Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Shopping for cement blocks (called hollow block) in the Philippines is …

For the foreigner with children considering relocation to the Philippines, a key consideration is finding good schools for them.  Often this means living in Manila or Cebu City where there are well-regarded international schools. That’s fine for the corporate employee whose employer will foot the $5,000 to $10,000 tuition and who has to live in the cities for their work. Cebu International School, Cebu City The international schools essentially create enclaves; secure, air-conditioned, English speaking cocoons of first world standards and values.  Fellow students are a mix of the children of foreign businessmen, diplomats, NGO directors and the indulged offspring of the Filipino elite.  Soccer fields often replace basketball courts.  The students are being prepared for admission to universities in Europe, the United States and Japan and readmission to life in the first world. The main point of international schools is to provide an education based on an American [or British or Australian] curriculum. This approach tends …