Finally you decided to apply for a passport because you want to go on a trip outside the country. Or you would just want to avail of the privilege that the government offers to its people. Nonetheless whatever reasons you got, you need to prepare the following documents for you to surely have your passport. The DFA announced that it takes 20 days for the normal processing of passport documents; meanwhile a person has the option if he or she wants it to be rushed but with additional fee and it will only take 10 days for it to be released. The normal processing requires you to pay P950.00, meanwhile rush job is at P1200.00. If you already booked a plane ticket (which is actually not advisable not unless you have already your passport approved) it is better to choose the rush option. First things first, you have to set an appointment online if you wish for a hassle-free processing of your application. Visit the DFA website and follow the instructions given. Another tip, as much as possible be consistent in filling the information being asked. All of the information in your online application should match the details in your birth certificate, such as your father’s middle name and your mother’s maiden name. There are instances wherein you know that some of the details in your birth certificate were misspelled or written incorrectly, however you never tried to have it fixed, then you should leave it as it is in filling up your application form. Below are actually the things or documents that you need to prepare and present during your personal appearance at the DFA office. • A lot of people got confused with the requirements because some of the needed supporting documents were not specified at all. These are actually what they meant by SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: • You need to bring any 2 of these SUPPORTING documents during your appearance in the DFA office. (DFA specified to bring at least 1 valid ID, however when I personally tried to apply, they required me to give two (2) government issued ids) Although it has been stated that you just have to choose any of the two, it is better to be prepared and secure all possible documents in case of any problem in the future. Lastly, how about the passport size picture? The answer is NO. You actually don’t need to provide a passport size picture because your photo will be taken during your appearance at the DFA office. You might want to wear something with collar because if not, you have to wear something like a top that has a collar on it provided by the DFA office. It is actually the last step of your application.
It’s summer time! And what better way to enjoy the season than a walk on the beach with family and friends. But where would be the perfect spot to go to? In the Philippines, you don’t just get to choose from a thousand and one islands, make that 7,107! As the Philippines Department of Tourism has said, IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! We’ll help you narrow down your choices by sharing with you the top 3 beaches to visit (this is done in no particular order): 1. EL NIDO, PALAWAN Philippines has a lot of reasons to be proud of; El Nido is one of them, having been awarded by CNN International as “The Best Beach and Island Destination in the Philippines” in the year 2012 and yet again in 2016. Also it’s one of Hollywood’s favorite places; did you know that the final movie for the “Bourne” series was filmed there? Also it became one of the pit stops on “the Amazing Race”. Overall, what makes El Nido special is because of its beautiful views and sceneries. With its extraordinary ecosystem, beautiful forests, prehistoric caves and majestic waterfalls, secret lagoons and beaches, rich abundant sea life, plentiful different bird species, it’s a heaven and haven for adventurers all around. Did I mention it is even has about 50 white sand beaches and three marine habitats? 2. BORACAY, AKLAN Boracay, the “blessed island”, is one of the most well-known beach destinations here in the Philippines. with its 4 kilometer stretch and over 350 resorts and 2,000 rooms to accommodate guests, tourists of all shape and sizes flock together to enjoy its white sand beaches. During the day time, why not explore the bars, restaurants, resorts, hotels, malls, and even spa massage stations. Wear your trusty snorkels and go scuba diving and snorkeling to appreciate the aquatic life. At night, the place is transformed as candlelit sand castles take center place, with gorgeous nightlong clubs and pubs. In summer time, try to partake in the International Funboard Cup. It’s a celebration where you get to watch or join several hundreds of kite-boarders and windsurfers. 3. CORON, PALAWAN Palawan, also known as “the City of Gods”, offers yet another beautiful beach resort. Coron Island has been listed as one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites in the whole world by Forbes Travel Magazine. It also boasts of having seven mountain lakes, white sand beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and limestone cliffs. Another thing that makes this place stand out is the chance to explore some Japanese shipwrecks from World War II.
Nowadays life can be so much busier than ever. Once you got a job, 24 hours seemed too short to make all things done. Time is very much precious for productive and busy people. No wonder lots of things or products now come in an instant. The less time you need to prepare or the less amount of time it requires the better. One best example is an instant coffee. Coffee is such an in demand drinks in an office. It keeps people awake. It boosts people’s concentration which leads them to finish their work. Indeed coffee can make things better that is why an average person who works in the office can actually consume 2-3 cups of coffee a day. It has been already proven that coffee has greater advantages than disadvantages. Although it isn’t 100% side effect free, people can benefit from it especially by taking it in a controlled amount. There is no doubt coffee is one of the healthiest drinks next to tea, however are you sure you are drinking the right coffee? Since coffee can promote productivity in work, people think a higher consumption of coffee means higher productivity. This can only happen if you are drinking the right and healthy coffee. Now, are instant coffees healthy enough? The answer is a quick no. By the name itself, instant coffee can actually bring harm to your body. Instant coffee usually comes in a ready to drink formula. Coffee, sugar and milk are all added so you don’t have to worry about it. You can have it in a small pouch which is very much convenient for anyone. People would often result to drinking instant coffees because it is readily available everywhere. Also, there are a lot of varieties to choose from and it’s very affordable. These are the things that often influence people to drink instant coffees rather than prepare the regular ones. Because of its availability people tend to consume even 2-3 cups of it a day without worrying of its side effects or cost. Although drinking instant coffee can help in saving time, you are actually risking your health in exchange for it. Instant coffees contain a certain amount of sugar that is known to trigger diabetes, and obesity. You can actually gain weight by consuming 2-3 cups of instant coffee a day. To make things worse, it can make you gain unhealthy fat, making yourself much vulnerable to lifestyle diseases. Aside from the threat of weight gain, it also contains addictive compounds. It can also trigger high rate of palpitations because of the amount of caffeine that it contains. Several studies have shown that instant coffees are bad for your health. Black coffee is recommended, although it takes time to prepare, you are sure that you are drinking something which is healthy for your body.
The Philippines has been known to be a home for variety of culture and tradition. It can’t be denied that different tribe, and races were able to contribute and influence the Philippine’s history. Descendants from different cultures were embraced by the native Filipinos and created a community of prosperity rich in friendship and respect. One of the most common events being celebrated in the Philippines is the Chinese New Year. Although this event is intended for Chinese communities only, Filipinos have been fully accustomed to it. Not to mention the existing business establishments owned by Filipino-Chinese families that has been present for quite some time. For this year, Chinese New Year will fall on January 28, 2017. Is it the same with the usual New Year celebration that the entire world is celebrating during January 1? The reason why Chinese have different kind of New Year Celebration is that Chinese follow the Lunar Calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar. Each year has its own or being represented by a zodiac. Chinese calendar is highly astronomical in nature and this has been their basis since time immemorial. It is also a sort of guide in choosing the best and luckiest dates for certain celebrations or events such as wedding, funerals, house blessings and even in opening a business. In the Philippines, Chinese New Year is declared as a local non-working holiday. Although the number of number of people who have Chinese blood or are Chinese are not that many, it is a local holiday for all of the Filipinos to celebrate. This is how Chinese’s culture is closely tied with the Filipino’s. It has been also part of the Filipino community to join the Chinese with their tradition during Chinese New Year. Tikoy which is actually a common food being sold during this celebration has been very popular within the entire country. It is actually made from grinned glutinous rice which is usually sweet. It has different flavors and its sticky nature is said to signify the closeness of family and friends. In China it is called Nian Gao. Although you can buy this anytime of the year, it is more in demand during the celebration of New Year. Another thing which is very significant during this event is the Chinese Lion Dance. A group of dancers dressed in loud colors usually in red and yellow will roam the streets and perform the lion dance. Dancers are then escorted by other people who will be playing the cymbals and drums to give beat to the dance. They are usually seen in business establishments owned by Chinese businessmen. It is said that the lion dance can bring good fortune especially in business enterprises, since according to them, lions are considered to be the symbol of luck and positive energy.
The birth of the internet has opened a lot of opportunities for the entire mankind. With its presence long distance communication is no longer a problem. You can synchronized things in a real-time manner regardless of your distance from one person or place as long as both of you are connected in the internet. The internet became a place for leisure since Social Medias became available. Majority of the people stays connected in the internet because of social media. Everybody wants to be part of the social media world so they could share their thoughts, pictures and so much more. Although the internet and social media has indeed brought several positive changes to the lives of the people there are also negative things that may happen to a person because of it. It has been a norm to post updates about one’s self in social media. It is as if it is the way to keep the people around you updated with what are the things that are actually happening in your life, be it in your career or work, personal life and so much more. There is actually nothing wrong about it if you know how to manipulate your privacy settings, however what if you really intended to post things in public so that a larger audience can view it? Sometimes people may unconsciously risk their own safety while using social media. Best examples are pre-school teachers. As a teacher, you would want to update the parents of your kids about your activities in school, so you post pictures of them on Facebook or Twitter. You choose the public setting so the parents could instantly share your posts about the kids without thinking that this could lead to something serious like child abduction or kidnapping. When you are posting the photos of your kids make sure to blur their faces because this can be a great opportunity for those who would want to make money out of these children. They will also make use of the social media to look for possible targets just by simply monitoring the pictures, names, links and even addresses of the kids. The thing about preschoolers is that they are usually the primary target of kidnappers because of their poor judgment and weak resistance to attack. Toddlers and preschoolers can be easily lured by child abductors because of their young age. The lesser the force they apply the better because it becomes less obvious that they are already doing a crime. The best way to eliminate the risk of child abduction is to refrain from posting pictures in social media. The best way for the parents and the teachers to communicate about the development of a particular child is to see each other in the office or in school. In such manner the parents will be able to ask so much more and become updated of their child’s performance without risking their safety.
Losing weight has been one of the most anticipated topics for quite a while now. People are very much eager to lose weight and to obtain a physically fit body. Being slim and thin is now the new standard of beauty, which is the main reason why almost everyone are trying really hard to at least lower down those unwanted fats. The best and most effective way to lose weight is to have a daily exercise and to eat healthy foods that are enough to sustain the body’s need for energy. But people are too busy and lazy to do both. It is undeniably true that people nowadays would love to eat and eat and wish not to gain weight at all. However it will never happen to most people. There are some though who don’t have any problems of gaining weight because of their metabolism. But majority of people will pay price of eating too much and absolutely gaining too much weight. People are now trying their very best to finds the easiest yet the most effective way to lose weight. There are supplements, food suppressants, even coffee mix especially made to lose weight. To add to these is the discovery of rice corn. Corn is known to be a good source of carbohydrates and even rich in minerals and vitamins. However although it is rich in carbohydrates it can actually help people lose weight especially if you are the type of person who often have carbs on their meals. Filipinos are rice eaters. It is hard for one to live on bread alone and that is for sure. If you rely heavily on rice or on carbohydrates it is best to replace rice with rice corn instead. Rice corn might be effective to help you lose weight since it is has the most number of fiber among other grains. Aside from being fiber-rich, rice corn is more compact compared to rice. It means you only need a little serving for you to get full. Also it takes time before your stomach could actually digest corn because of its compact nature that is why it will also take time before you can feel hunger once again. Corn has less sugar compared to rice. It is one of the biggest assets of rice corn eaters. Carbohydrates, fats, and sugar are the three things you don’t want to accumulate in your diet if you want to achieve a lean and sexy body. Although corn contains carbs, you will be taking it in minimum amount since it is more compact compared to white rice. Everybody is looking for different ways to lose weight. The best thing to do is to acquire discipline first and then look for ways appropriate for your body build. Not all dietary supplements are effective. Some would depend mainly on the body’s mechanism in losing weight!
Who would ever forget the day when a very unique kind of anime has been released to the public? People were greatly influenced with the freshness of the story’s plot and story. A live action movie has been made for the movie, however unlike its manga and anime version, the live action movie was not able to satisfy the audiences’ expectation. After almost three years of waiting, finally people now have glimpse of the second season. The trailer for the second season was released last February 9, 2017. Although the manga is already far from its anime version, a lot of people are still looking forward and waiting for the release of the second season. The trailer has thrilled everyone and it has been shared for more than a hundred times from different users. Despite the high rating given to this anime, people are a bit disappointed for its very slow update. However, the amazing thing is, the story is actually the first story ever published by the author. This is the main reason why it seems to be very fresh in terms of idea and representation. If you are looking for something new and something different then this anime is for you. The reason why it seemed so different from the rest of the anime is that it is not about the usual things such as love, friendship, hope, revenge, and power. Although it still contains the following elements, but the focus of the story is mainly on how humanity can survive in a very disadvantage spot. When I say disadvantage, the difference it terms of power, number and ability is at stake. How are they going to fight the Titans or the giants using their equipment alone? Not to mention the mystery as to where these Titans came from and who made them and for what purpose do they serve? Few episodes have been already released for the second season and it has absolutely impressed its viewers. It just keeps on getting better every single episode. If you haven’t watched this anime series yet, then you should start now. There are 25 episodes per season. A single episode is just 20 minutes long. So it’s absolutely shorter compared to the usual. You are even luckier if you will just start watching it at this point because you don’t have to wait for almost two years for you to watch its season 2.
Nowadays if you want to know what the current trend is, be it in fashion, politics, food and other hobbies, all you have to do is browse on your Facebook newsfeed. People use Facebook as a source of information particularly if they want to know the latest style. The social media world has indeed influenced a huge portion of the daily lives of the people. If you are looking for something new that you want to try, you have probably came across with succulents and cactuses. This is now the latest hobby that many people are in to. Collecting different types and species of succulents and cactuses has been one of the past times of the people. And this is all because of social media. People nowadays would just wait for ideas for them to create something that they can also share to their social media accounts for all of their friends to see. However although this kind of hobby is partly influenced of this social media pressure, it is actually a good hobby, especially that a person would have to care for a plant. It requires responsibility and even dedication. Although these kinds of plants seem easy to care for they actually require attention and a lot more especially if you are a newbie in caring plants. What made these plants really popular and trendy? It is all because of its miniature yet very lovely appearance. The entire plant is considered to be the subject unlike other plants that you have to wait for its flowers to bloom in order to see its total beauty. Another thing is that it has been now widely used as a form of giveaways during weddings, debuts and other special occasions that would suggest for souvenirs. The thought of giving a plant which has life is far more beautiful than any form of souvenirs. It is something really special that any person would want to spend his or her time taking care of it, instead of just leaving it in a cupboard. People are really creative and no wonder some come up with ways to landscape and put succulents into a whole new level such as this picture below. Nonetheless it can also be used as a form of bouquet during wedding ceremonies. A lot of things can be made out from this lovely and adorable plant.
A few days after the recent launching of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, several complaints were already raised against one of the most anticipated smartphones of today’s era. Due to the severity of the issue Samsung decided to replace all sold units of galaxy note 7. It was when the first few customers of the product experienced issues with its battery. It happens to overheat during the charging of device. It actually explodes making it a very hazard one when it comes to safety and security issues. People are now questioning how was it able to pass the quality control standards? To note, this is the first time that Samsung experienced this kind of incident. Is it a sign that Samsung is now lowering its quality to take lead on its number one adversary? Definitely this occurrence stained Samsung’s most valued reputation. It is such dismay that Samsung wasn’t able to detect this problem before launching it to the public. Aside from the recall for sold items, marketing of Galaxy Note 7 has been stopped for the meantime. People are now confused as to how their devices can be replaced and how long would it take them to wait. As of the moment Galaxy Note 7 has already sold quite a number of units. According to some tech analysts, Samsung was trying to get ahead of the release of Iphone 7; unfortunately it turned out to be a disaster instead of advancing from its opponent. However several people would still want to wait for the release of the new device provided that all issues shall be resolved before making it available to the public. With this scenario, one could essentially realize the downside of being too excited and hunching for the release of the latest device. Although it pays off being updated, not to mention showing off its newest features, but how are these people going to deal with their devices? Returning their devices doesn’t mean they can also have their money back. Rather they need to wait for a certain period of time before they can eventually have their paid items back unto their hands. Several memes surfaced in the internet and although it may seem ridiculous, you will surely get it on point. Will Galaxy Note lovers remain loyal to their adored devices? We will find out in the next few days.
Basically, the Aswang is a Filipino folklore mythical creature. According to myths it has a vampire-like nature. It has other names such as the “wak-wak” and “tik-tik”. It has been subject to and a hopeless explanation to so many unsolved stories in the Philippines. Especially in the 16th century, even the Spanish colonists has noticed that it was the Aswang which terrified the Filipinos most. It is known in the entire country and feared except for the Ilocos regions where the myth does not have an existing story to be told. The most popular regions where the Aswang myth is found is in places like Capiz, Negros, Aklan, Antique, Masbate and Bohol. The term Aswang is generally used to define all kinds of vampires, monsters and witches. Originally it was used as a term for a were-dog myth. Dog in Tagalog is Aso where the name takes its origins. The were-dog myth used to be an easter of the dead which consumes cadavers and replaces the bodies with banana trunks. The stories on Aswang vary depending on the region or individual in the country. But it is generally refered to a female. But the real origin of the Aswang myth could be found in the ancient times before modern science and medicine came to the Philippines. Maladies and miscarriages that could not be explained properly were always attributed as the workings of an Aswang. But in the present times, the myth changed its purposes and uses. Now it is used as entertainment and also by parents to their children as a style of disciplining. For example a Filipino mother would tell their child aswang stories to stop them from staying away from home late at night. True that it is a well-known myth in the entire country, the myth though is most popular in the Visayas especially that of Capiz. It is Capiz which is frequently targeted by tabloids as a place where various monsters and supernatural beings lived such as tikbalangs(centaurs) and manananggals. A reason for that may be because almost all of the people living in Capiz are superstitiously inclined. Some people believe that Aswangs appear not only in places but during seasons of high spiritual significance. Such is the example of Southern Luzon where Antipolo is superstitiously believed to have many events of Aswang occurences during the Holy Week. The belief explains that this happens in the three days when Christ was dead. But although there are superstitious folks in the country there are also some that highly argues that the Aswang might be creatures that belong to the cryptozoology, a science that deals with studying animals that hasn’t been proven to exist yet. Some examples of cryptozoologic animals are dinosaurs and the big foots. Research on the Aswang has produced so many different descriptions. But there are on the other hand numerous commodities in all the stories. The stories commonly has it that Aswangs are people who live ordinary lives. They are usually shy and quiet people. But at night they would turn into different creatures and animals such as cats, dogs or pigs. Stories also commonly show that Aswangs eat fetuses, little children and the hearts of people. Finally, they have been commonly described as robbers of cadavers and always in the habit of replacing the stolen bodies with wood, tree trunks or materials made from plants. The mystery of the Aswang has been provided with scientific, religious and historical explanations. Others believe in their existence while others do not. But all the same it remains as one of the most influential literatures in the Filipino culture.