Batman is awesome.


He is the superhero who single-handedly defeated the nasty criminals of Gotham City. He is the protector of the people from the evil plans of Joker, Penguin, Two-Face and other weird evildoers. He is even more awesome than Superman, despite the fact that he doesn't have any super-powers.

And now, Jollibee brought this awesomeness to Jollibee parties. The fast food joint's new birthday theme is “Batman”.
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Jollibee party package - Batman Theme

The Batman birthday theme is an addition to the three themes of Jollibee party, which are: (1) My Bestfriend Jollibee, (2) Jollitown, and (3) Barbie.

The Batman party theme will definitely be a hit for young men who idolizes Batman. They will feel that they are celebrating their party with the awesome superhero. Too bad that the Jollibee mascot joining the party doesn't wear Batman's costume to complete the party theme.

This party theme features Batman inspired items like invitation cards, loot bags, message board, party hats and tray liners. Here are the images of the said party items:
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Jollibee party package - Batman Theme invitation card
Invitation card

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Jollibee party package - Batman Theme loot bag
Loot bag

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Jollibee party package - Batman Theme message board
Message board

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Party hats

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Jollibee party package - Batman Theme tray liner
Tray liner

So, if you have a son who enjoys watching Batman cartoons then I suggest that you choose the Batman Theme for his Jollibee party.

Planning a Jollibee party? Read my post on how to plan a Jollibee party to help you in your plans.

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Do you have any questions about Jollibee party? Please tell us a about it by leaving a comment.

POEA WorkAbroad Checklist

Posted by Ishmael Fischer Ahab | Friday, November 09, 2012

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the government agency that is tasked to deal with overseas employment of Filipinos, has prepared a checklist that can be used by Pinoys and Pinays when they plan to work abroad.

POEA called this as “Working Abroad Preparation Checklist”. This checklist contains a total of 21 steps, which should be followed by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). It was prepared jointly by POEA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The steps outlined in the checklist are the following:

1. Attend Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS).
2. Inquire about working outside of the country from experienced people.
3. Make sure that you have enough money.
4. Prepare your resume or bio-data.
5. Prepare original copy of necessary documents.
6. Visit the POEA for more information.
7. Search for job vacancies. You can do this by checking POEA's job order list. Know more about it by reading this article.
8. Verify the legitimacy of recruitment agency and job order by inquiring with POEA. Learn how to use the POEA's list of accredited agencies by reading this article.
9. Apply for your desired job.
10. Attend POEA's briefing and screening procedures.
11. Take the necessary exams and interviews.
12. Submit your documents to POEA or recruitment agency.
13. Have a medical examination.
14. Attend TESDA training or seminar, if required.
15. Sign the employment contract.
16. Pay the placement fee.
17. Apply for a work visa.
18. Attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
19. Make sure that you have all the important documents before leaving the country.
20. Take note of the contact information of government agencies and other people that you might need to contact during your work abroad.
21. Prepare your baggage all the things that you need outside of the country.

Check the images below to see the whole checklist:
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POEA Working Abroad Checklist page 1.

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POEA Working Abroad Checklist page 2


You can download POEA's checklist from this page of the POEA website.

For more information, please call POEA at telephone number 722-1144 and 722-1155. You can also email POEA at this address: info@poea.gov.ph. Please visit the agency's website.

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Do you have question about POEA's procedures? Tell us your question by leaving a comment.

POEA Job Order

Posted by Ishmael Fischer Ahab | Tuesday, November 06, 2012

In the previous article I talked about the list of accredited recruitment agencies posted on the website of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). This list is a great resource in helping Filipinos avoid being victims illegal recruiters or recruitment agencies.

That list is not the only resource that can be found on the POEA website. POEA also has a list for job orders from accredited recruitment agencies. The POEA job order list will surely be helpful in helping Filipino workers find the overseas job that they want.

What is good with the POEA job order list is that it was arranged in three ways. Job orders were arranged by position, by country and by recruitment agency.

Please go to POEA website to check available job vacancies as arranged by position. I tried to search for job orders for the position of cook. here are the results:
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POEA Job Order list for the position of cook.


To check the job orders arranged by country, please go to POEA website. I tried searching for available vacancies from Australia. Here is the result given by the POEA Job Order list:
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POEA Job Order list for Australia.


I also checked job vacancies as arranged by recruitment agency. Here is the result shown for ABBA Personnel Services in the POEA website:
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POEA Job Order list for ABBA Personnel Services


You can see job orders by recruitment agencies by going to POEA website.

Please note that data on the POEA Job Order list was gathered the accredited agencies. The job orders are the active job orders for the past two years. It doesn't guarantee that a job vacancy is still available. Check with the recruitment agency if the job order is still available.

Visit the POEA website for more information about job orders and recruitment agencies.

Read this step-by-step checklist that you should follow when you're planning to work abroad.

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Do you have questions about job vacancies or recruitment agencies registered to POEA? Please tell us your questions by leaving a comment.

Illegal recruiters and illegal recruitment agencies are the vicious enemies of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). The goal of these people and agencies is to trick the OFWs and earn a lot of money from it.

Many Filipinos were tricked by illegal recruitment agencies. Some of these agencies asked money for the “quick” processing of documents and other things. After receiving a lot of money from prospecting Filipino workers, these heartless people were suddenly gone without a trace. I saw a lot of victims crying about their lost money. Some even sold their property just to pay the illegal recruiters.

These incidents could have been avoided if the victims were more careful. The victims should first checked with the POEA if the recruiter or agency that were “hiring” them were legitimate.
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POEA logo


POEA stands for Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. It is an office under the Department of Labor (DoLE), which deals with employment outside of the country. All recruitment agencies are required by law to register with POEA. Thus, the POEA is the agency that can tell if the recruitment agency is illegal or not.

Legitimate recruitment agencies are duly registered to POEA. These registered recruitment agencies are called as POEA accredited agencies.

One of the important resource of POEA is its “List of Accredited Agencies”, which can be accessed on this page of the POEA website.
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A portion of the list of POEA accredited agencies.
A page on the List of POEA Accredited Agencies.

The information on the list is detailed. You can see the name of the recruitment agency, its address, contact information and its official representative. The important information on this list is the status of the recruitment agency. You will know if the agency has a valid license. This is the easy way of knowing if the recruitment agency that is hiring you is illegal or not.

The “List of Accredited Agencies” also has a search box that you can use in searching for information about a recruitment agency.

Working abroad is never easy, especially when there are evil people out there who are out to deceive you. Don't be a victim. Use POEA's list of accredited agencies to protect yourself and your money from illegal recruiters and agencies.

If you need more information about your recruitment agency, please call POEA's hotline numbers: 722-1144 and 722-1155. You can also email POEA at this address: info@poea.gov.ph

Visit the POEA website for more information.

Read my article about POEA's checklist for those who are planning to work outside of the Philippines. The checklist contains step-by-step procedures that all OFWs should follow.

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Do you have any question about POEA's list of accredited agencies? Please tell us your question by leaving a comment.

Many commenters asked me if it is possible for another person to renew their PRC license. This question was asked by professionals who are busy in their jobs or those who work outside of the Philippines (Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs).


The answer to that question is a big “YES”! The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) allows professionals to send their representatives in submitting the renewal of professional license. Professionals who wish to this must issue an authorization letter or a Special Power of Attorney for their representatives.

The application form for PRC renewal also has a slip, which should be signed by the authorized representative. The form can be downloaded here. The slip for signature of your representative can be found on the second page of the application form.
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PRC License - PRC logo


Just print the form and then write the required information. Your authorized representative should bring the authorization letter or the Special Power of Attorney and the signed application form when he/she go to the PRC. You authorized representative should also bring a government issued ID.

It is good that the PRC allows professionals to have other people deal the renewal of their professional registration. Filipino professionals are usually busy with their works and projects that renewal of PRC ID becomes a big hassle.

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NOTE: An anonymous commenter left this information regarding SPA and authorization letter:

My understanding is there is a difference between an SPA and an authorization letter. If your representative is a licensed professional then authorization is enough as PRC will also ask for your representative's PRC id. On the otherhand, if your representative is not a licensed professional then you need to have a SPA. I believe if you're abroad, the SPA can be processed in the embassy where you live.

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Do you have any questions about application or renewal of PRC ID? Please don't be afraid to ask that question. Tell me your question by posting a comment.

I receive a lot of questions on this blog, and I am happy that I am receiving questions from readers. Many of these questions are related to registration of professionals to the Professional Registration Commission (PRC).

Today, I will answer at length a question left on one of my posts by an Anonymous commenter. The question of the anonymous commenter, I think, will concern all Philippine registered professionals, especially the women professionals. Here is her question:
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Question on PRC ID name change due to marriage.


As of this date (October 26, 2012), the PRC satellite offices located at the SM Malls only accepts application for the renewal of PRC ID. Other services, including the initial registration of new professionals, can only be processed in the regular PRC offices. Included in these “other services” is the changing the registered name due to marriage.

Requirements in Changing Name on PRC ID Due to Marriage


1. Duly accomplished Petition Form that is notarized. The Petition Form can be obtained from the PRC office or can be downloaded here.

2. Certificate of Marriage or Marriage Contract issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO). The certificate or contract should be printed on NSO security paper.

3. One copy of 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch picture.

4. Metered documentary stamps, which are also available in the PRC office.

5. Statutory fee of 225 pesos.

Procedures


1. Photocopy all the supporting documents (i.e. marriage contract). You must both have the original and the photocopy when you go to the PRC.

2. Fill-up the Petition Form and have it notarized. PRC Offices also offer notary services. For PRC Manila, notary services is available at the Legal Division, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Building.

3. Proceed to Registration Division (for PRC Manila), located at the ground floor of the Main Building, for verification of your registered name. This division will also asses the fees that you will pay. You must have metered documentary stamps before you proceed to this step. For PRC Manila, metered documentary stamps are available at the Customer Service Counter.

4. For PRC Manila, go to Records Section located at the ground floor of Annex Building for the verification of your examination records.

5. Go to the cashier for the payment of fees.

6. Bring your receipt, Petition Form and supporting documents to one of the following windows: Window 16, Window 18 and Window 30. Get your claim slip.

7. Claim your new PRC ID as scheduled on your claim slip.

Some Notes


1. There is a possibility that your record in the PRC will not match your marriage contract. Bring your NSO Birth Certificate as another document to support your marriage contract.

2. Teachers follow a different procedure. They should go to 3 rd floor of the Annex Building of PRC Manila. For registration they should go to Window 21 or Window 22. For the records, they should go to Window 9.

3. Note that the procedures outlined here are for those who processing their registration at PRC Manila. Regional offices of the PRC may have different procedures for the changing of registered name on the PRC ID.

4. For more information, please visit the PRC website.

5. Ms. Paula Magpantay commented below that the fees for change of name is 225 Pesos. Notary fee is 50 pesos. Renewal of license (if on time) is 450 pesos. According to her, there is penalty for late renewal but it will not cost more than 2,500 pesos.

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Do you have further questions regarding the changing of name on the PRC ID or on other processes? Or do you experienced registering at the PRC? Tell us your questions and experiences by leaving a comment.

There are times that you have to resort to borrowing money just make ends meet. There are also special situations, like a sudden illness in the family, that require you to find money quickly. It is easy to get frustrated at times like these because it is very hard to find someone who can lend you some money. This is also true if you are considered by banks and other lending institutions as someone who had “bad credit”. These institutions will ignore you, even if you plead, because they consider you as a financial risk.

Is it time to feel hopeless? Of course not. There are still someone to ask for help even if you are a “person with bad credit”. You can turn to Diamond Nationwide Loans for financial assistance. This company provides loans for bad credit.
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Loans for bad credit
Aside from that, Diamond Nationwide Loans do everything online. All you have to do is to go to their website and fill out and submit an online Application Form. Loan approval is quite fast. A loan lender will contact you within one business day. Finally, the money that you borrowed will be sent directly to your bank account

So, if the big lending institutions keep on turning down your loan applications, I suggest that you go to Diamond Nationwide Loans and get the financial assistance that you need.


Good news for the loyal patrons of AirPhil Express. Your favorite airline will become part of the Mabuhay Miles program of Philippine Airlines (PAL). The inclusion of AirPhil Express to Mabuhay Miles program was made possible through an agreement between AirPhil Express and Philippine Airlines.

The inclusion of AirPhil Express to Mabuhay Miles family will be effective on October 28, 2012.

Mabuhay Miles is the frequent flyer program of Philippine Airlines.

This means that those who are enrolled in the Mabuhay Miles program can earn miles whenever they choose to fly with AirPhil Express. They can also redeem flight award tickets from AirPhil Express.

Loyal patrons of AirPhil Express can also have more reason to enroll to Mabuhay Miles program. This is a good opportunity to earn miles and redeem points while flying just within the Philippines.
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Mabuhay Miles banner for AirPhil Express


Those who will enroll to Mabuhay Miles program from October 31, 2012 to November 13, 2012 will instantly receive 500 miles sign-up bonus. So, if you really want to join the Mabuhay Miles program I suggest that you join during the promo dates.

You can apply to Mabuhay Miles program by going here.

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Do you have a question about the Mabuhay Miles program or AirPhil Express? Tell us your question by leaving a comment.


Good news for professionals in the Philippines. The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) partnered with SM Malls in the opening of PRC ID Renewal Centers located in the various shopping malls in Metro Manila and the provinces. This is another milestone for the PRC because it made the renewal of PRC IDs convenient. Those who are renewing their PRC ID can literally shop after submitting their requirements.

Nine (9) SM Malls in Metro Manila and four (4) SM Malls in the provinces now have PRC Renewal Centers. These Metro Manila SM Malls are SM Mall of Asia (SM MoA), SM Marikina, SM Manila, SM Harrison Plaza, SM Sucat, SM Santa Mesa, SM Quiapo, SM Masinag, SM Novaliches. The SM Malls in the provinces that have PRC Renewal Centers are SM DasmariƱas, SM Bacoor, SM Calamba and SM Lipa City.
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Back portion of the PRC license or PRC ID

The PRC Renewal Centers are open 7 days a week (including Saturdays and Sundays) during mall hours. Thus, professionals can renew their PRC ID in their own time and without the need to go to PRC offices. This  means that professionals can avoid the hassle of long lines at the PRC offices.

Filipino professionals can obtain the PRC ID, after submitting the complete requirements at these PRC Renewal Centers.

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Are you planning to renew your PRC license? Read these tips on renewing your professional license before going to the PRC.

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Information for this blog post was obtained from PRC website's pages here and here.

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Do you have a question about renewing your professional license? Or did you experienced renewing your license in the PRC Renewal Centers? Please tell me about it by leaving a comment.

Ask any Filipino this question: “What is the folk dance in your country?”

And the answer that you will mostly get is “tinikling”.

Tinikling is the most popular folk dance in the Philippines. It is so popular that it became the country's National Dance. Any Filipino cultural festival will never be complete if Tinikling is not performed.

Wikipedia says that the tinikling is a pre-Spanish era dance that mimics the movements of tikling while moving through the traps set by farmers. Tikling is a long legged bird, possibly a member of the Rail Species, that are common in rice paddies.

The Likha Filipino Folk Ensemble website claims that tinikling originated from the island of Leyte, in the Visayas Region.

To dance the tinikling, the dancers must be quick to avoid being caught between the clashing bamboo poles. Speed is not enough, however, because the dancers should dance the tinikling with grace. Thus, the fusion of speed and grace in spite of the clashing bamboo poles makes the tinikling a thrilling dance to watch.

Here are the 5 tinikling excellent performances that I saw in YouTube. Enjoy!

Tinikling Performance #1



The Tinikling dance in this video was performed for the 2005 Pilipino Culture Night. The dancers emplyed 4 pairs of bamboo poles. What I enjoyed in this video is that the dancers and bamboo poles kept on moving all around the stage.

Tinikling Performance #2


This is a short Tinikling performance danced by the Leyte Dance Theater. They also used four pairs of bamboo poles. You may also notice that the dancers used the "Pacquiao footwork."

Tinikling Performance #3


This is the modern rendition of Tinikling, which was danced in the music of Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us".

Tinikling Performance #4


This Tinikling performance followed the traditional arrangement of the Tinikling dance. No fancy movements, just Tinikling. :-)

Tinikling Performance #5


This performance mixed Tinikling with pop music. Watch this if you plan to dance the Tinikling the "modern way"

The arrangement of each Tinikling performance was based on no particular order. All of the performers in each Youtube video danced the Tinkling very well. Each performance has its own “merits” and “demerits” and it is for you, dear viewer, to decide.

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Do you like to dance the tinikling? Or did you already danced the tinikling? Tell us about your experiences by leaving a comment on the comment box below.

Note: For the updated schedules for Metro Manila campuses, please visit this link.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) just opened the application for the PUP College Entrance Test (PUPCET) for the upcoming school year of 2013 – 2014. This announcement was made on the PUP iApply website, which is the official website for PUPCET.

I am sure that many high school graduating students, especially from public high schools, are aiming to enter PUP, which is one of the prestigious public university of the country.

Take note that application for PUPCET can only be made via the PUP iApply website. There is no need for you to go to a PUP campus to apply for PUPCET.

Please take note of the following schedules for PUPCET online application:
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PUPCET schedule
(Source: PUP iApply)

Also take note that these schedules are only for the Santa Mesa Campus of PUP.

Do not forget that the deadline for submitting your online application for PUPCET is on December 10, 2012. I think that PUP will not extend this deadline. So, you must apply now if you are considering to take the PUPCET.

A new improvement for the online PUPCET application is that test permits can now be claimed online. Thus, PUPCET applicants do not need to go to any PUP campus just to get there PUPCET permits. Applicants will go to the campuses just during the examination date.

This improvement of online PUPCET application is impressive. It greatly reduced the hassle that the students and parents will experience when applying for PUPCET.

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Need help for your PUPCET? If your answer is “yes” then I suggest that you visit my tips for taking the PUPCET.

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Do you have any comment or question regarding PUPCET? Tell us about it by leaving a comment in the comment box below.


I received an e-mail from the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) last September 27, 2012. The e-mail announced the increase of service fee for using Bancnet, ExpressNet and Megalink Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with any BPI ATM card.

Here are the details of the said ATM service fee increase:

1. ATM withdrawal using Bancnet ATM increased from 10.00 Pesos to 15.00 Pesos.

2. ATM withdrawal using Megalink ATM increased from 10.00 Pesos to 15.00 Pesos.

3. ATM withdrawal using ExpressNet ATM increased from 10.00 Pesos to 15.00 Pesos.

The increase of the service charge will be effective on October 22, 2012.
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BPIExpressOnline - BPI Logo


Take note that withdrawal using any of the BPI ATM is still free of charge. So, it is better to use BPI ATM if you are a holder of a BPI ATM card.

The use of ATM cards issued by BPI, BPI Direct and BPI Family Savings Bank at Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals through the Express Payment System (EPS) is also remain free of charge.

Do you want to know more about the service fees charged by BPI on your transactions? Please visit this page for more information.

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Do you already have a BPI account but not yet enrolled to BPIExpressOnline? What are you waiting for? Visit my blog post about enrolling to BPIExpressOnline so you can enroll now!

Do you have any question or comment about the Bank of the Philippine Islands? Please feel free to tell me about it by leaving a comment.

The map is the best medium that can be used in presenting geographic information. By just looking at a map, we can know the location of a place, an object or any other thing that can be located on the face of the Earth.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) knows the usefulness of maps that is why the agency generates maps that contain information related to seismic and volcanic activities. PHIVOLCS teamed up with Kyoto University to create maps that shows the location of fault lines in the different parts of the Philippines.

The location of fault lines was determined using images obtained via aerial photography. Satellite images were also used. The final PHIVOLCS fault line maps were plotted on the 1:50,000 scale topographic maps produced by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).

PHIVOLCS fault line maps are available from the agency's website.

Unfortunately, only some parts of the Philippines are covered by PHIVOLCS fault line maps. The agency is still in the process of collecting data that can be use in the creation of the fault line maps.

Here are the areas covered by PHIVOLCS fault line maps, as viewed on the agency's website on September 26, 2012:

1. Northern Luzon area, which includes Laoag City (Click here to see the map)
2. Central Luzon area (Click here to see the map). This area is covered by 6 map sheets.
3. Infanta, Quezon (Click here to see the map)
4. Guinayangan (Click here to see the map)
5. Bondoc Peninsula (Click here to see the map)
6. Masbate Island (Click here to see the map). this area is covered by 4 map sheets
7. Leyte Island (Click here to see the map)
8. Eastern Mindanao (Click here to see the map)

Take note that the PHIVOLCS fault line maps are in PDF.

Yesterday (August 31, 2012), an earthquake struck under the sea about 33 kilometers east off the coast of Samar Island. According to United States Geological Center (USGS) the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6. Tsunami warning were raised for the countries around the Pacific Ocean, which includes the Philippines. Samar was the island that is closest to the epicenter of the earthquake and have the highest risk if tsunami waves were formed.

Thankfully, the earthquake did not generate tsunami waves. Another thing to thank for is that the earthquake did not occur on Samar Island. Much damage might occur if the epicenter of yesterday's is located on land.

There is still a possibility that the next earthquake will occur on Samar Island. Yesterday's earthquake should serve as a reminder to the people of Samar Island that they need to be prepared for calamities due to earthquake.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) prepared maps showing the location of active faults and areas susceptible to liquefaction. Here is the “Active Faults and Liquefaction Susceptibility Map” for Samar Island:
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PHIVOLCS Fault Line Map of Samar Island
PHIVOLCS Fault Line Map of Samar Island

This map was extracted from PHIVOLCS' “Active Faults and Liquefaction Susceptibility Map of Region VIII” The link points to a PDF file.

Here is the legend for the map:
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Notice that the fault lines on Samar Island can be categorized to three groups, which are the Northern Samar Lineament, Central Samar Lineament and the Southern Samar Lineament.

Notice that the fault line of Central Samar Lieneament passes through Catbalogan City. Those who live in this city should prepare for the possible occurrence of earthquake.

Preparation is the key to safety. I have a blog post that have tips about being prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Some information on this blog post was obtained from GMA News website and PHIVOLCS website.


Do you have a big construction project? Did your firm win a much coveted road project? Or are your boss tasked you to look for the best concrete pump? If your answer to any of the three questions is the resounding “yes” then you are in for a bumpy ride. The reason for this is that you will get a deluge of information regarding concrete pump in the Internet.

To avoid confusion and information overload, I suggest that you visit the website of Concrete Pump Depot. Their website contains all the information that you need regarding concrete pumps. Concrete Pump Depot website features a wide array of used concrete equipments like boom pumps, large or small trailer pumps, placing booms, ready mix trucks and truck mounted line pumps.

Concrete Pump Depot offers the lowest price on used concrete pumps. The company is also known for having the most responsive service for purchasing and shipping of used concrete pumps.

The website of Concrete Pump Depot has list that shows the photo, details and the price of the concrete equipment. This list is very useful for you because you can easily see the concrete equipment that will fit your budget.

You can also do an “advanced search” for concrete equipments.  Here you can input the pump type, pump brand, boom length and truck brand. The “advanced search” also allows you place your desired price range for the concrete equipment that you want to purchase.

What is good with Concrete Pump Depot is that they do not limit the buyers to concrete equipments offered on the website. If you can not find the used concrete pump that you are looking in the Concrete Pump Depot website then they will search for it. This is indeed a responsive customer service on the part of Concrete Pump Depot.

Concrete Pump Depot has a lot to offer for those who are looking for the used concrete pumps. I highly recommend that you visit their website and see their used concrete pumps.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje mentioned his plan of transferring the 20-foot crocodile named Lolong to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. The DENR Secretary said that he plans to place Lolong to the 7-hectare lagoon inside the wildlife center. Paje already ordered Parks and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim to take photos of the park, which will be used in convincing Bunawan government leaders and residents to give up Lolong.

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center has a total area of 22.7 hectares. The wildlife center is the place where snakes, birds, lizards and other wild animals found in Metro Manila are taken care of. Paje believes that the wildlife center’s 7-hectare lagoon is a much better place for Lolong than the 800-square meter pen in Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center.
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Lagoon inside Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center where Lolong is planned to be placed.
The lagoon inside Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

Secretary Paje also declared Lolong as the Philippines’ new “ambassador for conservation.” DENR will use Lolong to raise awareness on the need to protect the environment and biodiversity.

Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde vehemently opposed the plan of the DENR Secretary. He said that he need to consult the residents of Bunawan before they can decide on the issue. He also said that the DENR is yet to inform them of the plan to transfer Lolong.
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Lolong taking a bath
Lolong taking a bath.

Mayor Elorde said that Lolong eco-tourism in the CARAGA Region is at its peak due to the capture of Lolong. The transfer of Lolong will have negative effect to the tourism in the region.

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Information for this post obtained from Philippine Star and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Planning a Jollibee birthday party will never be easy if you do not know how much money you have to spend. Jollibee knows this that is why Jollibee created the Party Planner to help mommies and daddies in planning the best Jollibee birthday party for their children. The party planner is easy to use. You need to click a few times on your mouse and, poof, you get the estimate of Jollibee birthday package price.

If you are type who does not want to use Jollibee’s party planner but want to have an idea of the Jollibee birthday package price, then this article is for you. Here is detailed information on how much money you need to spend for a simple Jollibee birthday party.

Take note that the party items in this article consist only of the Jollibee food package and a medium-sized chocolate or mocha cake. I did not include other party add-ons like additional Jollibee mascots and loot bags. The party fee 1,250 pesos, which provides 20 pieces game prices, 10 boxes of crayons, 30 pieces balloons, 1 guest book and the appearance of Jollibee.

The cost estimate for this article is for Jollibee party with 30 guests.

Here is the Jollibee birthday party package price for Food Package A:
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Jollibee Birthday Party Package Price - food package A


Here is the Jollibee birthday party package price for Food Package B:
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Jollibee Birthday Party Package Price - food package B


Here is the Jollibee birthday party package price for Food Package C:
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Jollibee Birthday Party Package Price - food package C


Here is the Jollibee birthday party package price for Food Package D:
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Jollibee Birthday Party Package Price - food package D


I did not include the “Create Your Own Food Package”. Price on this package depends on how you customized it.

The least expensive Jollibee party package is the one with Food Package A. The most expensive is Food Package D that has spaghetti, Jollibee Chickenjoy, softdrinks, chocolate sundae and French fries.

See the Jollibee party package brochure to know more about throwing a party at Jollibee.

I said in a previous post how a book authored by Bo Sanchez convinced me to invest in the Philippine Stock Exchange. The name of that book is “My Maid Invests in the Stock Market…”

I discovered that I am not the only one who is interested in the stock exchange. Many of my officemates are already playing in the stock exchange. Some of them chose the risky trading in exchange for short term income. The other group of Philippine Stock Exchange players wants minimum investment risk. The latter group of investors thinks more about the long term benefit. I joined the “minimum risk” group because the money that I will earn from my investments will go to my retirement fund.

Fortunately, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has a website that is for exclusive use of those who play in the Philippine Stock Exchange. This website or portal is the BPI Trade. The good thing with BPI Trade is that it can be connected to a BPIExpressOnline account. This makes funding my BPI Trade account easy.

Connecting or enrolling your BPI Trade account to your BPIExpressOnline account is easy. Here are the steps:

1. Log-in to your BPI Trade account. Go to your “Portfolio” and copy your “Settlement Account” number.
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BPIExpressOnline - BPI Trade settlement account number


2. Log-in to your BPIExpressOnline account.

3. Click on “My Portfolio” and then click “Enroll Additional Accounts”.
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Enroll new accounts in BPIExpressOnline

4. Choose “Other Accounts” and click the “Continue Button”.
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BPIExpressOnline account enrolment

5. Check “Other Deposit Accounts” and type in your BPI Trade Settlement Account number on the number “1” field.
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Settlement account number input at BPIExpressOnline

6. The Confirmation Page will appear. Just wait for the email message that will be sent out by BPI Trade confirming the activation of your enrollment.
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BPIExpressOnline confirmation page


I just finished the enrollment of my BPI Trade account to BPIExpressOnline. It is easy! I am so excited to invest some of my savings.

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Don't you still have a BPIExpressOnline account. Read my post on how to apply to BPIExpressOnline.

Videos of Lolong the Giant Buwaya

Posted by Ishmael Fischer Ahab | Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lolong is the largest crocodile as declared by National Geographic and Guinness Book of World Record. Because of this, the giant buwaya or crocodile caught a lot of attention from international and local media. Newspapers and news website have articles for Lolong.

With all the “fame” that Lolong got it is not surprising that a lot of people caught him on camera. Here is one video from ABS-CBN:
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This video shows Lolong bound from head to tail as he is transferred to his litter. The ropes ensured that Lolong will not eat up his captors.

Here is another video which shows Lolong being put into a sedation:
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The sedation was done inside Lolong’s cage in Bunawan Nature Park.

Another video shows what happened during the visit of Guiness Book of World Record Team to Bunawan. The team measured Lolong so as to confirm his length. Here is the video:
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Another video came from GMA Channel’s 24 Hours (Bente Kwatro Oras) news program:
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Lolong is really large! People are torn if this crocodile should resume its captivity or be released to Agusan Marsh, which is the natural home of crocodiles in the town of Bunawan. What do you think? Is it right to release Lolong?


Many moviegoers do not understand how movies are made. Some of them only think of what they saw during the two hours or more of the show. What they do not understand is the lot of process that movies go through before they are delivered to the theatres and movie houses. What is shown in movie houses is just a very small portion of movie making, which can last for many months.

Excellent movies are not made in a fortnight. It took months of conceptualization, planning and the actual filming. Then comes the tedious part of post-production, which is much longer than the actual shooting of the film. Making movies is complicated that’s why many movie producers turn to film production app to ease their worries.

Film production app is a tool being used for the management of film production. There are many kinds of film production apps but the most modern or most high-tech are the cloud based film production management tools or apps. Cloud-based film production app helps film producers in hiring movie crews, cast talents and search for suitable shoot locations. It also helps scheduling film production and organizing the different teams working on the film. In short, cloud-based film production app is a multi-purpose tool that makes the life of movie producer easier.

Visit this film making blog to know more about the cloud-based film production app. All kinds of movie producers will get a lot of information from that blog.

If you are an independent film producer or a producer from a multi-million dollar studio, I suggest that you check the cloud-based film production app. Maybe this tool is what you need to improve your movie making process.

Our office sends a lot of letters not only within Metro Manila but all throughout the Philippines. Our letters even reaches the remote areas in Luzon and Mindanao. The letters that we send is of great importance both to our office and our clients. That is why the letters that our office sends must reach our clients in the fastest time possible.

Our office patronizes LBC for sending its letters and package. One time, an officemate decided to send one of our letters through the JRS Express. My officemate was surprised when he discovered that JRS Express rates are much cheaper than the rates of LBC for delivery of letters. We are also surprised when our client sent a message the next day telling us that he already received the letter and documents that he required.

The relatively cheap JRS Express rates and the quick delivery of our letter made us the new loyal customer of JRS Express.
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JRS Express rates - logo of JRS Express


The JRS Express rates depend on the origin and the destination of the letter or document. Thus, the rate of sending letter from Luzon to Visayas is different from the rate of sending the same letter from Luzon to Mindanao.

Here are the JRS Express rates for letters:

Express Letter from Luzon or Metro Manila to Luzon: 90 Pesos.
Express Letter from Luzon or Metro Manila to Visayas: 95 Pesos.
Express Letter from Luzon or Metro Manila to Mindanao: 98 Pesos.
Express Letter from Visayas to Luzon: 95 Pesos.
Express Letter from Visayas to Visayas: 90 Pesos.
Express Letter from Visayas to Mindanao: 95 Pesos.
Express Letter from Mindanao to Luzon: 98 Pesos.
Express Letter from Mindanao to Visayas: 95 Pesos.
Express Letter from Mindanao to Mindanao: 90 Pesos.

Take note that the rates given here are for Express Letter only. Express Letter is the “next day” service for letters and documents. Also, the rates are only applicable for letters or documents that weigh 100 grams or less.

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Read my blog post about an incident where LBC charged so much for a two pages of Cebu Pacific ticket print-out.


The crowning of Lolong as the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest crocodile in captivity made the people of the town of Bunawan more motivated to capture a much larger crocodile. 

The officials of Barangay Nueva Era, which is led by Chairman Teofanies Adlanes, passed a barangay resolution on December 2011 and another resolution last April 16, 2012 to fast track the hunt for crocodiles that are larger than Lolong.
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(Source: Wikipedia)

Large Buwaya Stalking a Carabao

The barangay resolutions were made after residents reported seeing a large crocodile in the vicinity. Residents reported that a large crocodile chased a carabao at Magsagangsang Creek, which is the place where Lolong was caught. Magsagangsang Creek is within the Agusan Marsh.

Residents fear for their lives. The attack to a carabao prompted them to send letters to their barangay and municipal officials.

The Parks and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-PAWB) said that their survey teams did not saw any crocodiles larger than Lolong within the Agusan Marsh. The DENR officials warned the Bunawan residents from capturing crocodiles inside the Marsh because it is against the law.

Another Guinness Record

If the claims of Bunawan residents are true, then there is a possibility that Lolong will be dethroned. All they need to do is to capture the large crocodile and present it to the officials of Guinness. Bunawan will be popular again. The downside is that capturing crocodiles of the Agusan Marsh will affect the delicate biodiversity of the marsh.

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Sources: Manila Bulletin and Balita.

I said in the previous post that I want to taste the Crisscut Fries and chocolate-flavored Float of Jollibee. Well, I finally got the chance to taste the two new items on Jollibee menu. The verdict is that I did not like them.

Crisscut Fries is a weird looking potato fries. The potatoes were not cut in strips like in the usual French fries. It was cut to look like hash browns. The hash-brown-wanna-be fries were then sprinkled with either cheese or sour cream.

Fried potatoes taste good if they are served hot. Jollibee’s Crisscut Fries was as cool as room temperature when it reached our table. The cut potato is also soggy. The worst thing is that I tasted one potato that is stale. The stale potato tasted terrible so I am forced to spit it out of my mouth.

The coldness of the Crisscut Fries sent an impression that it is not popular to Jollibee’s customers. The Crisscut Fries were cooked, in anticipation that people will order them, but just sat on the line getting cold. Jollibee’s Crisscut Fries is terrible. I hope that Jollibee will remove this item from the Jollibee menu.
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Chocolate Float and Crisscut Fries from Jollibee menu
Jollibee's Chocolate Float and Crisscut Fries.

Chocolate-flavored Jollibee Float has no soft drink and that surprised me. This float has chocolate Sundae placed on chocolate drink. The chocolate-flavored Jollibee Float is just Chucky or Chocolait with Sundae. This float is a good alternative for those who are avoiding soft drinks.

The new items on Jollibee menu received a thumb down from me. The novelty of Crisscut Fries is OK but Jollibee should have ensured that it tastes good so that customers will not be horrified by it.

Are you craving for Chowking’s lauriat? Or are you planning to eat a bowl of Emperor’s Beef Mami during lunch break at work? Perhaps you want to give the kids some Chow Pao buns after finishing their assignment?

Ordering would be easy, right? All you have to do is to go the online Chowking Delivery website so you can order the lauriat, the noodles, the siopao and ever crunchy Chinese style chicken.

Unfortunately, your visit to Chowking delivery website showed you this window:
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Chowking delivery website is under construction
Chowking Delivery website still under construction.

Yup! The Chowking delivery website is currently under construction. It seems like the Chowking management is making a grander and more user friendly website for their customers.

If you are craving for some delicious dishes from Chowking, I suggest that you call the Chowking delivery hotline instead of ordering through the Internet.

Dial 9-8888 to order your favorite Chowking dishes.

Do not let the Chowking delivery website disappoint you. Just Dial 9-888 and to get the Chowking dishes that you want.

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