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How to Renew Passport in DFA Cebu?

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Every five years, Philippine passports expire and need to be renewed. Issuance of new passports are done at any office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Being a country of many overseas workers (OFWs), passport renewal certainly concerns many people in the Philippines.



In this article, I would like to layout the process of renewing passports in DFA-Cebu. I would like to differentiate Cebu from Manila since DFA-Manila has slightly different method or I would say a more "advanced" way of passport processing.

This article may also expire if changes are made to make Cebu process at par with Manila in the future. For the mean time, here are the steps you need to do in order to renew your passport as of January 2016.

1. Prepare the requirements. This is the most important part of the process. If done correctly, the process would very smooth.
So what are the requirements for renewal of passports? Please see below:

Old/Expiring Passport
1 Valid ID
3 Supporting Documents
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ATM Location in Cebu: Citibank, Standard Chartered, HSBC and Maybank

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This season, and especially this year, Cebu City will be very busy accommodating lots of foreign tourists. To help them find cheap lodgings and accommodations, I wrote the article:  List of Cheap Inns, Hostels, Pension Houses and Hotels in Cebu City.

Now to help them even further, I am writing this article to locate foreign banks' ATMs where they can withdraw money at a minimal charge. Yes, minimal or even no charge at all.  In contrast, when they withdraw from local banks, they will be charged around 5 dollars. Might be a small amount but for about five or more withdrawals, that would be a considerable amount.

All Foreign Bank's ATM are in Cebu Business Park Ayala Area Here's an interesting fact: all foreign banks' ATM are located in the vicinity Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park. Check out the map below:

For those who can't see the picture above, please see the following details:

BPI Introduces ATM Withdrawal Notifications

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Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) beefs up its security against ATM skimmers by introducing an optional ATM Withdrawal notification system. It's quite simple, when user activates this feature, he will receive a notification whenever withdrawals were made from his account using an ATM.

How to Activate? There are three steps to activate BPI ATM Notification.

1. Login to BPI Express Online

For those who has no online account, please see this article.

[How to Enroll An Account to BPI Express Online Banking?]
2. Under the Other Services menu, hover over ATM Card Services and then click on Withdrawal Notifications.

3. Choose the setting that you want (i.e. email or SMS/text notification, amount of transaction etc). Click Submit.


SM Seaside Skating Rink - 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

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SM Premier Seaside in Cebu City opened late last year. This humongous mall has a skating rink, the second skating rink in the Philippines that is open to the public. But before you go and hit the ice, please take note of the following.

1. You Need Socks Yes, SM will not allow you to wear the ice skates without a sock. If you go there without it, your only option is to buy one. Otherwise, you're out.

Netflix Arrives in the Philippines - First Month Free!

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Finally, the popular TV and movie streaming service Netflix  arrives in the Philippines along with 129 other countries. This news was first announced at the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Subscription starts at 370 Pesos per month with basic streaming services.


Uber in Cebu: What makes it Great is its Customer Service!

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First and foremost, this article is not intended to compare Uber with GrabTaxi, GrabCar, EasyTaxi etc. I just want to share my experience with Uber here in Cebu City.

Uber Technologies started operating here in Cebu in the beginning of December last year. I'm one of the early adopters. One reason is that I want to see how good it is in person.

I downloaded the app, registered and viola! I'm ready to roll.