63 Visa-free Countries for the Pinoy Traveler

The Philippine Passport’s strength ranks 72nd in the world as more foreign countries open their doors to Pinoys without the need for a visa.  Last year, we were 75th among 199 passports, so there is definitely some reason to celebrate the three notches we climbed this year. Have you been granted a 10-year validity inContinue reading “63 Visa-free Countries for the Pinoy Traveler”

6 Reasons Why You Always Need to Have a Copy of your PSA Birth Certificate

I was never a fan of keeping files as these have the tendency to pile up on my desk over time.  I have developed the habit of just getting what I need when I need it.  However, I realized this may not be a good practice when it comes to personal documents such as myContinue reading “6 Reasons Why You Always Need to Have a Copy of your PSA Birth Certificate”

What is Your Lucky Color for 2018?

Will the year of the Earth Dog be friendly to your animal sign?  How do you keep the steady flow of good luck coming while keeping negative vibes at bay? We researched on this year’s lucky colors for the different animal signs.  We won’t know for sure if these will work but it won’t hurtContinue reading “What is Your Lucky Color for 2018?”

Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?

The quickest answer to this question is yes.  In fact, it is highly advisable to have your passport renewed before it expires as most countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure. Here are a few more pointers that frequent travelers need to know aboutContinue reading “Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?”

How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport

A basic requirement for passport renewal is the submission of the expired (or expiring passport) so the DFA can cancel its validity.  But what if the old passport has gone missing? Here’s how you can renew a lost and expired passport: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Personal appearance. Confirmed appointment. No need to submit a passport size photo.Continue reading “How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport”

Facts About PhilHealth’s Premium Rate Adjustment

On January 1, 2018, PhilHealth’s premium rates have been adjusted to 2.75% of the member’s monthly basic salary (MBS). To help everyone appreciate how the adjustment impacts an employee’s contribution (and effectively, the salary deduction he should anticipate as a result of the rate increase), we are sharing the following table lifted from PhilHealth’s officialContinue reading “Facts About PhilHealth’s Premium Rate Adjustment”

Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA

  Now that you have finally set an appointment for your passport application, it is time to begin preparing the requirements you need to bring.  Here’s a summary of all the things you need to know when applying for a Philippine Passport at any DFA office: Personal appearance is required for all applicants. A confirmedContinue reading “Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA”

7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken

Back in the day, passport applicants are required to bring copies of their 2×2 ID photos when applying for their Philippine passports.  Restrictions are limited to the type of shirt you should be wearing on the photo (with collar) and the background should be white.  Applicants are also advised to avoid wearing accessories such asContinue reading “7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken”