September 2008

“DFA lang ang nagbibigay ng tunay na passport.
Wag sayangin ang sinakrispisyo nila. Siguraduhing tunay ang iyong passport.”

I got my new Philippine passport in 25 minutes! Kudos to DFA for their new system in passport renewal! First, one has to set an appointment with the DFA through the internet .

Download the passport application form , accomplish it completely, bring your passport pictures with you (blue background) . On appointment date, bring your appointment letter, passport form, pictures and 500 pesos as application fee. You don’t’ need to come back to claim your passport, courier service is available at 99 pesos. The courier service will deliver the passport within two weeks at your doorstep.

If you are also renewing the passport of your minor children, be sure the mother’s passport is up to date or she is renewing it together with her children’s passport at the same time. If not current, her children’s passport cannot be renewed. Remember that the mother’s passport should be up to date or current if she wants to renew her children’s passport. The children’s passport application form should have a Xerox copy of the mother’s passport.

There are many people outside of the DFA gate claiming they have DFA forms, no long queues etc. Never mind these people just go ahead and enter the DFA compound, and you will have everything inside. Photo copying machines and picture studio are available inside the DFA compound. Do not entertain these people even if they claim to be DFA employees, even if they have their ID’s. Its better to ask people inside the DFA compound rather than people outside of the DFA premises. There are security personnels inside the DFA compound that would help and guide you where you need to go in order to process your papers.

Do not forget to bring a pen, water and fan. There are portions in the area that is little hot! How to get to the DFA? If you are accessible to the LRT. its at the LIBERTAD station, then ride a jeep going to the DFA. It’s advisable to go by public transport, parking is a problem.

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BAYAN WIRELESS … unlimited calling on the go

by Anna Katharina on September 30, 2008

in Events



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Census Serbilis Centers under the National Statistics Office have been opened for the convenience of the public applying for copies of birth, marriage, death certificates and certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR) for local and foreign use.

Because of visa requirements, I had a chance of going to a Census Serbilis Center at the Ground Floor, Lifestyle I Building Hobbies of Asia, at Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. I requested for 4 birth certificates and 1 marriage certificate. Really. it’s a long queue, it took me 3 hours to complete the processing and another 2 hours to wait for the release of the said original copies. It was a long wait at screening area since only 2-3 persons are staffing the screening booth. The fee is around 140 pesos per document.

I wonder why they are showing an Indian variety show and something about a Chinese war, which show some form of brutality at the TV monitors in the area. Maybe they could show some historical Filipino films about Rizal or something that is very Filipino.

I decided to get the documents some other day, and when I came back 3 days after to claim the documents, it took me 20 minutes to do so. At the back of the building, is the where you can claim the documents. It is more convenient in terms of less people at the waiting area, air conditioning system is cold, but maybe because it was 8:30 AM.

Do not forget to bring a pen, a valid ID, water to drink and something to kill the boredom. You will also provide some basic information (address, birtdate,birthplace etc )to facilitate verification and issuance of your needed document. It s better for you to bring an old copy of the document or “kodigo” so as to prevent errors in your application.

But if you are too busy going through this process, getting documents from NSO is just a phone call away. You can DIAL 737-111 “ isang tawag na lang ang birth certificate”. NSO Birth Certificate delivery 24 hours. The fee is 300 pesos to be paid at Metro, Bancnet or any Bayad center, document will be delivered right at your doorstep.

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The 2nd Philippine Blog Awards

by Anna Katharina on September 23, 2008

in Blogging,Events

The 2nd Philippine Blog Awards was held at One Esplanade , Mall of Asia, Pasay City last September 21, 2008 was an event which brought together the “crème dela Crème “ of the blogging community. It was a packed house where bloggers met and, mingle. The attendees represented quite a cross section of the bloggers community.

Around 36 awards were given to the different categories dubbed as the “Oscars” of the blogosphere. Senator Mar A. Roxas graced the occasion and he talked about personal responsibility attached to being a blogger. He said that if one puts his name on what one writes, it would also reflect what one stands for and what one believes in.

Another highlight of the occasion was the raffle of prizes (Nokia cellphones, the most coveted one) and dinner served by Josiah’s Catering plus the different booths displaying products of sponsors of the 2nd Philippine Blog Awards.

The 2nd Philippine Blog Awards ended with the speech rendered by Jayvee Fernandez who emulated bloggers about personal conviction, integrity, and character. He ended his speech with the line “It is not about how well we blog – it is about how well we live our life.”

Congratulations to the finalists and WINNERS. To the organizers of the Philippine Blog Awards Noemi, Jayvee, Juned, Gail and the volunteer bloggers who were so busy during the event making the impossible possible- WELL DONE!. Their efforts deserve a pat on the back. Hey you are ALL GREAT!

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