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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…

"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…

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…

“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…

Sidewalk Vendors

You’ll often see them. You’ll buy from them. But when they become part of the news, you’ll get to hate them – some of you. They are people like us who simply wants to earn a living. They have a family to feed. This is the business they call “marangal” (dignified). And we call them…
Sidewalk Vendors

Let me define what (or should I say “who”) a sidewalk vendor is.

Here in the Philippines, there is a notion that if you’re a sidewalk vendor, you mostly likely belong to the lower class of the society. For one reason, why sell on the sidewalks or streets of Metro Manila and other cities if you can sell on approved places particularly the market. For another, selling in the street on a daily basis is a risky activity – you’re prone to illnesses, effects of air pollution, dangers from vehicles passing by, and unsafe condition of your store or shop.

In a third-world country where job opportunities are scarce for people with lower educational attainment, there is no reason to doubt that poor people…

A Walk to Divisoria - Filipinos Love this Place!

“Divisoria” - almost every Filipino knows this word. The millennials even call it “Divi”.



We paid another visit to Divisoria. Same as usual, it is so crowded that more than half of your energy will be spent on bumping people, spinning round and round to find a better direction, and on walking back and forth, up and down. Of course, finding that product and bargaining for its price is where the remaining energy will be spent.



We arrived there at around nine in the morning and streets are still not too busy. But you will notice that shoppers are on their feet rushing towards the popular 168, 999, Tutuban Center, Divisoria Mall and 11/88 shopping malls. (Any idea why the malls' names are numbers? Chinese thing? I’m not sure. That’s a trivia.) You can see the excitement on them. With a few bags, themselves and that money on the pocket, it is like going into a shopping war. Meanwhile, sellers are all set up with their products too. Their energy is always on top, some are shouting while…

Filipinos Very Own Jeepney is in Manila and Everywhere in the Philippines

Jeepney symbolizes the culture of the Philippines. This is the primary means of transportation of the Filipino people. This vehicle can be seen anywhere in the country. There is no city, town or barangay that has no jeepneys to represent them. Jeepney is the life of the people in the Philippines.

On the Photo: Jeepney Blessing Ceremony
Children and adults in this photo are excited about the blessing of this new jeepney. Coins were thrown on top of the jeepney and they scrambled for it. For the jeepney owner, this is the start of a new day, a new business venture. Jeepney like this one, which has a stainless body costs around P300,000 to Php400,000 and is mainly used as a passenger utility vehicle.


How many jeepneys can you see here?


How about here?

Riding a Jeepney - How it Feels to be in It
Riding on the jeepney might not be that comfortable and convenient to all. If you are tall, you have no other choice but to bend your neck a little. If you are fat, worst case that the driver will charg…

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 …

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…

The 100 Million Filipinos and Our Basic Rights in the Philippines

We have the right to education, healthcare, security, good services and affordable quality products, among others. But do we understand really the extent of our rights to these things as a Filipino citizen? And our duty to abide by the laws of the land and to promote democracy, are we aware of that? Our privilege or special right to something, do we care about it?




It was Abraham Lincoln, former president of the United States of America, who in one of his speeches said this:


“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”


I remember these same words quoted by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in one of his speeches. That was long time ago, during his first-year term I believe. While I cannot remember what the event was, what is clear to my mind until today is that he’s fulfilling at his capacity and political will the meaning of that statement.


The Philippine Government of the People, by the People, for the People
Let me translate th…

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