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A day at the Enchanted Kingdom
2007-10-16 10:36:00
One of the biggest dreams a kid could probably have is to spend a whole day at Disneyland. Well, I did have that kind of dream. But considering the circumstances, I wouldn?t be able to do that as we speak. But that doesn?t mean that ?adult kids? like me should sulk and wallow for not having to mingle with Donald and Mickey. Besides, here in the Philippines we also have theme parks and carnivals that I can say are just perfect to cater to every kid?s dreams as far as being in fantasyland is concerned.For today, I?m going to share to you my experiences in one of the country?s most popular carnivals, the Enchanted Kingdom !The ArrivalSaturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:03 pmThe Enchanted Kingdom is located at the prosperous city of Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines. Actually, this was my second time at the park. I was here with my friends about 2-3 years ago. The park has seven (7) zones namely Victoria Park, Portabello, Brooklyn Place, Spaceport, Jungle Outpost, Midway Boardwalk and Boulderv...
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Renting a car in the Philippines
2007-10-11 08:53:00
Renting a car is probably one of the smallest options you have to make in visiting a relatively unfamiliar country. But should you decide to avail of car rental services, you?ll have to carefully decide what rental firm you should hook-up with, the type of car that suits your requirements, and other services you might need (e.g. chauffer). Good thing that in the Philippines , we have several companies that offer this type of services. For today, I?m going to tell you the basic requirements for renting a car in the Philippines according to one of Manila?s better car rental companies ? the JB Rent A Car Inc.The RequirementsIn renting a car from JB, the following should be presented by the renter (balikbayan or foreigner)1. Passport2. Proof of billing3. Photocopy of driver?s license4. Valid ID (company ID/PRC ID)Terms and conditionsGASOLINE. Renter must return the vehicle with same quantity of gas as indicated on the check List or trip ticket. Any deficiency should b...
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People in your neighborhood 1: Filipino odd jobs
2007-10-09 04:56:00
If there is one thing I am most proud about my people is their resiliency. Standing side by side to China or Japan, I admit that we?ve got a long way to go as far as economy and stable employment opportunities are concerned. But despite this national debacle and the insufficient opportunities to make a fine living, some of my fellow Filipino s have managed to survive. They continue to find ways to earn and provide for their needs. Some of them take on menial, yet decent jobs. Rain or shine, day and night, these guys work with a smile on their lips and determination in their hearts. That is a true testament of their resiliency, smarts, and hardwork.Ladies and gentlemen, these are the people in my neighborhood and soon... yours!The ?takatak? boysThey are young and not-so-young men that sell bubble gums, menthol candies but basically cigarettes on the street. Hence, they are called cigarette vendors. ?Takatak? is a coined term derived from the sound that the cigarette box? lid [where th...
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'Kumusta' and more: Common Filipino expressions
2007-10-06 13:24:00
The Philippines always prides itself for being proficient in the English language as compared to our Asian counterparts. Rich and poor, young and old knows how to speak and understand English like a second language. This is why, it's no longer probably required for you to be fluent in Tagalog because we can always communicate with you in English. But like I always say, it pays to know a little bit about our common vernacular. In my hometown, I always chance upon American missionaries on the same jeepney ride. And guess what? They know how to talk the talk. They're very fluent in Tagalog and every time I hear them speak I couldn't help but be impressed. So then I thought, maybe I could teach you some of the most basic Pinoy expressions for free!!! This is my gift for your continued support to my website.Have fun!Legend: ["fragment"] - optional Notes:Notice that the Tagalog expressions used to converse with a single person and to a group on a respectful tone is almost always the sa...
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Pinoy men speak: What makes a girl fall in love
2007-10-05 07:47:00
My post for today is about the ways and means of making a girl fall in love according to Filipino men. Since, most respondents-cum-generous advisers reside in the Philippines, please find the liberty to assume that their tips apply primarily on wooing Filipino women.BE NATURAL?Take it from an old man. The best thing to do is be yourself and don't pretend to be what you are not. Be natural. That way, girls would fall for you on the basis of your own character, your own merits and demerits, core values and beliefs. Not on the basis of any illusion. It will work for some women, it would fail in some but this way the one who will fall for you will love you in a deeper, more meaningful way. It?s not good to be in a relationship where the basis is something shallow. ? ? PercivalTrue. Some guys treat ?ligaw? [courtship] as an opportunity to put their best foot forward. In fact, some men refrain from smoking and drinking liquor while the courtship is ongoing with the belief that these habi...
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How to wed in the Philippines if you?re a foreigner
2007-10-03 13:39:00
How to wed in the Philippines if you?re a foreignerIn my blog post entitled ?How to get a Filipina wife,? I have introduced to you the traditional courtship practices in the Philippines. Now, let?s assume that you already found the woman [man] of your dreams and her [his] wonderful family. The next possible step would be marriage. And where else would you spend that special day but in the Philippines! Sure you can take her [him] immediately to your homeland but did you not know that it would be more beautiful if you wed her [him] in her own country? Please find with this post the basic requirements and legal steps in marrying a Filipino citizen.Basic requirements for a church weddingClearance: Foreigner s who wish to apply for marriage with a Filipino citizen must first secure clearance from the Archdiocesan Chancery Office at the Arzobispado de Manila, 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila (near Manila Cathedral). This clearance must be submitted to the Parish Office upon filing of ...
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Mabuhay! Entry regulations in the Philippines
2007-10-02 16:25:00
My blog has been around for almost two (2) months. By this time I?m sure some of you, my ever loyal readers are already excited to come to my country, experience our way of life and of course, to meet me! Just kidding. Well, I?m feeling excited for you, too! But wait; hold your horses first ladies and gentlemen. I haven?t told you yet about the basic regulations that you must be aware of upon entering our country. Sorry, my bad. HelloPhilippines cannot afford to let you experience any hassles and bumps at the airport so here?s what I have researched for you. Bring out your pen and paper people!General information about the PhilippinesThe Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq. miles (299,764 sq. km.). The main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The country's capital is Manila.Time zoneThe Philippines is GMT +8 hours. Its time difference from the following Key Cities in the United States are as follows: New York (+13 hours), Chicago (...
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Bawal yan: Getting to know some Pinoy signposts
2007-10-01 08:12:00
Somebody said, ?so long as you can read, you can find your way and survive.?Right?Wrong.Reading is easy, however, comprehending is not especially when you?re in a foreign territory where inhabitants speak a unfamiliar vernacular. In my country, people speak mostly Tagalog (note: we have other local dialects e.g. Bisaya, Bicolano, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Chavacano, etc.). Expectedly, warning and traffic signs, streamers and other placards are written in the same way. Some signs are translated. Many are not. Brush up with your Tagalog and let me help you decode the thought within these common ?signboards.?MMDA SignsMMDA stands for Metro Manila Development Authority. It's the agency of the government that takes care of the development, improvement, order and beautification of Metro Manila. It is currently being headed by Chairman Bayani Fernando. For some weird reason, MMDA loves pink. Yes, they're responsible for that cute "pink" sign on that sidewalk! If it's your first tim...
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Filipino habits that kick you in the teeth
2007-09-29 04:04:00
If you come to the Philippines, you must be aware of not only of our basic customs and traditions. More so, you need to have a good grasp of what an ordinary Pinoy do, our habits, expressions and body languages. It?s your compass to a more hassle-free stay. If you don?t take time in understanding our one-million-and-one ways of doing things, it?s either you might offend your host or worse, you might offend yourself which is exactly why I don't want to happen to you. (Remember, HelloPhilippines loves you!)To help me with this mini lecture is a post from the Internet written by a non-Pinoy entitled ?You?re a Filipino if?? Take note that I only included those statements, which I think are worth an explanation.YOU?RE A FILIPINO IF?You nail all photographs on your walls in the living roomDon't expect ordinary Pinoy households to have portraits and posh paintings hanging on their walls. Instead, just enjoy ogling at these "nailed photos." These snapshots remind us of happy memories spen...
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Philippines? Top Beaches: Beautiful Boracay!!!
2007-09-27 11:24:00
In my blog post featuring Puerto Galera, I must admit that I went over the edge and deviated from the real game plan of this blog. From the beginning, I promised to give you ?painless and trouble-free? source of information, and yet there was I wasting your time with my long essay.So, here?s the good news: I?ve decided to make my succeeding posts regarding RP?s top destinations in a more simple approach. This, because I think that the true sentiments of readers is to obtain ?real? information delivered in a not-so-puffed-up way.Our featured beach of the day is one that I personally consider as a must-see for my kababayan and for course for tourists. Friends, welcome to Boracay !The IslandBoracay comes from the local word ?borac? which means cotton. It seems appropriate to describe its sand quality. ?Bora,? as referred to by locals today, is a tropical island situated approximately 315km (200 miles) south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Vi...
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How to send balikbayan boxes to the Philippines
2007-09-26 09:06:00
There must be over a million Filipinos all around the globe. I couldn?t blame them. These immigrants left the country to search for greener pasture. The large concentration of overseas-Filipino-worker (OFW) and permanent settlers are in the Middle East and in the United States. But since, Pinoys? heart will always be in the Philippines , our "kababayans" [fellow-Pilipino] continuously find ways to show their lovedones, the people they left behind, that they are not forgotten. One of the many ways to show their unending love, support and remembrance is what?s known today as ?balikbayan box.?Balikbayan box, comes from two adjoined Pinoy words, ?balik? which means return and ?bayan? which means homeland. So the literal translation of balikbayan is ?a returnee to one?s homeland? or simply ?returnee.?The very first balikbayan boxes must have been sent to the Philippines during the 1970?s. The earliest boxes then were discarded computer box and other equipment that were stuffed with "pasal...
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Balut: Your Ultimate Fear Factor??
2007-09-24 10:15:00
Our lesson for today is about one of the Philippines? most popular street delicacy, the balut.We have cable TV at home and whenever I feel bored, I'd tune in to Fear Factor . One night, the contestants were tasked to do one eating stunt, to eat balut eggs within 3 minutes. The moment Mr. Fear Factor removed the lid that covered the eggs, their jaws dropped in horror. I just laughed. Yes, balut looks gross but it isn?t bad at all.Balut is basically a half-boiled, ready to hatch duck egg that?s between 17 to 19 days old. Some even refer to it as duck embryo or an undeveloped duck fetus. But no matter how you call it, it is a delicacy not intended for those who have a weak stomach. In the Philippines, balut is a sign of machismo. Only the brave dare to eat this weird looking and tasting delight. But never underestimate its power. Balut is high in protein and is a good source of energy. It is also said to be an excellent aphrodisiac. Balut is often served with beer. And for added flavor...
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Banaue Rice Terraces is the 8th Wonder of the World
2007-09-22 04:01:00
Did you know......that UNESCO List of World Heritage named the Banaue Rice Terraces the Eight Wonder of the World? It also earned citations from the prominent American Society of Civil Engineers. This 2,000-year-old engineering wonder is actually rice fields built manually by the Ifugaos (local native people of Banaue) to provide themselves a source of livelihood in the highlands. Basically, the irrigation system that were skillfully put in place comes from the mountain streams, enough to support and grow a fine harvest.For some, it?s just a ricefield. But when I was younger, I was taught that the Terraces is our stairway to heaven.Visit its official site for more information. It's a must-see for tourists like you.Find this site helpful? Help me spread the word through these sites:
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How to get a Filipina Wife
2007-09-21 10:57:00
Filipino culture has been well documented. In just one click of your finger, you can have tons of information that you will need to get to know our way of life. Perhaps one of the most interesting elements of our culture is courtship! This is our lesson for today.I?m going to start my lecture by providing you with an article, that I stumbled upon about two (2) minutes ago. It was originally published on February 14, 2002 from Pinoy na Pinoy column, Businessworld. Take note of the Q&A, which I have provided for you at the end of each part.LOVE, COURTSHIP IN FILIPINO CULTURETUKSUHAN?The traditional dalagang Pilipina (Filipina maiden) is shy and secretive about her real feelings for a suitor and denies it even though she is really in love with the man.?Tuksuhan lang (just teasing) is the usual term associated with pairing off potential couples in Filipino culture. This is common among teenagers and young adults. It is a way of matching people who may have mutual admiration or affec...
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Rebuking "Filipinos Make Me Puke!"
2007-09-19 07:07:00
The year was 1998 December 5, when a letter caught the attention of Pinoys all around the world. This letter was tossed around the internet and was first believed to have written by a famous American DJ named Art Bell. Because of its offensive content, several livid Pinoys issued rebuttal and commentaries offering disproof on what was written in the letter. Later on, it was discovered that the letter did not come from Bell but from a "person" who has a deep grudge over young Pinoy teenagers living in the United States.Three years later, July 1, 2001, the issue resurfaced when said letter was rediscovered and published in a well-known newspaper in the US.Two years ago, 2005, I received the same letter from a friend. Actually, that was the first time I got to read it. Naturally, I got really mad and offended. It is only now that I will be offering my own refutation to "Mr. Anonymous" claims. Please be reminded that this is strictly based on my opinion and not in anyway constitute the ...
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Foreign Q: How can I study in the Philippines?
2007-09-18 07:42:00
In July of 1994, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the governing body of all public and private higher education institution in the country, issued CHED Memorandum Order No. 2 entitled ?Guidelines on the Entry and Stay of Foreign Students in the Philippines , etc.? This is in accordance with the policy of the government to promote the Philippines as a center for education in the Asia-Pacific region. It basically encourages foreign students to pursue their education in the country.Who are foreign students?According to said memo, foreign students are aliens belonging or owing allegiance to a country other than the Philippines who wants to study in any schools or colleges recognized and duly authorized by the Philippine Government which includes: researchers, trainees, grantees, scholars, and other similar categories and in addition those who will conduct ?research work? in any government or privately owned agency or who will study in any ?special training institution? or ?cent...
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Manny ?Pacman? Pacquiao: Chronicles of a Champ!
2007-09-17 11:21:00
Record: 44-3-2, 35 KOs BiographyChristened Emmanuel D. Pacquiao , Manny was born on December 17, 1978 in Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines by Dionisia Dapigaran and Rosalio Pacquiao.When young Manny was still in grade 6, his father left them to work on a farm in Tampakan, South Cotabato. Soon enough, his mother found out that Rosalio?s already been raising a family with another woman. Left to fend for his mother and his siblings, Manny dropped out of school and take on menial jobs including selling breads in the streets and did laundry for other people.Despite being abandoned by his husband, Dionisia made sure that their children would not lose any respect for their father. In January of 2006, after 15 years of separation, Manny got his long-time dream of seeing his parents reunited once again.Pacquiao is married to Jinky Jamora-Pacquiao with 3 children namely, Emmanuel Jr., Michael Stephen and Mary Divine Grace also-known-as Princess. He is currently residing at his 4,000 square mete...
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Philippines' Top Beaches: Puerto Galera!!!
2007-09-17 02:54:00
Brief HistoryThe Philippine archipelago is made up of 7,000+ islands. For that reason, it is among those countries that have been gifted by an abundance of beautiful and enchanting beaches. One of which is Puerto Galera. ?Puerto? as locals commonly refer it to, was actually once a port in which the Spaniards used to dock their large trading ships referred to as ?galera?. Hence the name, Puerto Galera or ?port of galleons.?Puerto is situated at the equally remarkable province of Mindoro Oriental (Eastern Mindoro). It is about 130 kilometers south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from the City of Batangas.Over all it is composed of 12 coastal villages and 13 barangays!By the 17th century, under the Spanish rule, Mindoro was organized into a corrigimiento, with Puerto Galera as the capital. The seat of government remained there through the Spanish and American rules, until 1903.But because of the frequent attacks of the Moro (southern Muslims), the government was forced to relocate the ...
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Eat Bulaga: Longest running tv program in the Philippines
2007-09-16 12:43:00
Did you know......that "Eat Bulaga" [peek-a-boo or surprise] or EB is the longest running daily TV program in Philippine brodcasting history [probably in the world, too]. It first aired in RPN Channel 9, a government owned network, on July 30, 1979. The show featured the local comedic trio of brothers Tito and Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon. It is produced by TAPE, Inc. In 1989, after RPN 9 was sequestered, the EB gang moved to ABS-CBN Channel 2.Few years later, in January of 1995, EB moved again to a another network, this time to its rival network - GMA Channel 7. It has been it's home turf eversince. The show surpassed 5 presidents and two EDSA revolution. Yet, EB is showing no signs of slowing down. In its 28th year, EB continues to provide quality and fun entertainment to its ever loyal viewers.In the US, the longest running show is Sabado Gigante (August 8, 1962) by Univision Television Network. It is hosted by Don Francisco but unlike EB, it is broadcasted only once a week.Find t...
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Pinoy jeepney is the king of the road; you?re an idiot for not trying it
2007-09-13 08:15:00
Really, if you have gone to the Philippines and yet you were unable to experience the thrill of riding a "dyipni" [jeepney], that?s idiotic. Because one, jeepney is an icon of our history and culture. Two, you?ve never seen anything like it before. In fact, you won?t see anything like it anywhere else in the entire universe. Three, you missed the fun of seating shoulder-to-shoulder with A LOT of wonderful Pinoy who?re also commuting! What?s the point of going to Pinas without getting familiar with perhaps, THE most ubiquitous, most visible Pinoy icon!?History The word ?jeepney? or ?dyipni? is a coined name derived from the English words, ?jeep? and ?knee.? The terms were mixed together to describe the face-to-face seating of passengers inside it. It also suggests the fact that when you ride a jeepney, you?ll be in a very close proximity with your co-passengers that your knees may very well rub against each other.The history of this widely used vehicle dates back in the 1940s?. After...
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Jinggoy: Erap to be convicted
2007-09-11 10:18:00
Philstar NewsBy Christina MendezTuesday, September 11, 2007Opposition Sen. Jing goy Estrada said their family is ?expecting the worst? when the Sandiganbayan Special Division hands down its verdict tomorrow on the plunder and perjury charges against his father, former President Joseph Estrada.The senator said they have received reports that the former president will likely be found guilty of plunder.?We are prepared for whatever verdict the Sandiganbayan will come out with. But we are expecting the worst, because according to some reliable sources we have talked to and who have given us vital information, there is no way that my father can get an acquittal even though there is no evidence against him,? Jinggoy lamented.?That is very disappointing. I still believe that justice will prevail and that the Sandiganbayan will remain independent. And I hope that the Sandiganbayan will base their decision on the merits of the case,? he added.The elder Estrada himself is reportedly prepared f...
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Welcome to Pinas!
2007-09-11 08:38:00
Are you from the states? Europe? One of our Asian counterparts? A balikbayan? No matter who you are and where you?re coming from, so long as you come in peace, you are welcome in the Philippines.You must?ve probably heard or read about Manila or the Philippines somewhere. The past couple of decades, you?ve seen us in CNN and BBC. As a Pinoy, I am not really surprised that we?re always in the news. I don?t even care. In fact, most opinions about us are untrue. Regardless of all the bizarre, weird and extreme hearsays, Philippines or Pinas is still one of the most beautiful places to live in.Take it from me.I was born and raised in the Philippines. But, I do have relatives and friends not only in America, but also in the Middle East, Macau, Australia and Canada. Some of them migrated there for work. Their parents petitioned some of them. But ever so often, they tell me there?s no place like Pinas. I agree. And that?s what inspired me in creating this weblog.My main task is to give you...
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