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First Timer's Guide to Japan Visa Application

In the past few years, Japan has considerably relaxed its visa policies for Filipinos. This is a move of the Japanese government to attract more foreign visitors to boost its tourism sector. 

If you're one of those who would love to visit Japan, here are tips and procedures that will help you with your Japan Visa Application.

1. Know what visa to apply for...Japan issues several types of visas for different purposes of visits. Here are some of the visas that are most commonly applied by Filipinos. 

Transit visa (AKA Tourist visa) - the basic visa for those who are interested in traveling and exploring Japan.Temporary visitor's visa - the visa for those who want to visit friends, relatives, or family members (guarantors) living and working in Japan.Student visa -the visa for those foreign students who are enrolled and will be studying in Japan.Work visa -the visa for those who are hired to work in Japan. There are different types of work visas issued for specific fields. You can r…

Bonifacio Shrine in Indang - Cavite

Located in Barangay Limbon, Indang in the province of Cavite, the Bonifacio Shrine of Indang is one of the historical landmarks dedicated to the Father of the Philippine Revolution -Andres Bonifacio. 
The history behind the Bonifacio Shrine in IndangThe shrine marks the location of the nipa hut where Andres Bonifacio was seized and captured bu the soldiers of his political rival and fellow revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo in 1897. It was also here that Bonifacio was gravely injured after he was shot by an arresting soldier when he was being dragged to Indang town proper to be imprisoned.

Presently, the historical nipa hut did not win against the tests of time. A small public park was constructed where the nipa hut was said to have once stood. The park features a statue of a seemingly very surprised Andres Bonifacio who was still clenching on his trusted bolo. Behind him are the different flags of the Katipunan, the most famous of which was designed by Bonifacio himself. Aside from that, t…

Tanza Church - Cavite

Located in Tanza in the province of Cavite, Tanza Church was one of the few Spanish churches built in the mid-19th century during the era of the Spanish colonization.
Tanza Church HistoryOfficially called Holy Cross Parish Church, Diocesan Shrine of Saint Augustine, Tanza Church was built only in 1839 when the townspeople of Tanza (formerly Santa Cruz de Malabon) decided to have their own parish church. The late establishment of a parish was due to the successive transfer of the then pueblo to two different religious orders. Due to this fact, the religious needs of the townspeople were directed and dependent on the parish of the neighboring towns.

There were plenty of requests for a church to be built in Santa Cruz de Malabon. It was on August 29, 1780, that an independent parish was established. The parish was officially named the Parroquia de Santa Cruz. The building of the church, however, proved to be very challenging. It took more than 37 years for it to be finished. The main reaso…

Naic Church - Cavite

Located in Captain Ciraco Nazareno St. in the town of Naic in Cavite, Naic Church is one of the Spanish era churches found in the province. 
Naic Church HistoryAlso known as theImmaculate Conception Parish Church, Naic Church was constructed sometime around 1796. The first church was made from light materials like wood, nipa, and cogon grass. It was reconstructed using adobe in 1835. The new stone church has an earthquake baroque with a touch of Neo-Gothic elements architectural design which was patterned by the Dominican order to that of the old Sto. Domingo Church in Pre-war Intramuros.

Upon completion, the church was one of the tallest and longest of the Spanish colonial era churches in Cavite. It attracted an influx of devotees from nearby and faraway places many of which decided to settle in Naic. In a matter of only four decades (1845 -1888), the 18 barrios of Naic swelled to 50 barrios. 

Historically, the church played an important role in Filipino history. It was once home to the…

Immaculate Conception Cathedral - Palawan

Located along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Immaculate Conception Cathedral is probably the most well known Spanish Colonial era church in the province.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral HistoryThe history of this church dates back to 1872 when the Spaniards started colonizing the area known now as Puerto Princesa City. It was also in that same year that the province celebrated its first mass.

Also known to some as Puerto Princesa Cathedral, this religious structure was named after the patron saint of Palawan -The Immaculate Conception. A century-old statue of the patron saint is preserved and displayed inside the cathedral. Upon closer inspection, you'd notice that it wears special handcrafted clothes designed by the devoted and pious locals.

Unlike some Spanish era churches which maintained its old facade, several renovations were done to the cathedral's facade already. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also constantly repainted by the lo…


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