lots of NPA's. dis filipina has a brother in dumaguete who moved to another place." Someone has to put a stop to this over-reaction. My wife couldn't talk any sense into them (you can imagine what kind of people can be so frightened by such words), so I thought I might ask the good people of Negros to put this right. Please, please please.... It may sound fanciful, but my problem is for real. If you could tell me what is the best way to communicate with you (or I hope the email function works on this board), I can give you their Canadian phone number. I wish there was an easy way for me to reimburse you - but this may just have to be one for charity. (Aha! Perhaps my wife can reimburse you with lots of pasaload!) Both in Canada are totally Internet illiterate. At the very least, I could ask them to call you so they can hear from real people who are really in Negros and not spouting some story from the islands in a Calgary shopping mall. Anyone embedded in the Dumaguete warzone willing to lend some helpful words? Happy to give you any more information or answer any other questions that you might have.