One of the pleasant aspects of life you will experience when you come to live in Dumaguete is the kindness of the people. When they greet you, their smile is genuine and they welcome you with warm hearts.

Some foreigners experience difficulty when encountering service that differs from what they have been used to in their country. Good quality service can be lacking in many areas here. Please always be aware questionable service is no intentional form of disrespect.

It’s very important never to be impatient or express anger with any Filipino over service issues. It’s simply the way it is here. That can be challenging for some foreigners, but the sooner they adapt to their new reality, the happier they will be.

The value of our Ambassador program for newcomers is evident in many ways, but especially when helping you to become aware in advance about problems before the arise. That greatly helps reduce your frustration and, perhaps more importantly, gives you the knowledge that leads to solutions.

Be sure to ask your your Ambassador about challenging but solvable issues you need to know about.

Our Ambassadors

Margriet & Willem

Margriet & Willem

The Netherlands

Their story

Willem and Margriet,a couple from The Netherlands, became infected with the diving virus in 1997. They alternated their busy jobs as a dentist and transition manager with diving trips to tropical destinations. They flew all over the world and discovered that the Philippines has much more to of... Read More



Her story

Leah is a native Filipina who traveled around Asia and lived in India for 8 years.

After so many years, Leah decided that India was not meant for her so she came back to her hometown in Cebu City with her son. However, the crowd and pollution became so unbearable that she decided to set... Read More



German American

His story

Juergen is an American citizen born in Germany. Having an engineering degree in his pocket he worked in Switzerland, Germany and finally immigrated to Canada. Accepted a job in the United States before becoming a citizen. Starting in NYC moving on to Delaware and finally to South Carolina. His... Read More

Randal & Paula


Their story

Randal was born and raised in a small town in southwest Virginia, USA and never imagined that he would travel to the Philippines, let alone make his home here. Graduating from Virginia Tech in 1981, Randal’s career path would lead him to establish, manage, and supervise various types of busine... Read More




His story

Gord is a Canadian who simply got tired of the same rat race year after year. With a growing aversion to spending six months of the year surviving the winters of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures, then another six months in dread, preparing for the next one, he started looking for something... Read More