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Rianne’s AC Archive (March to June 2010): Activities, Events, Food, Fun, Places, Schools and Travel
Philippine Laws and Legalities:
Customs Declaration Information for Travelers Going to the Philippines
All arriving passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, need to fill up a Customs declaration form prior to the arrival in the Philippines. This is usually prepared during the flight, then submitted to the Customs upon arrival in a Philippine airport. In cases of families traveling together, only one declaration form is required. It should be filled up by the head or any responsible member of the family.
How to Register a Business in the Philippines
Registering a business in the Philippines requires utmost dedication of time and effort for at least one month. Each task involved may require anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete. Every application entails a step-by-step procedure and each step requires specific documents, payment of fees, and waiting period.
How to Schedule a Tourist Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy in Manila
Depending on your primary reason for visiting the United States, there are two types of U.S. visitor visas that you can choose to apply for: the B-1 visa which is used for business travel; and the B-2 visa which is used for tourism purposes and for medical or health reasons. In most cases, since business travelers also indulge in tourist activities in the United States, the U.S. customs officials generally issue a combined B-1/B-2 visa for them.
Important Information for Foreigners Intending to Immigrate to the United States
A green card is the more popular term for the Form I-551, the official name of the permanent resident card. This form is issued to all lawful permanent residents of the United States. It serves as proof that a person is authorized to live and work in the country. A green card is valid for 10 years, or two years in the case of a conditional resident.
Philippine Dual Citizenship Requirements
According to Republic Act No. 9225 (RA 9225), also referred to as the Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003, a natural-born Filipino (a child born in the Philippines or a child born to a Filipino parent) who lost his/her Filipino citizenship due to naturalization as a citizen of another country can now apply for dual citizenship.
What to Do when Attending the Tourist Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines
After scheduling a visa interview either online or by phone, the visa applicant must attend the scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy.
Malling and Shopping in the Philippines:
A Tourist’s Guide to Strolling, Shopping, and Having Fun at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines
The SM Mall of Asia (locally addressed as MOA, pronounced as “mo-wa”) in Pasay City, Metro Manila is a must-visit attraction for both locals and tourists. It is the second biggest mall in the Philippines after SM North EDSA, and at the same time, the fourth biggest mall in the world. Interestingly, this small developing country has three of the top 10 biggest malls in the world.
Best Movie Theaters in the Philippines: Gateway Cineplex 10
Going to malls and watching movies is one of the most accessible ways for foreign travelers to experience the diverse Philippine sub-culture. Metro Manila has much to offer for both locals and foreigners from the SM Mall of Asia in the City of Manila (south of Metro Manila), Greenbelt 3 in Makati City (central south of Metro Manila), and Gateway Mall in Quezon City (east of Metro Manila).
Best Movie Theaters in the Philippines: Greenbelt 3 Cinemas
Greenbelt 3 features a very strategic location. With its proximity to the executive and working classes’ places of work in the Makati CBD (Central Business District), it has become a popular dining and entertainment spot in the city. This allows the mall to cater to the needs of all kinds of people around the Makati area, which is also a prime residential spot for the affluent ones.
Best Movie Theaters in the Philippines: SM Mall of Asia Cinemas
Movie theaters and cineplexes in the Philippines are found in top malls in the country. As Filipinos are passionate about movies, these theaters are typically jam-packed especially during evenings after work or school and during weekends and holidays. One of the best ones to check out in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia Cinemas. Its strategic location makes it very accessible to tourists wanting to explore various places in Manila. Most Filipinos say that it’s a “must-visit place” for foreigners in the Philippines.
Dining and Tourism Destinations in the Philippines:
City Trip Suggestions for Foreigners in Manila, Philippines
Intramuros, Rizal Park, and Mall of Asia are only a few minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They are also near prime hotel and entertainment spots in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. These Manila attractions are ideal destinations for foreigners traveling to the Philippines.
Foreigners Traveling to the Philippines: Must-try Out-of-town Trips in Nearby Provinces South of Manila
With the many tourist attractions in the nearby provinces a few miles away from Manila, the Philippines’ capital, tourists can include itineraries for trips in some of the most popular out-of-town attractions in the country’s Southern Tagalog Region. These trips may also be considered as stop-over spots when going to farther destinations; thus, making the entire trip a complete joyride.
Hotels in Manila, Philippines: Bayview Park Hotel, Century Park Hotel, and Pan Pacific Manila Hotel
With its proximity to the international and domestic airports and a number of tourist attractions, Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is also a prime location for a number of government, educational, cultural, tourism, entertainment, and business institutions.
Hot Spring Resorts in Laguna, Philippines
Laguna, a province in the Southern Tagalog Region of the Philippines, is a popular hot springs destination. Almost completely surrounded by the Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country, Laguna is only about an hour drive away from the southern Manila cities Paranaque and Las Pinas. The province is famous for its many resorts and hot springs.
Must-try Filipino Dishes for Foreigners
More than 300 years of Spanish rule greatly influenced Philippine cuisine, especially with the names of the dishes. Centuries of trading with various Asian countries like China, India, and the Philippines’ neighboring South East Asian countries also contributed to how Philippine food evolved throughout time. American influence also came in during the American occupation from the early 1900s to the post-World War II era.
Traveling to the Philippines: Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu
Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu, Philippines features natural pools on three terraces connected by the falls. It is popular for its three-tiered cascade of crystal clear mountain springs ideal for activities like swimming, picnicking, and hiking. The area also offers cottage accommodations to tourists who want to stay overnight and even those who just want to chill in their own private spots within the falls.
A Non-Filipino’s Guide to Dating Out a Filipino
The Filipino dating culture is a complicated mix of native beliefs, religious customs, native and eastern and western influences. Although the traditionally conservative style of Filipino dating is still apparent in many rural and suburban areas in the Philippines, the younger generation’s exposure to American dating culture significantly contributes to the dating style of the younger Filipinos.