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December 19, 2017

December 08, 2017

A Call to Action: The Destructions We Didn’t Notice are Going on in the Philippines and What We Filipinos Can Do About It Today
November 28, 2017

“Pasalubong” – What Makes this Filipino Word Very Special?
November 15, 2017

Decoding the Meaning Behind the Creative Photos of a Filipino Local Traveler
November 11, 2017

Interesting Facts from the Historic Province of the Ilocanos - Ilocos Norte, the Philippines
November 03, 2017

Cebu City - A Must-Visit Place in the Philippines Known as the “Queen City of the South”
October 31, 2017

What About That Culture of Corruption in the Philippines?

October 24, 2017

Traveling to the Philippines is a One of a Kind Life Experience
October 17, 2017

Why the Philippines Need Real Filipino Superheroes?
October 12, 2017

A Question to the Filipino Youths – Are You the Real Hope of the Philippine Nation?
October 10, 2017

What Filipinos Truly Miss About the Philippines
October 04, 2017

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Palengke, Business Permits, Illegal Vendors) – Part 2
September 27, 2017

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1
September 21, 2017

Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 3
September 07, 2017

What’s Wrong with Us Filipinos? A Sensible Evaluation of Philippine Street Markets, Public Utility Vehicles, and Public Places
September 03, 2017

Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 2

August 28, 2017



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

August 19, 2017

Philippines: The Land of the Greatest Filipino Artists in the World - Part 2
August 09, 2017

Four Great Qualities of the Filipinos and the Realities Behind - A Wake Up Call
August 03, 2017

Philippines: The Land of the Greatest Filipino Artists in the World - Part 1
July 27, 2017

Deeper Stories You Need to Understand Behind Photos of Philippine Animals
July 21, 2017

Cool Things You Need to Know (and Experience Now) About the Philippines – Part 2
July 15, 2017

Who is Jose Rizal Really?
July 08, 2017

Cool Things You Need to Know About the Philippines – Part 1
July 01, 2017

My Bad Experiences is the Reason Why I Always Want to Help Others
June 01, 2017

A Message to All from a Filipino - Failures Come But Our Pursuit of Success Should Continue - This 2017!
February 04, 2017

My Red Owner-Type Jeep Driving Adventures in Cavite, Philippines
October 19, 2016

Oh Tagaytay Oh Tagaytay – You’re Truly a Paradise
July 17, 2016

Great Reasons Why You Should be Proud to be Pinoy Today
July 02, 2016

Filipinos: the Skies of Hope, Our Ambition of Real Changes is Coming
June 23, 2016

2016 Philippines Presidential Election - Could this be the Politics that Will Save Us All?
April 17, 2016

We Sell to Earn a Living - In the Philippines, it's Selling Almost Anything Under the Sun
March 05, 2016

Filipinos - Against All Ads – It’s Our Way of Life
July 16, 2015

Why Do We Share Photos of the Foods We Eat on Social Media?
July 12, 2015

Why Swimming is Fun in the Philippines - This Photo Blog of Hot Summer Will Tell
April 30, 2015

What are High Rise Buildings For in a Country of a Hundred Million People?
April 12, 2015

What Reminds Me of Nature and Why I Photograph Them - My Collection of Amazing Photos of Nature in the Philippines and Abroad
February 05, 2015

Lipa City, Sta. Rosa City and Cubao - Three Signs of Hope for a Good Philippine Nation
January 08, 2015

What’s the Year 2015 for Us Dear Filipinos?
January 04, 2015

Christmas in the Philippines is More Fun, a One of Kind Christian Tradition
December 23, 2014

"Singaporing" Manila – Reversing the Reality Part 3
July 09, 2014

"Singaporing" Manila – Reversing the Reality Part 2
June 30, 2014

"Singaporing" Manila – Reversing the Reality Part 1
June 23, 2014

The Beautiful Malaysia – A Thrifty Trip to Remember in the Home of the Petronas Tower
June 04, 2014

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines
April 12, 2014

The Solutions to the Problems in the Philippines – an Appeal for Help from People Like You
November 24, 2013

Corruption Kills Filipino People - Let's End Corruption in the Beautiful Country Philippines
October 05, 2013

Run-for-a-Cause: Does it Really Care About the Philippine’s Environment?
August 08, 2013

Ignorance of the Law: Chasing for Changes in the Country of the Kayumangging-Kaligatan
July 14, 2013

Summer in the Philippines: Famous Beaches, Different Types of People and Spending for Fun
April 20, 2013

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines
March 30, 2013

What About Palawan – in Sentosa, Singapore?
February 17, 2013

Why Business will Grow in Manila?
February 03, 2013

When Philippines Becomes Singapore, What Would it be Like?
October 06, 2012

Where in the Philippines is Bonifacio Global City – the Gateway to the First World Country?
September 08, 2012

Filipinos Need Free Education: Why Can't it be Given?
August 20, 2012

The Story of Puerto Princesa Underground River
April 15, 2012

The Two Faces of the Philippines: Beauty of Architectural Wonders and Madness of Culture and Traditions
April 08, 2012

Why Filipinos Love SM?
March 24, 2012

There are Hot Air Balloons in the Philippines and they are Colorful
February 26, 2012

A Visit to Chinatown in the City of Manila
February 11, 2012

A New Life, a New Beggining - A Boracay Getaway of Elliezer and Marivic
January 30, 2012

Internet Marketing and ERP Seminars - An Invitation to All Filipino Marketers and Business Owners
January 08, 2012

Christmas is Jesus Christ Mass – Does Holding a Party Makes Sense?
December 24, 2011

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines
December 18, 2011

Exploring the Beauty of a City in Progress - Naga City, Bicol, Philippines
November 30, 2011

Internet Marketing - The Basic Way to Understand It
November 05, 2011

Traveling to Hawaii and the Philippines – Exploring the Truth behind the Tourism Industry
September 11, 2011

The Green Thumbs of Jason Wood
August 29, 2011

The Truth that Liars Know: the Highways to Poverty
July 02, 2011

Dear Mr. President, Look at Our Country and Let Us Change It
May 07, 2011

There Exists the Hundred Islands and They’re Beautiful
April 23, 2011

The New Brown is White
April 03, 2011

The Rules are Made to Be Broken
March 26, 2011

Does Sale Actually Exists or it is just an Attractive Word?
March 20, 2011

Jesus Christ’s Hands – an Image of Ultimate Devotion
March 13, 2011

The Foods that are Craving Us All
March 06, 2011

Jeepney at Manila and Everywhere
February 27, 2011

The Job is On the Street
February 21, 2011

The Summary of the Filipino People
February 20, 2011

Reasons Behind the Philippines' Country Side
February 20, 2011

What Have Changed on Me?
February 20, 2011




How to Start a Blog? Here are My Tips for You


Blogging is for everybody! Blogging is all about passion and interests in life put into websites. A blog is usually in the form of articles but they can also be video blogs (or vlogs), audio blogs, blog as a TV program, and many other forms. But today, blogging by way of writing is one of the easiest and most in-demand to a large number of audience - the internet surfers or netizens.

Blog has many uses. It can be used to promote products and services. Blog from a company CEO can help establish business growth by telling customers and stakeholders about what's going on. There are blogs that serve as news. But a blog about what you do and what you can offer to the readers is one of the best blog to spend time with.

So how to start blogging?

Blogging needs a platform - a blog site or a blog page on a website. You need to create a blog site first. Nowadays, there are many blogging platforms and Blogger by Google is one of them. This is what I used actually (aside from WordPress for my other blog site). Design your blog site according to your taste. There is no such rules in creating a blog site. The only simple guide to remember is make it simple and engaging to the audience. Most blogging platforms have built-in tools that can help you engage with your audience easily. All you have to do is explore these tools, add them to you blog, and you'll see your blog getting many visitors.

Blogging for money is a little bit trickier to do. This is what most of us wants to do probably - make money out of blogging. Doing it needs determination, focus and patience. First thing you need to do is to understand how blog creates money. Typically, its via advertisements. You need put ads to your blog site; on the side bar or in the body of the article. Where to get ads? Google Adsense can help you on that and there are many other ads network that you can check into. So the concept is basically make your blog attractive and engaging and then mix ads on it.

When I start blogging, it was really frustrating at the start. First of all, no visitors. Three months have passed and no one clicks on my ads. One year is over and still no money is coming in on my Adsense account. Well, that's the blog life! But when I figured them out, how to make money from blog, I was one of the happy bloggers out there. How I did it? For now, let me just say that you can contact me and ask me how. Send me an email at norielpanganiban@gmail.com or use this blog to communicate. I have lots of ideas to share with you for sure. The good thing that ever happened to me out of blogging is that I am now just sitting at home - and blogging for more money! You too can be a blogger like me.

For more information about blogging, visit http://www.knowriel.com/business-blog today.

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.
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 250 kilometers from Manila an…

Great Travel Tips to Boracay, Bohol, Palawan and the Whole Philippines You Many Not Want to Hear

Exploring the Philippines these days is absolutely a great experience for travelers like you – maybe not when you read this whole article. With all these beautiful tourism spots and unexplored places with amazing wonders, giving it a try visiting the country is absolutely one of a kind – but can also be the reason for stress.

So how do you find the Philippines so far? Good? I hope it is.




This blog article, sorry, is not meant to please you. Here, I am going to expose some unusual stuffs happening around the country and that you, as a traveler, should be wary about since this has something to do with your comfort, safety, and overall well-being. By all means, I want to be clear that this is not written to serve as a travel ban. You may proceed with your bookings, follow your itineraries, and calm yourself down. Caveat is, for as long as you know or understand what’s going on, there is nothing much to worry about.

First, let me try to explain the political situation in the country and why …

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…

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…

Filipinos! Here is My Free Education Advocacy that I Want You to Know

In the Philippines, we often hear this statement from the Filipinos about education:

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan para makatapos ng pag-aaral.” Poverty is not a hindrance to finish education.
I completely disagree! Allow me to explain my side.

Millions of Filipinos are unable to step highschool and even college because of the hardships in life we have in our country. Many are poor and therefore cannot afford the cost of education in the Philippines. If paying 5,000 to 20,000 pesos per semester in a Philippine college is already tough, then how about more the daily baon, school projects, transportation allowance, boarding house, and extra expenses?


Wake up! This is the truth. That Filipino statement with all respect, if I were you, forget it. Accept the fact that you cannot just earn your education in the Philippines because you are poor.

This is not an insult to anyone. I am from a poor family but I was able to complete a college degree despite of that. If you really want to find a solution…

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…

Decoding the Meaning Behind the Creative Photos of a Filipino Local Traveler

Meet Jerob, a Filipino traveler who truly enjoys the place he used to visit here in the Philippines – with creativity in mind. Jerob was a former workmate of mine and I got really fascinated with the photos he’s sharing on his social media page. There is something different in there, something even beyond creativity. I did not interview Jerob about his photos except that I only asked his permission that I will create a blog post related to some of them. Great! He allowed me. So in this post, let me try to decode the meaning behind each one of Jerob’s impressive photos.

In this photo, obviously, he’s into “planking” and interestingly, he did it on top of the “I love ABRA” signage. Well, planking became famous here in the Philippines just a few years back. It is actually an exercise and at the same time a self-test for mental toughness. That idea if you can endure to hold your position for a long time and to also do it in a public place is a form of creative communication. Yes, it is gr…

I am Planting for the Economy of the Philippines – "Para sa Ekonomiya"

Here in the Philippines, I believe some Filipinos are quite familiar with the phrase “Para sa ekonomiya” (for the economy). We used to say “Ginagawa ko ito para sa ekonomiya” (I’m doing this for the economy). That funny tone of saying it but somehow with sincerity in the mind, that’s what made this tagline popular for quite some time. Okay, I guess you know who started this craze (Google it).



Now, let me state my version of saying it, with this simple story I want to share with you.

Around February of this year (2017), we asked the permission of our neighbor if we can plant on her front yard. This neighbor of ours and a close friend of my wife as well is now living in the United States and since her departure about 2 years ago, her front lot is becoming crowded with weeds and grasses. Fortunately, she allowed us. We took the chance of cleaning the abandoned yard and see if we can grow some vegetables there. Here are some shots of those days when we turned this lot into something benef…

The Truth that Liars Know: the Highways to Poverty Exist in the Philippines

Ask the true "probinsyano" (local term for people living in the provinces) about Manila and you’ll be surprised of what they would tell you:

“Gustong-gusto ko talagang makarating diyan kaso wala akong pamasahe” (I really want to go there but I have no money for the transportation.)
“Nakikita ko sa TV, madaming pasyalan at lugar na pwedeng mapaglibangan diyan. Sana makarating ako diyan” (I can see on TV and there are lots of parks and places to relax and enjoy there. I want to reach that place.)
“Gustong-gusto kong marating at makapag-trabaho sa Maynila” (I really want to go and work at Manila.)
These words are just some of the very common answers that will come out from their mouth. Many want to go to Manila despite of the uncertain fate waiting for them there. The sad truth is that it is still going to be a very sacrificial and long time endeavor once that they step on this capital city of the Philippines. Majority of the people going to Manila are not becoming successful. Mo…

Ignorance of the Law: Chasing for Changes in the Country of the Kayumangging-Kaligatan

Is it the responsibility of every Filipino to know the laws being implemented in the land or should it be the government’s duty to inform the Filipinos about the laws that they are implementing? Say that it is the former that must happen, then how can every Filipino knows all these laws? If it is then the later, then is the government fulfilling its duty and is it effective? What’s clear today in the Philippines is that many are violating the basic laws of the streets and of the offices. There is a high level of complaints among common Filipinos when it comes to the integrity and quality of services of government employees. Traffic rules are among of the most violated rules in Metro Manila. Lack of discipline in the roads, parks, and subdivision communities is dominant. Many Filipinos do not know the laws or they know them but they never obey.

On the Photos: Typical Street Life in the Philippines
On these photos, you will see the lack of discipline, wrong doings, violations of traffic r…
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