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  1. cagayan de oro
    cagayan de oro July 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm |

    good info 😉

    1. dan
      dan July 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm |

      Thanks! i´m glad you find THE INFO USEFUL.

      1. Lea
        Lea September 23, 2014 at 12:57 am |

        Hi! Do you think you could help me find a job in spain? Or at least information on cheap places to rent. Thank you so much

        1. Maddie
          Maddie May 16, 2016 at 8:57 am |

          Hello! is it hard to get a job there in Spain? I’m planning to move there, but would like to check for work first before moving.

  2. chelle
    chelle July 15, 2013 at 3:04 am |

    public display of anything … not to be so asian by taking Pics of what they’re doing. Wahahahhaa!!! I’ll keep that in mind.

    1. dan
      dan July 16, 2013 at 12:11 am |

      hi Chelle! yes, most of the time people here don’t hide it, some even flaunt it. Public nudity has already been prohibited except in nudist beaches. these beaches, I read, are better than the normal beaches because they are less crowded, the water is cleaner and although it’s nudist they don’t expect you to get naked as well. you can look but as always it’s impolite to stare and you can get into trouble if you take pictures. Public display of affection is common here. If they love someone they tend to show it to the whole world.

    ANN ORONOS July 15, 2013 at 11:40 am |


    1. dan
      dan July 16, 2013 at 12:12 am |

      Hi Tita ann! Thank you very much! Take care and God bless!

  4. mALOU...
    mALOU... July 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm |

    dan,congrats AND THANK YOU AS WELL..SINUSUBAYBAYAN KO MGA INFORMATION at good link na post mo lagi jan.good job dan..god bless you!

    1. dAN
      dAN July 16, 2013 at 11:27 am |


  5. spanish lessons in barcelona
    spanish lessons in barcelona July 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

    Nice article 🙂 I lived in Barcelona for 2 years while I was doing my PhD and I could face some of these things you mention in the text. Barcelona is a fantastic city, and I used the occasion to learn a lot of Spanish, vocabulary and grammar. It was a great experience and I met a lot of people in the spanish school!

    1. dan
      dan March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm |

      Thanks, Joanne! I also met a lot of people from different countries while taking up Spanish lessons.

  6. mv
    mv August 1, 2013 at 2:05 am |

    Good job, Dan. Very useful information for newcomers or visitors; straightforward yet funny sometimes. I especially like 11 🙂

    1. dan
      dan March 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm |

      thanks, mv!

      1. Dinah K
        Dinah K April 20, 2016 at 4:58 am |

        Hi Dan,

        Can you pls recommend any jazz bars in the Barcelona area? Me and my hubby will be there from Jun 13-18. We will stay at the Passeig de Gracia area. My husband is a musician and on occasions he does events with ABS-CBN in Sanfo. Nerissa F. is our contact. We are from LAX.

  7. Revelyn Pera
    Revelyn Pera August 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm |

    Hi i would like to know if I will work there as a hotel personnel or Dh, Do i still have the chance to work with my profession if I will study courses there which is related to my profession, Currently I am working as a Teacher in one of Filipino School in UAE.. Thank you

    1. dan
      dan March 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm |

      Hi Revelyn! The problem with Spain right now is even the hotel personnel can’t find a job and even Spaniards are migrating to Germany, Switzerland, etc because of the high unemployment rate (around 24%)

  8. Revelyn Pera
    Revelyn Pera August 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm |

    Can i also work and study as well in barcelona? Are there schools offering cheap tuition fees if i will pursue my masters degree there? thank u

  9. mhonabuan
    mhonabuan October 17, 2013 at 6:51 am |

    hi Daniel!..keep up the good work and it’s a good article!!!i just want to know or get an idea about the rules and regulations as a foreign workers esp for us, Filipinos who are seeking job in abroad particularly in Spain, some benefit of a caregiver and how to get employment as a worker.. Please send it to my email..Thank you and God bless!!..Ingat po kayo lage…

  10. shiela
    shiela November 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

    i want to work in spain as a dh or in a restsurant. is it diffecult gor me to apply? i am working now in hongkong, plan to cross country in spain. do i have opportunily to work there?

  11. Allen Lawrence Magay
    Allen Lawrence Magay December 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm |

    Hi Daniel. Im cureently looking into options of moving to spain. I am a skilled professional and would lile to know what opportunities are available for me in spain.i hope you can share with some vital informations on strating the proccess of moving to spain. I have no job offer yet I am willing to find any available jobs for me. I hope uou can guide me through this process. Thank you in advance and Godbless.

  12. Dr Jon Senning
    Dr Jon Senning January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm |

    Hola Señor Dan.
    Me llamo Jonathan y soy de Atlanta, Ga. Yo voy a espana el mes de Julio. Me gustaria visitar Barcelona.
    Yo plano quedar Y vivir en Barcelona por tres meses.
    Quesiera conocer los Filipinos alli.
    Also I could use some assistance with rental housing. I will be looking into a condo shopping el durante me visita.
    Estoy emocionado a saber que ensenas espanol. Can I enroll in your spanish class?
    I hope to hear from you soon. Gracias!
    Dr. Jon
    Josenn@ aol.com.

  13. Carlo Antonio B. Juan
    Carlo Antonio B. Juan April 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm |

    Hello sir,

    I would want to live and work in Spain. I’m a musician. Very eager to get myself to Spain. Any advice would be great. Added you in facebook.

    Here is my e-mail: carloantoniojuan@yahoo.com

  14. Edo
    Edo April 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm |

    Hello Dan,

    Which area in Barcelona is the best place to buy an apartment (2beds). Or possibly where there’s a filipino community.


  15. aion
    aion April 18, 2014 at 3:10 am |

    Hi! i would like to ask and hoping that you can help me? my question is it possible to live in other country like Netherlands if you have a NIE for 5 years already? Thank you. Looking forward some responses. 🙂

  16. gil
    gil April 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm |

    Your article is so inspiring.im a freelance multimedia artist and i am positive that somehow there is a job suited for individuals like me. Can you please feed me more with any information related to finding a job in spain with these qualifications..thank you

  17. Michelle
    Michelle May 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm |

    Hola Dan!

    Thank you for your article and good advice about life in Spain.

    Is there a shop in Barcelona or Madrid that sells barong tagalog? I am based in Sevilla.

    Many thanks and God bless

  18. Maria
    Maria May 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

    Good article even for a tourist. I am a kababayan who will be visiting Barcelona in a few weeks. Do you know the address or intersection closest to Iglesia de San Agustin? I tried searching for it but google gives me a Hotel San Agustin instead. Thanks.

  19. Paulina
    Paulina July 20, 2014 at 3:37 am |

    Hi Dan!

    I hope I may chat with you through email. 🙂 I intend to study in BCN and would like to get your advice on a few things.

    Thank you!

  20. Esteban Cruz
    Esteban Cruz July 27, 2014 at 4:58 am |

    I am planning to go to Barcelona or maybe Madrid this coming Oct,2014. Not sure of the date yet. Hotels are quite expensive. I was wondering if there are kababayans there who would like to rent a room .. maybe for 7 to 9 days vacation. I am from NJ, USA

  21. chloe
    chloe August 6, 2014 at 4:18 am |

    Hello Dan,
    Is there a possibility to land a job there as a Teacher? I’m working as a teacher here now in Thailand but want to know if there’s a chance to get the same job there.

  22. abet francis b sanico
    abet francis b sanico August 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm |

    hi Dan

    good job. marame akong natutunan.


  23. Irah Cabusao
    Irah Cabusao November 14, 2014 at 2:12 am |

    Hi Mr. Dan

    I am a newly registered nurse here in the Philippines. Actually I don’t have any working experience yet since I passed the board exam last June 2014. But this morning I just received an email from Barcelona Centre Medic saying that they had review my CV ( actually I emailed that CV on one of the job website at Dubai last June 2014, during my vacation days there ) and fortunately I was qualified for the job as staff nurse. And they also sent me an attachment which includes a three page Employment Contract saying that it is possible for me to start the job on January 2015 after accomplishing the requirements primarily the Spanish OMC. Well to make it short, i just wanna ask if I can rely on that email they sent me. I am really confused whether to pursue this job offer or not. Hopefully you can give me some advice about this. I am looking forward for your immediate response. Thank you so much.

  24. Juliet Puzon
    Juliet Puzon November 17, 2014 at 4:33 am |

    I’m looking for work in Spain as domestic helper nanny or caregiver can you help me please I’m currently working in Hongkong as a Nanny and had 8 years working experience as a caregiver thank you

  25. Bruno
    Bruno December 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm |

    Hi Dan! Very nice and detailed post 🙂 I invite you to have a look on http://www.spotahome.com, where you can easily rent a flat or a room in Madrid and Barcelona completely online, and soon in other cities in Spain. All the properties were personally checked by the spotahome team, making photos, HD video, floorplan and the description too. This way anyone can confidently rent knowing that they will find what it is shown on the website. We are also making some very cool videos of each neighborhood, please check them out 🙂

  26. Eli Piemont
    Eli Piemont December 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm |

    Hi Dan!

    I’m just curious, you stated that you lived for 8 years in Spain already & you recently (2013) acquired your Spanish citizenship. What took you so long to get it? What were the circumstances which affected it? I plan to live & work there when the economy will be better 3-5 years from now and succeedingly, acquire a Spanish citizenship. I’m Filipino too btw. I hope you could enlighten me. Thanks!

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  28. odessa
    odessa March 25, 2015 at 10:37 am |

    hey dan,
    i would like to ask if there is a good future like me who is interior design graduate?
    i would love to sell interior paintings and sell garments..

    thank you.

  29. Efraim Monsale
    Efraim Monsale March 29, 2015 at 8:01 am |

    Hi gusto ko sana mag work or study in Spain.. Mga magkano po ung usual tuition fee dyan sa public university sa Spain? And magkano po rent ng mga bhouse..

  30. efraim666
    efraim666 March 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm |

    hi… kamusta po ang tuition fee sa spain sa madrid or catalan sa public universities nila… im planing to study there and hopefully find a work after graduation and how much po does a student need to spend a day to live a decent life there in spain? tnx

  31. UK Web Designer
    UK Web Designer April 9, 2015 at 12:31 am |

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for sharing.

    My family is planning to move to Spain from England and this is really a nice guide for us.
    Will keep this link and will follow through on the way!


  32. Anne
    Anne April 9, 2015 at 9:51 am |


    I just wanna ask if you know some Filipinos there working as teacher?

    Thanks a lot. 🙂 and thanks for sharing this interesting facts.

  33. alvin
    alvin April 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm |

    I have a brother in spain and he told me that its very deficult to see a job there so i post here plz help me to find a job in spain plz any tips mga kabayan i wait for ur reply mga kabayan

  34. Jhan
    Jhan September 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm |

    Good day!
    Kuya may tanong po ako san po pweding makahanap ng trabaho o may kilala po kayong nangangailangan ng trabanante.
    Dito ako nakatira sa may Badalona 2 months na po ako dito pero wala pading trabaho hirap makapasok..
    Sana po matulongan ninyo ako..
    God bless..

  35. Jennifer aguilar kovacic
    Jennifer aguilar kovacic September 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm |

    Hi. 🙂 its a very helpful info, big help! Thank you 😉
    One question. Where can I register myself for empadronamiento? I lived in Gandia for 5 months now but I have no idea about this empadronamiento. Please help me where to go register, here in Gandia.

  36. Rochelle Curtis
    Rochelle Curtis October 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm |

    you should obtain an NIE (Número de Identificacíon de Extranjero) if you want to be legally employed. It is true that unemployment in Spain is a quite high. But they cope with the situation. Greetings! http://dulwichmanandvan.org.uk/

  37. Cheryl
    Cheryl November 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm |

    Hello Po,

    Sir, I just want to ask about the visa for Spain,I found a employer and they hired me as an Au Pair but I know there’s no visa for Au Pair especially from Philippines. Could you please tell me what kind of visa do I need? Thank You! I hope you read this and answer my question. Thank you again

  38. Marse Reyes
    Marse Reyes November 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm |

    Hello, very helpful article.

    I visited BCN twice and fell in love with it. I have decided to quit my job and next year take the risk of going to BCN. For the meantime, I am applying for some job ads online and improving my Spanish language.

    Though in general the economy of Spain is failing, I think the demand for English speaking job is still high because of the diversity of the city.

    I am thinking if I should get proper certification like TEFL, in case. I also think that there are still other filipinos living in BCN or Catalunya region that have office work (sorry, not trying to “ibaba” filipino jobs abroad but reality most of I met in BCN are either in restaurant, hotel helper or nanny job).

    It would be really nice if you could give us idea how did you start in BCN?
    Maybe you have other suggestion? Any opinion will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

  39. Hermie
    Hermie December 14, 2015 at 10:24 am |

    Hi Dan,
    I wonder if you could help me by giving suggestion or idea regarding my sss retirement.I have been receiving my monthly pension but from 2013 up to this year 2015 , I missed sending the so called Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Form.I am living in Spain with my aged husband who is a foreigner.My China Bank account where my philippine monthly pension is paid into is in SM Las Pinas Branch.I asked one of my relative to inquire about my account and was told it was suspended and transferred to SSS and I will be the only one to get access into it.What should I do? I can not travel back home as am a carer to my husband and with limited income here.I dont want to lose my entitlement -retirement pension, being now 65 years old and have contributed to it.Kindly follow up my case and I look forward to hear from you.Can you please reply to my email as stated above.Many thanks ! Hermie

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  41. Glenn Guiao
    Glenn Guiao February 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm |

    Thank you for the info!
    I really like your blog!

  42. Grace
    Grace March 6, 2016 at 6:43 am |

    Hi dan! Thanks for the info. Ive been here in madrid for almost 4mos..i would like to ask where can i find a free spanish lesson here..im working from mon-sat but after work at 5pm im free. Is there any school or organizations that can offer spanish language..also do you have any idea where can i rent cheapest room for rent

  43. Honney
    Honney March 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm |

    I wonder if anyone can help me? We have VILLA already in SPAIN, and live in ENGLAND at the moment but we are planning to move to spain for good.
    I am a Nurse by profession qualified in the UK, I wonder if I get a job in the hospital in Spain? If yes do I need to speak Spain before I can work there?

    which place the is the best to get a place close to everything? Thank you

  44. mary ann
    mary ann March 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm |

    hi im mary ann from philippines and currently in philippines i just want to inquire host family in ibiza spain want to hire me as a nanny but im already 35years old .is this posibble to get a visa to work in spain?and what my host family and me need documents for the visa?thank you in advannce

  45. Jojh Acar
    Jojh Acar April 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm |

    Hello po! Magtatanong lang po ako. I was an au pair in Norway po, natapos ko na yung contract ko dun na 2 years, nag-apply po ako na au pair dito sa Spain and 5 months na lang po matatapos na visa ko, can I change my visa po ba from studentvisa(au pair) to a working visa? Thank you po. My employer want me to help them full time na po eh. Sana po masagot po katanungan ko. 🙂 thanks

  46. Aurelia Resines
    Aurelia Resines May 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm |

    I am looking for a living-in nanny/housekeeper to start in September in France.

  47. doc
    doc July 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm |

    gracias el informantes

  48. marcelino hostallero
    marcelino hostallero October 15, 2016 at 3:59 am |

    Do you also have call centers in Spain? I am planning to work in Spain but i don’t know what site to visit because goabroad.com does not have job offers for Filipino in Spain. I am currently living here in the metro and want to try abroad, luckily, Spain is my first choice. Do we have any kababayan who can help us get there? Thanks for all who will answer. Gracias!

  49. Dennis
    Dennis November 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm |

    Hi Dan,

    Is there a possible to work there in garments factory? Am still here at Tanzania work in garments textile industry.


  50. hazel lunar
    hazel lunar November 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm |

    I am looking for a job in Spain, preferably southern Spain. I am a Filipino with teaching experience and a degree in hotel management.
    What web sites are there for me to check, anyone know?
    Thank you

  51. Delphine
    Delphine November 4, 2016 at 11:35 am |

    Hi there,

    My family and I are living in Dubai, UAE but we are moving to Barcelona in February next year.
    We would like to hire a nanny we met here and she is Filipino.
    We failed miserably getting information on how we can get her a visa.
    We do not want to give up hope and want to work hard to make her come with us.
    Is it possible at all?
    FYI she is 37, and I know as a caregiver/nanny/au pair, in Spain, she is not eligible. SO what are our options?

    I sincerely hope to find answers here.

    Thanks a lot,


  52. Dem
    Dem November 9, 2016 at 12:19 am |

    Hi ask ko lang if posible ba makahanap ng trabaho sa spain pag nag cross country ako.. salamat

  53. Dem
    Dem November 9, 2016 at 12:21 am |

    Aurelia resines,
    The job that you post still available? Ive been in france last 2014 for short vacation..

  54. Michael Roque
    Michael Roque November 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm |

    Senior Daniel, Hola! Como estas?
    I would like to know if there will be any change of landing a job in Spain as a teacher? I have been working as a BPO representative for almost a decade here in the Philippines and it is quite tiring now since life cycle is just break even. I wanted to have a different atmosphere and will allow me to practice my teaching degree as an English teacher. I have been a very passionate learner for the past years and now engaging myself studying different languages: Spanish,Japanese,Russian,German,Indonesian, and Chinese but these languages have various degrees of fluency at my end. Any how I would like to know how to get there what are the documents I need to prepare and what is the best province you can recommend me going and could I bring my family with me. As you know I think our country still needs a long way to reach what Spain, Japan, Germany or other Civilized nations achieved. I am still a Filipino but, I think my Spanish blood in me wanted to go home… Gracias por todos! Hasta luego!

  55. Ledz
    Ledz December 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm |

    Hello sir do i need to spend money if i have already employer in spain? How much will be my salry as housemaid or housekeeper?i want to know what are the benefits i will receive while im working there?
    Can you give me the ccorrect way of processing of papers?
    Hoping for your response for me to know and to avoid confusion..thank you very much

  56. Jorge Martires
    Jorge Martires January 23, 2017 at 4:10 am |

    Hi Dan: Am also a Fil-Am LA area. I will be in Barcelona mid-June, 2017. The purpose of my trip is to explore potential retirement place in Spain. From Barcelona, I would like to visit Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Granada, Malaga and try to decide where I wish to establish a retirement home. I would appreciate any referrals who can aid me in this search including realtor, lawyer, notary public, travel agent, building contractor(preferably Filipino). My plan is to rent in the first few months and eventually purchase a property when I finally decide to live in that particular town or city.

  57. Aldo
    Aldo February 24, 2017 at 11:33 am |

    Hi Dan,

    First of all, I want to say, thank you for these information. I am currently studying Spanish language in TESDA and will pursue it in Institutu Cervantes after. I am interested in working there in Spain but I don’t have any idea on how and where to start.
    Would I get an agency here first or I can find jobs there ditectly?

  58. Ellen abundo
    Ellen abundo April 4, 2018 at 3:24 am |

    May I know how to contact and Filipino group in Barcelona who would have knowledge of any rooms or apartments for rent? My daughter said to contact Filipino restaurants but I could not find any online. We are still in the Philippines but I am starting to look for rooms for my daughter who will be staying in Barcelona for three months but with no salary. I am looking for a room to rent for her. Thank you for any help.


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