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Tigerair Taiwan Will Fly Straight Cebu to Taipei

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Tigerair Taiwan will begin flying directly Cebu to Taipei starting December 1, 2018. This is the airline's response to the steady increase in the demand for flights to Taiwan. The initial schedule for flights is every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can book your tickets at www.tigerairtw.com.


With this new route, Tiger Air Taiwan will compete with Philippines' largest airline, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines. The three will utilize the newly-opened Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport.


No Visa Policy Until July 31, 2019 The increase in demand for Taiwan fights is undoubtedly influenced by the relaxed visa policy of Taiwan for Philippine passport holders. Filipino visitors are allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan if they will only stay there up to 14 days. This experimental policy was implemented starting November 1, 2017 and was initially set to expire July 31, 2018. After that period of evaluation, the no-visa policy was extended until July 31, 2…

iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr - Price and Availability in the Philippines

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After months of rumors as to the design and features of  the next-generation of Apple iPhones will look like, it was finally revealed last Wednesday (Tuesday in US) September 12. Apple announces the release of three new iPhones: iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr.
I will not talk much about the features of these new phones but here's some that I found interesting. Xs Max us like the Plus version of older iPhones. It's the bigger iPhone Xs.Xr is the new low-end iPhone. The only major difference between this and the iPhone Xs's is the screen. This one is LCD while the iPhone Xs's are OLED.Dual SIM support - Nano + eSIM.


If you want to know more about the features of this new iPhones, you can visit Apple's website.

Price and Availability in the PhilippinesAs it has been in the past, Philippines is not included in the first or second batches of countries where these beautiful iPhones will be made available with. But the wait may not be that long. Give it a month or tw…

Cebu Pacific PISO FARE 2019 Promo!

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Cebu Pacific is about to reveal another edition of their famous PISO FARE seat sale promo this midnight. While there's not yet details as to the travel period, you may now start planning your trips late this year up to next year.


About Piso Fare Piso Fare is the brainchild of Cebu Pacific, once an unknown airline more than a decade ago, now the largest Philippine airline company flying Filipinos domestically and directly to Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Piso Fare is initially a literal one-peso all-in fare promo. I remember in 2009, I flew from Cebu to Manila for just  one peso and all I need to pay is the bag and the terminal fee. Recently through, Piso Fare came to be just the base fare. The taxes, admin fees, terminal fees can add up pretty quickly and the all-in fare without baggage can be jabout 1000 pesos. But still, that's a significantly lower fare compared to regular ones.




Update on Details As announced, Cebu Pacific is currently holding a PISO FARE 2019 seat sa…

AirAsia Announces A New Piso Fare Promo

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Good news everyone! AirAsia Philippines announces a new promo offering as low as 16 Pesos all-in fare on selected domestic destinations. International routes are also part of this sale though. The travel period is from February 18 to November 26, 2019. You can book your tickets online at www.airasia.com or via your AirAsia mobile app until September 8, 2018.


Travel From Clark
If you want to fly really cheap, then Clark is the hub of choice. AirAsia and Cebu Pacific has been increasing their presence in this airport. It's been here for quite sometime but it was not being utilized compared to NAIA in Manila. AirAsia use to fly here but at one point they pulled out their operation. Now they're back and in this seat sale, you'll get a really nice deal.




TIPS: 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Trip to Hong Kong!

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I just traveled in Hong Kong last February this year and that's my second vacation trip and 7th time there. Most of the time I'm just passing by on the way to other destinations. I guess what I'm trying to say is: I know what I'm saying. So here are some tips to save money in Hong Kong.
1. Book a cheap lodging place Hong Kong has one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive real estate in the world. You would understand then that renting a place there is so expensive. But because of the economy of scale, meaning the sheer number of tourist, some hotels were able to lower their prices to keep up with the competition. If you're not sensitive to the room size, you can have a decent place to stay for just 1000 pesos per person per night. If you're a group of 4 to 6, then it could even be lower. Book using agencies such as Agoda.com or Booking.com to see a vast array of otpions.



In my previous stays in Hong Kong, I stayed in Apple Inn in Mong Kok and KG Gard…

PROMO: As Low as 199 Pesos Base Fare from Cebu Pacific

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Cebu Pacific announces a new promo offering as low as 199 pesos base fare on selected destinations, particularly several Cebu routes. The lowest fare is from Cebu to Tacloban or Kalibo but promo fares are also offered in other destinations such as Tandag, Davao and Iloilo. The fares for flights to China via Xiamen, Hong Kong and Shanghai were also discounted significantly. The travel period is from October 15, 2018 - January 31, 2019 for domestic and October 26, 2018 - January 31, 2019 for international flights. Promo is open until August 31, 2018 or until promo seats last.


The complete list of promo fares can be seen in this link:

https://www.cebupacificair.com/pages/seat-sale-promo

Tickets can be purchased online via www.cebupacificair.com or via their ticketing office.



No Credit Card? No Problem The biggest concern for many who wanted to avail of the promo fares is the absence of a credit card. While it's true that credit card payment is the best option out there, it's not t…

PROMO: Philippine Airlines Announces 199 Pesos Seat Sale

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Philippine Airlines followed suit with a major competitor and announces their own version of a 199 Pesos seat sale promo. Yes, for as low as 199 pesos you can fly to selected domestic and international destinations on this travel period: September 16 , 2018 to March 31, 2019. The promo poster screenshot is shown below taken from PAL's website.

The promo is up until September 2 or until seats under this promo are all taken. So, basically you have a week to book. But of course, promo fares on "good dates" like weekends or holidays are easily sold out. So there's a reasonable degree of urgency on this matter. Bu the way, you can book your tickets online at www.philippineairlines.com or at any PAL ticketing office. Since they're close tonight, it's best to book online NOW.

For a complete detailed list of how much per destination and specific travel dates, you can visit this page.

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/promotions/ultimateseatsale-PH

Base Fare Only T…

Cebu Pacific Announces 199 Pesos Promo

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Cebu Pacific announces a new set of promo fares to selected domestic and international destinations. The promo base fare is as low as 199 pesos. Coupled with other fees, the all-in fare will be around 900 pesos inclusive of the terminal fee. The domestic travel period is from September 1 to December 16, 2018.  For international flights, the travel period is February 1 to June 30, 2019.

You can book your tickets online at www.cebupacificair.com or at any Cebu Pacific ticketing office. This promo is up until August 26, 2018 or until promo seats last.



Back to Base Fare Display Cebu Pacific is once again back to displaying base fares instead of all-in fares which they used to do in a couple of years past. While reason is not stated, it's possible that the rising prices of terminal fees and other administrative charges may have some contribution. For example, in this 199 Pesos promo from Cebu to Tacloban, the cost of terminal fee in Cebu is 300 pesos plus another 280 pesos for the &quo…

Cebu Pacific Announces 799 Pesos Promo

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Boracay is set to be opened for the general public this coming October 26, 2018. And to spice up that event, Cebu Pacific is offering 799 Pesos promo from Manila, Clark or Cebu to Boracay island either via Caticlan or Kalibo. The travel period is of course from October 26 and will be until December 31, 2018. And the timing can't be better since that period is so packed with holidays. For example, November 1 and 30 both fell on a weekday and very close to a weekend. Employees are sure to rejoice over this year's arrangement of matters.



Aside from the Boracay flight, there are also promo fares for other destinations. For example, flights to and from Cebu costs just around 1000 pesos. To book your tickets, you may go directly to the website www.cebupacificair.com or through their ticketing office.

Promo is up until August 20, 2018 or until seats last.





No Credit Card? This is the age old concern of many people but it's been solved ages ago. So to remind everyone, you can still…

Philippine Airlines Announces Promo For September 2018 Flights

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UPDATE: This promo is extended until August 24, 2018!

Philippine Airlines (PAL) announces a new promo offering as low as 488 pesos base fare on select destination. The travel period is from September 1-30, 2018. Both domestic and international destinations are on sale.  The booking period is from August 10 to 17, 2018 or until promo seats last. You can book your ticket at the PAL's website or visit any PAL ticketing offices nearest you. Here’s a screenshot of the promo poster taken from PAL’s website.


The complete list of destinations can be found here.
https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/promotions/SeptemberMadnessSale-PH

Recommended Place to Visit This month of September, I would like to recommend the following destinations:
Taiwan It will not require a huge budget. Taiwan is cheaper than other typical Asian destinations such as Singapore, Japan or South Korea. And all the more you should visit the country, because of the no visa policy. They recently extended the policy until n…

FREE Calls to Your Favorite Fast-food Chain on Globe Phones

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In the age of mobile apps and ordering via internet, people are increasingly going from "calling" to "tapping and clicking" their fast food orders. The arrival of Honestbee, Foodpanda and just recently, Grab Food is a testament to how much this trend is growing. The visual effect these apps provide has a huge advantage over voice only "call".



In an apparent attempt to pull back some users in using the hotlines, Jollibee Group teams up with Globe Telecoms to allow free calls on their Globe handset to order from their favorite fastfood. Yes, even without a load, you can make a call to the Hotlines. Here's the promotional poster.

Just dial these numbers to order:
Jollibee - #87000 Mang Inasal - #71111 Chowking - #98888 Greenwich - #55555 Burger King - #22222
For more information check this link http://business.globe.com.ph/news-and-events/jollibee-to-expand-express-delivery.html

How to Set an Appointment with SSS Online?

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To avoid long lines in SSS Offices, you can use their online services to set an appointment before going there. Here's the steps to do it.

Note: SSS stands for Social Security System, a government owned and controlled corporation serving as a statutory insurance service for private individuals.

1. Log-in to www.sss.gov.ph.
In the login tab in the menu, you can select SSS Login and you'll be greeted with this interface. Use your username and password to login. In case you forgot either or both your password and your username, just click the appropriate link.





In case you haven't registered for an online account, click the appropriate button to register.

2. Once you have entered your account, hover over to Members Profile and select the Appointment System link under it.

3. Select from the drop-down menus the Purpose of your visit, the Region, and the SSS Servicing Branch you wanted to visit.

4. Select a date from the calendar provided and then select the time of appointment. 

How Much Does a MRI Scan Costs in the Philippines?

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My dad recently needs to have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan for his prostate problem. So I made a little research on how much does it cost to have one. Well, turns out, it depends on many factors such as which part of the body is to be scanned. There's also this technique called "MRI with contrast" wherein the patient will be injected with a chemical to make the scan clearer. For your information this technique of adding contrast is know as Gadolinium Contrast Medium. It adds cost to the procedure but with more clarity, the more you can trust the diagnosis.

So, in my father's case, we had a Prostate MRI and I assume it's without contrast since he was never injected with the "contrast" chemicals. We got it in i-Scan Healthcare Inc here in Quezon City. The cost is 13000 Pesos. Please take not that the amount was just for the scan and the result will be read by a separate professional. Some laboratories offer this service (i.e. the reading) and t…

Cebu Pacific Announces Piso PAIR for 2019

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Yes, it's not Piso Fair but it's Piso PAIR. Buy one ticket for 99 pesos and get the other one for the same route at 1 Peso. This is the latest promo announced by Cebu Pacific. Promo period is until tomorrow, July 17, 2018. The travel period is from January to June 2019. If you have plans of travelling next year, then it's high time to book your flights.


When you book using the website or through mobile app, use the promo code PISOPAIR.

Cebu Pacific is the largest carrier in the country. In addition to domestic routes, it also offers direct flight to many Asian destinations as well as to Australia and Middle East.




NEW: Experience Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport On July 1 this year, the much awaited and anticipated opening of the second terminal of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) finally happened. The team up of GMR and Megawide has successfully constructed this new facility effectively de-congesting the country's second busiest airport. In 2017,…

So Cebu Pacific Will Strictly Implement the Hand carry Baggage Policy

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It’s in the news last week that Cebu Pacific will strictly implement their policy for hand carry baggages. So what really is the current policy. Here’s what their website says.

Every passenger is allowed one carry-on or cabin baggage, with a maximum weight of 7kg and dimension of 56cm x 36cm x 23cm for Airbus flights and 56cm x 35cm x 20cm for ATR flights. - source
This stricter implementation is set to begin tomorrow. Cebu Pacific explained the purpose of this move: “to streamline operations and to provide a more efficient check-in experience.”

So if it has been your habit not to care for the actual weight of your carry on bags, then it’s time to weigh in. Excess weight will require check-in which will cost you more than to book a check-in baggage in advance.



Most airlines are not strict with this 7kg policy. AirAsia is the only company I personally know that is very strict at this. But since Cebu Pacific is the largest airline company in the country, this move will surely irritate ma…

"Foldable" Umbrellas Now Allowed in Carry-on Bags

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About eight years ago when me and my friends were flying from Cebu to Davao, we came across an issue as we pass by the second inspection point in the airport. After my friend’s bag passed through the X-ray machine, an airport officer called her up and confirmed if she’s bringing an umbrella inside the plane cabin. On that day we knew that umbrellas needs to be checked-in. We are not informed of the new policy. In that instance, my friend surrendered her precious umbrella than pay extra baggage for it.

Since then, things have already improved. At some point, checking in your umbrella won’t cost you a dime. And now, the latest as per my experience last month, you can now bring your “foldable” umbrella inside the plane. The prohibition only applies to cane type of umbrella. What I mean are the long “non-foldable” umbrellas.

So the next time you fly and are worried you won’t have an umbrella to use in your destination, this information may comfort you. Things have improved a bit and made…

Philippine Airlines Announces Promos for the Rest of 2018

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Asia’s first commercial passenger airline, Philippine Airlines announces their latest promo covering both domestic and international flights. For those flying domestically, the offer is as low as 599 pesos base fare on selected destinations. On international flights, the offer is as low as 109 USD for selected destinations.



The promo begins July 9 and will be available for booking until July 15 or until promo seats last. The travel period is from July to December 31, 2018. For the complete list of destinations under this promo, please check the link below.

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/promotions/julyseatsale-ph
No More Free Baggage I'm not when did it start but I think it's late last year that Philippine Airlines began to offer their cheapest domestic fares without baggage allowance. This is in contrast with what most of us are familiar,  10 kilogram check-in baggage allowance by default. Anyway, Philippine Airlines is kind enough to warn users that there’s no baggage all…

Cebu Pacific Announces 22 Pesos Promo

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Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific announces a 22 pesos promo to all destinations (except Basco and Melbourne).  The promo offers as low as 22 pesos base fare for those travelling from November 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019.



Tickets can be booked online at www.cebupacificair.com or through their ticketing office.



The promo is in conjunction with Cebu Pacific's 22nd anniversary. Cebu Pacific, from its humble beginnings in the late 90s has grown to be the largest airline in the country. Its revolutionary low-cost business model and low fare promos has changed the way Filipinos fly. Once an option only for the well-offs, now air travel is in the reach of ordinary Filipinos.


DFA PASSPORT: Appointment Slots Are Available Now!

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Maybe it's the pressure from the social media, which was amplified even more when the mainstream media began picking up the story of the outcry from affected people. Whatever the root cause is, you can go ahead now and set an appointment online in select DFA offices in the country. And when I mean now, I mean RIGHT NOW!



I just checked the DFA appointment system and there are slots for April 2018 in select DFA Offices in Metro Manila. And here's a thing that's even more interesting, Tacloban DFA has an opening this month January 2018! Wow...whether you care about the alleged corruption inside the DFA or not, you can set it aside and set an appointment now, I mean NOW!



Fully Booked Since mid-December 2017 The DFA Passport appointment system is fully booked until March 2018. It opened up the slots early December last year but just after a week or two, all 27 offices has become fully booked. This sparked outrage among citizens. Reports have emerged that while the system is ful…

TECHNOLOGY: Cebu Pacific App Now Have a Guest List Feature!

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Thank you very much Cebu Pacific! At last, my most awaited feature in Cebu Pacific Air app has finally arrived: the Guest List. You see, I book flights for a lot of people and through the years, I have accumulated a guest list of over 50 people and 30 of them were repeaters. So the Guest List feature is really handy!


A Brief History About five or so years ago, Cebu Pacific introduced the Guest List feature in their website which allows logged-in users to save the details of people they booked in the past. You can also manually enter details. And that feature is awesome as it saved a lot of time. You don't need to input the Name and Birth date details over and over again. But about two years ago, when Cebu Pacific revamped its website (which is good overall), that feature was put into a limbo. You can still access the guest list in the Manage booking section of the website but it cannot be accessed directly during booking.



And there came the official Cebu Pacific Air app in 2015. I…

SCAM: My First Scam Text This Year; 850000 Pesos from GMA Kapuso Foundation

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It's a brand new year for everyone, including local scammers. And despite all the efforts by PLDT and Globe Telecom to curb text message scammers, from time to time, they still creep out and show up in our inboxes. And as hard to believe as the messages of winning some great amounts of money is the fact that there are still people who believe them. I personally know someone and that scam text message triggered events that turn her life upside down. So my point is, we still need to be careful regarding these scam messages. The danger is real!


So without further ado, here's the scam message I received a few days ago. On Sunday, January 7, 2018 at exactly 3:33PM (PH time), I received this message from a certain Atty. Jhon Acosta with phone number 09552962911

Congratulations!
Ursim# Hadwon PHP850,000
From(GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION) To Claim Send Ur (NAME/ADD/AGE)
&Call Me Now
Im Atty;JHON ACOSTA
DTI#0391s2018
Thankyou,



 Do Not Ever Reply Obviously, this is a scam. It bears all the…

Angkas is Back in the Streets But For Delivery Only

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Angkas is now back in the streets after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) banned their operation late last year. Now they're back but not as a human transport service but as a parcel delivery service. So, let's all welcome Angkas Padala!


Their mobile app was also updated to match the new service offering. Just go to the your App Store and Google Play to update.


How Much Does it Cost to Deliver? For Manila, the base price is 50 Pesos for the first two kilometers, and 10 Pesos per succeeding kilometer. Pricing may vary based on demand. 
For Cebu, the flag down price is 20 Pesos and 15 Pesos  per kilometer for the first 8 kilometer, and 20 pesos per kilometerbeyond that
Weight and size should not exceed 10 kilograms and 43cm x 38cm x 24cm dimensions respectively.
All items must be unsealed and inspected by the biker before delivery. Prohibited items includes cash, precious stones, jewelry, banderols/tax stickers, negotiable instruments, weapons an…

DFA PASSPORT APPOINTMENT: Went to Cebu DFA and Here's What I Discovered

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All the passport appointment slots on all 27 branches of DFA is already filled up (or blocked?). Yes, you can check it out at https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment/individual/site. The only time I saw it opened up was the first week of December 2017. Then after a few weeks, all slots were already taken.

So earlier this month, I had a chance to visit Cebu DFA and I asked if there's a way to get my passport processed even though the slots were already taken. Like, walk-in in the afternoon after all the passport appointments have already been accommodated. After all, DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano mentioned that there's about 40% no-show on the appointments, so I was thinking that there must be some extra time the DFA can accommodate walk-ins. Turns out..no...you really need an appointment. But wait, here's something you would like to know.



So, when I arrived at Cebu DFA, I asked the guard. What I discovered made me feel confused (and suspicious). Here's what I'm talk…

REPORT: Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Philippines Among World's Least Punctual Airlines

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The OAG, an air travel intelligence company based in United Kingdom, in its annual report listed Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines as some of the world's least punctual airline. Garnering only 57.6% and 58% OTP respectively, the two airlines based here in the Philippines was among the worst in the world. OTP (on time performance) refers to flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.
Punctuality Culture On the other hand, some of the world's most punctual airlines are in Japan, with Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways taking the top two spots with 85.27 amd 83.81% OTP. This result may not be surprising when you consider their culture. Japan is well known for being a process oriented and strict in punctuality country. For instance, late last year, Japan’s Tsukuba Express, a train that connects Tokyo and Tsukuba issued an apology for a train that departed the station 20 seconds early.



The Philippines though, being a country, infamous of the culture termed …

DFA PASSPORT APPOINTMENT: No Vacant Slot Until the end of March 2018

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Bad news for those who needs to have a passport or have their passport renewed. All branches of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), yes all 27, have already filled up all the slots in their appointment system until the end of March. If for some reason you were not able to set an appointment last month December, you will need to wait until April to be able to process a passport.



The Problem with the Current Appointment System The online appointment system implemented by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is surely a big help in convenience. Prior to this, passport applicants line up in DFA offices as early as in the wee hours of 12 midnight. By six in the morning, a DFA personnel, usually a security guard, will distribute priority numbers. The process will go smoothly from then on. Once you started the first step and as long as you have all the requirements complete, you'll finish in about 15 minutes. A few weeks later, you'll have your passport.



The same is true today, the p…

Save Huge Amount of Fare From UBER by This Simple Trick

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I literally saved about 50% of my original fare in UBER by doing this simple trick. And maybe, most of the time you can do this. The trick is simply to SCHEDULE your trip. Here's a photo demonstrating what I mean.


In the left photo, I scheduled a trip from the airport and as you can see, because of the demand, my fare ended up at 539 Pesos. Now, when I postpone my trip just about 30 mins or even less than that, I was able to bring down the fares to 276 Pesos. That's a pretty significant amount, isn't it?



I don't know if it works on all locations but as for me, booking here in Cebu City, I can really see this significant drop. But I don't see any reason why this wouldn't be so in other cities. One may say though that the photo above shows that there's a surge in the left photo and none in the right. Yes that's true but even if there's no surge, the difference is pretty significant as well. Why not try and see it for yourself?
Ride Sharing Services on…

HOLIDAY: December 8 is Now an Official Non-working Day

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Starting 2018, December 8 will be a special non-working holiday in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law entitled: An Act Declaring December 8 of Every Year A Special Nonworking Holiday in the Entire Country to Commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.


The Philippines, a predominantly catholic country has been celebrating major religious festivities such as Christmas and the Lenten season. But it also pays attention to other major religious sector of the Filipino section such as the Muslims and the Chinese. For Muslims, the country celebrates two Islamic festivals: the Eid'l Fitr and the Eid'l Adha. For the Chinese, the country celebrates the Chinese New Year. This new holiday comes amidst recent disagreements between the government and the Catholic religion over governmental policies.


Additional Holiday in 2018This new Immaculate Conception holiday will add to the current list of non-working …