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Update: Japan Multiple-Entry Visa Application for Filipinos!

I am going to be lodging my Japan Visa Application by the end of August for my Osaka trip in October which I’m pretty excited about so I’m hoping that I’d be able to finish my deadlines at work and have all of the prerequisites ready. It will be my first time to apply for a Japan Visa and I will be gunning right away for a Multiple Entry Visa since said visa could be my entry for my planned South American tour next year with a friend (see, we’re planning to use the MNL-MEX-COL route which at present is the cheapest route that we’re seeing online).

I’m not even sure if I’ve abundant funds enough for the consul to grant me an ME visa (3) Applicant with abundant financial capacity) Oh well, I’ll just hope for the best then.

Going back to the Multipl Entry Visa Application, the Japan Government recently added some provision for Multiple-entry Visa for Philippine Nationals. Below is exactly what the government has added that you can also read thru: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000035.html

MULTIPLE-ENTRY VISA FOR BUSINESS PURPOSE, AND CULTURAL OR INTELLECTUAL FIGURES

The following is an outline of application procedures for nationals of Republic of the Philippines who wish to apply for a multiple-entry visa for business purpose, and for cultural or intellectual figures (period of stay: 15, 30, or 90 days, visa validity: 1, 3, 5, 10 years ). The visa is for the purpose of business affairs for the first visit, but from the second visit it is possible to use as tourist or visiting to relatives/ acquaintances as well. But it is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.

A. Eligible Applicants 1. Applicant with business purpose Applicant who is applicable to one of the following categories and his/her spouse or children

(1) A regular employee of a public (government) enterprise.
(2) An employee of a private company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and third countries)
(3) A regular employee of a Japanese-affiliated company which is a member of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and has a management base in Japan
(4) A regular employee of a joint venture company, a subsidiary company or a branch office of a company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and the third countries)
(5) A regular employee of a private company with constant business transactions with a Japanese company which is listed on the stock exchange
(6) A regular employee of a company among the “Top 1,000 Philippine corporations in terms of gross revenue”
(7) A regular employee with a travel record to Japan for business purpose and travel records as temporary visitor to G7 countries (except Japan) in the last three years
(8) A regular employee with more than three travel records to Japan for business purpose in the last three years

2. Applicants for cultural or intellectual figures etc. Applicant who is applicable to one of the following categories and his/her spouse or children

(1) An artist (Fine Art, Literary Art, Music, Stage Play, Dance etc.) , a specialist in humanities (Literature, Law, Economics etc.), or a scientist (Technology, Medicine etc.) who has relevant accomplishments
(2) A lawyer, certified public accountant, patent attorney, judicial scrivener, notary, medical doctor who has a national or international qualification and actually working as the same position.
(3) An amateur sports player who has relevant accomplishments
(4) A full-time professor, assistant professor, or lecturer of a university or a college
(5) A director or higher post of a national or public research institution or a museum
(6) A Diet member, government official, local assemblyman, local government official

B. REQUIREMENTS All documents must be original unless otherwise stated.
1. Philippine Passport
• Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2)
blank visa pages.

2. Visa Application Form
• Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited
travel agencies.
• Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If item is not applicable, please fill in
[N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the
form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.

3. Photo
• Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background
• Photo must be taken within 6 months.
• Please write applicant’s name and birthdate on back side of the photo.
• Photo must be pasted on the application form.

4. Employment Certificate (with applicant’s salary, tenure and position)
• Owner of a company should submit a copy of “Certificate of Business Name Registration”
issued by Department of Trade and Industry or Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission

5. Documents to prove the applicant is qualified for one of the categories abovementioned
A.1(1) ~ (8), A.2(1) ~ (6).
• If qualified for abovementioned A.1(7) or (8),current or old passport that shows Japanese and
G7 countries’(except Japan) temporary visitor visas as well as entry stamps in the last three years.
• If qualified for abovementioned A.2(2),Copy of ID card(issued by Profession Regulation
Commission)

6. Explanation letter for requesting multiple-entry visa (must be made by applicant)  Please fill in embassy prescribed form “Reason For Requesting Multiple Entry Visa”, check items that apply and fill in reason for request.

7. A letter of explanation stating the reason of applying for the multiple visa (letter of mission
or travel requisition by employer, etc.) * for business purpose

8. Documents to prove kinship ( birth certificates, marriage certificate and copy of passport and
visa page of the multiple entry visa holder (parent or spouse) )
[NOTICE]  Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting
pages.  It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s
economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate,
wedding invitation).

I am hoping that I’d really get a multiple entry visa but a single entry would suffice since I really wanted to visit Japan for the longest time now!

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Reaching Greater Heights: Mt. Pulag – The Third Highest Peak in the Philippines!

I’m an amateur mountain climber. I’ve climbed a few in the past, yes, but my health and time didn’t allow me to really get into it. This year, as part of my new year’s resolution, I promised to climb more mountains.

I found myself already on my second climb this year at the highest peak in Luzon, the Mount Pulag which also happened to be the third highest peak in the whole archipelago of the Philippines (next to Mt. Apo and Mt. Dulang-Dulang – both situated in Mindanao).

I even trained for this because I was told that it’s going to be strenuous. I’ve tried strengthening my legs for about three weeks since I just started working out around the same time this Mt. Pulag climb came about.

I joined the Bokal Extreme event along with with my officemates – the Kaladkarins – for this little “expedition” lol.

Travel time from Manila to Baguio was very smooth and fast – thank you SCTEX! At least around 5 hours inclusive of a couple of stopovers.

We got picked up at the Baguio Victory Liner terminal by what they call the “Monster Jeep,” I don’t have the foggiest idea why they call it like that since it looks like a regular passenger jeepney to me, though a bit bigger (ding!) . From there, we went to the DENR office for the registration and orientation. The travel time here is about 3 hours. We had a 30-minutes stopover for breakfast and a little photo-ops.

(Side note: You can also buy hiking gears here which I thought are way cheaper! ‘Bought my mess kit here!)

Before you’re allowed to climb Mt. Pulag, you have got to present a “Fit to Climb ” medical certificate and attend the 30-40 minutes orientation regarding Mt. Pulag, a bit of its history and the know-how of climbing it.

After the informative lecture, we went to the jump off site to set up camp for the night.

We woke up at around 130 in the morning and started the trek at 2AM. It was really muddy since it rained the night before and it’s still drizzling throughout our hike.

My number one advise for newbie climbers of this great mountain is to wear appropriate clothing. I was stupid enough to think that I could endure the cold by wearing my favorite football jersey so I was freezing by the time we arrived at the “first summit.” It was such a foolish move on my part so please, just please, wear something warm during your climb here.

For amateurs like myself, Ambangeg is the preferred trail. The hike wasn’t that hard even if it’s all muddy so I think if the weather was real good at the time, I thought it’d be a way easier trekking for us. It’s a good thing we waited for the weather to clear up and saw the beautiful mossy plains at the summit and the sea of clouds which is the summit’s main attraction. Watching it is like being one with nature – just beautiful! I think the whole hike ascending and descending took us close to 12 hours. Yes, it was that long but it was all worth it.

I cannot wait to revisit this majestic mountain in the future!

(This was a long overdue post. Since most of my blog posts are pre-scheduled, I didn’t realize that this one didn’t make it to my published posts. It’s still on my draft folder which I’ve only seen today! Ugh! Anyway – here’s my adventure at Mt. Pulag)

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December To Remember In Sagada Part 2: Rocky Valley Inn and Cafe Review (December 2013)

I booked a room for two as early as November since most of the Inns that I’ve contacted are fully booked already because of the bonfire festival and naturally, December’s a peak season in Sagada. I was able to booked at Rocky Valley Inn. I was asked to deposit half of the rate for three days (it’s 250/pax/day.) The inn is located near the Sagada Weaving and is in front of a gas station. It was a  good 8 minute walk from/to the center.

via saggas.org

via saggas.org

the rock formation fronting our veranda

the rock formation fronting our veranda

The place was very clean of course. I thought Alex, the guy who assisted us was very professional. The room given to us was at the second floor with a veranda which I loved by the way because it’s fronting a big beautiful rock formation and it was naturally, freaking cold.

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They have WiFi connection at the ground floor and they also served food. The food was good and reasonably priced. Our only critique is the lack of hospitality from the other girl who’s manning the place who keeps sneering on us. She was probably in a bad mood that weekend. o_O  Overall, our stay was rather okay because the rooms are clean as well as the shared rest rooms. Just good food and clean room. *wink*

Rating: 4.5/10

To be continued…

December To Remember In Sagada! (December 2013)

Yeah, I know. Three’s a charm for me in 2013 – I have a special connection with Sagada that’s why I keep on coming back. Like what I’ve posted previously, there is a feeling of serenity whenever I visit this place.

This time around, I was with my very best friend Dek! I’ve been asking him for quite a while now to go and come with me to Sagada but because of his dayjob, he cannot really commit. Lo and behold though, in December – our schedule suddenly matched! He was transferred to a new program and was given several days of vacation leaves! How amazing is that? Finally, Dek will finally see the beauty that I’ve been raving about since we’ve met!

This is a trip of first times though. It was actually Dek’s first time to visit here and since we’re going the Baguio-Sagada trip, Dek also got the chance to check out the city of pines for the first time!

So for this trip,we didn’t do any bus booking – you see, it’s crazy for us to do that because it’s the holiday – it was the freaking December 27! We’re basically chance passengers to any bus companies that could take us to Baguio. Eventually, we settled for Dagupan Bus Company. Earlier in the afternoon of December 27, we’re waiting for the Genesis Bus Baguio trip but we were told that it’d be later in the night that the bus will be arriving so we’re to take a chance at Dagupan’s and can you believe that I’ve to stand until we reached Mabalacat, Pampanga? Oh well, I told you it’s a trip of first time right?

Dek's first time in Baguio!

Dek’s first time in Baguio!

We arrived in Baguio City at around three in the morning so we have ample time to check out the city. We went to Burnham Park and the areas surrounding it. It was pretty nice though, it reminded me during my first time in Baguio with my family during my teen years. It was the holy week and we’ve to sleep in the park along with many tourists! It was fun though.

inside the Burnham Park

inside the Burnham Park

Anyways, so we walked around Baguio (SM, the church, Wet Market, Session Road) and we even got lost because I can’t seem to remember the bus terminal for Sagada until it suddenly dawned on me that we’re just walking in circle and the terminal’s just beside the wet market! lol

There were tons of tourist and locals at the terminal and the wait was pretty long. We’re able to get hold of the first trip and I’m telling you, it was freezing!!! It was another six hours to Sagada so we rested a little and ready ourself for the even colder Sagada…

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 4: Cave Connection and Marlboro Country At Night! (October 2013)

The next day, Carlo had to leave early to cover the local election the next day. The rest of us went to the SAGGAS Office to choose what we should do although it was already pre-determined that we’ll go caving.We decided to go ahead with the cave connection from Lumiang Cave to Sumaging Cave. An ardous yet exciting four hours caving (which I did the first time I was there)

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

Hello there!!!

Hello there!!!

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one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

Evolution of Man? LOL

Evolution of Man? LOL

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I really loved this!

I really loved this!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

After our spelunking adventure, we’re contemplating on going to Mount Ampacao but it was pretty late – around 5PM if I’m not mistaken. We’re actually after the sunset but as I’ve said – it’s late already. We just opted to go to the Marlboro Country! Can you believe it! After four hours in the cave, we’ve to go to the peak of the Marlboro Mountains for a 90minutes hiking and another 90 going down, mind you.

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we're tired but we're happy!

we’re tired but we’re happy!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

It was very special though, I personally loved every minute of it. It was foggy so we didn’t see the view but the feeling on top of these mountains is just different. It’s like you are one with nature!

After our Marlboro Country adventure, we went tothe Yoghurt House and had some yoghurt then we decided to grab some drinks at Vincent’s Cafe before calling it a day!

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn't?

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn’t?

Let's drink to that folks!

Let’s drink to that folks!

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 3: The Wedding (October 2013)

On our first night, we had our dinner at the Yoghurt House (on my recommendation ofcourse.) We’re supposed to visit a place where they serve pinikpikan but we didn’t have a booking so I persuaded them to try out Yoghurt House. They loved it! (It’s their first time in Sagada except for Carlo who visited about 10 years ago)

Joba and Russell

Joba and Russell

Me, Anna and Carlo

Me, Anna and Carlo

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

On that night, we’re also invited for a wedding! Yay! Exciting! Edwin invited us for their friends’ wedding! Anna, Carlo and I were so giddy about attending a traditional Sagada wedding so we all agreed but Joba and his beau decided to stay at the guest house. All good though 🙂

The wedding was amazing! We met the bride and groom. And we’re even invited to dance. As killjoy as I could get, Anna was the only one who participated. I was really freezing! (excuses, excuses…lol)

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Go Anna!

Go Anna!

the wedding dance!

the wedding dance!

We went back to the guest house at around 12 midnight. The wedding celebration was fun and I wished I’ve also participated but maybe next time 🙂

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 2: George Guest House Extension (October 2013)

the extension building of George Guest House

the extension building of George Guest House

I was able to book us three rooms at George Guest House. Their main building was already fully booked so we were placed at their “extension” building. I really loved this inn. We’ve to cancel one room because two rooms are big enough for our group. The couple occupied a room at the ground floor while the three of us (Anna, Carlo and I) Occupied a room at the third floor which can actually accommodate at least six people.

our room, there's another bed at the other side :)

our room, there’s another bed at the other side 🙂

landscape view from our window

landscape view from our window

ready to sleep?

ready to sleep?

I remember this because I was watching the telecast of Miss Supranational 2013 where Miss Philippines Mutya Datul won the crown! #trivia101

I remember this because I was watching the telecast of Miss Supranational 2013 where Miss Philippines Mutya Datul won the crown! #trivia101

It was an awesome experience staying at the guest house. I’d book here on my next visit for sure…

YOU CAN CONTACT THEM AT +639399020996AND THEIR RATES DURING THIS TIME WAS P250/PAX/DAY.

to be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada! (October 2013)

My travels are becoming Sagada-centric but I couldn’t resist going back to this place! Last October, I came back at this wonderful place for the second time in 2013 and my third in total with some folks – my college friend Joba, her boyfriend Russell and colleagues Anna and Carlo. I wasn’t really planning on going but I feel lousy at my dayjob so I decided to accept Joba’s invitation to go again. It was just a couple of months ago since I went there then.

the view on our way to Sagada

the view on our way to Sagada

I’m far from being an expert traveler but I did suggest some stuff to do during our three days stay there.

the Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in the background! Amazing isn't?

the Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in the background! Amazing isn’t?

On our way to Pongas Falls

On our way to Pongas Falls

the breathtaking view on our way to Pongas Falls...

the breathtaking view on our way to Pongas Falls…

We went to the Pongas Falls on our first day. This time, we’re assisted by Edwin’s cousin named Patrick. It was a raining a little and the current of the falls was pretty strong so we just stayed there no longer than 30 minutes. Such a bummer, good thing we rented a van to take us back.

The Pongas Falls

The Pongas Falls

amazing shot of the falls!

amazing shot of the falls!

To Be Continued…