Errors & Inaccuracies on PSA Birth Certificates: Whose Fault Is It, Really?

I came across this interesting article on yet another case of a defective NSO-certified (now PSA) birth certificate.  The writer narrated how his grandson’s passport application was denied because the kid’s birth certificate lacked the proper entries in the birthplace field.  To get the matter straightened out, the birth certificate owner needs to seek theContinue reading “Errors & Inaccuracies on PSA Birth Certificates: Whose Fault Is It, Really?”

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Prenuptial Agreement: Should You Get One Before Tying the Knot?

After the wedding party is over and all the gifts have been unwrapped, the newly-wed couple settles back and realizes that life continues in a normal fashion.  Reality sets in sooner than they expect and before long, they find themselves dealing with the same matters they dealt with when they were single. One such matterContinue reading “Prenuptial Agreement: Should You Get One Before Tying the Knot?”

Nicknames and Aliases: Is it Unlawful to Use a Name Other Than Your Own?

Filipinos like using nicknames.  We give our children unique sounding names such as ‘Jun-Jun’, ‘Ken-Ken’, and ‘Mac-Mac’.  Girls are named ‘Ging-Ging’, ‘Che-Che’, and sometimes, ‘Pot-Pot’.  Every family has a Tito Boy and a Tita Baby, a Kuya Boyet and an Ate Mayet, a Tito Tito or a Tita Tita.  Very seldom are we called byContinue reading “Nicknames and Aliases: Is it Unlawful to Use a Name Other Than Your Own?”

Domestic Adoption: Can I Adopt My Own Child?

Joy gave birth to her eldest daughter before she turned 17 years old.  Since she was too young to care for her infant, her parents decided to claim Joy’s daughter as their own.  The baby was named Mia and Joy’s parents were listed as the baby’s parents in her birth certificate. Ten years later, JoyContinue reading “Domestic Adoption: Can I Adopt My Own Child?”

Senior Citizen Discount on Medicines: Requirements and Limitations

As a Senior Citizen, you can either buy your medicines personally or have someone else run the errand for you.  To be sure you are given your rightful discounts and privileges when purchasing your medicines, take note of the following reminders and requirements: To avail of the 20% discount on medicines: Present your Senior Citizen’sContinue reading “Senior Citizen Discount on Medicines: Requirements and Limitations”

New Passport Application Due to Name Change: Requirements and Processes

When a person changes his name, whether due to marriage, adoption, or corrections on birth certificate entries, the rest of his identification documents, such as passports, should also be updated.  Here is a list of name amendments allowed by Philippine laws and the specific requirements when applying for a new or renewed passport due toContinue reading “New Passport Application Due to Name Change: Requirements and Processes”

Unfair Credit Collection Practices: How To Handle Abusive Credit Collectors

Myla’s mobile phone has been ringing off its expensive leather case since she clocked in for work.  When people around her started staring at her musical bag where the sound seemed to be coming from, she reached inside the bag, flipped the leather cover of the phone, and calmly tapped the volume icon on theContinue reading “Unfair Credit Collection Practices: How To Handle Abusive Credit Collectors”

After Separation or Annulment Comes Child Support: To Give or Not To Give?

When a married couple separates, whether on their own terms or as prescribed by an annulment proceeding, child custody and support become a fundamental issue between the parties.  With whom should the children stay?  How often can their father / mother see them?  How will their basic needs be met? In the Philippines, custody ofContinue reading “After Separation or Annulment Comes Child Support: To Give or Not To Give?”