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Invitation 1: Let Me Write Your Story

I am inviting you to share me some of your photos and a brief description of them and I will write an interesting blog post about it. It could be about your travel experience to a place here in the Philippines or the photos that means something to you. Our goal is to introduce the Philippines to the world and so if you feel that those photos of yours can contribute to that advocacy, send them in.

Interested, just do these simple steps:

1) Send 5 to 10 photos and a brief description of each - one or two sentences - to norielpanganiban@gmail.com.

2) I will write a 500 to 1000-word blog article about it and post it in this blog site.

NOTE: I will give credit by writing your name, email address and link to social media page (optional) on the end portion of the post.

This collaboration will help promote the Philippines as well as our personal portfolio.

For questions, please email me at norielpanganiban@gmail.com or contact me at +639175014247.


Invitation 2: Write for ProjectPilipinas!

Are you a blogger? This is your time to shine and inspire others!

I am inviting writers and bloggers who want to share their stories. Become our Guest Blogger. This is an opportunity for you to share to the world you ideas, experiences, personal stories, passion in life and anything that you feel are that important to be read or heard.


You simply write you blog and a few sentences about your self as an author and submit it to noriel.panganiban@knowriel.com and/or norielpanganiban@gmail.com. After careful review, your blog article will be posted on this website. You can of course add links to your own websites, social media profile or any URL that tells about you. The link, however, is limited only up to two (2).

I am also encouraging interested authors like you to please focus on articles that could uplift the hearts and minds of our countrymen, the Filipinos, and people of all nations. Just be your self. Three to five photos will do. Just send your article in word format and the photos on JPG format.

Help inspire the Filipinos. Let your story inspires the world. It could be about your travel story, the festivals you've been into, the real story behind your town or city, an expose about your place, the heroism of others, the survival story of someone, or it could be anything under the sun - what's important is that it could inspire others in a positive way. Try to read some of my blog posts and they might inspire you as well.



Hope to receive your blog articles soon! Best of luck!





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“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…

"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…

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

At 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.


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

My Cousin Dado as an OFW in South Korea 

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 on 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 Eu…

I know a man - Manny Pacquiao; He’s a Filipino

Way back 2006, I would not forget that day, Pacquiao knocked down Erik Morales twice and defeated the latter via TKO in the tenth round of that heated boxing match. I am with my friends in our rented apartment, which is near the company I used to work, watching the brawl in both excitement and suspense. That was yet another history made, taking his revenge to a Mexican boxer who once stole the glory from a Filipino champion. Like any other Filipino, I shouted, cheered, and celebrated that very moment of winning. The afternoon news is all about that big story of Manny Pacquiao - hailed as the People’s Champ. That was the year I started to get more fascinated about Pacquiao.



“All those who are around me are the bridge to my success, so they are all important.” – Manny Pacquiao


The Pambansang Kamao
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Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 1

Perhaps, the best way to begin this post is to ask you this:

Kumusta ang trabaho? (How’s work?)
I hope that you’re doing great on your current job. Whether you work on a store, meat shop, shopping mall, restaurant, on the street, on town markets, as a jeepney, bus, tricycle, or taxi driver, inside government offices, on factories, on large companies, whatever your job might be – may you always stay safe, happy, and fulfilled. In this post, I would share random photos of people on the job the purpose of which is to give you inspiration on your job hunting.


I know, if it’s working here in the Philippines, safety, happiness, and fulfilment is not always the case. Like most of you, we have tons of complaints about our job; in fact, it the complaint on how to get a job in the first place. Hight taxes, heavy traffic on the way to work, low wages, etc. – always a headache. But I am here not to add insult to injury or inflict more damages to the sad reality of working here in our homeland. I am …

The Colorful Stained-Glass Windows and the Beauty We Must See in All Religions

If you are a Catholic, you might have been noticing those stained-glass windows from inside and outside the church. Typically, stained-glasses are the different colors of glasses in that window, ceiling, doors, and altar. What an art, right? Well, if you look closer, there are images of Jesus Christ’s life and sometimes that story of how the church or cathedral was built in the locality. And, aren’t they beautiful?


The intention of this post is not to promote Catholicism or speak against other religions. I believe every religion has a beauty in it, specifically, with the building structures be it a temple, synagogue, mosque, kingdom hall, worship place, house of worship, or whatever the religious organization calls it. And when it comes to beauty, nothing compares to the beauty of the fact that people believes in the existence of God.

Although I don’t have images of other religion’s worship places to share, what I really want to share in this post is the fact that there is something b…

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…

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

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My Red Owner-Type Jeep 
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A simple gesture of “Salamat po” (Thank you) for sharing that pasalubong is enough to make you feel the love and kindness back. There is the best pasalubong for kids, for grandmas and grandpas, for a favorite grandson, for a close neighbor or friend, for the workmates, for the boss, for a former enemy, for a religious brother, and even for a complete stranger. Yes, indeed!

Well, “pasalubong” is actually different from a gift for birthday, wedding, or special gatherin…