Hi, I am Felice and I love the Philippines!
I was born in Lipari by Italian parents and I lived most of my life between Lipari, Leni (Island of Salina) and Rome. In the capital, I was in two different periods: between 1963 and 1965 and then after graduation between 1970 and 1978.
Even though Rome is a wonderful place I could not bear the life of a big city. After a few years, an inner thrust led me to leave Rome and spend my life in Leni, a little village on Island of Salina, Sicily.
I got married in 1978 but after 16 years I divorced. From this marriage, I had 2 sons Giuseppe and Andrea. A few years after divorcing, I moved for work to the mainland and there I had two relationships that lasted 8 and 2 years respectively.
When I finally retired from work, I was tired and I had a lack of interest and motivation. I could not see myself and my life in Italy and I had no vision of my future. Then, finally, I turned my life around. One day, talking to my friend Giuseppe, he suggested a new way away. He saw me depressed and gave me the input that I needed to reset and restart my life.
“Go and find a new life elsewhere”, he told me, “Go to the Philippines!”.
He told me that Filipino people were friendly and smiling and that he himself would have done the same if it was not that, being far younger than me, he still had to work for many more years before retiring.
I left on August 23, 2013.
After landing in Manila, I moved to Cebu City where I spent 10 days. I did not like much because it was a very big city with horrendous traffic conditions and pollution.
After a phone call with my friend Giuseppe, I took the best decision of my life.
Giuseppe suggested me to move away from stressful big cities and go Malapascua Island, at the north tip of the Island of Cebu. That was a real blessing form me.