I got mine a couple of days after the US release. My brother-in-law lined up at an Apple Store on the day of the release, which was the day he left for Manila. It was a surprise pasalubong, I didn't ask for it, and didn't expect it. He just knew how thrilled I would be to be one of the first to have one. I am sure I was not the first to have one in the Philippines. Since he flew via NW Airlines, he arrived at midnight, whereas the PAL flight arrived early morning. I was, however, the first documented owner of an iPhone in the Philippines. It got me on TV, first in the morning show of ANC, with kilikilipower interviewing me for a live demo, and then on TV Patrol. For the days to come, I felt like the alalay of a superstar. Be it in Starbucks, at the bank or in a bar, strangers would walk to me and ask to see the iPhone. It was the topic of conversation with everyone I would bump into. Friends and relatives would call me up for mini meet-ups and reunions. All for the iPhone that couldn't make calls yet, since it was locked to AT&T. It was essentially am iPod touch, before the touch was invented. When I finally got to make the GSM on it work (thanks to a PhilMUGger who figured how to clone SIMs for the iPhone), I racked up a huge bill that month. I couldn't stop using it, especially since I was very liberating to finally be able to use it as an actual phone. This photo was taken with my Treo, right after I unboxed the iPhone.