How to Renew your Passport (Updated links-Important Updates 02.16.2010)

Note from author:

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF JULY 15, 2010. SOME INFORMATION BELOW MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE ANYMORE. FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO RENEW YOUR PASSPORTS  AT THE DFA-ASEANA, CLICK HERE:

http://teystirol.com/2010/07/15/how-to-renew-your-passport-in-4-steps-dfa-aseana-with-pics/

REMINDER:

The DFA Passport Appointment System by Internet is currently available ONLY for the DFA Passport in Manila.
It is important that all the needed details (i.e. full name, date of birth, place of birth, latest passport number and date of issuance) are provided when you make the request for appointment.

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM THE DFA AS OF 02.16.2010 (The DFA website has been revamped and the old links have been replaced. I have updated this post (in red) and the links as well as of 2/16/2010. Thanks for reading!)

Note: There are currently two types of passports being issued right now: the Machine-Readable Passport and the newly implemented Biometric Passport a.k.a EPass or Electronic Passport. The requirements  and procedures listed below mostly apply to those who are applying for a Machine Readable Passport. For those who prefer the EPass or Biometric passport the requirements are more or less the same but the procedures are different. To find out more about EPass or Biometric Passports check this out : FAQ on the Philippines EPassport (source: dfa.gov.ph)

Here are the Passport Requirements as of 02.16.2010 for:

A. FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS

  • Personal Appearance is required.
  • Duly accomplished application form.
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
  • Three (3) colored photos of the applicant taken against a royal blue background. Applicant should be in decent attire with collar. Photo must be of good quality, and must have been taken within the last six (6) months. Photo size: 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm. Facial image size: Not less than 3 cm. DFA has the right to reject photos that do not comply with specifications and international standards.
  • Proof of identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship
  • Other Supporting documents.

Additional Requirements:

For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse

  • Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
  • For married women who would like to revert back to their maiden name

If already widowed: Death Certificate of the deceased husband;

  • If marriage is annulled: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued MC with the annotation on the annulment decree;
  • If divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.

For Minors (below 18 years old)

  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is of legitimate status).
  • Personal appearance of mother (if minor is of illegitimate status)

If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:

  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent

If both parents are abroad:

  • Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul).
  • Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
  • Passport and photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion of the minor.
  • Identification Card and photocopy thereof of the duly authorized person.

For Muslim applicants

  • For those whose births were registered:
  1. Please refer to requirements for first time passport applicants.
  • For those whose births were not registered:

  1. Late registered Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
  2. Original and photocopy of Voter’s Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship, identity and tribal affiliation.
  3. Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)

B. PASSPORT RENEWAL (for holders of Philippine Passports)

Brown Passport or issued prior to 01 May 1995

  1. Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3 (amendment). The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  2. Supporting document with complete middle name.

Green Passport or issued after 01 May 1995

  1. Present passport and photocopy of inside and back cover.
  2. The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  3. For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.

For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse:

  1. Personal Appearance is required
  2. Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or CTC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.

For Minors (below 18 years old): Personal appearance of either parent is required.

  1. If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:
  2. Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
  3. Affidavit of Support and Consent
  4. If both parents are abroad:
  5. Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Philippine Consul).
  6. Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate if not executed before a Philippine Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
  7. Passport and photocopy of the passport of person travelling with the minor.

Other supporting documents you might want to bring with you: (courtesy of PinoyMoneyTalk)

  • Marriage Contract
  • PRC / IBP ID
  • Land Title
  • Driver’s License
  • Government Service Record
  • Old SSS-E1 form or digitized SSS-ID
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter’s Registration Record
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)

UPDATED PASSPORT FEES as of 06.29.2010:

  • MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT (MRP-regular process) 44-pages         P  500.00
  • ELECTRONIC PASSPORT (EPASS-regular process) 44-pages                   P  950.00
  • EXPEDITED PROCESSING – ADDITIONAL CHARGE  OF                             P  250.00
  • REPLACEMENT OF LOST VALID PASSPORT                                              P  700.00

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My original post: (links updated as of 02.16.2010)

Did you know that there are online companies that can assist you if you need to apply for or renew your passport? For my own passport, I opted to do it myself which was quite a hassle to do so I’m contemplating if I should do it differently for the passports of my kids. If you plan to do it yourself here are some of the things you need to prepare for to help you out.

To apply for a renewal of a  Philippine Passport here are some of the things you need:

  • Passport application form (front and back downloadable from here )
  • For Green Passports or those issued after 01 May 1995 you need the ff.:
  1. Present passport together with the application form
  2. Photocopies of the inside and the back cover.
  3. Photocopy of the pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  4. 3 pcs passport size pictures with royal blue background (This one is a bit tricky because if it doesn’t pass their standards, they will ask you to have your picture taken again. There is a mini photo studio “conveniently” located at the entrance of the DFA auditorium just in case you are one of those rejected. You’ll only find out if your rejected right at the very last step of the process when all you have to do is submit your documents. It is quite irritating.)
  5. NSO Certified Marriage contract (for married women)

Here’s a little tip that most people don’t know. Instead of waiting in line at the DFA just to schedule an appointment you can actually request for an appointment online. I found this out by accident and when I got to the DFA with my printed out appointment, the guard even asked me if I was an official or something. He actually made my day because I was already so frustrated at how they shuttled us back and forth from one line to another. So if you want to do that and save yourself a few steps go here : Passport Application Appointment System.

But if you want somebody else to do all that for you and all you have to do is show your face at the DFA you can also try Pilipinas Teleserv. They can do your passport, NSO birth, marriage, death and other certificates as well. They also deliver it right to your doorstep. If you are an American seeking to renew your passport and want someone to assist you, you can try American Passport dot com. Both of these agencies are non-government agencies that process your documents for you and they can come in very useful for folks that are too busy to do all the legwork.

ETA: I’ve updated this post and added a few more info in response to the queries below. I’m glad that this post has helped you and hope that this additional information  like Regional Consulate Offices etc. will be even more helpful as you go through processing your passports.

Question from Billy:

just want to ask if i can renew my passport without my presence?and how long will it take to get it?

Answer:

If you are residing in the Philippines, then you are most likely to renew your passport at the DFA Main office, Roxas Blvd in Pasay City. However, if you are in the province and coming to Manila is not doable for you there are actually Regional Consular Offices located around the country where you can apply at. As for non-appearance options, even if some agencies offer to do all the initial legwork for you like processing and compiling the required documents for submission and scheduling an appointment for you , the DFA still requires you to “appear” unless you are under “8 years old” or “65 years old and above” because they take a picture of you at the very end of the process for their file purposes. Therefore, you still have to be present.

As to how long it will take to get your passport, it depends on how much you want to pay. Usually, the regular wait is 14 days which costs P500,  for expedited processing or 7-days wait it’s P750 and for replacement of lost valid passports it’s P700. (see update above)

DFA REGIONAL CONSULAR OFFICES

But before you head out to Manila, you might like to check this out and see if there is a DFA office near you to save you all that travel.

DFA REGIONAL CONSULAR OFFICES

REGION I - RCO LA UNION

REGION VII - RCO CEBU

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC: ELEANOR B. BELGICA
Pasado Bldg., Pagdalagan Norte
San Fernando, La Union
Tel. Nos: (072) 888-3733 / 888-3107
Fax No :  (072) 888-5484
Email Add:  dfalaunion@sflu.com
la_union@dfa.gov.ph

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  ANGEL C. ESPIRITU
Causing Lozada Bldg.,
Osmeña Blvd., Cor. Lapu-lapu St.,
Cebu City
Tel. No:  (032) 256-3193 / 253-6798
Fax No:  (032)256-0624
E-mail: cebu@dfa.gov.ph dfacebu@mozcom.com

REGION II - RCO TUGUEGARAO

REGION VIII - RCO TACLOBAN

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  FLORENCIO FRANCO, JR.
Municipal Bldg., Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley
Tel. Nos: (078) 846-4813 / 846-1482
Fax No: (078) 846-2310
Email Add:  tuguegarao@dfa.gov.ph

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  EDMUNDO V. VENTURANZA
Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site
Tacloban City
Tel. Nos: (053) 321-8233 / 5230080
Fax No:  (053) 321-8237
E-mail: tacloban@dfa.gov.ph dfa_reotac@globelines.com.ph

REGION III - RCO CLARK FIELD

REGION IX - RCO ZAMBOANGA

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC: ERNESTO H. BELARDO
Balikbayan Shopping Mall
Claro M. Recto Ave. Clark Field, Angeles, Pampanga
Tel. No: (045) 599-7777
Fax No: (045) 599-6555
E-mail: pampanga@dfa.gov.ph

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC: TITA R. REBOLLOS
GO-VELOSO Bldg. Veterans Ave.
Zamboanga City
Tel. No: (062) 991-4398 / 9912202
Fax No: (062) 991-7958
E-mail: rcozambo@jetlink.com

REGION IV - RCO LUCENA

REGIONS X,XII, XIII
RCO CAGAYAN DE ORO

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  VIRGILIO G. CAJALJAL
3rd Flr. Pacific Mall Lucena
M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay III
Lucena City
Tel. No: (042) 710-4526
Fax No: (042) 373-1898
E-mail: dfarcolc@pldtdsl.net

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC: MARDOMEL CELO D. MELICOR
Geleng Bldg. Lapasan Highway
Cagayan De Oro City
Tel. Nos: +63 (8822) 72 4309 /

+63 (88) 8572175
Fax No  : +63 (8822) 72 6578

E-mail: cagayan.de.oro@dfa.gov.ph

rco.cdo@philcom.ph

Webpage: www.dfa.gov.ph/cdo

REGION VRCO LEGASPI

REGIONS XI, XII & XIII - RCO DAVAO

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  RODEL P. ALBELLO
4th Flr. LCC Expressmart Building Rizal St.
Legazpi City
Tel. Nos: (052) 480-3000 / 820-3396
Fax No:   (052) 480-1773
E-mail:admin@dfalegazpi.bayandsl.ph

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  ADRIAN BERNIE C. CANDOLADA
Ebro-Pelayo Bldg., E. Jacinto St.,
Davao City
Tel. Nos: (082) 227-3900 / 224-4885
Fax No:  (082) 221-4552
E-mail: davaorco@yahoo.com

REGION VI - RCO ILOILO

DFA MINDANAO

DFA Regional Consular Office
OIC:  VICTOR A. ESPAÑOLA
Yulo Streets,  Iloilo City
Tel. Nos: (033) 336-1737                                   (02) 487-3041
Fax No: (033) 335-0221
E-mail: dfailo@skyinet.net

DFA Regional Consular Office
KADATUAN P. USOP
ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Tel. No: (082) 227-0713
Fax No: (082) 227-0712
E-mail: davaorco@ultimate.info.com.ph

Btw, there are also scheduled Mobile Passport Services in various Local Governments where DFA officials go to different public venues and process passport services right then and there. I know one was recently held at Festival Mall Alabang. For schedules on that you can check this link (updated):

http://dfa.gov.ph/main/index.php/schedule-of-sobile-services

Now here’s a visual of the actual procedure at the DFA Manila Office (pics courtesy of the DFA website)

These pictures are no longer available as the DFA has since updated its website.

Hope this helps!

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LP#13-Pag-aaral

Dito ko po inilagay ang aking lahok sa linggong ito sapagkat mayroon na po akong mga maikling akdang naisulat nang nakaraan tungkol sa pag-aaral na pandagdag kaalaman na din po sa inyo.

Ang aming eskwelahan ay wala pong uniporme, walang school bus, walang baon at puedeng mag-recess kahit anong oras. Ito po ay sa kadahilanang kami po ay nagho-homeschool. Kaya ang aming bahay ang eskwelahan ng aming mga anak. Hindi po biro itong gawin, may mga araw na tinatanong ko ang aking sarili kung bakit ko ginagawa ito dahil hindi naman po ako isang gurong propesyonal.  Ngunit sa bandang huli kahit ito’y mahirap alam ko na ito ay isa sa mga kayamanang maipapamana ko sa aking mga anak na hindi matatawaran ng kahit anupaman. 

Ang mga libro sa larawan ang  ginagamit namin ng aking kabiyak sa pagturo sa aming mga anak. (Akin po yung Filipino kasi Bisaya si mister, eh baka mag-iba ang talasalitaan ng aming mga chikiting kung siya ang magturo kaya akin po yung subject na iyon). :D

Here’s an excerpt from a previous post I made about homeschooling. This isn’t the literal translation of the above but the sentiments are the same.

“… Hence, our house is not your typical house. It is filled with books, books and more books all over. It is where our children are educated. It is not a perfect school but I know that our intents for their best interests is the driving force that pushes us to persevere. Our aim is to educate and raise them to fulfill all their potential. This is what burns in our hearts. Our home is our school and school is in the heart of our home… “

 

You can read more about the above excerpt and the rest of our homeschool journeys from my previous posts here:

The Well-Trained Mind- A guide to classical education at home

Home is School and School is Home

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Some famous people who were homeschooled:

Educators

    Fred Terman (President – Stanford) 
    William Samuel Johnson (President Columbia) 
    John Witherspoon (President of Princeton) 

Generals

    Stonewall Jackson 
    Robert E. Lee 
    Douglas MacArthur 
    George Patton 

Inventors

    Alexander Graham Bell 
    Thomas Edison 
    Cyrus McCormick 
    Orville Wright & Wilbur Wright 

Artists

    Claude Monet 
    Leonardo da Vinci 

Presidents

    George Washington 
    Thomas Jefferson 
    John Quincy Adams 
    James Madison 
    William Henry Harrison 
    John Tyler 
    Abraham Lincoln 
    Theordore Roosevelt 
    Woodrow Wilson 
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Scientists

    George Washington Carver 
    Pierre Curie 
    Albert Einstein 
    Booker T. Washington 
    Blaise Pascal 

Statesmen

    Konrad Adenauer 
    Winston Churchill 
    Benjamin Franklin 
    Patrick Henry 
    William Penn 
    Henry Clay 

Composers

    Irving Berlin 
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
    Anton Bruckner 
    Felix Mendelssohn 
    Francis Poulenc 

Writers

    Hans Christian Anderson 
    Charles Dickens 
    Brett Harte 
    Mark Twain 
    Sean O’Casey 
    Pearl S. Buck 
    Agatha Christie 
    C.S. Lewis 
    George Bernard Shaw 

Religious leaders

    Joan of Arc 
    Brigham Young 
    John & Charles Wesley 
    Jonathan Edwards 
    John Owen 
    William Cary 
    Dwight L. Moody 
    John Newton 

Others

    Charles Chaplin – Actor 
    George Rogers Clark – Explorer 
    Andrew Carnegie – Industrialist 
    Noel Coward – Playwright 
    John Burroughs – Naturalist 
    Albert Schweitzer – Physician 
    Tamara McKinney – World Cup Skier 
    Jim Ryan – World Runner 
    Ansel Adams – Photographer 
    Charles Louis Montesquieu – philosopher 
    John Stuart Mill – Economist 
    John Paul Jones – father of the American Navy 
    Florence Nightingale – nurse 
    Clara Barton – started the Red Cross 
    Abigail Adams – wife of John Adams 
    Martha Washington – wife of George W. 
    George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.
    James Madison – 4th President of the U.S. 
    John Witherspoon – President of Princeton U. 
    Benjamin Franklin – inventor and statesman 
    William S. Johnson – President of Columbia C. 
    George Mason

 

Proud to be a homeschooler and a Litratistang Pinoy!

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Kung Fu Panda, Prince Caspian and Urduja

We had a movie marathon this weekend and it was so much fun. We started off Friday night with Kung Fu Panda. The next night, we went to see Prince Caspian. Finally, last Sunday, we just had to watch Urduja. So here’s my take on all three movies. Let’s start off with Kung Fu Panda.

Hubby and I initially wanted to treat our kids to Prince Caspian so we headed out to SM Sta. Rosa. Unfortunately, we also got a traffic ticket for going through a one-way street on our way there. To top that off, there was no Prince Caspian showing at SM. We tried driving a little further to Robinson’s and same thing. No Prince Caspian. So we toyed with the idea of going all the way to Alabang just to watch it but then we decided it was too far and too late to make the effort. We chose to watch at Robinson’s instead and settled for Kung Fu Panda. Hubby doesn’t like it when plans don’t work as expected but once we got into the movie house and the movie started, things changed. This really is a funny movie. I’ve never been a fan of Jack Black but after watching Kung Fu Panda, I must say that I’m now more open to watching more of his films in the future. I am a bit wary of martial arts movies because of all the incorporated mysticism but I must say this movie is full of practical wisdom bridging both East and West sensibilities. Not to mention it is quite hilarious. I think a lot of us can relate to Po’s character – the oversized displaced misfit wishing to get out of his monotonous job to finally live out his dream and be someone else besides himself. I know someone like that and I sometimes think about that too. But there really is “no secret ingredient” that unlocks all these powers that will turn you into that dream, eh? Bottomline, seriously funny must-see movie if you want to have a good time and a good laugh.

Next up, Prince Caspian. Finally, we got to see it at Festival Mall Alabang. Now I haven’t read the book yet, unlike the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so I sat down on my chair not knowing what to expect. Frankly, it had me on the edge of my seat. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I felt sad that this was going to be Queen Susan’s last appearance in the Chronicles although hubby and I knew that the little romantic thing between Prince Caspian and Susan was that added Hollywood touch. Overall it was quite engaging and we just had to watch the second run even though it was already quite late. The kids enjoyed it a lot so, thumbs up on this one as well.

Lastly, but certainly not the least, URDUJA. This time we trooped to SM Sta. Rosa again. We just had to watch this for the sake of our kids. Even though the dialogue was in Filipino and our kids were just guessing through it, I’d have to say that it was a well made film. Although the fight scenes were a bit tame in comparison ( after watching Kung Fu Panda and Prince Caspian) to the above, the imagery, the artwork, the music and even the script was quite good, even though it had an “Eat Bulaga” flavor to it, especially the jokes. I’m also guessing that some parts may not be historically consistent as well, (just like the romantic element between Urduja and Lam-ang?)but the bottomline –> the overall quality of the film reminded me of Disney’s “Atlantis” and “Tarzan” so it must be good. Quite a feat for a Pinoy first – kudos to all the people involved! And if just for the reason that it is made by Filipinos, I strongly recommend it to anyone. (The only thing I wasn’t quite happy about while watching it was seeing all the roaches crawling around us inside the movie theatre, ugh! I don’t remember even remember a digital signage or poster for the movie at SM.)  Other than that, we have our own hero(ine) to be proud of – sariling atin talaga kaya tangkilikin ang Pelikulang Pilipino!

So that’s my take. I give all of them 4 Got teys.T smacks!

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The Beauty of the Philippines in Pictures

Can you guess where I took these pictures?

I just  want to share a few of my shots from our travels. I know that there are still a lot of wonderful places waiting to be explored and captured and I hope we as a family get to see more. No matter how bad our country is painted out to be, I am still a believer that there are still many things to be thankful for and that our country has been blessed in so many different ways. Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder and IMHO there is a lot of beholding that still needs to be done. Don’t wait for the Department of Tourism to promote our God-given natural wonders. The best travel guides for this country is YOU. So bring out your backpacks, get those cameras ready and share it. 

 

BTW, don’t forget to vote for Tubbatha Reef and Palawan’s Underground Cave in the new 7 wonders of the world poll.

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coffee break ver. 1.23

Coffee break :     How would you reward yourself after a long day at work?

I’m a part-time WAHM so my working hours start when everybody else goes to bed and there’s finally some peace and quiet in the house. I wish I could reward myself more often with a day at the spa or the salon but our skeds are so erratic, I just rely on hubby to bring me little treats. Puede na ang turon at sago sa ‘kin. lol What’s really nice is that hubby is studying how to do different kinds of massages (he hangs out a lot and reads these books at Fully Booked) and I get to be the guinea pig. So I have an in-house masseur at my beck and call.

If I can’t have that regularly, what I really look forward to is the chance to tag along with hubby when he has out-of-town trips or events na puede ang 3 sabit. The chance to go outdoors and bring out the camera for some serious photo shooting – that’s a real treat for me. The spa and the salon can hang, I’d rather pack our backpacks and go anywhere, anytime.

p.s. if ever he reads this, I wish he’d buy me Proactiv sana – (the best acne treatment out there IMHO) not because I have acne but I do have oily skin and the whole kit makes skin maintenance really easy. Mine is all gone and that would be a nice treat, sana. (hint hint)

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Tooot!

Yey! Just want to share a little toot today. It’s like a much needed shot in the arm ’cause ds was confined in the hospital for possible viral gastro and I am a little bit off tangent because of it. But God is good because sudden rainshowers always have rainbows somehow. This is my little rainbow for today. 

Katie Hilbert of Memory Makers Magazine sent me an email a while back asking if she could feature my LO in the Idea Gallery. Of course, li’l ole me won’t say no, right? If you’d like to check it out click here to take you to Memory Makers online mag and check out my LO. Would like to know what you think too.

Psst, by the way. I have another little surprise (not sooo little to me) coming out in October 2008. If any of you can guess what it is, I just might give you a little surprise as well. So check back here often to find out what it is.  Later y’all. Have to go to the hospital in a bit. Say a little prayer for my ds too, will ya? Thanks!

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The Well Trained Mind – A guide to classical education at home

We just got back from a homeschooling meeting today and it’s amazing to see how our motley group has increased. I was particularly encouraged by one of the dads who gave a little talk on his experiences as a homeschooling dad. One thing that he said that really made an impact on me was the fact that the Industrial Revolution changed how families interacted. Fathers were no longer as visible in their homes because they were called to work in offices and factories.

Why the impact on me? because in a previous post I made about homeschooling, I included a list of luminaries who were homeschooled and a good number of them belonged to the era prior to the Industrial Revolution. It makes me feel so blessed to have a husband who is passionate about teaching our kids in this day and age. So here’s a little bit more about our early homeschool beginnings.

Years ago before our first child was born, while my husband and I were in the US we explored the possibilities of homeschooling. Taking advantage of a local homeschool fair in Chandler, Arizona, we bought several books and resource materials for us to help us make that crucial decision… to homeschool or not to homeschool. One of those books that we bought was this book, The Well Trained Mind. It remained in our bookcase and gathered dust for a while until the time came for it to resurrect and ever since, it has been the book I always go back to, to check if we are still on track when it comes to homeschooling our kids. 

“This book provides you with the techniques, curriculum, and resources necessary to ensure that your child’s education is the best it can be.” – The Well Trained Mind website.

My husband and I have homeschooled our son for three years and he is now entering grade three. Soon our youngest will be ‘officially’ homeschooled as well. As far as homeschooling is concerned we are always trying to assess and regroup, junk what doesn’t work and keep what does and bring in something new to take it to the next level.  I already know which book to grab to help me go back to my basics. There are guide books and there are GUIDE books. In my opinion this belongs to the last group. It is not THE ultimate resource book but it blends quite well with the rest of the resources that we use for our kids and what suits OUR lifestyle. A Classical Method of Education with a Principle Approach using Literature based materials and Real Books that present a Biblical World view – this is our goal.

So if you do get a chance to find it while you are browsing in a bookstore, check it out. I saw a copy of this book just recently at Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street in case you hang out there or you can also get it online at buy.com

Authors : Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer

I give this book 4 Got teys.T smacks!


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Smart Banking

One of the greatest benefits of the internet is the ability to do almost (almost, okey?) anything even if you are in your pajamas. (hey! strictly PG huh lol) This includes managing your money. The days of going to the bank (whether in your own car or commuting, who wants to now that it’s soooo expensive to do either) are becoming such a chore when you can easily do it online. Nowadays online bank balance transfers are so convenient, it only takes like less than ten minutes. Compare that to going to the bank the old way where it takes almost an hour to get there, 30 minutes waiting to be attended to, 10 minutes to finish your transaction, another hour to get back to where you started and an additional 30 more minutes allowance for unforeseen traffic incidents. To top it all, at P55/liter, of course, you won’t get there on a liter alone, the costs are crazy eh? Think about it. So be smart. Choose wisely and don’t forget if you do choose to do it online beef up your internet security. Ciao!

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Celebrating Father's Day

I’ve been sorta making my own little tradition to celebrate my dad (he went home to the Lord almost a year ago) every chance I get. He was a generous man and gave without expecting anything in return. So I’d like to continue that generous spirit he imparted to me and give what I can every occasion that reminds me of him. I still miss him so much and think of him everyday. I do know that I can take this pain and turn it into something good to bless someone else.

So here’s an early Father’s Day gift from me to you to celebrate and honor all the dads out there. (My freebies are forever free for you to enjoy no strings attached. Just enjoy!) Happy Father’s Day y’all!

Endless Summer QP freebie

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A trip down memory lane

coffee break ver. 1.21 - How were you like as a grade school student?

Mmmm, this one’s a bit tricky coz it’s just been like a few years ago (yikes! I mean ages ago) so my grade school memories are a bit fuzzy (overtaken by my own kids gradeschool escapades lol) but I’m still going to give it a try.

I remember chocnut and ice drop mongo and sweet corn flavor, grade 3 spelling bee, waking up to the sound of the church bells ringing telling me I’m late for school, blue and white school uniforms, daddy tying up my shoes for me, twenty-five centavo tricycle fares, nearsightedness and wrongly prescribed betty la fea glasses, climbing up our guava and camias trees (our backyard was cat tree heaven back then), holen, jackstones, pick-up sticks, sipa and piko, patintero, chinese garter with matching kung-fu shoes, field days and recognition days, a snooty science teacher who embarrassed me in front of the class (God bless her :P ), happiness was signal number 3 typhoons which meant no classes, martial law and bagong lipunan money… all these are snippets of my childhood. Where did gradeschool fit in? In between the cracks, I guess :) I didn’t do a lot of studying back then, I was sort of winging it through and quite honestly I still wonder how I got through. Speaking of chocnut I think I need to get my fix. Be back later!

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School Days, a relapse etc. etc.



I’ve been away from my bloggie for almost a week because I’ve been recovering from a relapse (ugh! not fun at all! NC health insurance anyone?) Anyway, the opening of classes is just a few days from now and I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully?) to get my homeschool act together. I’ve only finished 2 subjects, would you believe? I’ve been trying to do Filipino forever and it just really stumps me. Hay naku, talaga! Ang hirap maging makata. It’s a good thing hubby teaches the Math, Science & History subjects to ds, otherwise my brain is fried. :) So I’m going to try to get back into my blogging groove hopefully before the week ends and come back later for my coffee break with Jan. I also have a little Father’s day treat for you digiscrappers out there. Catch y’all later!

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