BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY (BGC)-BOUND BUS TERMINAL: Transferred

BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY (BGC)-BOUND BUS TERMINAL: Transferred

Starting last May 16, 2013, the BGC-bound Bus Terminal was transferred to a temporary and safer location. It is now located at the Shell Station at the corner of EDSA and Mckinley Road. BGC-bound Buses are the cheapest and safest way to go to Bonifacio Global City from EDSA-Ayala area. Buses are available 24 hours a day but always make sure you allot enough time, between 30 minutes to an hour, because there are long lines especially during rush hour.

From the MRT Ayala station, you have to get down a plight of stairs and walk straight ahead across the MRT bridge in EDSA and cross the pedestrian lane towards the Shell station at the corner of EDSA and McKinley Road.  Don’t worry, just follow the arrows on the tarpaulin which will lead you to the new BGC-bound Bus stop.

BGC Air-conditioned bus fare for both West and East Route is very cheap at only Php12.00 per passenger. Yes, regardless of whether you’re going to alight at the first bus stop or at Market Market.

Take care. Be safe.

WATAMI JAPANESE CASUAL RESTAURANT: Yummy Dishes

WATAMI JAPANESE CASUAL RESTAURANT: Yummy Dishes

I was so giddy with excitement when I got an invitation to dine at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant at the New Glorietta Mall in Makati. It is the top food & beverage brand in Japan with over 700 branches in the Asia Pacific region. With original dishes and signature beverages, Watami Group’s slogan is “to receive the most number of thank-you’s in the world”.

To see more pictures click the link HERE.

Levante Night Market: Delicious Food At Affordable Prices

Levante Night Market: Delicious Food At Affordable Prices

Thank God It’s Friday! 

Foodies rejoice!  Quezon City and Pasig City residents have now a good reason to stay out late and indulge in good food without braving the Friday night traffic in the metropolis. They can now simply visit the Mercato of the East! 

LEVANTE EASTWOOD is a Night Food Market every Friday at City Walk Two in Eastwood. The fun begins from 6 p.m up to 3 a.m.

To read more please click on the link below.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT APPLICATION OF MINOR CHILDREN IN CERTAIN CASES

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT APPLICATION OF MINOR CHILDREN IN CERTAIN CASES:

If minor is not traveling with either parent or is traveling alone

  • Personal appearance of the mother is required if minor applicant is an illegitimate child.
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor. If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.

If both parents are abroad:

  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.
  • Proper ID of the duly authorized representative (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

If minor is legitimated by subsequent marriage of parents:

  • Authenticated Birth Certificate from NSO must include annotation regarding new status as legitimated and the full name of the child

If minor is illegitimate but acknowledged by father:

  • Birth certificate from NSO reflecting surname of father with Affidavit of Acknowledgement and Consent to use the surname of father

Foundling:

  • Certificate of foundling authenticated by NSO
  • DSWD Clearance
  • Passport of the person who found the applicant
  • Letter of authority or endorsement from DSWD for the issuance of passport

Orphaned minor applicant:

  • Authenticated Death Certificates of parents from NSO
  • Court order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority under Article 214 & 216 of the Family Code
  • DSWD Clearance

Abandoned minor applicant:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the abandoned minor applicant or substitute parental authority
  • DSWD Travel Clearance

Legally adopted:

  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of NSO Birth Certificate before adoption
  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of the NSO amended Birth Certificate after adoption
  • Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Court Decision or Order on Adoption and Certificate of Finality
  • DSWD clearance for minor applicant, if traveling with the person other than the adopting parents

    In case the applicant is for adoption by foreign parents:

    • Certified True Copy of the Court Decree of Abandonment of Child
    • NSO Death Certificate of the child’s parents or the Deed of Voluntary Commitment executed after the birth of the child
    • Endorsement of child to the Intercountry Adoption Board by the DSWD
    • Authenticated Birth or Foundling Certificate

Minor applicant whose parents’ marriage are annulled or whose parents are divorced:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority
  • DSWD Travel Clearance
  • NSO Marriage Certificate with annotation on nullity or annulment decree

Minor applicant whose mother is likewise a minor:

  • Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparent/s
  • NSO Birth Certificate of minor applicant and mother
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparent/s indicating the name of the traveling companion
  • DSWD Clearance if minor will be traveling with the person other than the maternal grandparent/s
  • Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparent/s (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDs FOR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT APPLICATION

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA) LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDs (At least 1 of the following):

  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
    • Digitized SSS ID
    • Driver’s License
    • GSIS E-card
    • PRC ID
    • IBP ID
    • OWWA ID
    • Digitized BIR ID
    • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
    • Old College ID
    • Alumni ID
    • Old Employment IDs

DFA may require supporting documents to prove identity of passport applicant -. 

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (At least 3 of the following):

  • Voter’s ID
  • NSO Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant such as the following:
    • NSO Birth Certificate of child / children
    • SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
    • Income Tax Return
    • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (for newly issued VRR, please attach receipt)
    • School Yearbook
    • Community Tax Certificate

How to Get Philippine Passports For Minor Children

How to Get Philippine Passports For Minor Children

My family and some of my friends asked me to write a post about how to get Philippine Passports for their babies or minor children. Yes, folks. In spite of your babies or children being so cute, adorable and small, they still need passports in order to travel abroad. It is a good thing that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has made passport application easy with its courtesy lane. For more details, you can opt to call the DFA passport appointment hotline.

So, please prepare the following requirements for your child’s passport application:

1. Download the form from the DFA website or you could go personally to the nearest DFA office.

2. Accomplish the passport application form.

3. Original Birth Certificate from the National statistics office (NSO).


4. If parents are married, Marriage Certificate of parents on printed Security Paper (i.e, authenticated by the NSO). Please prepare two (2) sets: a) one  original and b) one photocopy.

5. Photocopy of valid passport of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child)/ of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) or identification documents (click HERE for the list of acceptable IDs).

6. Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal.

For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required.

7. Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel from either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / from mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).

8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.

Click HERE for additional requirements if –

a. minor is not traveling with either parent or is traveling alone; 
b. both parents are both abroad;
c. minor is legitimated by subsequent marriage of parents;
d. minor is illegitimate but acknowledged by father;
e. minor is a foundling;
f.  minor is an orphan;
g. minor is an abandoned child;
h. minor is legally adopted;
i.  parents’ marriage is annulled or parents are divorced;
j.  mother is likewise a minor.

At the courtesy lane of DFA, you will be directed to the steps from submitting the document, paying for the passport fee, having your baby’s picture taken and for the passport delivery service.

The DFA courtesy lane are for the following:

  • Senior Citizen
  • permanent government employees 
  • families of permanent government employees 
  • pregnant women 
  • kids below one (1) year old.

Good news folk! You don’t need an appointment unlike the regular passport application. And the whole process can be done in less than an hour!

For more information, you can contact DFA at 556-0000/737-1000 or email epassport@dfa.gov.ph/passport.oca@yahoo.com or visit the official website for passport appointment: http://passport.com.ph/

The new DFA Office of the Consular Affairs is now located at Aseana Business Park, Macapagal Blvd. corner Bradco Ave, Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City. The building is behind S & R and just across McDonald’s along the road going to SM Mall of Asia at the Aseana Business Park.

LIFEFACTORY™: Ready to FLIP

LIFEFACTORY™: Ready to FLIP

Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, a mom, wife, model, host and eco-warrior, introduces to us Lifefactory glass bottles with silicone sleeve and Flip top cap during a mini-gathering at Juju Eats Restaurant, along Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. Araneta-Elizalde is a firm believer that children and adults alike should never drink in plastic bottles or containers because of its high lead content which we all know is bad for our health. Lifefactory bottle as it turns out is a modern and eco-friendly line of reusable glass baby bottles, glass beverage bottles and accessories.

Lifefactory introduces another amazing addition to its adult line of glass beverage bottles. The new Flip top cap saves you time and effort with its smart and functional design. All you need is one hand to open your bottle and drink! No need to remove the cap from the bottle. The pivoting handle allows you to do more as it provides a great way to carry the bottle and stows out of the way for drinking. The wide-mouth access makes it easy to add ice cubes or fresh fruits into your drink. How convenient is that?

Just like the Lifefactory you’ve come to know and love, the new Flip top cap still comes with a BPA/BPS-free and phthalate-free glass bottle that is safe for everyday food and beverage contact. Hot or cold, slushed or iced, Lifefactory bottles are perfect for the fickle-minded drinker. It can withstand extreme temperatures letting you enjoy your drink however way you want it.

Toting a Lifefactory will never be out of style. Choose from classic neutrals to more bold colors to match your #outfitoftheday. Mix, match, or color block your caps and bottles if you’re feeling more daring. The choices are yours to make!

Ready, Set, FLIP! Drinking has never been this fun with the new Lifefactory Flip top cap bottle.

Go grab one now! 


Very safe for babies! @lifefactory_ph together! #Goglass

Ditch the plastic bottles and go glass!
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COMELEC picks PICC for elections canvassing

Commission on Elections
picks PICC for elections canvassing
—The Philippine International Convention Center
(PICC), the country’s biggest and most elegant events venue, was again chosen
to be the site of the canvassing for the 2013 Philippine mid-term elections.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chose the PICC as the venue of the
national canvassing of the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for 10 days
after the elections that chose the next batch of Senators and local government
officials and legislators. Seen in photo after the contract signing are COMELEC
Chairman, Hon. Sixto Brillantes, Jr. (left), and PICC General Manager, Atty.
Renato Padilla.

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JAG Origins: Presents Nina Garcia

JAG Origins: Presents Nina Garcia

Filipino fashionistas and fashionista wannabes troop to the first ever Jag Origins fashion show/ seminar held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City at day 3 of the Philippine Fashion Week last May 24, 2013.

The Jag Origins fashion show/ seminar launches Jag’s Holiday 2013 collection that featured stretch denim for men and ankle-cut jeans for women.

Boy Abunda interviewing Nina Garcia

No less than Project Runway judge and Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia served as the inaugural speaker of JAG Origins last Friday. We were ecstatic when we learned during her interview with Boy Abunda that Nina Garcia also served as fashion director of fashion magazine Elle for 17 years.

The well-attended Jag Origins fashion show also showcased the latest creations of Filipino designers Jerome Salaya Ang, Norman Noriega and Jeffrey Rogador.

Jag Origins fashion show/ seminar is envisioned to be an annual seminar of influence and inspiration that “spreads art, design and creative inspiration” among upcoming fashion designers.

I also saw several fashion designers as well as famous celebrities in the audience and some beauty queens also took part in the event, including previous Miss Universe delegates Janine Tugonon and Shamcey Supsup and 2013 Miss Universe-Philippines Ariella Arida.

ROBIN PADILLA’S SISTER CROWNED WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE

ROBIN PADILLA’S SISTER CROWNED WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE

During the coronation night of Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013 pageant held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on May 25, 2013, Robin Padilla’s sister, Rizza Padilla-Singson, was crowned Woman of Substance 2013.  

She was also chosen as Mrs. Body Beautiful during the event.
Maria Rizza Padilla Singson, 35 years old, is a registered nurse. She is a wife, mom, nurse and commercial model rolled into one.

 Her family and friends describe her as a woman who is beautiful inside and out.

 Congratulations Rizza!