Don't mean to alarm anyone but just be aware that there is a syndicate in the Philippines that operate as a "couple" or "family." They make friends with tourists inside a jeepney, the museum,
or other spots. They show you photos of their children and grandchildren.They treat you to lunch and they are so warm and nice that they are able to convince tourists to go to their house
and/or on an out of town trip. They have a little party and then give you a drink laced with 'ativan.' The next thing you know you are all alone in the room the next day, completely disoriented and with your valuables missing.
A friend of mine was victimized last year. They left her camera with her but erased all the incriminating photos.
Thanks to a software program the photos were recovered and this helped her embassy and the local police in their investigation.
Some members of the syndicate were arrested last year but since I heard of others who experienced this scam recently,
I thought it best to revive this warning.
Safe travels everyone!
FYI I also posted this on the Lonely Planet forum