Friday, November 09, 2007

Long Way from Dumaguete

The long wait has finally ended. Marilyn officially arrived in the U.S. on September 12th, and our wedding date was October 20th (in Lansing, Michigan). Despite the short amount of time to plan, we could not have asked for a more blessed day. God is so good!


Blogger aCey said...

wow, congratulations! was googling dumaguete and ended up here. i'm happy for you and for your wife. congratulations again! :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Corey said...

Thank you for your note, acey. It's hard to believe it actually happened, after so many years of communicating, and then going through the visa process.

Thanks again!

Sunday, November 11, 2007 8:10:00 AM  
Blogger RTS said...

Hi Corey,
We're so happy for you both.You remain in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Bob,Cathy and J.P.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous corey said...

Thank you, Bob. Yeah, it's hard to believe we've been married for a month already. All that waiting for the visa to be processed...and then everything's over already ;) Time for adjustment of status next! Yeah!

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous pacita said...

Hi Corey,

I do congratulate you both with Marilyn, what you've been through and at last you are married now. I am from Bayawan, Negros Oriental but used to work in Manila.

Right now, my husband and I are here in El Cajon, California. Just to let you know, that when I came here in the US, my husband had already a stroke and everything in relation to my papers with immigration, I was the one working with it. The filing for my citizenship was great. God is realy good, He guided me what to do and I am now a US citizen with my own effort. So is Marilyn soon because you are there to assist her, you may just laughs together of all your experiences while processing your papers from the very beginning, either good or not so good. Goodluck to both of you and I could tell that Marilyn found her good man. God bless!


Saturday, September 13, 2008 4:03:00 PM  
Blogger Ana said...


Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

First of all congratulations to you and your wife as you journey in life as a couple.

I am the webservant of the new Calvary Chapel Dumaguete website... I would like to take this opportunity to update you with the new url: This url is temporary until we can find a suitable server to host the website on a permanent basis.

Please let us know if ever you visit Dumaguete again...

All the best to you and God Bless.

We continue to declare His majesty!

Abiding in Him always,

Ana Patrice Ceniza Montebon

Thursday, December 11, 2008 7:40:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Thanks, Ana...I have updated the URL. We hope to make it back to Dumaguete in the next year!

Friday, December 12, 2008 6:14:00 PM  
Blogger Kriyakid said...

Amazing how they keep making it more difficult. My wife is from Davao Oriental, Philippines. We were married in Davao on January 26, 1984. We spent a few days in Manila with paperwork, interviews, etc, arriving together in US on February 19 with her permanent resident alien card. From less than a week to more than a year is quite a transformation of US policy.

Incidently, I came across you because I also listed Bhagavad Gita is one of my favorite books.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger Corey said...

Hello Kriyakid...thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure why my blog would have surfaced through Bhagavad I don't have that listed as a favorite (and I'm not Hindu).

Our entire process took about 6.5 months, but still a long way off from a few weeks. From what I understand, the process is supposedly more efficient now than in the past. I'm just glad we didn't need to wait 10+ years like some family members of my friends have had to wait! Now THAT is quite silly if you ask me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 7:16:00 PM  
Anonymous vissia said...

Hi Corey,

Your experience is inspiring. I am about to take my citizenship interview and eventually the oath taking after that. My husband's petition is already with USCIS as a legal immigrant. All I need to do is to call them when I get my citizenship so they can process his visa fast(hopefully Godwilling). We've been married for 3 years now (this May 26)and I really want him to be here soon. Please include us in your prayers.

Friday, April 17, 2009 8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous vissia said...

By the way, your friend in the picture (before you left for the US)looks familiar to me. Was she a music student and now teaching at Silliman? I just forgot her name but she plays the piano well. I am a Sillimanian batch 2001- Music Graduate.

Friday, April 17, 2009 9:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Corey said...

Hello vissia,

Thank you for your comments. I'm sure you will be given enough patience to endure the wait, and many tears of joy when that day of being reunited finally comes. We can pray for you, and also welcome prayers as we continue to adjust to married life (and Marilyn as she adjusts to a new culture that can feel millions of miles from home for her). As for her friend in that photo (Cy Beny), I do believe Marilyn had mentioned she plays the piano.

Monday, April 20, 2009 7:40:00 PM  
Anonymous vissia said...

My husband is anxious, he keeps thinking of other ways to come here and I told him this is the way and we'll stick to it.

Yes, Cy is a friend too- not close close, but we know each other being school mates. She was one or two years ahead of me but I'm older though because it's my second degree. Please tell Marilyn, I said hi to Cy. I wonder if she and her boyfriend got married- they were close. Okay Thanks!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Vissia said...

Hi Corey,

I have a very important question if you don't mind me asking. Did you have to accomplish and send the DS-230 form and all documents that accompany it here to NVC or was it submitted in the Philippines at the embassy during the interview? I would really appreciate your answer to this or better still, you can send me the requirements you had to go through here in the US to my email account: Please if you can, I would really appreciate it forever. Thank you.I just want to prepare everything now. I can't wait for my hubby to be here. Thank you again

Monday, May 25, 2009 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Hi Vissia...sorry again for the late reply. I e-mailed you what little I remember. Marilyn's been here over 1.5 years and I honestly haven't thought much of the visa process :) Soon we'll need to apply to remove the conditions on her green card (standard if immigration is based on marriage), but for now I'm just enjoying a break from immigration.

Sunday, June 07, 2009 6:45:00 PM  
Blogger gr@ce said...

Hi there! i'm from dumaguete too and i happen to browse the dumaguete website and found your blog in the site and was curious of your story..and so i opened it...i was a bit shocked cause the girl in front of this page was my previous teacher happy to see her the way i'm grace and happens to be her student at Asian College of Science and Technology before...well, jst extend my regards to ma'am marilyn (vendiola)...God bless...btw, what's her friendster acct?

Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting God Bless you and your wife...

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:54:00 AM  
Blogger Junrey said...

wow, it's a love story--- how God's love works throughout your lives as couples and really- a love like no other between the two of you. I am glad that a Christian like you posted this blog and never failed to acknowledge His love... God bless. I am Junrey, a resident of Dumaguete.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:04:00 AM  

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