I'm currently in the process of sponsoring my spouse who lives in Manila.
Here's our timeline:
Step 1: Canada
Sent application to CPC-M via Xpresspost: Feb 17, 2010
Application rec'd by CIC: Feb 19, 2010
Decision Made: Mar 16, 2010
CIC letter rec'd in the mail: Mar 22, 2010
(letter, dated Mar 16, states approval and that PR application sent to MNL)
Step 2: Philippines
PR Application IN PROCESS: Mar 30, 2010
Letter from Cdn Embassy rec'd in the mail: Apr 16, 2010
(letter, dated Mar 30, states that PR application is being processed, requests for passport to be sent)
Passport sent to Cdn Embassy via courier: Apr 19, 2010
Now, we're just waiting for further directions from CIC. Hope we get the visa soon!
Goodluck to everyone!