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BPI "Internal Error" Causes Customers to Lose Money

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Update: As for Thursday morning (June 8, 2017), all online system of BPI are fully operational and errors in deposit accounts has been corrected.

Several people claimed Wednesday morning that they have lost money from their BPI account according to the report of ABS-CBN News Website.


The report further stated that BPI took responsibility to the errors calling it "internal data processing" error and is currently working to resolve the issue.

FREE Cebu Pacific Ticket SCAM Spreads in Facebook, Again

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A year ago or two, a scam offering a Cebu Pacific ticket spreads through Facebook. Now, the same scam is back and its spreading fast. At the time of writing, at least three of my Facebook friends have posted it, unintentionally enticing others into the scam.



How do I know it's a scam? Here are few simple signs.

Lantaw Busay - Experience Fun Dining Plus Spectacular View

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The view is breathtaking! And the view is well complemented by the food. With reasonable price and friendly staff, you definitely should try this restaurant. This restaurant -Lantaw has three branches at the time of writing. One in Day-as Cordova, the other one was in South Road Properties, a reclaimed area in the coast of Cebu and one in Busay, an elevated portion of the city. In my opinion, the one in Busay offers the most spectacular view as shown in the picture below.

For both local and international tourists, this place is a must-see. Here's some information.

How to Get There? Car or taxi is typically the way to get there.

Because of the location and the uncertainty that the driver will pick a passenger in return, he may charge double the metered fare. Better discuss this with the driver before pushing through. Nowadays, GrabCar and Uber are also very good options.

From JY Square Mall, the trip will take you around 20 minutes.
For more adventurous individuals, riding at the ba…

My Wallet Lost For 2 Days was Found! - 3 Lessons I Learned

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As noted in the previous article, I lost my wallet containing 3 credit cards (2 are active) and  3 ATM Cards (including my payroll account). Turned out that my hunch is correct: it fell in van I took as I traveled from Cebu City to Mactan Island.




Related: I Lost My Wallet - 3 Things I Immediately Did!

Two days later, I received a message via Facebook saying that my wallet was found by certain Bernie Kabusaw. Mr Kabusaw is a driver a GT Express van and the message advised me to meet him either in SM City Cebu or Gaisano Island Mall in Lapu Lapu City. Upon learning all of this, I immediately went ahead to meet him in Lapu-Lapu City.
When I approached him and introduced myself, he asked some verification questions such as how much money is inside. I also showed my company ID. Satisfied with my answers, he gave me back my wallet.
Here's our photo:

I Lost My Wallet - 3 Things I Immediately Did!

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The horror in my face is indescribable. My friend told me he can't find his wallet. Since our wallets are of the same looks, I jokingly told him that I may have unintentionally kept it in my bag. So I began looking at my bag. I didn't find his wallet...and mine. I searched the entire house and asked people I've been with but to no avail. I conceded...I lost my wallet. My friend found his wallet.


Update: Someone Returned My Wallet After 2 Days! What's in my wallet? Not much cash. I think I have around 700 Pesos cash. Then I have 2 active Credit Cards and 3 ATM/Debit Carts. I also have 2 Health Cards, and one government ID card.
So what did I do upon realizing I lost it.
1. Blocked my credit cards. This is probably the first thing you should do once you are convinced that you really lost your wallet with credit cards inside. Credit cards can easily be swiped by anyone. While some merchants would ask for an ID or check the signature, many don't do such security measure…

Wrong Name in Booking Airline Ticket? Here's What to Do.

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It's a rare occasion that one makes a mistake in his or her own name. But the possibility of making a mistake when you are booking for someone is relatively higher. If you accidentally made a mistake in the name of the person, here's what you can probably do to correct the matter.

Contact the airline immediately. Whether through phone, live chat, email, make your concern known to the customer service department of a particular airline. When I made a mistake in the salutation address of my friends (i.e. Mr, Mrs, Miss etc.), I quickly contacted AirAsia via live chat. They quickly made the change and sent an updated itinerary.

5 Steps to Enroll SMART and Sun Cellular Bills To Union Bank Online Payment

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I always say that online transactions are super convenient compared to traveling and lining up in payment centers to pay your bills. Now, this article will show the steps of using Union Bank online banking to pay your bills. So if you haven't done so, please enroll your account to Union Bank Philippines online banking facility.

1. After logging-in to the Union Bank eBanking facility, go to the Transactions in the top menu links. At the side, click Manage Billers under Bills Payment section and it will show a window similar to the one below.


2. In the Option section, select Add New Biller and it will give you a list of bills you can pay. Look for SMART/SUN. TIP:Use the keyword "sun" in the search field to find it. Click Register.

Pay Your Sun Cellular Bills Using BPI Express Online

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UPDATED!

Thanks to the recent comments in this article that the changes on paying sun cellular bills was brought to my attention. The change is very simple. From payee name Digitel Mobile, sun cellular bills can now be paid in the name SMART/SUN (SMART). I don't exactly know the reason for this change but it appears that this is part of the integration process when PLDT (owner of SMART) acquired majority ownership of Digitel Mobile, Sun Cellular's parent company.

Now this is important! All those who enrolled with Digitel Mobile as their payee name will have to re-enroll again using the steps outline below. This time using SMART/SUN (SMART) as the payee name.

BPI Express Online Bills Enrollment Express Online is BPI's online banking facility that will enable you to do transactions using your internet connected device. To learn how to enroll your bank account to BPI Express Online, check the article below:


[Read: How to Enroll An Account to BPI Express Online Banking?]
So here…

AirAsia Philippines Now Flies from Cebu and Davao

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It's early 2013 when AirAsia decided to cut its Cebu operations and focus on their Manila operations. But just a few weeks ago, AirAsia announced that it's flying from Cebu once again. AirAsia Philippines, a subsidiary of the Malaysia -based low-cost airline AirAsia Berdad will fly from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the following destinations starting April 22, 2017:
DavaoPalawanBoracay/Caticlan In addition to that, AirAsia Philippines will now fly from Davao City to the following destinations, also starting this April 22. ClarkCebuPalawanBoracay/Caticlan

5 Cool Things to do in South Korea

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South Korea is a great place to visit especially in spring or autumn. For us Filipinos, going to Korea is a lot easier than visiting perhaps, the United States or Europe. Just present some documents to the nearest Korean embassy and once you're issued a visa, book a ticket, arrange a hotel, then fly!

[Related: How to Apply for a Korean Visa here in the Philippines?]
Now what? Here's five things you can do while in Korea.

1. Eat Korean Food! Korean food culture is rich and colorful. Even if you already tried their ubiquitous KimChi (fermented veggies), try it once more in Korea. It's still best when prepared in it's original place.
Try Korean restaurants and you will be delighted with so many food options. You may try Bulgogi (beef), Samgeupsal (pork belly), Bibimbap (meat, rice, veggie combo) and many more. If it looked good in the picture, it probably is. If you don't have problems with spicy foods, then there's no reason to get scared. Try as many variety of…

3 Things to do when in Dumaguete City

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Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental. It can be accessed via plane from Manila on almost all major airlines in the country. Another way is via Cebu. From Cebu City, you have to travel on land for about 4 hours down to Liloan Port located in the southern tip of Cebu island. From there, you will have to cross the Tanon Strait for about 30 minutes docking on Sibulan port. A few minutes drive from there will take you to Dumaguete City. So, what can you do if you're in Dumaguete? Here's three things you can do over a weekend.
1. Fine Dine in Sansrival Restaurant After a long trip especially from Cebu City, you would understandably be very hungry. Dumaguete is famous for the Sansrival Restaurant. As the name suggests, it used to be a bakeshop with sans rival as the main offering. Sans Rival, by the way, ia a Filipino desssert made of layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews. Now in addition to the bakeshop, they have a fine dining restaurant offering local and…

Piso Fare 2017 - Yes, Cebu Pacific Brought It Back!

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Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific has brought back its famous Piso Fare promo. Just this midnight, the largest low-cost airline made the announcement. The travel period for this promo is from June 10 - December 10, 2017 and the promo fares are available on all Cebu Pacific destination. Promo ends February 4 or until promo seats last.



The bad news though is that the website and the app are down. Due to the heavy traffic of people trying to avail of the  one-peso fare, the servers cannot handle the load anymore. The following are the error messages encountered on both browser and mobile app.


We truly hope that the traffic will ease down later so we can book our tickets to our favorite destination.


4 Steps to Replace Stolen or Lost Passbook

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My passbook (inside my bag) was recently stolen inside a local grocery store and I would like to share the steps I took in order to secure my account and get a new passbook.


The steps outlined here is for a BPI savings account but generally the procedure will be very similar to other banks in the Philippines.

1. Call the Bank to Secure Your Account The first and the most crucial step you need to immediately do is to contact your bank either through phone or personally reporting it to the branch where you opened the account. This will ensure that no funds will get out. The bank will lock the account immediately. The big banks have 24/7 hotlines. For BPI, it's 89-100.
You have to do this step ASAP after discovering the lost.

2. Go to the Branch to Ask for Replacement of Passbook This can be a simple replacement of the lost passbook but it can also mean closing the entire account and opening a new one for security purposes.

SCAM ALERT: PRC ID Renewal Message via Facebook

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Update!!!! The scammers behind this are still active until now. In fact, one of my associates received a similar message last week. Even though he is a discreet person, he was almost fooled by this message. He responded by sending a message to the phone number given in the FB message and got a response accordingly. He checked me out the next day to see if I received the same message and then he found out about this scam. So, be careful everyone. The goons are alive and active. Do not be the next victim!
Have you received a message on Facebook similar to this?

Engr. (your name),
NOTICE
Please be informed and advise to call PRC LICENSE DIVISION HEAD OFFICE immediately c/o OIC Rodrigo F. Balaqui Jr. at 09156862500 for your clearances of license. Your prompt attention is advised.
This would be our final notice!
Thank you!


 Well, this is a scam and PRC is very much aware of this. Please read PRCs advisory here.

http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/?id=4081

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