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Know the Latest Guide on the Renewal of Philippine Passport

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Philippines – This article is only applied for passport holders that seeking the latest updates on how to renew their Philippine passport at any DFA branches all over the country. 

As we all know applying for a Philippine passport has been a major problem for some passport applicants due to the issue of securing an online appointment that takes several weeks or even months to finally set an appointment with the (DFA) Department of Foreign Affairs. 



However, the DFA made several improvements in their system such as adding ePayment system and improving the waiting time of securing an online appointment slot.

Read Also: DFA Pay First Policy

Steps on the Renewal of Passport before going to the DFA

1. Prepare all the documents needed for passport renewal.
2. Schedule an appointment with DFA Appointment System.
3. Print the Passport Appointment Packet (do not forget to bring this document upon your appointment with DFA).
4. Pay the Philippine Passport Fee at any authorized payment center. (ex. Bayad Center, 7-11, ecpay and others.)
5. Select your desired DFA branches for your appointment date and time.

Requirements for Renewal of Passport at DFA Branches

1. Confirmed Online Appointment.
2. Accomplished Application Form.
3. Personal appearance.
4. Current ePassport with photocopy of data page.
5. Bring any Valid IDs with one (1) Photocopy.
6. Original PSA authenticated documents that will support the change of name. Marriage Contract. Annotated Birth Certificate.

Acceptable ID for passport renewal (at least one):

1. Social Security System (SSS ID).
2. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
3. Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID Card).
4. Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record.
5. (LTO) Driver’s License.
6. Senior Citizen ID.
7. Persons with Disabilities (PWD ID).
8. School ID (for students).
9. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC ID).
10. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
11. Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE card).

The cost for the renewal of passports is about PHP 950.00 for regular type that will take 12 days to process while PHP 1,200.00 for express type will take 6 days to process.

Applicants will have the option of paying PHP 150.00 for the delivery of their passport through courier or just return back for the releasing of their passport. Also the Passport validity is now 10 years instead of the usual 5 years validity.

Take Note: Dos and Don’ts at DFA Appointment

1. Must wear a proper attire or dress.
2. No excessive make up.
3. No Jewelry allowed.

James 36 Points End the Lakers 5 – Game Losing Streak

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NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers visit the host team the Chicago Bulls in their 2nd and final match of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Regular Season at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

Prior to the game both teams are suffering from losing skid where the Bulls had a 2 game losing skid and the Lakers has 5 losing skid. 


The Lakers won their first meeting at Staple Center without LeBron James and will try to sweep the season match with LeBron James in the Lakers lineup.

The Bulls are currently 13th place in the East Standings with 19 wins and 49 losses and expected to be eliminated in the playoff rounds while the Lakers is on 11th place in the Western Standings with 30 wins and 36 losses, the Lakers are not yet officially out for the post season but it will be a miracle if they advance to playoff rounds?

In the game, The Chicago Bulls start the game strong dominating the early quarter with the first double digit lead 25 – 15 under 3:19 to go in the 1st quarter. Bulls further their lead up to 18 points to end the 1st quarter 34 – 16.

In the 2nd quarter the Lakers are down by 20 points and it looks like another humiliating loss is about to happen again in another not so good team? Fortunately the Lakers find their way back in the game lead by LeBron James outscoring the Bulls 39 – 26 to end the 1st half just down by 5 points 60 – 55.

In the 3rd quarter, The Lakers had a monster quarter, outscoring the Bulls 43 – 24, to end the quarter enjoying a comfortable lead of 14 point 98 – 84.

In the 4th and final quarter, the Lakers outscored the Bull 26 – 24, to end the game with a win 123 – 107 ending their 5 – game losing skid and back to the winning column.

LeBron James leads all scorers with 36 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assist, KCP drops 24 points and Kyle Kuzma with 21 points. Robin Lopez leads the Bulls in scoring with 20 points in a losing effort.

LeBron James Expected to Surpass Michael Jordan in the NBA All – Time Scoring List

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NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers host the visiting Denver Nuggets in their third and final meeting of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Regular Season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

The Lakers won the first meeting with a 121 – 114 win at home last October 25, 2018, while the Nuggets return the favor on their second meeting in a 117 – 85 blown out win at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 


Both teams are in 3 – game losing skid where one team is going back in the winning while the other will fall in 4 straight losses.

Currently the Lakers is sitting in 11th spot of the West Standing with 30 wins and 34 losses just 6 games behind for the playoff spot while the Denver Nuggets are in a much better position in the West with 42 wins and 21 losses just behind the top seeded team in the West the defending NBA Champion the Golden State Warriors.

Aside from the game itself where many LA Lakers fans and LeBron fans as well will want to see to win their favorite team? While LeBron James is also eyeing to surpass Michael Jordan for the NBA All – Time Scoring list.

LeBron James is just 12 points shy away from passing Michael Jordan to move up to the 4th spot on the scoring list. James is currently 32,280 career points at 5th spot while Jordan is 32,292 career points in 4th spot.

Prior to the beginning of the season, LeBron James is at 7th place, as the season begins James, quickly surpassed Dirk Nowiztki to move up in the 6th spot and later on he surpassed fellow Lakers superstar Wilt Chamberlain to take the 5th spot and now Michael Jordan will be the 3rd man on the list that LeBron will surpass and it is expected on tonight’s games between the Lakers and the Nuggets?

Will LeBron James grab it tonight? Let’s wait and see…

Lakers Bows Down to the League Best Record Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers host the visiting top seeded team in the East and currently the best record in the league the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Both teams came from a win where the Lakers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans to get back in the winning column, improving their standing in the West with 30 wins and 31 losses.



For the Milwaukee Bucks they are in 6 – game winning streak, having the best record in the league with 47 wins and 14 losses.

In the game, the 1st quarter, are almost evenly match in scoring for both teams which ended 27 – 26 Bucks by a point.

In the 2nd quarter, the visiting team Milwaukee Bucks made an 8 – 2 run to start the quarter enjoying a 7 point deficit 35 – 28 but the home team Lakers rallies back in the later minutes of the quarter scoring 39 - 32 points against the Bucks to end the 1st half up by 6 points 65 – 59.

In the 3rd quarter, The Lakers posted their biggest lead of the game with a double digit lead halfway through the quarter, but the league best team find their way to get back and even won the quarter 34 – 29 to end the 3rd down by just a point 93 – 94 Lakers by 1 point lead.

In the 4th and final quarter, both teams are in tight contention, not allowing to pull away from one another, the Lakers had their chance after posting their last lead of the game 118 – 116 after a made 3’s by LeBron James with under 3:12 in regulation.

Since then the visiting Bucks exploded for 15 – 2 run in the last 3 minutes of the regulation, silencing LeBron James and the Lakers in a stunning win at Staples Center in a 131 – 120 win.

LeBron James and Brandon Ingram scored game high 31 points for the Lakers but not enough to beat the mighty Bucks. While Eric Bledsoe drops 31 points and Giannis Antetokounpo also added 16 points. 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the Bucks.

LA Lakers Stun the Houston Rockets ending their 2 – game losing Skid

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NBA – The LA Lakers host the visiting Houston Rockets for their 4th and final meeting of the 2018 - 2019 NBA Regular Season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Both teams are coming from a loss before the 2019 All – Star break and one of these teams will get back in the winning column after the game. 


Prior to the game the Rockets is 3 – 0 over the Lakers in their head to head matchup this season. The Rockets won their first meeting 124 – 115, their second meeting 126 – 111 and their third meeting with 138 – 134. LeBron James has only missed their third meeting due to groin injury and is available to play in their final meeting.

Meanwhile, Lakers superstar LeBron James promise to the media that he will be in his playoff mode as soon as the 2nd half of the season starts.

In the game, the visiting Houston Rockets are in much control of the first half despite an early foul trouble to the reigning KIA MVP James Harden. The Rockets outscored the Lakers in the 1st quarter 32 – 22 posting an early double digit lead and 26 – 30 in the 2nd quarter to end the 1st half, 58 – 52 just up by 6 points.

In the 3rd quarter, the Rockets are looking good starts to pull away in the game posting their biggest lead of 19 points, but the Lakers find their way to get back in the game just losing by 1 point in the 3rd quarter, 32 – 31 Rockets still up by 7 points 90 – 83.

In the 4th and Final quarter, LeBron James showed up in playoff mode as his promise to lead the Lakers in getting back in the game outscoring the Rockets in the final quarter 28 – 16 to come away from a come from behind win 116 – 111.

Lakers are now back in the winning column, but remains in 10th spot in the West with 29 wins and 29 losses which currently 2.5 games behind in the playoff brackets. While the Rockets extend their losing skid into 2 but remains in 5th spot in the West with 33 wins and 25 losses.

LeBron James finish the game with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists while James Harden, who fouled in the in the game scored  game high 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assist.

Forbes Reveals the Highest Paid NBA Players for 2018 – 2019 NBA Season

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NBA – American business magazine “Forbes“, has recently published the list of NBA players with the highest paid for the year 2018 – 2019 NBA Season. According to Forbes the list are based on the players NBA annual salary and their endorsement that will top the list of highest paid players.


Here are the list of NBA Players with the Highest paid for 2018 – 2019 NBA Season:


1. LeBron James (LA Lakers) – For the fifth straight year LeBron James was named the highest paid player in the NBA when it comes to the combination of  NBA Salary and endorsement deal. Although James is not the highest paid player in the NBA today when it comes to NBA salary, but due to massive endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre and Blaze Pizza he made a grand total income of $88.7 million for 2018 – 2019 NBA Season.

2. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) – Stephen Curry is currently the highest paid player in the NBA today when it comes with NBA salary, but due to less amount of endorsement compared to LeBron James he falls at 2nd place with $79.5 million.

3. Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) - Durant has been sacrificing his salary for the past 2 years since joining the Golden State Warriors that leads him into the list at 3rd place with $65 million. Next year he is expected to balloon his salary as a max player for whatever team he will be.

4. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Westbrook made to the list at 4th place with $53.7 million.

5. James Harden (Houston Rockets) – The reigning MVP James Harden completed the list of the top 5 highest paid player with $47.4 million.

Team LeBron vs Team Giannis the 2019 All - Star Lineup

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NBA – For the second time in the newly formatted NBA All –Star Game LeBron James was named the Team Captain of the West from last year Team Captain of the East while Giannis Antetokounmpo made his first time as the Team Captain of the East. 


Unlike last year the draft for the 2019 All – Star Cast is televised where LeBron and Giannis will name their chosen player that will complete the All -Star lineup of Team LeBron and Team Giannis.

Here are the list of Draft players for the 2019 NBA All - Star Game.


For Team LeBron


Starters:

LeBron James – Team Captain (LA Lakers)

1st pick – Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

2nd pick – Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)

3rd pick – Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors)

4th pick – James Harden (Houston Rockets)


Team Giannis

Starters:

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Team Captain (Milwaukee Bucks)

1st pick – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

2nd pick – Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers)

3rd pick – Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)

4th pick – Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)


The Reserves for Team LeBron:

1st pick - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

2nd pick - Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

3rd pick - Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)

4th pick - Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

5th pick - La Marcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)

6th pick - Karl – Anthony Town (Minnesota Timberwolves)

7th pick - Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

8th pick - Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)


The Reserves for Team Giannis:

1st pick - Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)

2nd pick - Nikola Jocic (Denver Nuggets)

3rd pick - Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

4th pick - Blake Griffin (Detroit Piston)

5th pick - D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets)

6th pick - Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)

7th pick - Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)

8th pick - Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Meanwhile LeBron James tied Kobe Bryant for the most All –Star starts with 15, this is also his second straight year named as Team Captain in the newly formatted All –Star Game.

Warriors Dominated the Lakers less LeBron James

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NBA – The defending back to back NBA Champion the Golden State Warriors host the visiting LA Lakers for their third and final matchup of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Regular Season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 


The Warriors are trying to bounce back to the winning column after losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game and get their revenge to the LA Lakers in a humiliating loss on Christmas Day.

As expected the Warriors start strong in the game posting an early double digit lead in the early quarter but the Lakers made their own run in the 2nd and 3rd quarter to grab their biggest lead of 9 points.

The Warriors made a late run in the 3rd quarter and carried the momentum in the 4th and final quarter of the game to dominate the Lakers with less LeBron James in 115 – 101 win at home.

Warriors Klay Thompson leads all scorers with 28 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points while Stephen Curry exploded for 12 points in the final quarter after having only 2 points in the first 3 quarters.

Brandon Ingram leads the Lakers in scoring with 20 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 points in another disappointing loss with no LeBron James in the game who is suffering from a sore. Lakers are now in 10th place in the West Standing 2 games behind from making it to the playoff bracket.

Meanwhile, Defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors improve their standings to 37 wins and 15 loss currently tied with the Denver Nuggets at 1st place in the West Standing while the Lakers drop to 27 wins and 26 loss.

LeBron James has already missed his 18th game of the season the most in his NBA career. He was out for the 17th straight game due to groin injury and after making a comeback from their last game against the LA Clippers in overtime win he was ruled out again due to soreness.

Will Kyrie Irving reunites with LeBron James in Lakers uniform?

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NBA – Rumors are spreading around the National Basketball Association (NBA) involving a possible team up of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate and now Boston Celtics franchise player Kyrie Irving. 


Rumors spread when Kyrie Irving called LeBron James and then apologize for his mistake for being naïve during their stay in Cleveland which he later admitted in public.

This coming summer, Kyrie Irving will become a free agent where he could possibly sign a maximum contract for any team. This could be the best chance that he could reunite with James for another possible run in the NBA Finals or stay in Boston to prove that he is the man and own his own team.

As we remember during the 2017 summer, Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from Cleveland after knowing that the Cavs ownership and management doesn’t want him to stay?

Meanwhile, LeBron James was suddenly becomes the scapegoat of Irving’s demand trade where all the blame was thrown at him for not stopping Irving from leaving Cleveland or was even reported that Irving doesn’t want to team up with James anymore?

But all of that rumors are finally ended when Kyrie Irving break his silence and admitted that it was him who become naïve not realizing that days what James is doing for the team to become successful.

Kyrie and LeBron together with Kevin Love formed a Big Three in Cleveland, where they reach 3 straight NBA Finals together and becomes an NBA Champion in 2016 where they ended a 52 year drought in Cleveland, when Kyrie left, James and Love reach another NBA Finals appearance but swept by the mighty Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals which they badly missed the services of Irving.

Though all of this is all for the past and this is now the present will the two superstars reunites again in LA? Let see and wait this summer?

How to Pay PLDT Bills through Pay Express Online

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Are you one of those PLDT subscribers that has no time to pay your bills at the nearest PLDT Branches or PLDT accredited payment partners or facilities? This article might be the right for you. As one of the thousands of PLDT Fibr users, I recently discovered a payment option that I don’t need to go outside my house just to pay my PLDT Bills and here’s why? 


Step by step guide on how to pay PLDT Bills online through PLDT Pay Express Online:


1. Smartphone – to use this system payee must have a smartphone.

2. QR Scanner – download any version of QR scanner or barcode scanner at Google Play Store.

3. Latest PLDT Bills – All current bills are can be seen in your PLDT account or just wait for the latest bills mailed at your doorstep.

4. If you already have your latest bills, scan the QR Code at the right lower part of your bill.

5. After a successful scan of the QR code you will be directed to another link just simply open it.

6. Enter your 10 – digit PLDT account number and then click submit to proceed.

7. Now, you will be directed to Pay Express Online which shows your payment details, amount to pay and modes of payments.

8. Check the Terms and Condition and choose your payment options between Credit Card or Debit/ATM Card. (This option I choose Credit Card).

9. You will be directed to Peso Pay Services to choose on what type of card is your credit card? Its either VISA or Mastercard?

10. You will be directed to another link again to add your credit card details such as credit card numbers, expiration date, name of the credit card holder and card verification number.

11. Review your payment details if all are correct, click OK to proceed to another link.

12. Wait for a few second to process your payments.

13. If Payments are successfully a confirmation link stating your payments is completed and an options showing that you can either print your transaction or if you want, just click continue to choose email options so all the transaction can be emailed to your email address.

14. A pop up message showing the Email was sent successfully and that’s it.

Take note: If you used GCASH MasterCard as your credit card payment options you may also receive a text message confirming your latest GCASH transactions.

Cavs Stun the Los Angeles Lakers less LeBron James

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NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers host the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Both teams are coming from a loss where one team is going to get back in the winning column. 


LeBron’s former team Cleveland Cavaliers are in 12 – game losing streak the worst in the league with 8 wins and 35 losses.

While LeBron James current team Los Angeles Lakers is currently 8th seeded team in the West prior to the game and in must win situation tonight against the Cavs.

LeBron James is obviously out in tonight’s game and now will miss his 10th straight game this season the most in his career due to a groin injury.

Lakers are obviously the favorite to win in tonight’s game, especially at their home? Will the Cavs stun the Lakers, especially if its LeBron James new team?

In the game, the Cavaliers start strong taking an early lead in the game to take the 1st quarter leading by 8 points 32 – 24.

In the 2nd quarter, the Lakers able to cut the Cavs lead to a single point at the half, but remain fall behind in the game at 51 – 46 Cavs by 5 points.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cavs regains a double digit lead ending the quarter, up by 10 points 75 – 65.

In the 4th and final quarter, the Lakers had their chances to cut the Cavs lead within 3 points in the last minute of regulation, but fall short and just to loss to another heart breaking end game collapse due to miserable free throw shooting tonight against the worst team in the league.

Lakers continue to struggle without LeBron James which put them now tied with the Utah Jazz in 8th and 9th places in the West with both 23 wins and 21 losses. Lakers are also now in 2 – game losing skid and currently 3 wins and 7 losses without LeBron James in the lineup.

Meanwhile, LeBron’s former team the Cleveland Cavaliers snaps a 12 – game losing streak and now improve to 9 wins and 35 losses but remains the worst record in the league.

Lakers next game are The Bulls, while LeBron James finally gets back in the game against the OKC Thunder right after their game against the Bulls? Let’s see and find out?

LeBron James might be out for Another Month Due to Injury?

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NBA – Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was reported of unexpected injury that might sideline him for at least another month according to sources. Initially, James was diagnosed of groin injury after an awkward splitting of his legs during the Lakers and Golden State Warriors Christmas game. 

Photo Credit To: NBA

Since then James was listed on the Lakers lineup as day-to-day basis as no major damage or injury happen on his groin where the MRI test came negative. 

But now, a sad news for the Lakers as well to LeBron James fans that the best player in the league is reported of suffering a Sports Hernia Injury instead of simple groin injury that might continue to sideline The King for a month? These sudden event might cause the Lakers chance of not making in the post season in LeBron’s Era? 

LeBron is also suffering from his worst injury of his illustrious NBA Career that might also jeopardize his chance of winning his 5th NBA MVP for Regular Season where before the injury happen he is at the top of the KIA MVP Ladder. 

Also James chances of bringing back the Lakers in the post season might be in Jeopardy as well as his streak in the NBA Finals appearance might in danger of ending into just 8 straight finals. 

Lakers are having a great season before the LeBron James injury happen, they are sitting 3rd and 4th of the Western Conference Standing and all are looking great for the “Showtime Lakers”. 

Currently the Lakes had 22 wins and 19 losses. In 7 games that the Lakers played without LeBron James the Lakers fall to 2 wins and 5 loss record that brought down the team into 8th spot in the West. 

The Lakers chance is now very slim of making the post season unless if James could return back as soon as possible to help the franchise back in the “Playoffs”. 

Meanwhile, LeBron James is having the worst injury of his NBA Career due to bad groin injury just right after completing all games from the last season. James is having a great season before the injury happen and hope that this injury won’t slow him down as soon as he gets back?

List of Regular and Special Holidays in the Philippines for 2019

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Philippines - As the year of 2018 finally comes to its end and the year 2019 has begun, the Philippine Government has recently issued the list of Regular Holidays and Special Non-Working Holidays under the proclamation 555 signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.



The list of Holidays will give an early indication for Filipino citizens and even foreigners who will visit the country to know their schedule for the upcoming holidays and to what purposes that may serve for them?

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Here is the list of Regular Holidays for 2019: 

New Year’s Day - January 1
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9
Maundy Thursday - April 18
Good Friday - April 19
Labor Day - May 1
Independence Day - June 12
National Heroes Day - August 26 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30
Christmas Day - December 25
Rizal Day - December 30

Here is the list for Special Non-Working Holidays:

Chinese New Year - February 5
EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary - February 25
Black Saturday - April 20
Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21
All Saints Day - November 1
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary - December 8
Last Day of the Year - December 31

Additional Non-Working Holidays:

All Souls Day - November 2
Christmas Eve - December 24

Some holidays in Islam are not yet included due to Islamic Calendar
source: gma