Visa-Free Countries for Philippine Passport Holder

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I  remember myself travelling to Bintan Island and most of the people in the cruise was white guy and they actually bought their visa on the island while me I have to stay for 30 days for free thats the perks of holding a Philippine passport and thanks to the ASEAN agreement. For reference, I have this list of Visa-Free Countries for Philippine Passport Holder so you may plan now your next vacation!

ASEAN Countries

•Brunei Darussalam: 14 days (free of charge)

•Cambodia: 21 days (free of charge)

•Indonesia: 30 days (free of charge)

•Laos: 30 days (free of charge)

•Malaysia: 30 days (free of charge)

•Myanmar 28 days (for 200RMB)

•Singapore: 30 days (free of charge)

•Thailand: 30 days (free of charge)

•Vietnam: 21 days (free of charge)

 

 

Non- ASEAN Countries

•Azerbaijan: Visa can be obtained upon arrival up to 30 days  for US$40 Single Entry, US$80 Double-Entry, Multiple Entry for 1year US$250

•Bangladesh: 90-days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Republic of China (Taiwan): 30 days if holding a vaild visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States

•Georgia: 90 days visa issued on arrival for US$10 ~ US$200

•Hong Kong: 14 days (free of charge)

•India: 30 days visa issued upon arrival

•Iran: 15 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Israel: 90 days

•South Korea (Jeju Island only): 30 days (free of charge)

•Macau: 30 days (free of charge)

•Maldives: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Mongolia: 21 days

•Nepal: 15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100

•Sri Lanka: 30 days

•Timor-Leste: 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30

 

Europe

•Andorra – Not Required but only accessible via Spain or France that require visa.

•Azerbaijan – Visa can be obtained upon arrival up to 30 days  for US$40 Single Entry, US$80 Double-Entry, Multiple Entry for 1year US$250

•Kosovo: 90 days

•Liechtenstein – Not Required for stay up to 90 days

•San Marino – Not Required for stay up to 21 days

 

Oceania

•Cook Islands: 31 days

•Fiji: 120 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Marshall Islands: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Federated States of Micronesia – 30 days

•Niue: 30 days

•Palau: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Samoa: 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Tuvalu: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Vanuatu: 30 days

•Micronesia

•Tonga

• Northern Mariana Islands: visa on arrival

• Tokelau

 

Central America

•Costa Rica: 120 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Dominica: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Haiti: 30 days

•Nicaragua: 30 days

•Saint Kitts and Nevis: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Saint Lucia: 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)

•Turks and Caicos Islands – 30 days

 

South America

•Bolivia: 59 days

•Brazil: 90 days

•Colombia: 90 days

•Ecuador: 90 days

•Peru: 90 days

•Suriname: 120 days

 

Africa

•Burundi: visa issued upon arrival

•Cape Verde: visa issued upon arrival

•Comoros: A free 24 hour transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport. Within 24 hours this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration office in Moroni (fee payable)

•Djibouti: 10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000; 30 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF5,000

•Gambia: At port of entry passport 24-72 hour transit pass is issued. This must be converted into a full visa valid up to 1 month at the immigration department in Banjul (fee payable)

•Kenya: 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Madagascar: 90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000

•Morocco: 90 days

•Mozambique: 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25

•Saint Helena: visa issued upon arrival

•Seychelles: 30 days

•Tanzania: visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Togo: 7 days visa issued upon arrival

•Uganda: 180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Zambia: 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

•Sao Tome and Principe: visa on arrival

 

Note:

Visa requirements and or Fees may change in the future, so it is advisable to double check the embassy before making your travel arrangements. More importantly, a transit visa is required for some countries when it is not a direct flight to your destination (i.e if you are going to brazil via the US, you might need a US visa).

 

 

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August 23 is a Regular Working Day

Malacañang on Wednesday said August 23, which falls on a Monday, will remain a regular working day while August 21, a Saturday and also Ninoy Aquino Day, is a non-working holiday.

A statement from the presidential palace said President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is empowered under Republic Act 9492 to modify holidays by law, order or proclamation.

“The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 instead of August 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers, ensure the continuity of government, business, and commercial transaction, promote productivity, while at the same time preserve the solemnity of the observance,” the statement read.

Last year, then President Gloria Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring August 23, 2010 as a special holiday. The proclamation is in line with RA 9492 or the holiday economics law that requires that most holidays, except those with religious significance, be shifted to the nearest Monday.

President Aquino earlier told reporters that he is uncomfortable with the idea of declaring a special non-working holiday to commemorate the death of his father, the late Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, on August 21.

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Things to Know About ePassport

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PR-614-09, What is an ePassport?

An ePassport is a passport which features microchip technology. An integrated circuit (chip) within its pages contains the data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These data include the personal data found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip.

The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance.

What are Biometrics?

Biometrics are the unique and measurable physical characteristics of an individual that include face recognition, fingerprints, and iris scans.

The Philippine Electronic Passport (or Philippine ePassport) uses the digital image of the passport photograph that can be used with face recognition technology to verify the identity of the passport holder.

It captures the fingerprints of the passport holder, for identification using the Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS).

What are the special features of the Philippine ePassport?

The Philippine ePassport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the passport.

It uses contactless microchip technology that allows the information stored on the chip to be read by special chip readers at a close distance.

It contains an integrated photograph of the holder, a digitized secondary photo, and an electronic print of the holder’s signature.

It contains overt and hidden security features such as Invisible Personal Information (IPI), letterscreen, microprinting, and UV reactive ink, among others.

What is the difference between the existing maroon machine readable passport (MRP) and the ePassport?

An MRP is a passport that contains a machine-readable zone (MRZ) printed in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard. It is capable of being read manually and with the use of a machine.

An ePassport has an embedded IC chip where the photograph and personal information of the bearer are stored in accordance with ICAO specifications. These information can be read by chip readers at close distance. An ePassport also contains a machine-readable zone.

What advantages does the Philippine ePassport offer?

The ePassport is highly secure, hence avoids passport reproduction and tampering. The ePassport database is enhanced with AFIS that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances imposter detection.

It facilitates fast clearance of travellers at immigration checks.

ePassports provide travellers benefits such as use of automated border clearance or “E-gates”, automated issuance of boarding passes, and faster travel arrangements with airlines.

For countries, the use of electronic passport also provides better border protection and security.

Why do we have to use ePassports now?

The MRP has the minimum ICAO standards in travel documents. The ePassport is the world standard in travel documents. As member of ICAO, the Philippines has an international obligation to enhance the security of its travel documents.

The issuance of ePassports will allow the Philippines to offer world-class consular services to its nationals.

Countries have greater confidence and acceptance of the ePassport since it is enhanced with biometric technology.

ePassports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued e-passports (Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia).

Who can avail of the Philippine E-Passport?

The ePassport will initially be made available in limited number. Regular issuance will start sometime in October 2009 from whence all applicants who can comply with the documentary requirements may avail of the ePassport.

How much does an ePassport cost?

The ePassport is available for P950. A passport applicant, however, may choose between the ePassport and the less expensive Machine Readable Passport, both compliant with ICAO standard.

Why is the ePassport more expensive than the current passport?

The added security features of the ePassport are factored into the production cost. Comparative prices of ePassports from different countries, however, show that the cost of the Philippine ePassport is among the lowest in the world.

What other countries use ePassports?

ePassports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued ePassports (Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia). In the future, all countries are seen to switch to the ePassport due to the increasing need for efficient and better border security.

What is the ePassport logo and what does it mean?

The ePassport logo which appears on the cover of the ePassport is the international symbol for an electronic passport. It means that the passport has an integrated circuit or chip on which data about the passport and passport holder is stored. The logo will alert border inspection lanes at all airports and transit ports equipped with special data readers for ePassports that the passport is an ePassport.

I have a previously issued passport. Can I use it for travel as long as it is still valid?

Yes. Previously issued passports (MRP and non-MRP) are valid until their expiry. It is a good practice to make sure your passport is valid at least six months before intended date of travel to avoid any inconvenience.

Will there be additional requirements needed for the processing of ePassports?

None. Essentially, the requirements for ePassport processing will remain the same as that for the MRP, although personal appearance is required for the taking of biometrics (i.e., fingerprints, photo, and signature).

Can existing holders of the maroon MRP simply surrender their passports and have them converted to an ePassport?

As soon as the production of the ePassport comes into full swing, holders of MRPs can have their passport cancelled and apply for ePassport if they so wish.

Where can I apply for an ePassport?

The ePassport will be initially available at DFA Manila, to be followed by Philippine Embassies and consulates abroad and throughout the Philippines through DFA’s regional offices.

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2010 PIFGEX “Gifts of Nature” Photography Competition

The “Gifts of Nature” is a photography contest being organized with the purpose of increasing awareness of the need to protect our environment, educate people about the Philippine’s natural beauty with its rich yet fragile biodiversity, its endearing culture and also, its unique products.

Categories: We are looking for impressive or unusual images of nature — on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface—from anywhere in the Philippines.

Category A: Flora (Plants)

This category includes photographs focusing on Philippine endemic or indigenous plants or flowers. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

Category B: Fauna (Reptiles, Amphibians, Marine, Avians, Mammals, Insects)

This category includes photographs focusing on Philippine endemic and indigenous animals portrait and behavior. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

Category C: Nature and Landscapes

The category includes photographs of any landscape or object in the Philippines in its natural state regardless of geographical location, weather or season, such as rains, mists, sunrises, sunsets, flowers, trees, mountains, rivers, animals, plants, etc. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

The Organizing Committee of

PIFGEX 2010 Photography Competition

Mechanics and Guidelines

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Dampalitan Island, Quezon Province

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1st Philippine Summer Youth and Mountaineers’ Adventure Camp (PSYMAC)

Join, Experience, Learn and be the Pride of you group…..Bring Home up to 400,00php cash prizes and specially designed Trophies, Plaques…with freebies…Gift Certificates…and more…

THE EVENT
1st Philippine Summer Youth and Mountaineers Adventure Camp (PSYMAC)

THE DATE
April 9-11, 2010

THE VENUE
Caramoan (Island), Camarines Sur. Venue of Survivor France, Belgium and Turkey. Where you’ll see White Sand and rock formations comparable to Coron, Palawan

HIGHLIGHTS


Ready…GO!…a mix event of Survivor, Fear Factor and Amazing Race with a twist. A three day event from undisclosed place in Bicol Region to the Island of Caramoan in Camarines. Composed of Five members per team of any gender.

Survivor…a typical survival challenges from simple to extreme. A team of three members of any gender will compete for three days in the island of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Fear Factor…three day event of unexpected challenges of a team with three members of any gender.….

WHAT TO EXPECT
On the first day of the event, experience the Bicolano Fiesta Celebration with sumptuous and unique Bicolano cuisine…Island Camping…and the Filipinoi Native Sports competition among non participants of the highlights events.

THE GUEST AND SPEAKERS
Mr. Anthony Pangilinan, Prof. Harvey Kee of Ateneo de Manila, Paolo Bediones, Marc Nelson, Mr. Rovilson, JC Tiuseco, Amanda, Kiko Rustia, Leo Oracion, Romi Garduce, Bert Emata, Pinay Everest Team, Ryan Agoncillo, Jiggy Manicad and a lot more….

CATEGORIES
Each Event will have four categories….

Company Based Org….organization based and accredited by the company with a common goal.

School Based Org…..organization based and accredited by the school.

Community Org….organization in the community whether sports, services among others with a certain goal.

Open Category….open to any individual with no group/org affiliation as long as they from a team of five or three.

PRIZES
Champions per categories will win 150,000php plus specialized trophies, plaques and freebies. Non winners and all the participants will receive freebies and certificates. Finalist will received gift certificates, plaques and freebies.

REGISTRATION
To all participants – 1,500php registration fee per head inclusive of a round trip fare from Manila to the Island of Caramoan in Camarines Sur plus uniform, ID, Certificate, and a souvenir shirt and event yearbook.

DEADLINE OF REGISTRATION
March 5, 2010

BRIEFING AND TRAININGS
All Official Contestants of the 3 events are required to attend the briefing and trainings either on March 13 or 20, 2010 or both. (Venue to be announced)

FINAL MEETINGS
Participants and Contestants are required to attend the Final Meeting on March 27, 2010 at 7:00pm. Venue will be at RCBC Plaza Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

REGISTRATION FORM
Available at all branches of Tobys, Chris, Sandugo, Conquer, Montanara and 7-11 stores starting February 20, 2010

For more details please contact ANTHONY GO @ 09214725161 // 09157883729 or e-mail : nthnygo@yahoo.com.

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DFA passport service moving to new location

Starting March 8, Filipinos applying for passports may do so at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Office of Consular Affairs at the corner of Bradco and Macapagal Avenues in the Aseana Business Park, near the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Authentication services will be transferred to the new building on March 4, while all passport operations will transferred there on March 8.

The new 7,000-square meter, four-storey building is a few blocks away from the DFA main building in Pasay City.

The new building is part of the ongoing modernization program undertaken by the government to improve its frontline services.

These include harnessing new technologies in passport and visa issuances and streamlined procedures in the authentication of documents.

To ensure quick service, the DFA said applicants should check the passport requirements and secure an online appointment at www.dfa.gov.ph, or call the consular helpline number (02-556-0000) or DFA trunk line (02-834-4000).

Applications may also be filed with the DFA’s 19 regional consular and satellite offices.

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Apo Reef Lighthouse / Apo Island Lighthouse

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Focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 10 s. 33.5 m (110 ft) white concrete tower with two galleries; no lantern. The building has an enclosed 2-story square base, an octagonal skeletal section topped by a gallery, and then a square cylindrical section topped by the octagonal second gallery. There are a number of lighthouses of this type in the Philippines, including the Lolong Point Light. Apo Reef is an atoll placed dangerously in the center of Mindoro Strait, the shipping route between the South China Sea and the central and southern Philippines. The atoll is preserved as the Apo Reef Natural Park. The original lighthouse here, built early in the U.S. administration (1906), was a hexagonal skeletal tower with central cylinder. Site open; visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the skeletal section.


Note: there is also an Apo Island lighthouse in Negros . Located on the atoll 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Sablayan. Accessible only by boat.

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17th Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

The year 2010 is expected to be a positive year for Philippine tourism. Needless to say, everyone is expected to pack their bags and travel.

The Philippine Travel Agencies and Association, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and other travel tour operators and agencies, is staging the 17th Travel Tour Expo 2010 on Feb. 19 to 21, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, running on the theme “Ready, Jet-set, Go!”

The event is considered the biggest and grandest travel fair in the Philippines and everybody who is anybody in the industry is expected to join.

The 17th travel tour expo is expecting more visitors, participants, and not to mention, sales. Activities include raffle draws, entertainment and games, and presentations from exhibitors. Lastly,  great bargains and promotions that will entice even the most jaded traveler.

Date:

19 to 21 February 2010

Venue:

SMX Convention Center Halls 2, 3 & 4,

Seashell Drive,  Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Opening Hours:

19 February – Friday

10 AM – 9 PM

20 February – Saturday

10 AM – 9 PM

21 February – Sunday

10 AM – 7 PM

Ticket booths close 30 minutes before end of show hours

Accompanying Events:

Daily Raffle Draws, Entertainment & Games and Exhibitors’ Presentations & more surprises

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February Festivals and Events

Feast of Candelaria

Date: February 2 Location: Jara, Iloilo City

The biggest and most opulent religiuos pageanty in Western Visayas. The blessing of candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, the Nuestra Senora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta queen and her court which highlights the celebration.

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Date: February 11-14 Location: Clark Field, Pampanga

Flying superstars known as hot-air balloons are making their grand performance to treat thousands of people to a three-day air-sporting extravaganza filled only with fun, excitement and friendly competition.

Suman Festival

Date: February 13-20 Location: Baler, Aurora

The biggest and grandest of all feast in Aurora every February 13-20 is a parade of floats uniquely designed. Main srreets and homes are decked with suman, a native delicacy.

Panagbenga Flower Festival

Date: Last week of February Location: Baguio City

The Baguio folks take a break on these days to revel in the cool climate and the unique culture of their city. Multi-hued costumes are worn, mimicking the various blooms of the highland region . Celebrated with shows, concerts, and pageantry of floats made from hundreds of flowers.

Please let me know if I missed anything.

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