Another segment retiring to Dumaguete are couples where one of them is Filipino or Filipina and the other is a foreigner. The majority come from America, Europe, Canada, and countries in that order. When anyone from the Philippines leaves the country, they take their body with them but their hearts remain in the mother country. When given the opportunity to return, most enthusiastically do.
There are several reasons why that makes sense. Being such a tightly knit society, there’s a natural desire for Filipinos to return “home.” While some do remain in America, Canada, or Europe, almost all will return if its financially possible.
It’s also an important opportunity for the children of mixed marriages to come and visit an important part of their heritage. It also helps them to connect with their mother or father’s family on the Philippines.
For these reasons and the financial reality, the couple coming back to the Philippines to live can do so while building their dream retirement home in Dumaguete for a fraction of the price they sold their home for in the country they are traveling from.
It makes rational, emotional, and financial sense, for everybody to return home.