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The Project



What is this Blog for?

I blog for I want change.


I have a mission and it's about helping the Filipinos. You can see on my blog posts how sincere I am in fulfilling this mission. There are many Filipinos that needs our help. Whether it is about ignorance, unfortunate events, sufferings from abuse and corrupt practices, calamities, failures in life or tragic moments, obviously, they need help. I might be young and not have enough funds, time and resources to fulfill my goals of helping others but at least thru my blogs, I am able to tell people who have enough that helping those who are in need is the best thing they can do today.

I am encouraging you to help this country - the Philippines. This is a big part of my mission, to find you and convince you to help the Filipinos on your own little ways. Whether you are an individual, an organization, a global icon or just somebody who have enough, I am begging you to help my dear countrymen - the Filipinos. Many are crying because of wars, starvation, lack of freedom, lack of education and abuse, FIND them and HELP them. It would be great if you would teach them sustainable ways in improving their lives.


You too can a be a part of the GOOD change in this country.


Support Our Cause of Helping the Filipino Communities in Need.

You can contact me at norielpanganiban@gmail.com if you need a volunteer to carry out your mission (charity, donation, feeding program, medical mission, workshop, etc.). You can also donate thru http://www.knowriel.com/donate-now as a support to our cause of bringing FREE EDUCATION for all as well as reaching out to communities thru charities and foundations here in the Philippines. We are in touch with a foundation that has been helping the Filipino communities for years - Juan Help Foundation.




Support our advocacy of providing FREE EDUCATION to the Filipinos.

Part of your donation will also be allocated in creating FREE learning materials that will be published at www.knowriel.com. Students, young professionals, and learners from all walks of life can download these materials for FREE.


Thank you for your kindness.







How Did this Blog Comes to Life?

The First Cover Photo of this Blog Site
From this photo of mine and the nature is where everything started.

This photo was taken last April 2011 at Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan, Philippines. I was so impressed with the beauty of these tiny islands, about 123 of them. My wife and I chose to spend our one day trip at the Quezon Island. The rock where I am sitting is the summit point of this island. The island was named after Manuel L. Quezon and right in front of me is his monument. I requested my wife to take this photo simply because the background is so beautiful. For readers who is first time to know about Hundred Islands, you can visit the blog There Exists the Hundred Islands and They're Beautiful that I wrote about it.

Blogging really gives me peace of mind most especially when I am putting beautiful places like this into words. But deeper to that, I also can see ugliness in the way people treat the environment. From virgin forests or islands, years or decades after they are becoming commercialized and protection oftentimes become the last thing in mind. Look at Manila now and tens of other cities in the Philippines. If there is a song that could best describe the ruining of the Philippines environment, that would be the song from Asin "Masdan mo ang Kapaligiran".



This is the photo that will serve as my inspiration to continue to write, to blog, for seeking and implementing good changes in this country. Be it politics, economics, social, spiritual, culture, tradition, personal well-being, education, or learning, it is obvious that there is something that needs to be changed.







The Meaning Behind "Project Pilipinas"



In my more than 20 years observation and analysis of my country Philippines, I could certainly say that there are many wrong doings happening around. From the smallest up to the biggest aspect of the society, I firmly believe and stand that there is something wrong that needs to be changed. I started this blog on 2011, being the start of my personal campaign to bring positive changes in this country of the Filipinos.


My ambition to change this country is big, but I commit no big promises that I can achieve this ambition alone. But at least through these words I am sharing on this blog, I am hoping that people will hear me and then do their part in making the Philippines a nation of the proud Filipinos. This is my project to the Philippines. Having this creative mind the Creator provided me, I strongly believe that when Filipinos start to collaborate in re-building this nation, the CHANGE I am aiming for will happen.

This blog is about the people, culture, places, events, traditions, and many other things about the Philippines - good or bad, heard or unheard. Coupled with my ambition to change this country is to also introduce it as country of beauty and hope - a must-visit place on the face of this planet.






About the Blogger 
Noriel Tejada Panganiban

Blogging is my passion and so is working hard to achieve my goals. I am here to help you.

My name is Noriel Panganiban and I am the founder of this blog site www.projectpilipinas.com and www.knowriel.com - an education website. 
My ability to write blog articles is a big credit from my work experiences and educational background.

Career and Education
My more than 10 years combined work experience as a freelance internet marketer and technical writer on several online companies, and procurement engineer and inventory management supervisor in multinational semiconductor and telecommunication companies highly motivated me to become a consultant and writer on matters related to these business fields.

I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BSECE) in Batangas State University, the Philippines. I am a diverse type of person – blogger, athlete, singer, pet lover, web designer, article writer, home designer, nature lover, and more. I read articles on HowStuffWorks, eHow, Investopedia, Forbes, Wikipedia and National Geographic magazines - useful resources for me as a writer. Reading business eBooks is one of my past times - I have huge collection of these and I am very much willing to share them to the interested. With the help of these materials, you will learn a lot of things from me and I can guarantee that.

Practicing the Business Consultant role, my expertise revolves around Business Blogging, Technical Writing, Internet Marketing (IM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). I managed to integrate all these business aspects into this website, www.knowriel.com.

Brief Life Story
I was born in a town called Taysan in the province of Batangas, Philippines. As young as five, I am already helping my grandmother in her small business - selling "kakanin", "laing", and fruits and vegetables. From Batangas, she used to go to Manila every Sunday to sell. During Saturdays, I am one of her helpers. I help her in preparing her "paninda" or products. From climbing tress to get mangoes, to getting firewood, to manually producing coconut milk, to cooking "suman", to transporting her products as early as 3AM, I am there to help her.

Due to poverty, I was together with my uncles, father, grandfather, and a few carpenters and field workers to earn some extra cash as my "baon" at school. I experienced planting and harvesting rice and corn. I remember climbing a tall mango tree as young as ten just to get a hundred bucks to finance my school projects.
A page on my website Knowriel.com showcasing my passion for helping others learn.

During college days, I was lucky to become a DOST scholar but at the same time unlucky because life is really to hard to get to college and earn a degree. There were days when I cannot resist sharing a portion of my scholarship fund to my family. Worst case happened when I got terminated from the scholarship on my fourth year. I have to work as a part-time waiter back then.

Advocacy
Life is unfair but we have to get over it. Patience is always a virtue. In times of troubles, there is a God you can always call upon. These are just some of the motto I keep in life. Life struggles made me stronger. I am a fighter on my own cause.


I strongly believe that Filipinos can still make the Philippines a first-world country. Hence, this blog site came to life. I want to inspire others with my words as much as I want everyone to learn more to be able to live their lives to the fullest. Explore more this blog site and learn more about me and my vision for the Philippines.

Contact Details
You can follow me on Google+ / Facebook / Twitter / SkillPages / LinkedIn.

Contact me at norielpanganiban@gmail.com or noriel.panganiban@knowriel.com and at mobile # +63 9175014247 if you have questions and concerns. I am willing to help you and your business in any way possible.


Most-Read Posts of the Month

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961.

How to Travel to Baguio City?
Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is about 2…

“Fixer” in Philippine Government Agencies Like the Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) – What We Filipinos Can Do About it?

Maybe in this post, I can clearly explain how “fixing” works in many government offices in the country. The idea is first, to warn you that such illegal fixing happens, and second, to give you tips on how you should avoid them. Plain and simple, we will not in anyway damage or speak against anyone or any particular office of the government in this post. It just happened that this is about my experience with LTO and SSS Tagaytay. I want to emphasize that still many government employees in the Philippines are doing their jobs right - including those who are working in the said branches.
If you have experienced transacting with any government offices here in the Philippines, whether you're a Filipino or not, you should already be familiar with these signages.



Here’s a bit of knowledge for you to digest first.
What is “fixing” or who is a “fixer” by the way?
In the Philippines, these good words happened to have a negative connotation over the past decades. Good words? Yes, indeed. When …

MONTEMARIA

Catholicism from another perspective – this is how I understand the pilgrimage site of MonteMaria in Batangas City, Philippines. It was a huge site development project with the 96-meter tall Mary, Mother of All Asia statue as the centerpiece. You have to see it for yourself to believe!

What (not Who) is MONTEMARIA? Just for clarity, MONTEMARIA is the name of the 130-hectare township or development site project. Also, Montemaria is a place in Batangas City to which the site more likely is named after. The statue or monument or tower is called "Mother of All Asia - Tower of Peace". You may simply call it Tower of Mary or Statue of Mary. The surrounding place meanwhile is known as the Mother of All Asia Shrine.

Holy Week in the Philippines
We visited this place during the Holy Week of 2018. During this week, many Filipino Catholics are visiting religious places which is part of what they call "Visita Iglesia". It is not uncommon for a pilgrimage site like the MonteMaria…

A Great Summer Escape to Apo Reef

Stressed-out at work? Pressured by projects after projects? Tired of hectic schedules and deadlines. Need a break?


Well, these are almost every office worker’s questions these days which I think the answer of which all boils down into a big “YES”. In the workaholic worlds of professionals or should we say disruptive office life of the digital millennials and techy baby boomers, who doesn’t need a break? Everybody does. Righty.

You know what I mean. In this beautiful country “The Philippines”, summer vacation is really a perfect escape from office nightmares and daydreams. I’m pretty sure you can closely relate on that. That routinely 9-5 thing, 1-hour lunch break, Monday meetings, urgent reports to submit to a demanding boss (apologies if you are), and who would not forget about that “bulls#@$%!” traffic in EDSA the whole week round, oh c’mon, forget about them for a few days. What’s the best remedy?

Go to Apo Reef!




Exactly! And this is the best action taken by my friend and college…

Lobo, Batangas – a Place of Wonder and Simplicity

Simple life? In the beach or mountain side? Lobo is the place to be.

This Holy Week 2018, me, my wife, two of our friends, and their parents, visited Lobo in the province of Batangas.

There are three passages going here. One is thru the main town of Taysan, Batangas via barangay Dagatan. The other one is via Gov. Antonio Carpio Road, stretching from Batangas City to barangay Mapulo also in the town of Taysan. Both passages will merge into barangay Bacao in Taysan. The road from here are zigzag that the local people have called it “bitukang manok” (chicken intestine – like). Green mountains and narrow roads will make your travel more exciting in going here.


The third one is thru Batangas City entering barangay Libjo. This path is quite longer than the first two. Also a bit zigzag but as you are traversing roads mostly on the beachside, the driving experience would be full of wonders. Aside from the ocean view, there are landmarks here that will make you say to the driver to stop for …

Jesus Christ’s Hands – an Image of Ultimate Devotion

We visited Kamay ni Hesus in 2011. That big statue of Jesus Christ, similar to that one seen in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, is a magnificent wonder. Probably, this hidden place in the province of Quezon is not yet known to the world. Then this post is a good starting point to share it.

More than 85% of the Filipinos are Catholics. Many are truly devoted. Some are not. This holy place is a place of worship for many Catholics. At about 50 feet tall, this statue of Jesus Christ is a magnificent structure made even more noticeable when placed on the mountain top. About two thousand to three thousand visitors come into this place everyday to pray, to stroll and to witness the beauty and holiness of this man-made mountain park.


On the Photo: A view from the Foot of the Mountain at Lucban, Quezon, Philippines



Kamay ni Hesus
“Kamay ni Hesus” in Lucban, Quezon is proving it all. A structure, a park, a holy place – many believes that it will last for a lifetime. On a larger scale, Christianity is all…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”.


Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business
You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos.

Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of vehicles like j…

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow.

What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines. This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs.

On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines


Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest products usuall…

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines

After the turn of the millennium, the Philippine government launches this campaign program calling the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as “Mga Bagong Bayani ng Bayan” (Modern Heroes of the Nation). From then onwards, different organizations established programs giving awards and recognitions to selected OFWs who did a remarkable contribution or action to their family, friends, work or in general, to the country.

Q1: OFW ka ba? Q2: Bakit? A1: Eh kasi dating mo pa lang, mayaman ka na. Boom!
(Q1: Are you an OFW? Q2: Why? A1: Because with just the way look, it seems that you’re rich. Boom!)




At present, OFWs around the world are estimated to be around 12 – 14 million. This is approximately 10 – 12 percent of the Philippines total population. These OFWs are distributed to many countries all over the globe majority of whom are in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy. Immigrant workers in the United States, Australia and Europe are als…

My Red Owner-Type Jeep Driving Adventures in Cavite, Philippines

About a year ago, I was really fortunate for having this second-hand owner-type jeep. Since then, I was given the chance to drive on nearby places here in Cavite I always wish I had been into before. I am also happy to say that my low-cost camera now has a good companion in blogging, a low-cost red jeep. I could say that telling good stories is now a bit better for I can capture the right views at the right angle, at the right point (not when I used to commute and take photos from the passenger’s window, just like when I travel to Baguio City years back). Now, I can pull over and take the best shots I can, though not at all times.


My Red Owner-Type Jeep 
And so I have this great experiences in exploring the inner side (places not often talked about) of the province of Cavite where I had been living for almost a decade. Places like Pala-Pala, Trece Martires, Aguinaldo Shrine, Indang and Tagaytay are now within reach, of course with some money for the gasoline and eating. The previous blo…