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Why do expats love Dumaguete?

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  1. jake2townz

    jake2townz DI New Member

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    This is interesting and pretty controversial. People, what are your thoughts?

     
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    His information is a bit off.
    • Silliman was not founded in the 1600's, it was founded in 1901. The first university in Asia was in the Philippines (University of Santo Tomas - 1611)....but it was not in Dumaguete. Maybe that's what he was talking about?
    • Dumaguete has far more than 20k30k people. The population is around 120k.

    As for the reason for the "old white men" in Dumaguete. I don't think it has anything to do with struggling 18-19 y/o students. Every city in the Philippines has plenty of struggling 18-19 y/o students. I believe the reason Dumaguete is so popular with "old white men" (there are plenty of expats of other races/nationalities here) is because it is a more laid back city than many of the other more urbanized areas. Another reason I believe it might be a bit more popular with the older expats is that it is a more conservative area than many other cities. The beaches (which aren't really spectacular), other outdoor activities and the universities draw in a wider demographic. Overall I think Dumaguete is more popular for expats because it has a wider range of appeal that some of the more "specialized" cities like Angeles (prostitution), Olongapo (prostitution and beach resorts), Manila (no idea what the appeal is there), Boracay (only beaches), Palawan (beaches/outdoor activities). These other towns are a one trick pony. You also see older expats in the Philippines because, well, they are retired. Most people in their 20's and 30's don't have the money to just pack up and move half way across the world. You see more of them because older expats are residents, younger foreigners are tourists and students so they come and go and you are more likely to see them at the resorts and universities. More disposable income with the older expats so you will see them out more often.

    As for his call for backing this opinion up with stats/studies from reputable organizations, well, he didn't have any for his opinions. Prostitution does happen in Dumaguete but it is nowhere near as common as other places in the Philippines. I don't think this guy has traveled all that much around the Philippines.....he's also a bit judgmental.
     
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    Posted that reply to his YouTube page to see if he will come back with a reply. :wink:
     
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    This video has the feel of one of the countless times I have watched some drunken dude in a bar here drone on about nothing interesting. Why give this guy the time of day? He must think he is quite special that I should convince him with reports, spreadsheets, expert testimonials, etc. Especially when he didn't offer anything of the sort himself.

    There is nothing controversial about drunken rambling.

    I don't know this is quite trolling, but you can see how easy it is to bait people on Facebook.

    As for the material.

    Yes, poor women seek security from men who can provide for both her and the family. This happens in every country. Once poor women become independent, then the needs change as they work their way up the needs charts. This genius insight was probably discovered back when we were living in caves. Congrats to him for figuring it out.

    The U.S. per capita GDP is so large that the Philippines is more the norm than the exception. U.S. income is the outlier, not the Philippines. This disparity follows Americans to the majority of comparisons with random people in this world. People don't need to come to the Philippines to be the rich man among poor women.

    Old, white men come here because they can. We like to travel and explore. Even before we learned to walk, we were crawling places and getting into poo. When we get here, we feel comfortable.

    There are many publications which show Dumaguete as a great retirement location. You won't find prostitution listed among the reasons.

    This guy just needs to get back to the bar (or Missouri) and keep his conversations between other drunks rather than broadcasting himself to the world.
     
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    Spot on and most of us did because we can! Just about everyone else as well I suspect Enjoying just about every Minuet of it but you will always get one or two.:thumbsup:

    Jack :whistling:
     
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    I watched a couple of his videos when researching for my move but soon quit watching his channel. He claims he's a missionary and has 28 years in the PI. He has gained the ire of many. Ran across this video, by an American Filipino living in Dumaguete. It's in response to several comments made by this guy.
     
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    Overreaction to make a video response. Imagine all the crazy talk that goes on at bars across the Philippines. Now imagine that these people all get taped and thrown up on Youtube.

    The real story here is how people react to things posted on the internet. It's not a natural form of communication. Most people fail. This includes the small number people who actually go through the effort of crafting a response and the much greater number of people who are actually emotionally moved by this stuff.

    Personally, I completely ignore it.
     
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    Who's this clown? And what's his story? lol And how about those pearly whites? You think maybe he mouthed off to the wrong person just once or twice? Confront me or my family with that kind of attitude and he'll need a lot more than a dentist and oral surgeon. Just sayin....... I apologize to all members on my feeling a bit insulted by this womanless hillbilly mountain boy.
     
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    No mountains where he is from. He's from the land of cornfields and meth labs. Which might explain his personality. :wink:
     
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    He has also pissed off a group of locals with his comments,the vice Mayor for one and another is a well known reporter.
    There are talks going on about dealing with him!
     
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