Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

USS Panay underway off Woosung, China on August 30, 1928 The United States Navy named several war ships after Philippine islands.Ai?? These included The USS Pampanga, USS Luzon, USS Mindanao, USS Calamianes and the USS Panay.Ai?? Some of these were Spanish patrol boats captured in the Philippines.Ai?? Others, including the USS Panay (PR-5)Ai?? were built in China for river patrol duty. The first Panay was originally a Spanish gunboat in the Philippines, purchased in 1899 after the American occupation, and in various service until 1914, and sold in 1920. Among those who served upon her were future WWII admirals Chester Nimitz and John S. McCain, grandfather of the 2008 US presidential candidate, John McCain. The second Panay (PR-5) was a river gunboat launched in 1927, and serving on the Yangtze in China until being sunk by the Japanese in the 1937 Panay incident.Ai?? See http://www.hmsfalcon.com/Panay/Panay.htm for photos and videos of this …

For the foreigner with children considering relocation to the Philippines, a key consideration is finding good schools for them.Ai?? 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.Ai?? Fellow students are a mix of the children of foreign businessmen, diplomats, NGO directors and the indulged offspring of the Filipino elite.Ai?? Soccer fields often replace basketball courts.Ai?? 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 …