Category Archives: Tips and Reminders

Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

The validity period of Philippine passports, which was previously fixed at five (5) years, has been extended to ten (10) years, thanks to a new law signed today, 2 August 2017, by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The new law, Republic Act No. 10928 (reproduced in full below), however, limits the validity period of passports for minors, or those below 18 years old, to five (5) years.  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is tasked to implement a passport processing system that is seamless, convenient and pro-people. Let’s wait for the implementing regulations to be issued by the DFA. Continue reading Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

For Mothers’ Day: Wisdom I Learned from Nanay

If you’ve personally seen the beautiful Philippines, you might also have noticed that in addition to the Filipinos’ legendary hospitality, we are known to respect our parents, particularly our mothers (sorry, dad). We Filipinos call our mothers inay, nanay, mama or, more common nowadays, mom. Now, for the next paragraphs, look for a Filipino friend and ask her/him to translate (Google Translate can never fathom the nuances and context of the Filipino language). Here are some things we can truly relate — Mga ginintuang aral na napulot kay Inay. Feel free to share the nuggets of wisdom you’ve learned from your mother (or share this with your mother and family). Continue reading For Mothers’ Day: Wisdom I Learned from Nanay

The Philippines Ranks Higher among Tourist-Friendly Countries (2015)

There’s something to be more proud about the Philippines — the Philippines continues its consistent rise in the tourism world, ranked as No. 8 in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2015. “Could this be the Philippines’ breakthrough year?”, Lonely Planet asks. It added: “With more than 7100 islands (compare that to Thailand, with a paltry 1430), the Philippines has one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, fringed by dive-static coral reefs, sprinkled with sunbathe-ready white sand, backed by swaying palm trees and dotted with simple resorts of nipa-palm thatched huts, like Thailand used to be when the Beach Boys were still top of the charts.” First in the list is Singapore, followed by Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo and Serbia. Continue reading The Philippines Ranks Higher among Tourist-Friendly Countries (2015)

15 Tips for your Batanes Travel

We’ve finally visited one of the places in our Philippine bucket list, Batanes, an absolutely gorgeous province consisting of a few islands (for starters, see the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes). Before heading out to Batanes, we had some notions on what it would look like and what we should expect; confirmed a few and reconsidered most of those Batanes notions. We thought we’d share our realizations with the VisitPinas community: Continue reading 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel

Itinerary for Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Camiguin

A long weekend is coming up. For those planning to take a 4-day vacation to Cagayan de Oro — Bukidnon — Camiguin, allow us to share our itinerary. We’ve gone this route as part of our VisitPinas advocacy and, incidentally, to experience first-hand the route. This way, we’d better assist travelers over at GoTravelBliss Tours (see disclosure). Continue reading Itinerary for Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Camiguin

Growth of Philippine Tourism in 2013

Figures from the Department of Tourism (DoT) showed a growth of almost 10% of foreign visitors to the Philippines for 2013. This translates to a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, which is a 9.56% increase from the 4,272,811 arrivals in 2012. According to Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., “Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained.  The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery.” Continue reading Growth of Philippine Tourism in 2013

Typhoon Watch 2014: List of Typhoons in the Philippines

The time has come to again start the list of typhoons for the year, 2014. It’s not that we want typhoons to visit the Philippines — it’s an inescapable fact that around 20 storms visit the Philippines each year. So, just like in the previous years (see the typhoon lists for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 lists), let’s log each typhoon as it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The first typhoon in 2013 came on the 3rd day of the year, while in 2012 it came in June. Drop by from time to time as we update the list of typhoons in the Philippines for 2014. Continue reading Typhoon Watch 2014: List of Typhoons in the Philippines

Pyronale Berlin 2013: Dragon Fireworks (Philippines) brings home Gold

We’ve seen this spectacular display of what Filipinos can do. We’ve watched it again and again. And, well, we’ve lost count. This is the gold-winning fireworks display of the Philippines’ own, Dragon Fireworks. This is the Pyronale 2013 at Berlin, Germany, an international competition. Here’s the video. Be amazed: Continue reading Pyronale Berlin 2013: Dragon Fireworks (Philippines) brings home Gold

Swimming in Manila Bay

Manila Bay, most famous for its golden, romantic sunset right in the heart of Metro Manila. As the gateway to Manila, this is the site of historic battles, including the Spanish-American War and the Second World War. Here you can find the Manila Yacht Club (obviously a place for the upper class) and the Manila Ocean Park. This is where Philippine dragon boat teams, preparing for their world championship defense, hold their practice.  It really is puzzling why swimming is not allowed in Manila Bay. Continue reading Swimming in Manila Bay