I got a note from Manuel today,
Here is what Manuel had to say:
I am not married but still wish to be a phillipine resident. Plan on buying a house and living there. I will fill out the documents here in the U.S. will I still be able to live there if not married?
Hi Manuel – if you are not married to a Philippine citizen it will be more difficult for you to get a resident visa. You will then have to get a “quota” visa, which means that only a certain number of people (who fall under the quota) are able to get those each year. Once the quote is filled, no more are issued until the next year. Check with the Philippine Embassy or Consulate nearest you to see the status of Quota Resident visas. You can still come here and stay, though. You can do it on a regular tourist visa, which you will need to keep renewing. Once every 16 months you will have to leave the country, maybe just a quick trip to Thailand or Taiwan and come right back again. Good luck.