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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.

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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…

The Crisis We Need to Face as One Filipinos

The price of rice, vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish, among other Filipinos daily basic needs, keeps on rising. What is going on in the Philippines today?


I think that same question is your question too.

During my elementary days, I used to sing a song about rice and a part of the song goes like this...

Bawat butil ng bigas na mailigpit... Ligaya rin natin kapag nagigigpit... Kumain ka ng husto at magtipid...
(Every grain of rice that is consumed... Our happiness when we are on crisis... Eat well and be thrifty...)
I can feel it and I am not numb to not see how the Filipinos are perishing to this crisis of the time. Rice, which our very own country produced, is so expensive that the lower class Filipino citizens can no longer afford to buy them. But if one cannot understand how rising global oil prices affects the inflation rate in the country, then to the simplest way, this blog will attempt to explain why importation of NFA rice is not enough to feed our hungry stomach, comfort our achi…

That “Smaller But Stronger Bonsai” Within Us

The average Filipino height, of ages 18 and above, for male is 5 feet 4 inches while for female it is 5 feet flat.

One weekend, I happened to be in this exhibit of bonsai trees in the nearby shopping mall in my place. The event was titled “The Living Art of Bonsai”. The art of bonsai making is truly marvelous. Seeing these alive small trees is an amazing wonder, and so I can’t keep myself but take photos of them in every angle possible. From these experience is where I’ve seen a strong resemblance of a bonsai tree’s life to the life of the common Filipinos, hence this post.

First, have a look on some of the wonderful photos of bonsai I captured.






Filipinos Features that Matters
This blog is about the story of the Filipino people, about us being smaller in terms of height and size compared to our neighboring countries and the rest of the world, and our resilience to adversities despite of that. If you’re not a Filipino, you may have a friend, colleague or neighbor who’s a Filipino and it co…

"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…

How Filipinos are Loosing their True Identity

What happens to the Filipinos foods?

Haven’t you noticed, foreign foods are invading the Philippines by storm? International restaurants serving foreign cuisines are everywhere. Culinary arts, the way Filipinos look at it, is just becoming a trendy topic. Chefs, food blogger, culinary experts, food architect - goodness, are they soon to replace the simple “kusinero” and “kusinera” words that best describes our real identity as Filipinos in terms of cooking?




Globalization shapes the future of the country, particularly the food landscape. There is nothing wrong with innovation. I’d been a waiter for quite some time in a popular catering business and if its about food preparation, I’m really impressed with the way our cooks and kitchen staffs do it. Those garnishing, decorative artwork, and plating styles, they really add beauty to the foods we serve. Even an authentic Filipino food, they make a twist making it lovely and attractive to the hungry eyes.

Those terms like “buffet”, “a la ca…

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…

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…

Junk Collectors

Several months ago, when I was about to enter the public market near my place, I saw this old woman more or less in her early 60’s checking something on the garbage cans. That was really my first impression. I tried to observe what she’s doing for a few seconds more and I then realized she was after these empty and used plastic bottles. At first, I thought she was just looking for something she might have lost or maybe she’s looking for scrapped foods. But she’s not. The old lady looks clean and not like a scavenger. She’s just a typical person we’re seeing around. After a few moments, I approached the lady and told her,

“Nay, heto po ang konti (pera), pandagdag sa kita ninyo”.
(Auntie, here’s something (small amount), you can add to your income.)

And the old lady replied with a smile,

“Naku, salamat anak.”
(Oh, thank you son.)
Then, I proceeded with my market activity that day. From that time on, whenever I go to the market, I always hope that I will still see her, and give her a small am…

What We Filipinos Believe In

Weeks before I arrive on writing this post, I came across this person popularly known as “The Son of Hamas”. Hamas is an Islamist Group in the Middle East. Many regards them as terrorists but on their own rights and beliefs, they exists to liberate Palestine, including modern-day Israel, from Israeli occupation. Before he’s a leader of Hamas. He quitted and now he’s into writing and public speaking taking his personal stand against the extremism done by his former organization Hamas and his campaign for better peace in the region in light of political correctness. You can search about him online - Mosab Hassan Yousef. Hamas’ beliefs, in Mosab’s point of view, is wrong.
The connection I want to imply in this piece of writing is this:

A belief, once it has been engraved in the people’s mind, is difficult to change, that it sometimes takes force (and time) for someone in authority to change it.



In the Filipino people’s mind, for example, that belief that Catholicism is the religion that wou…

“Pasalubong” – What Makes this Filipino Word Very Special?

Probably next to the beauty of a tourism spot, if it’s about the real reasons for traveling there, is our search for the best “pasalubong”. It’s the tagalog word for “gift” or “souvenir” and it can be anything from foods, toys, clothes, handicraft, furniture, soaps, wearables, or household items. It’s practically anything, big or small, cheap or expensive, edible or not. And for as long as that special item was bought somewhere else and then given to someone as an act of love and kindness – the true purpose has been served.


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…