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TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Stations either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion. Bus Fare = P250 as of 2019
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Lucban, advise the driver to drop you off to Lucban, Jeepney Fare = P27 as of 2019

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology 😊

VISA: Crafting an Itinerary for travel abroad on short notice is not a joke!

Here we are again, we are trying to craft our itineraries for travel abroad. We are planning to leave 23 days from now based on our scheduled trip, yet we do not have our VISA yet. In fact, we are still in the process of completing our requirements. Time and time again, it is always a hurdle for us Filipinos to travel abroad in countries that require VISA to be able to enter their borders.

As of this blogging, we do not have any single requirement yet for us to be able to submit to the embassy we intend to visit. It mus be part of travel journey. 🙂

The list of requirements we need to accomplish and secure next week are the following:

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Bank Certificate 
  • Birth Certificate from NSO
  • Certificate Of Employment
  • ITR 2316
  • Travel Itinerary (includes flight No, Hotel address and contact information)

Wish us luck, we are running out of time, but still very optimistic that we will be able to submit our application form 2 weeks before our travel date. This is our 1st time to plan a travel to a country that requires VISA on a short period of one month before the travel date. We had experienced short notice of 90 days  before when we had our Schengen VISA but not as short as this one which is 30 days. 🙂

Philippine Passport is always a challenge to explore the world we dream of visiting, unlike the OECD member countries, they have an easy access to any borders in the world as free as a peregrine falcon. We’ll make it because I do believe that dreams do come true!

Japan: Change of Travel Plan

How to Request Stock Certificate at COL Financial for Visa Application?

Being a Filipino citizen and a Philippine Passport holder, it is always associated to a certain restrictions before we can enter the borders of 1st world. WE are always required to acquire a VISA from the embassy of the country where we intend to visit. One of the most common requirements before they grant us a VISA is “Proof of Funds Sufficiency” in the duration of our stay in the country we dream to visit.

 

Topping the list of requirements  to prove Proof of Funds are Bank Certificate, ITR 2316 – Income Tax Return, and Certificate of Employment. Stock Certificate does not show much on the list of requirements but it is  equally as good  as supporting document . It is a paper asset as well and a strong evidence of “ROOTEDNESS”. It is like you are telling to the embassy that you have investments in your home country and no way for you to overstay but to return back to your country of origin, your beloved country. 🙂

Having stated the importance of Stock Certificate,  Let us find out the easy steps How to Request Stock Certificate at COL Financial for Visa Application:

  • Login to your COL Account and click on Forms Tab and download the form [Certification Request (Certification request for Visa & other purposes] as shown below:
  • Fill out the form as shown below. 
  • Scan the completed Form and email the completed form to stockcerts@COLFinancial.com . The email information is shown below, go to Service Inquiry Tab for easy access.
  • Please also see the sample email below

  • Once the completed application form has successfully been emailed to stockcerts@COLFinancial.com. Wait for 2 to 3 Business days to receive your Stock Certificate. This will be sent via your email. Please see the sample Stock Certificate Below:

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales 2012

Nagsasa Cove is a small sheltered bay in the province of Zambales. It is situated in Brgy. Pundaquit in the municipality of San Antonio. This crescent-shaped cove is an ideal beach hopping getaway if you are looking for a place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. The selling point of Nagsasa Cove is its camping site where there is no electricity and hotels. If you want to rekindle your Boy and Girl Scout years, this time camping by the beach, Anawangin cove is waiting for you.

Furthermore, you would definitely enjoy the distinctive and pleasant smell of Pine Trees as you sleep with your tent at night.  However, it can be loud and noisy  during peak season.

Getting there by Bus

  • Go to Victory Liner bus Terminal either in Pasay or Cubao, take a bus ride bound to Iba or Santa Cruz, Zambales, Advised the driver to drop you off at San Antonio bus stopFare ranges from P270 and P360. Travel Time 5 hours. 

  • Take a 15-minute tricycle ride to Pundaquit, Trike terminal is right beside the bus stop. Fare P30/person, if you are in group, the fare is P100

  • Boat Rental – we came in group we were charged P2500 for 3 days and 2 Nights island-hopping which include Nagsasa and Capones Island. Negotiation with the boatman always works.

TRAVEL GUIDE | HOW TO GET TO ANAWAGIN COVE

Anawangin Cove is a small sheltered bay in the province of Zambales. It is situated in Brgy. Pundaquit in the municipality of San Antonio. This crescent-shaped cove is an ideal beach hopping getaway if you are looking for a place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. The selling point of Anawangin Cove is its camping site where there is no electricity and hotels. If you want to rekindle your Boy and Girl Scout years this time camping by the beach, Anawangin cove is waiting for you.

Furthermore, you would definitely enjoy the distinctive and pleasant smell of Pine Trees as you sleep with your tent at night.  However, it can be loud and noisy  during peak season.

Getting there by Bus

  • Go to Victory Liner bus Terminal either in Pasay or Cubao, take a bus ride bound to Iba or Santa Cruz, Zambales, Advised the driver to drop you off at San Antonio bus stopFare ranges from P270 to P360. Travel Time 5 hours. 

  • Take a 15-minute tricycle ride to Pundaquit, Trike terminal is right beside the bus stop. Fare P30/person, if you are in group, the fare is P100

  • Boat Rental – we came in group we were charged P2500 for 3 days and 2 Nights island-hopping which include Nagsasa and Capones Island. Negotiation with the boatman always works.