Sunday, April 9, 2017

6 Back-to-School Tips for Maritime Senior High Schoolers

You may study in the same school for years but every school year poses a different kind of adventure. Since you’re opening another chapter in your life, it’s important to face it head-on, equipped with the right tools to guide you along the way.

Here are some tips to get you prepared for the maritime school year ahead: 

1. Set Goals – Goal setting is a very vital ingredient to achieving long-term success. Goals help students to focus upon the journey to a collection of set achievements.  However, it’s important that you update these goals as you go through school. For maritime students, goals ensure accountability ― this makes them more attuned with their strengths and weaknesses resulting to self-awareness and greater productivity.  

2. Research the curriculum and accord it with your plans– A core curriculum is a set of educational goals that is necessary for education. The Senior High School covers the last two years of the K-12 program so this stage is crucial to help you choose the line of work you’d like to pursue in the future. You can choose from career-specific strands like Business, Accountancy, Management (BAM), Humanities, Education, Social Sciences (HESS), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and General Academic Strand (GAS). Assess the school’s core curriculum and academic strands; decide on what career you’d pursue and set your goals alongside the school’s programs as well.

3. Review school policies – Maritime schools expect senior high school students to have high disciplinary aptitude. Aside from the intense physical training, every student should uphold competence, discipline and responsibility. Review the school’s uniform and hair policies as well as their regimen guidelines. These are more than just rules; these will aid you in being globally competitive with the seafarers’ standards.

4. Adjust your sleeping habits – During vacations, high schoolers tend to stay up late. This may lead to difficulty in transition when school starts. To prevent this, you should set your alarm appropriately. If you got used to sleeping at around 3 a.m., set it one hour earlier the next day and add another 1 hour increment on the following day until you reach around 11 or 10 p.m. Set your waking time at around 5 or 6 a.m. to attain the deal hours of sleep. Do this at least two weeks before school resumes. Once you’ve established this sleeping pattern, stick with it.

5. Limit use of gadgets at night– In order to properly adjust your sleeping habits, limit the use of Social Media before going to bed. As detailed by Business Insider, studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's nighttime. This would take you longer to fall asleep. Get as much sleep as a student because you’ll be missing out on it as a shipmate.

6. Get Organized – Reinforcing the importance of being organized helps you experience success in everything you do. One way to do this is by designating a well-organized study space. This area should serve as a haven where your mind needs to focus.

These are only some of the ideal back-to-school hacks for a maritime senior high school student like you.  According to Bobby Unser, success is where preparation and opportunity meet. With the right determination, you can see every opportunity that comes your way as a chapter in your next adventure.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

4 Considerations on Rent to Own Houses If You’re Newlyweds


After the exchange of ‘I dos’ comes the next chapter of you and your partner’s life―the hunt for your dream house. It’s one of the toughest and most expensive decisions that the both of you will make so careful planning should be implemented at all costs. For the first step, always consider the location. How about Parañaque, a city of accessibility?

Everything is within reach: business districts, shopping malls, churches, hospitals and schools among many other establishments are right at your doorstep. It’s no question that the thriving city is one of the key municipalities in Metro Manila.

Now, it’s time to think about whether to rent or buy. Securing a loan is quite challenging so maybe you should consider a rent to own house and lot in Parañaque. Here are some factors why: 

Immediate Move-in

You and your significant other should first go on a tour around the neighborhood. Are the streets safe? How about the house itself, are there parts that need repairs? Also get an appraisal. Make sure that the house is worth the price. When you have these in order, you can now sign the contract and move into your new home right away. 

Contingency Plan

Most rent to own houses work this way: you rent the house for a certain amount of time and then you are guaranteed the option to purchase it in the future. You will pay a slightly higher rent because a part of it will go to the down payment for the property if ever you decide to buy the house. However, there are cases where you can also decide to walk away from the property if you decide that you don’t want to grab it after all. Either way, you won’t be empty-handed. 


One of the biggest perks of investing in a rent to own house and lot for sale in Parañaque is to improve credit profiles. If your credit evaluation is too low to secure a loan, RTO is the match for you. While repairing your credit ratings, a portion of the rent you pay each month is credited against the down payment. This means that the rental period of the contract not only gives you time to save money, but actually helps you pay down some of the initial costs of buying the home.

A fair warning though: contracts usually do not accept late rent payments as a credit so be responsible in paying your monthly dues. 

Win-Win for Both Buyer and Seller

In this type of arrangement, both parties benefit. Buyers are able to acquire a home immediately and are given time to rebuild their credit. Sellers, whose property has been sitting in the market for a while, are able to generate income to pay off their mortgage and property taxes, as detailed by Zipmatch. This relationship should work well between a trustworthy seller and a responsible buyer.

Before setting out on your most exciting endeavor yet, make sure that you have your finances in order. Sure, it’s easy to move into a rent to own house and lot in Parañaque, but it always pays to have foresight. It’s the key to making an investment well worth every peso.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Miss Universe 2017 Candidates Rode a Multi-Million Dollar Yacht to Batangas

Just 2 weeks before the Miss Universe Coronation night, several candidates of the Miss Universe 2017 are already experiencing Queen-like treatment in the Philippines as they rode a yacht going to Pico De Loro, Nasugbu Batangas named “My Happy Life”. This yacht was owned by Gov. Chavit Singson and it costs about 600 million pesos. For its amenities, it has 3 Dining Area, 16 Executive Rooms, Karaoke, Master Suite and the viewing deck.

Batangas is such a beautiful sight to behold which makes even international beauty organizations took notice of.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Eyeglass Care for Kids

Eyeglasses Frame

Eyeglasses frame and lenses are considered the vulnerable parts of a kid’s glasses. They could warp or crack them in their sleep or break them while playing. It doesn’t only cause a chink on your wallet but it poses danger for your kid’s safety as well. Shards of lenses or an eyeglasses frame snapped in two are little but serious hazards.

Parents should guide and train their children on how to take care of their glasses. Choosing the right eyeglasses for your kids is an easy task based on an article from Executive Optical. However, prolonging its use is a different matter. We’re going to give you some tips to help your kids on how to take care of their glasses:

How to clean itAdults are guilty of not doing this one as well. Spare your kids and teach them how to do it right. It is as simple as using a microfiber cloth to clean the eyeglasses frame and lenses instead of the hem of clothes, or worse, spit.

How to keep it safeAs a parent, you need to look out for your kids. The same goes with their glasses. Remind them not to shove it inside their school bag without slipping it inside its case. When they put it down, tell them eyeglasses frame should touch the surface and not the lenses.

How to wear itKids are spontaneous individuals and their eyeglasses are the victims of this behavior. Understand first that they are newbies when it comes to wearing specs. Patiently teach them the proper way of putting on and taking off their glasses. Vision Service Plan says, “Have them grip both side arms and pull eyeglass frames straight off of their face, rather than using only one hand.”

These are practical tips your kids can apply for first time eyeglass wearers. However, we can’t turn a blind eye to the sad reality of children who wears specs. They could earn hurtful nicknames because of their appearance (with glasses on) like “nerd” or “four eyes.”

They can be ridiculed, bullied and made fun of because of their glasses. For that reason, their social life and self-esteem are affected. Their performance and development at school could be held back as well. Are they really comfortable with it or do they wish they could live without it? Worst is you’re might never be even made aware of these.

An article at Goal Setting Guide provided tips to help your kids with this kind of dilemma as follows:

The freedom of buying glasses

We know that you only want what is best for your kids. But let them have the freedom of buying their own glasses based on their preference or taste. In this way, they are inclined to wear it because they like what they chose.

Show how cool wearing glasses are

Show to them they are not the only ones who wear it. What we mean by “show” is show pictures of famous people, teen celebrities and cartoon characters with glasses. By using this technique, you can portray the cool side of wearing specs.

Lift their spiritsBoost their self-esteem and self-confidence by pointing out to them what they excel at. Goal Setting Guide puts it this way:

As a parent, you must take it upon yourself to show your child that he is special and that his talents and personality are what shine through… Focus on skill, talents and abilities, not appearance.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

7 Handy Tips When Buying a House and Lot For Sale in Batangas

Buying a house and lot for sale in Batangas is not something you do instantaneously. It requires thoughtful decision-making skills for you to get the most out of your purchase. This process can either make or break one of the most important decisions in your life. Before taking that big leap, here are seven things you need to know to help you make a smart buy:

1) Enough Money

One of the most important things to consider when buying a house and lot for sale in Batangas is having enough money to purchase it now, not later. Sure, that beautiful house may look amazing but always remember all the other factors such as property taxes and homeowners association dues. If you are confident that you can pay it all off in the coming years then buy it. If not, there will always be a more suited home for you and your family that is well within your price range.

2) Home Features

Now that you have your finances in order, it’s time to think of the specific features of your ideal home. Do you like an overlooking view of the wondrous mountains of Batangas or do you like the stunning sight of the beaches? Either way, it should be a place in ideal size for you and your family. How many bathrooms and bedrooms do you need? Is the kitchen size adequate for your family? Is the ceiling too low or too high? These key home features may seem unimportant at first but may probably affect your home life in the long run.

3) Hire a Real Estate Agent

You might probably think: why would I pay for something I can do on my own? Yes, information can be easily obtained online but a professional knows every nook and cranny of the real estate sphere. They can also negotiate for you. Real estate agents also deal with contracts and conditions and protect you if ever issues arise. According to Forbes, the process isn’t as simple as it seems. When you get into a difficult situation, it can pay to have a professional on your side so hire someone you trust.

4) Location

Batangas is a great location because it has been voted as a clean city and even won a gold medal in an international environmental competition back in 2013. Imagine waking up to the cool gust of the mountains and the inviting tides of the sea.

5) Great Neighborhood

Safety is a primary thing to look for when assessing a great neighborhood. Be sure the community has a sense of fellowship. Is it safe during day and night? Are the drainage systems properly maintained? Is it accessible to stores, schools, shops, hospitals and banks?

6) Home Inspection

Before purchasing that house and lot for sale in Batangas, ensure that there are no leaky faucets, busted pipelines, holes in the walls and on the roof. The last thing you’d want to know after purchasing and spending thousands on your house is a disaster-ridden spot. Yikes.

7) Think Logically

If you fall in love with the wrong house, you might end up having financial complications. Involving your emotions will make you consumed by small and minor things like the size of the backyard or the paint color. Instinct, however; is being practical and seeing the house as a good value for an investment.

The bottom line is: you need to research and plan. If you have these factors in order, the perfect home will fall right into your hands.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4 Pinoy Celebrities with Sungki – Part 1

Being able to afford dental braces in the Philippines puts someone up the “sosyal” ladder by a notch. It’s considered classy and sometimes even stylish to be able to have dental braces in the Philippines and some would even have them even without the real necessity.

Even in the guise of misaligned teeth or “sungki” as it would locally be called, others would instead use the fact to add to their charm rather than as something that needs correcting! Here are 8 pinoy celebrities that made the “sungki” a part of their iconic smiles.

Rosanna Roces

The ever iconic and irreplaceable “Pantasya ng Bayan” was bolstered to stardom by more than her vivaciousness. Rosanna Roces is an impressive actress, getting recognition for her work with commercial and indie films like Ligaya ang Itawag mo sa Akin (Call me Joy), La Vida Rosa, and Curacha: ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga (Churacha: The Woman who Does not Tire). 


Yul Servo

Yul Servo was a major name in the Filipino independent film circuit in the late 90s and early 2000s and his slightly sungki front teeth were part of his very iconic smile that made up his good guy charm. 


Maui Taylor

Maui Taylor was one of the Viva Hot Babes and part of the generation of actresses that cemented FHM into the male magazine institution that they are today. Aside from being able to act well in roles that most actresses her age would be daunted, she also carries a certain innocent charm to her devilish appeal. 

Sam Concepcion

The Little Big Star made big strides to the local and international scene with his amazing voice, energetic moves and boyish charms. 10 years into the industry, and he retains his youthful aura probably with a little help from his imperfectly adorable smile. 

For a country that is considered a melting pot of a lot of cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities, we have a very broad level of appreciation for beauty and even without dental braces, the Philippines can still embrace the little imperfections that make us perfectly unique.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5 Most Exceptional Philippine Attorneys during the Colonization Eras

Not only did these fellows help in the shaping of what constitutes the Philippine Republic but they are also brave souls who encountered the challenging times of colonization:

philippine attorney-apolinario mabini

Apolinario Mabini

Being fathered by an illiterate and mothered by a public market vendor, Mabini did not let his social standing get in the way of being one of Philippines’ eligible attorneys. Dubbed as ‘The Brains of the Revolution,’ Apolinario lived up to this moniker by being the adviser of then President Emilio Aguinaldo. Even though he was originally to be a priest (as requested by his mother), he went on a path that eventually shaped the Philippines’ future. He even ended up as one of the country’s heroes.

More than being the sublime paralytic, he was also gifted with an exceptional memory that assisted him in earning his law degree. In December 1899, during the Philippine-American War, Mabini was captured. He declined to sign the oath of allegiance to the United States so he was exiled in Guam along with other Filipino patriots. When his health started failing, Mabini finally decided to sign the oath for fear of dying in a foreign land. Upon his return, he died from a cholera epidemic.

philippine attorney-felipe agoncillo

Felipe Agoncillo

He wasn’t only a remarkable lawyer but he was also an astute emissary. Agoncillo was a persistent fellow. He would present petition after petition, pressing the recognition of Philippine Independence.

Felipe faced numerous fruitless conquests. In 1898, the news that the future of the country’s independence would be decided broke out. Agoncillo, being the great diplomat that he is, came to the country’s aid and discussed terms with the Americans. Despite his efforts, Spain ceded the country to America for 20 million dollars.

Agoncillo’s fervor for diplomatic arrangements never wavered. Even after losing all his possessions due to his quest in Europe, he still went in and protested the country’s self-rule. Still, his attempts failed.

According to Philippine Herald, Don Felipe Agoncillo was a cultured and tactful man appointed by General Emilio Aguinaldo.

He may not be known to many but his attempts at achieving Philippine Independence and diplomacy lives on. 

philippine attorney antonio villa real
Antonio Villa-Real
When Antonio left for Japan, his intention was to join the force against the Spaniards. Villa-Real tried to enlist as a part of the Imperial Japanese Army but was unsuccessful. He then ventured on enlisting in the French Foreign Legion but also failed. He finally enrolled in a university in Tokyo and returned to the Philippines in 1904.

Upon returning, he studied law and passed the bar examinations in 1909. He was chosen as the Assistant Attorney in the Attorney General’s office from 1910 to 1916.

The most notable part of his career was being appointed as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Antonio Villa-Real was a Philippine attorney and also one of the two Supreme Courts Justices who was brutally executed during the Japanese Occupation.

philippine attorney jose b vargas

Jorge B. Vargas 

He was also a lawyer and diplomat. Vargas served as the legislative secretary to speaker Sergio Osmeña. During the Japanese occupation, he was assigned as the secretary of the National Defense. When the troops of the Imperial Japanese arrived, he managed Greater Manila in 1941.

During the Second Philippine Republic in 1942, Vargas became the chairman. He was asked to be the president but he declined and became the regime’s ambassador instead.

Vargas garnered many awards due to his service to the government. He died in February 20, 1980 at the age of 89.
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Anacleto Diaz

He was the other Supreme Court Justice who was executed during the Japanese occupation. Diaz was the colleague of Villa-Real. During his youth, the eminent jurist served in the forces of General Antonio Luna.

` Diaz was then captured by the Americans. He built a career as a legal scholar which led to his career’s summit. He was later appointed by U.S. President Roosevelt as the Supreme Court Justice in the Philippines.

Known as the Manila Massacre, Diaz and Villa-Real were just some of the civilians that suffered the wrath of the Japanese invasion.

These men wore many hats and being a lawyer is just one of them. They even surpassed the distress of the colonization eras. They are, indeed, among the most notable Philippine attorneys there are.