I moved to Cebu around a month ago. I'm working from home as a computer programmer. I've been living abroad and travelling for a year now.

I'm regularly meeting women and people from the local culture, but sometimes I miss having male friends and people with my own cultural background.

Especially as living in some countries is a culture shock, it's nice to talk again with people with a western cultural background. I'm a great fan of www.meetup.com, but unfortunately there are not many people in Cebu using it.

What are other good tips to find like-minded people while travelling?

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    Have you tried restaurants that serve your home country's food? – Nean Der Thal Feb 1 '20 at 13:51
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    Shouldn't this go on expatriates.stackexchange.com – pipe Feb 2 '20 at 0:53
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    This question should work on Expatriates but as OP is traveling around and not staying in one place, I feel it fits better in Travel. If the answers here are not useful (enough) OP can ask again in Expatriates, adjusting the question to that site. – Willeke Feb 2 '20 at 9:24
  • @Willeke To me this looked like a question for Expatriates in its current form. – Michael Hampton Feb 2 '20 at 19:21
  • @MichaelHampton, it was already getting answers and we try not to move questions that get answers if they do fit both sites. – Willeke Feb 2 '20 at 19:25

Virtually any country or city with a foreign community also has an expat forum online, and these often organize social get-togethers. I'm not familiar with the Philippines expat scene, but googling "philippines expats forum" returns a whole slew of results, and there's at least one forum dedicated for just Cebu as well.


There is no one solution for this. Some suggestions...

  • Irish pubs.
  • Quiz nights.
  • Walking tours.
  • Hash House Harriers.
  • Toastmasters.
  • Internations.
  • Critical Mass.

@Taladris' answer made me realise there are more:

  • Alliance Fran├žaise.
  • Goethe Institut.
  • British Council.

Here are two more that I often check for:

  • Gallery openings.
  • Facebook events (with an international focus).
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    "'Cause wherever in the world you go, you'll find an Irish pub..." – Roy Tinker Feb 2 '20 at 5:22

Here is what has worked for me in South Korea. Pretty sure that most of this applies also to Cebu.

For example,

  1. You can try to use social networks. There are certainly expat groups on Facebook. Search Expats in Cebu or Foreigners in Cebu. You can also search for more specialized groups such as French in Cebu, Expat Mums in Cebu, Hiking in Cebu...

  2. Meetup is an application that is used to organized events, in particular, social gatherings. You can join such a gathering to meet locals and foreigners.

  3. Groups on Couch Surfing organize events for travelers, expats and locals.

  4. You can also "hijack" some applications to fit your needs. For example, you can use language exchange applications (e.g. HelloTalk) in your own language to meet people from your country. This does not always work since they may think you are wasting their time. You can also use this to meet locals that are interested in your mother tongue; they may know some of your compatriots leaving in town and/or have stayed in your country and know your culture.

  5. there are certainly bars whose patrons are mostly foreigners. They usually have Facebook pages in English and organize events like concerts, trivia nights, tacos tuesdays, Halloween parties, Saint Patrick days,...

  6. Embassies and cultural centers organize events regularly. The French cultural center of my city have parties with wine and cheese that attract fellow Frenchies from far away.

  7. Look for churches/mosques/Jedi temples that have English services.

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