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First Timer's Guide to Philippine Passport Application

Finally, you have decided to see the world... However, before booking for a flight or applying for a visa, keep in mind that you need to have that one document that would allow you to travel abroad.

Readers meet the Philippine passport...

The Philippine (PH) Passportis an important travel document that certifies one of his identity and nationality. It is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA. There are three types of PH Passports which are often referred to by their colors, the red (official), blue (diplomatic), and the maroon (regular). 

Thered (official) is issued to members of the Philippine government for use on official business. the blue (diplomatic) is issued to members of the Philippine diplomatic service, while the maroon (regular) is the one issued to any Filipino citizen applying for a PH passport. Now, here's a guide for first-time applicants, so that they could get their own little maroon booklet.

First-time applicants should follow these easy steps in order …

Visita Iglesia Cavite Loop

Visita Iglesia is a Catholic tradition of visiting churches during Holy Week. It is one of the traditions followed by my family that I cherish the most because it gives our family a chance to reunite and go on road trips together. 
2018 Visita Iglesia: Cavite LoopFor our 2018 Visita Iglesia, my family and I decided to follow what is dubbed as the Cavite Loop. This refers to the route around the towns in the province of Cavite where Spanish Colonial Era churches are located. 

Since we live somewhere in Bacoor City, our first destination is, of course, our very own St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church which is simply referred to asBacoor Church. Despite living in the same municipality, I have to admit that this was only my third time to visit Bacoor Church. The reason behind it is simple, we have our own parish in our subdivision, and Bacoor Church is quite far from where I live. Anyway, what I like about this church is its interior as it still retains that Spanish-era feels that you&#…

San Juan Nepomuceno Church - Batangas

Located at Burgos Street in the town of San Juan in Batangas, San Juan Nepomuceno Church is a Spanish-colonial era church named after Saint John of Nepomuk who the Catholics refer to as the martyr of the confessional and patron saint of Czechoslovakia. 
San Juan Nepomuceno Church HistoryThe original church structure of San Juan Nepomuceno was constructed in 1843 in a town called San Juan de Bocboc which is presently called Barangay Pinagbayanan. The original church was built using light material like bamboo, nipa, and palm which were very abundant in the area.

In 1855, the church underwent its first major renovation when stones were used to replace its original materials. However, the church was destroyed by a strong flood in 1883. To avoid any similar incidents in the future, the church was transferred to its present site in 1894 under the supervision of Fr. Yoldi. 

The church slowly grew literally and figuratively. With the growing number of local parishioners, more funds and manpower …

Plaridel Church - Plaridel

Located along Calle Rizal, Barangay Poblacion, Plaridel in the province of Bulacan, Plaridel Churchis one of the Spanish colonial era churches of the province. 
Plaridel Church HistoryFormally named Santiago Apostol Church, Plaridel Church was first established in 1581 as one of the visita or mission chapels of Malolos. It was formerly located in a barrio called Lumangbayan. However, it had to be transferred across the Quingua River (now Angat River) to its present location as it was frequently flooded during the rainy season. 

A church was built in 1602 and was finished fifteen years later in 1617. The church was made from adobe stones and bricks. Sadly, lightning struck it in 1705 and the ensuing fire razed it down. A new church was rebuilt in 1722 but was razed by fire again in 1772. However, this time, it was quickly rebuilt. 

The church played a very important role during the British Occupation of Manila in 1762 -1764 as it became the safe-keeper of the treasures and important docum…


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