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Bill and Lorna Collings


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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.

Experience in the area

I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

Publications,, who asked me to apply with


some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

Awards and Honors

Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

Past/Present Clients

3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

What do you like about this subject?

I LOVE the PHILIPPINES, the informal manners of the culture, Filipinos' sense of humor during stressful situations, its amazing tropical beaches, rugged mountainous landscapes & my appreciation for its society grows with time. For such an easy going, friendly culture to exist in today's hectic, competitive, modern world never ceases to amaze me.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to meet every person who replies with questions to this topic and enjoy sharing travel adventure stories and share the simple JOYS of LIFE!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Filipinos' medium of education is taught in English and the "real" national language,most commonly used,is English.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The Philippines is the best "Home Away from Home" for foreigners in S.E. Asia. Filipinos are the friendliest,MOST informal people in Asia.

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Recent Answers from Bill and Lorna Collings

2016-06-02 fiance or spousal visa:

Hi Joquer, as you and your BF must know both the USA and UK visas are the most difficult visas to be issued to Filipinas and can take up to 2+ years with many requirements. My wife use to work as a visa

2016-05-18 Long Term Lease to Own:

Steve this sounds like a sub-division located on the outskirts of one of the smaller towns or cities in the Philippines therefore pending can obviously be translated to maybe never. We've been here over

2016-03-01 Two passports:

Hi Len it's been a long time sicne we  registered our daughter, Camilla's birth at the US embassy 3 weeks after her birth and she was issued a US passport as an enfant and became a dual citizen when she

2016-02-02 wedding in philippines country:

It looks like India or the country whose passport you are holding needs to have a reciprocal agreement witht he Philippines  but check these links and  READ CAREFULLY

2015-11-13 ex felon to travel Philippines:

Hi Lucy, It may depend on whether the drug bust/ conviction was an indictable misdemeanor or a felony conviction. You might try looking at the Philippine Immigration website:


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