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100000 peso banknote

100000 peso banknote

Short of money this Christmas ? Print these notes and go shopping in one of the many malls in the Philippines !!!! 100000 peso bank note The Philippines One Hundred Thousand peso banknote is currently listed by Guinness World Records as the largest legal tender. Only 1,000 bills were created and each bill contains 21(…)

annual report for foreigners in the Philippines

annual report for foreigners in the Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has launched a project that will enable foreigners to make their annual report and register with the agency without personally appearing at the BI headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Instead, teams of BI personnel will be deployed in the field and dispatch to places where the foreigners are based, such as(…)

Filipino Customs

Filipino Customs

Christmas season is the time that many Filipinos, living in the Philippines or abroad, going home to their ‘family’ home towns. Often accompanied by their foreigner partners. And for many of those foreigners is will be the first time to visit the Philippines and to experience the Filipino customs. For them this post might be(…)

The Catholic Church in the Philippines and the concept of Christmas

The Catholic Church in the Philippines and the concept of Christmas

First published by benign0 on  December 06, 2010 According to retired bishop Teodoro Bacani, Santa Claus is stealing the true spirit of Christmas and as such we are seeing this supposedly blessed holiday of Christendom “deteriorating into a shopping frenzy”. Okay, padre, why don’t we go back a bit and investigate what “Christmas” really is, shall we? What(…)

Touristic Philippines

Touristic Philippines

When someone visits the Philippine archipelago, which consists of 7107 islands and islets, he can be assured that there is much to see or to do. In this post we will look at some activities to do while in one of the many beautiful places. Diving and snorkeling With all those islands there is also(…)

Happiness in the Philippines

Happiness in the Philippines

The Philippines has a reputation as a happy place with friendly people, but the 2012 World Happiness Report ranks the country among the least happy, or 103rd out of 155 surveyed countries worldwide. The report was published by the highly respected Columbia University’s Earth Institute. The rankings were based on a “life evaluation score”, which(…)

EVERYDAY GREETINGS in the Philippines

EVERYDAY GREETINGS in the Philippines

Tagalog speakers in the Philippines have many ways of greeting other people. These days it is also common to hear them say “Hi” or “Hello” as a form of greeting, especially among close friends and neighbors. There are no Tagalog translations for these English greetings because they are basically borrowed terms. Below are a few(…)

English in the Philippines

English in the Philippines

Speaking English in the Philippines is one of the first subjects in school. The above text (or something similar) I have read a few times in Newspapers and forums on the internet. I am speaking a lot to many people and the knowledge of English is not bad for most of them. I also notice(…)

Bogart the explorer

Bogart the explorer

One of the funniest Filipinos at the moment is Bogart the Explorer (real name Marco Antonio Ho). He has created a number of short movies handling different things happening in the Philippines. His latest creation, at the moment of this writing, is how he catches a tik-tik, a subspecies of the aswang family. If you(…)

few funny pictures

few funny pictures

Today I will show you a few pictures I took lately from things which are remarkable or very funny. The funny pictures are all taken in the Manila Region on different places. click on a funny picture to see a larger one, it opens in new window In front of me in a traffic jam(…)

Where is Papa now?

Where is Papa now?

This post was first published March 2009. Some time ago I was standing on a street corner in Marikina City and take pictures of passing jeepneys for my blog about this typical public transport. Check that post Jeepney, Philippines’ Pride. On a certain moment I was turning around and saw a little girl holding and(…)

strong Internet in remote areas in the Philippines

strong Internet in remote areas in the Philippines

When you are planning to move to the Philippines, or you have already and are enjoying the life as an Expat in the Philippines, you probably like a good working internet connection. In most cities it is not really a problem, dsl is widely available through the telephone line or through tv cable. There is(…)