Before you book a flight with AirAsia Zest (Philippines), consider this.

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  1. They cancelled flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro starting last July 1, 2015.

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    Email notification for cancelled Cebu-Cagayan de Oro flights

  2. They are cancelling flights between Cebu and Davao starting September 1, 2015.

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    Email notification for cancelled Cebu-Davao flights

  3. If they’re cancelling flights between major cities, who knows what flights they’re going to cancel next? For those of us who take advantage of seat sales to book flights months ahead of departure, this recent spate of flight cancellations “due to commercial considerations” is disheartening.
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  4. Unless your flight is within 30 days of the start of cancellation, YOU have to get in touch with THEM to inform them of whether you want your flight rebooked or if you want a refund. (See second-from-last paragraphs in the screenshots above. If you want to actually talk to someone, you have to call a Manila number — and pay long-distance charges if necessary — to remedy them cancelling your flight. In comparison, Cebu Pacific, for all its many faults, at least makes the effort to get in touch with you and ask you what you want done with your booking — which is the least they could do, I think, after taking your money then basically messing up all your plans.)
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  5. If you paid through Cebuana Lhuiller or another payment center, you can’t use the online form because in “Booking Payment” the only options are Credit Card, Cash, and Bank/Direct Debit.

    Air Asia online form for refunds

    Limited choices for Booking Payment — what do you do if you paid through Cebuana Lhuiller?

  6. I go online and choose full refund. Two days later, I receive an email telling me my refund would take up to 30 days. Fine. Mere moments later, I get another email telling me they’ve given me credit to use for a future Air Asia booking. Huh? What happened to the refund?
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    First a refund…

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    …then a credit shell. What?

Other things:

  • They charge you extra when you book using a credit card or any other payment option other than their in-house prepaid card or Dragonpay. So when they advertise that their “all-in” fare is, say, PHP 999, you actually pay more than that if you pay through your regular credit card.
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  • My aunt recently traveled between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro with Air Asia. Days before the flight, there were several schedule changes, and some of the notices mixed up the flight number and the route, so we were confused which flight had been changed. On both flights, apart from the announced schedule change, there was a delay of around 4 hours, during which there was little to no communication from Air Asia staff about what was going on.
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  • One time, I tried to have BIG points retroactively credited to my account — something they allow and actually set up an online system for — and it took them 6 weeks to do it. Six weeks. You have to wonder what is going on behind the scenes, what processes do they have, that it takes them 6 weeks to check that a person bought a ticket and flew on a flight.
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  • Speaking of system, one time, they charged me twice for flight add-ons (baggage, meal and seat selection). It was their mistake, but of course I was the one who had to take precious time to sort it out with my bank. Again you have to wonder what’s going on with their system that things like that happen (it’s the only time that’s ever happened to me).

For what it’s worth, I’ve had mostly good experiences with Air Asia in international flights, and I’m sure other people have had good experiences with their domestic flights too. And they’ve recently flown their 300 millionth customer, so that’s something. But it’s just that…when things go wrong, they go Wrong, and their system can’t seem to handle it well. So that’s something to think about before booking with AirAsia Zest: if things go wrong, are you prepared to grapple with a strangely functioning system that doesn’t have a human face?

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Air Asia Asean Pass+ (20 credits) Sample Itinerary

If you’re thinking of getting the Air Asia Asean Pass Plus — the one that gives you 20 credits and costs PHP 12,900 — here’s a sample itinerary to give you an idea of where you could go. The numbers on the left side show how many credits you will need to fly between the destinations immediately above and below it; I made sure it totaled 20 to make the most of the pass! It’s the itinerary that I mapped out yesterday for myself — just to get the feel of the Pass and figure out its pros and cons — so it starts and ends in Cebu. Feel free to adapt (using Air Asia’s list of redeemable routes and corresponding credits) or totally adopt as you see fit.

Before you click the “Buy now” button, though, read this for the Pass pros and cons: Should you get the Air Asia ASEAN Pass?

And as a side note — is it just me or is travel planning fun?! This itinerary took some time to put together but I loved doing it, even though I’m not likely to use it anytime soon, or probably ever. There’s this school of thought that people who make travel lists are sheep, blindly going by what other people say they should do, but not only can planning and list-building 1) be self-directed, 2) save time for when you’re actually in the place, and 3) help you save tons of money for things like trains and hotels, it is also honestly just fun! Well, for me anyway.

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Happy travels!

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Real People: Denise Lim

Staying home this weekend? That’s okay. The next traveler in the Real People series doesn’t just stay home, she has to work most weekends.

Denise is currently a surgical resident (hence the neverending work) but she’s also a travel enthusiast. “Feature Cebu first!!! Sooo much to seee!!!!” — with exactly that many exclamation points — was what she said when I first asked if I could feature her here. She describes her trips as mostly “solo travel on a shoestring budget” and tries to fit as much of it into her once-in-a-blue-moon 7-day leaves. Her travel photos have long caught my eye, but what hooked my heart was this note she once wrote on Facebook (I think you’ll love it too):

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© Denise Katrina Lim

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NAME
Denise Katrina Lim
aka Dora with the wandering feet

OCCUPATION
Resident Physician, Department of Surgery

HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
I always save up for my travels. That’s why they’re really well-researched and well-planned. Did that sound geeky?! Well, you know how it is…we show up at the hospital everyday, and for 5 years! So the two 1-week vacations per year are really something to look forward to.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
To the playground of the gods! Mount Pulag trek in February.

FAVORITE DESTINATION
Hmmm…soooo difficult to decide!!! Toss up between Venice and the heritage site of Georgetown, in Penang, Malaysia. Penang oozed with art and culture and wonderful people everywhere, and the fact that you have a map and things to find…

WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
Macchu Picchu!!! Santorini, Greece…Egypt…India….China…London…Vietnam…the list is endless. Locally, I still want to go to Batanes, Siargao…climb Mount pinatubo and Kitanglad-Dulangdulang…Laoag…Vigan…

TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
Most of my travel is local because I cram everything into my 7-day vacations, and they’re mostly solo travel on a shoestring budget. I like clustering up the places I want to go to.

CEBU TRAVEL TIPS
Go south. Drop by Argao for the caves, Mantalongon for Osmena Peak, and Kawasan. Then go round south. Drop by Liloan, Santander. Hop on the ferry to Siquijor. Come back and take a pump boat to Sumilon. Don’t forget to swim with the whale sharks. There’s Tumalog Falls and Bantay sa Hari, also in Oslob. Then there’s Alcoy; canyoneering in Moalboal, trekking up a river and rappelling down 3 waterfalls; and Aloguinsan for the caves.

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How does a girl from a tropical island prepare for an 18-day winter trip? By raiding the ukay-ukay, of course.

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Alright, I get that secondhand clothing is not for everyone. Some people cringe at the thought of wearing clothes previously owned by strangers, while others simply think it’s beneath them. (That’s okay; I’m not here to tell you how to live your life.) For me, though, living in a country where temperatures rarely go below 20°C, “pre-loved” clothing was a no-brainer — there was just no way I was spending a fortune on clothing I would never be able to wear at home. (Also, come to think of it, after blowing my travel fund on two KLM tickets, I didn’t have a fortune to spend on winter clothing.)

If you’ve got a fall/winter trip on the horizon, here’s why you should consider a side trip or two (or ten) to your local ukay-ukay.

1. The quality can be pretty good.

UK_01My favorite thrift store find is probably the BCBG Max Azria trench coat I spotted in the PHP 50 (USD 1.15) rack. Honestly, it was a size 0 and a little too tight for comfort around the shoulders but I wore it anyway because my niece said it made me look like a detective. (Hah!)

Not all thrift stores are created equal, so you’ll have to look around, but where I shop, each batch of clothes — there are new arrivals every 2 weeks or so — usually has a generous sprinkling of decent brands like Zara, Mango, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Forever 21 and Uniqlo. And it’s not even about the brands themselves; you can tell the clothes are well-made by the fabric, the cut, and the stitching.

 

2. Ukay-ukay clothes are really cheap.

This is stating the obvious, of course, but sometimes it isn’t obvious just how cheap. My go-to coat on my last trip was a versatile, double-breasted trench that I got for only PHP 20 (USD 0.46). Considering it was water-repellent, well-made, and roomy enough to accommodate any number of layers underneath yet still figure-flattering (as far as my figure could be flattered, anyhow), it was a downright steal at that price.

 

As for footwear, my Uggs admittedly look worn to death, but they stood between my feet and frostbite for only PHP 100 (USD 2.30) a pair.

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3. The variety is great.

It isn't obvious but I actually have about 5 layers going on here.

It isn’t obvious but I actually have about 5 layers going on here.

Puffer, quilted, trench, chic, sporty, preppy, edgy, black, white, neon, wool, faux leather, faux fur — whatever floats your boat and keeps you warm, you’re likely to find it at the ukay-ukay.

Moreover, dressing for the cold is all about layering. You can get your base, middle, and outer layers from one shop, and because they’re cheap, you can buy more. (Several thin layers can keep you warm better than 1 really thick layer.)

 

4. You can leave them behind without a second thought.

This white skirt -- actually the bottom half of a knit dress -- is still in Rome for all I know.

This white skirt — actually the bottom half of a knit dress — is still in Rome for all I know.

Winter clothing tend to be bulky (duh) and heavy, and it’s no fun carrying bulky, heavy things around. Solution? Wear ’em and leave ’em. I left stuff I wouldn’t need again at the hotel/hostel/B&B/train/airport, and because they were all cheap things I got from a thrift store, it didn’t feel like throwing money away. Plus: I got to free up space in my suitcase for souvenirs. (I did feel a little sad leaving my ubiquitous white puffer at Schiphol — we’d been through so much together, after all — but sometimes you just gotta do a Queen Elsa and let it go.)

 

Here’s what you should get at the ukay-ukay

 

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Snug tops that can make a great base or second layer (over thermals). These don’t have to be in mint condition, but do keep in mind you might have to strip down to this layer when you go into temperature-controlled places like museums, so make sure they’re not too worn out either.


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Slightly looser clothes that can be worn over a base layer but can still fit under a coat if necessary. These can be cardigans, pullovers, shirts, even dresses. If it’s warm(ish) outside, you’ll want to take off your coat, so pick some nice-looking pieces.


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Coats that can protect you from both cold and condensation (i.e. rain). I got a white puffer coat and a black fleece-lined quilted coat for my trip. One is enough, really, but you might want to get two, too, just to have variety in your photos. (Instead of looking like you wore the same thing over and over again, you’ll at least look like you wore the same two things over and over again. World. Of. Difference.) (Not really but hey…)


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Some thrift shops also sell scarves — go for colorful ones if the rest of your wardrobe has more classic leanings — and shoes. Boots are worth buying new, but if you spot a pretty good pre-owned pair, make sure they are wide enough to accommodate several layers of tights, leggings, pants, and/or socks.

Last two tips:

  1. A lot of ukay-ukay shops nowadays send out SMS alerts when they have a new crop of clothes coming in, so don’t forget to sign up before leaving the store.
  2. Don’t give up if you don’t find anything right away. Patience is the key to finding great stuff (in the ukay-ukay as in life). Good luck and happy travels!

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Getting a UK Visa in Cebu: What You Need to Know

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Thinking of traveling to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Wales?

The United Kingdom has a Visa Application Center (VAC) in Cebu City. (Yay!)

VAC Cebu

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc. 9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905 Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000

Here’s the catch: you’ll have to shell out an additional service fee of USD 92. It’s a bit heavy on the pocket — really heavy, actually; I’m trying my hand at British understatement, heh — but the alternative is to book a flight to Manila, pay terminal fees and cab fares, maybe even stay overnight, and deal with the heavy traffic.

See Notes on applying for a UK visa in Cebu to read about my visa application experience.
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The Steps

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In a nutshell, here’s what you need to do to get a UK visa:

  • Online:
    • Fill up an application form.
    • Book an appointment.
  • At the VAC:
    • Submit your documents.
    • Provide biometric information.
  • Wait for the results.

(Click here for a more detailed explanation of the steps.)

When to apply

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You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

How much

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Application fee: USD 133
Cebu service fee: USD 92
Total: ~PHP 11,000
(As of January 7, 2016)

Apply online

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Apply here.

You will have to fill up the visa application form online, but if you want an idea of the information that you will need to provide, check out this PDF version of the application form.

Book an appointment

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You will be able to book an appointment with your nearest VAC online after you fill up the application form online.

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Submit your documents

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The documents you will need to submit to the VAC during your appointment are as follows:

  1. Your appointment confirmation
  2. A valid passport or travel document with at least 1 page that is blank on both sides
  3. 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph (Specs)
  4. A printout of your online application form, signed and dated
  5. Original and photocopy of supporting documents relevant to your application

Source: VFS Global

These are the supporting documents recommended by GOV.UK (please verify list of supporting documents using this link, as the list may not be updated as regularly as the list in the official website):

  • Valid travel document (national passport or other document that allows the holder to travel internationally)
  • One passport-sized photograph
  • Previous travel documents/passports, which show previous travel
  • Financial documents that show you have sufficient funds available and that you have access to the funds. Examples:
    • Bank statements
    • Proof of earnings such as a letter from employer confirming employment details (start date of employment, salary, role, company contact details)
    • Where a third party is providing financial support, documents to show they have sufficient resources to support you in addition to themselves and any dependant family

Details of employment or studies where you have stated in your application that you are either employed or in full-time studies, such as:

  • A letter from your employer on company headed paper, detailing your role, salary and length of employment
  • A letter from your education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence
  • If self employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading
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Documents that should not be submitted unless specifically requested:

  • Bank statements or letters issued more than 1 year before the date of application
  • Driving licence
  • Photographs (other than passport photograph)
  • Notarial certificates
  • Business cards
  • Hotel bookings
  • Flight bookings
  • Photocopies of bank cards
  • Credit card statements
  • Certificates relating to leisure activities
  • Evidence of car ownership
  • Travel insurance
  • Sponsor’s utility bills
  • Sponsor’s council tax bills

Submit the original documents plus one photocopy of each document.

Travel insurance isn’t one of the requirements but if you want to play safe, see the following articles for more info: Travel Insurance for European TripsSample Itineraries and Prices from Blue Cross.

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Results

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You should get a decision on your visa application within 3 weeks. You can have your passport (with the visa) delivered to you via courier for an additional PHP 500, or you can claim it personally from the VAC. You can also sign up for SMS status updates for PHP 150.

Other optional services from VFS include:

  • Super priority visa service – PHP 43,200
  • Priority visa service (settlement applications) – PHP 25,920
  • Priority visa service (non-settlement applications) – PHP 8,640
  • Passport passback service – PHP 2,880
  • Primetime appointment service – PHP 3,600
  • VIP premium lounge service – PHP 2,500
  • Courier service – PHP 500
  • Photocopying service – PHP 5/page
  • Photograph service – PHP 150/4 photos
  • Cloakroom – PHP 100

(Click here for details.)

Good luck!

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How Much Does A European Trip Cost?

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Venice

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This is the question I get asked most often when I talk or write about traveling. Of course, the answer depends on a lot of variables — how many cities you plan to visit, what sort of hotels you prefer, whether you are able to get plane tickets on sale, and so on — but even a ballpark figure would be extremely helpful if you’re planning your own trip.

My usual answer is this: PHP 10,000 per person per day.

Again, this is just an estimate — something to help you put together a budget plan for your trip — and it’s a fairly generous estimate.

(If I had to describe my travel style, I’d say it’s frugal but comfortable. There are travelers who like to compare trip costs — the cheaper, the better — but I don’t. My personal goal is not to have the cheapest vacation, but to have the best vacation within a reasonable budget, and I tend to be willing to pay a bit more for something if it means I would be happier during my trip.)

Also — in addition to itinerary quirks and personal preferences, your daily budget would also vary with how long your entire trip will be: a longer trip would mean a smaller per-day average but a bigger total budget, and vice versa.

Those disclaimers said…PHP 10,000/day should already include:

  • Airfare. This is if (a big if) you are able to get those tickets on sale.
  • Accommodations. You can get low- to mid-range hotels on this budget. Staying in hostels would bring the cost down.
  • Food. One good meal per day, with (hopefully) a free breakfast at the hotel, and a simple sandwich or food from a grocery for the other meal.
  • Transport. Plan on high-speed trains or sleepers between cities and a lot of walking within.
  • Souvenirs. Nothing fancy, just the usual fridge magnets and key chains, but at least.
  • Tickets. Places of interest, museums — just the main tourist spots, really, and angle for free entrances whenever possible. (Click here to get a quick look at the entrance fees to the most popular spots in Paris.)
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Obviously, a European vacation isn’t exactly something you can do on loose change, but with a lot of planning and DIY-ing, you can put together a much more cost-efficient and personally meaningful travel experience than when you get one of those one-size-fits-all tour packages from travel agents. Create a travel fund now, so you have cash on hand when a travel opportunity strikes. And start planning your dream itinerary. Luck favors the prepared!

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How to afford your dream vacation
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  1. Create a travel fund — start now!
  2. Make it grow — take a look at your current expenses and see where you can save.
  3. Force yourself to save by following the golden rule: INCOME minus SAVINGS minus TRAVEL FUND equals EXPENSES.

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If you’re the type of traveler who doesn’t mind pinching pennies and putting in the time and energy to scout for good deals on airfare, accommodations, etc., this budget might work better for you:

One week in Paris for only PHP 50,000*

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Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know

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First: The Basics
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  • The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is at the Pacific Mall (also sometimes known as Metro Mandaue) in Mandaue City, Cebu.
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  • DFA Cebu is open from Monday to Friday 9 AM-6 PM and Saturday 9 AM-3 PM. If you have questions, you can call them at (032) 520-5898 and (032) 520-6193. You may also contact them via email at cebu.rco@dfa.gov.ph or dfacebu@yahoo.com.
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  • You can get an application form from the DFA security guard or download it online HERE.
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  • A list of the documentary requirements can be found here: New Applications | Passport Renewal | List of Acceptable IDs and Supporting Documents. Have everything photocopied.
    • According to personnel from DFA Cebu, there may be changes in the requirements that are not reflected right away in the DFA website (and in this blog), so all applicants are encouraged to personally secure an updated list of requirements from the DFA office.
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  • UPDATE (26 October 2015): According to Roderick, DFA Cebu is now offering expedited processing (10 days) for PHP 1,200.
    • Lady Love has confirmed that DFA Cebu now offers express processing for PHP 1,200. (Updated 6 November 2015)
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The list of requirements can be found in the following pages:

If you don’t have a government-issued ID yet, the easiest to obtain is probably the new postal ID. Although it is not in the official list of accepted IDs yet, news reports say that the DFA will accept the new postal ID — the one with the QR code and other security features and that was launched just recently. You can find out how to secure the new postal ID in this article: How to Get the New Postal ID in Cebu.

A PRC ID is one of the IDs considered valid and acceptable by DFA. Renewing a PRC license/ID is now very easy. See: PRC License Renewal in Cebu in Less than 2 Hours.

Ang mga papeles nga gikinahanglan sa pagkuha ug passport makit-an ani nga mga website:

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Tips
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  • Priority is given to certain individuals and the persons with whom they are processing their passports:
    • Minors (7 years old and below, according to this DFA release)
    • Senior citizens (people over 60 years old)
    • Pregnant women
    • Persons with disabilities
      If you have any of these priority applicants in your family, strongly consider getting your passport at the same time they are.
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  • The DFA requires photocopies of all your requirements, but if you forget to photocopy something, don’t panic — there’s a photocopier inside the DFA itself (P3/page).

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July 2016 — It’s already possible to book an appointment online at DFA Cebu and many other DFA offices nationwide so some of the tips below are already unnecessary. I am keeping them here for historical purposes, but please click HERE to read how you can set an appointment for your passport application/renewal and avoid lining up at dawn.

 


 

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The Process
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  • Update October 2015: According to Frolic Fraulein, the guard recommended applying for a passport from 3 PM to 5 PM, as there are fewer people during those times (those with priority numbers have presumably been entertained by then). Roderick went to DFA at 3 PM and completed the whole process in half an hour. Lady Love arrived at the DFA office at 4:47 PM; there were no other people around and she finished by 5:05 PM. Alternatively, Phil and Suzeth recommend going there on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than other days. On Saturdays, DFA entertains those who go through agencies first, so Phil recommends going there at around 11 AM, while Suzeth suggests 1 PM. (Thank you so much to all those who took the time to share their experiences here!)
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This is what the schedule at the DFA looks like:

  • As early as midnight
    • People start lining up for priority numbers.
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  • 7:00 AM
    • The security guard gives out priority numbers to those in the queue. The priority numbers usually run out pretty fast. (There were no more priority numbers available when we arrived shortly before 8:00 AM.) Applicants without priority numbers MAY still be accommodated in the afternoon, when those with priority numbers have finished, but this is not guaranteed.
    • A DFA staff member collects the application forms of priority applicants: minors, seniors, pregnant women, PWD’s, and members of their party. This early collection is done so that their information can be encoded ahead of time.
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  • Shortly before 9:00 AM
    • The guard admits all priority applicants and their companions to the building, where they proceed to the DFA office at the 4th floor.
    • Another guard right outside the office doors will give instructions (sit down first, form a queue, et cetera).
    • Once admitted to the office, those who were able to submit their forms at 7 AM can go straight in and are called first.
    • Those who weren’t able to submit their forms earlier should stop by the Information desk to hand their forms to the receptionist, who will then have these encoded.
    • Everyone sits and waits for their names to be called.
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  • 9:00 AM
    • Another guard starts calling the names of priority applicants. When your name is called, you are told which counter to approach.
    • At the counter, present all your documents.
    • Once your documents are examined and approved, you proceed to the cashier. (It’s P950 for regular processing, and you will make the cashier very happy if you bring the exact amount.)
    • After paying, you get your photo taken and verify all your information. You then sign a form that says everything (spelling, dates, other info) is as it should be, and you are then told when to come back to get your passport.
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  • 10:00 AM
    • The rest of the [non-priority] applicants are admitted to the DFA office.
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  • 3 PM to 5 PM
    • If you can’t queue early in the morning for a priority number, several people recommend going to DFA late in the afternoon. Hopefully, all those with priority numbers will have been entertained by this time and you can just walk in and have your application processed.

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    • DFA Cebu does not have the appointment system yet, as far as I know.
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    • For emergency cases or lost passports, or if you need your passport validity extended for good reason, it’s best to go to DFA Cebu and present your case to them directly.
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    • The usual processing time is 30 working days (6 weeks) from the date you applied. However, passport releasing is sometimes delayed — see the DFA’s statement here — so make sure you apply for a passport as early as possible. The DFA specifically says: “The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months.”*

 


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Please note that I will no longer entertain questions similar to this: “Mao ni akong documents X, Y, Z — okay na ni?” Please don’t give me a list of your documents and ask me if they’re enough to get a passport. It takes up too much of my time and it is something that you can do for yourself. Just compare the list of requirements with what you have. Pwede ra man ninyo tan-awon ang lista sa requirements ug i-kompara sa kung unsa ang naa ninyo nga mga dokyumento. Dili na man kinahanglan nga ako pa ang mobuhat ana, di ba? 🙂

For your convenience, here again are the articles that you might find useful:

Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know 

Getting A Philippine Passport at DFA Cebu: List of Requirements for First Time Applicants 

Renewing A Philippine Passport at DFA Cebu: List of Requirements 

Getting A Philippine Passport: List of Acceptable IDs and Supporting Documents 

Good luck! 🙂