Renewing your Philippine passport

I first got my passport at DFA Pampanga with my family in 2011. Due to the fact that it’s nearing expiry (2016), I decided to apply for renewal. Here’s how to do it and how I did it:

  • Get online at
  • Choose a branch on where you want to do your renewal.
  • Set an appointment.
    • I chose the earliest appointment date that will work for me. November 7, 2015.
    • Keep refreshing if you don’t find any early appointments. Sometimes, people cancel their appointments and you’d be lucky to get an earlier one.
    • Once you select a new appointment, it will automatically cancel the appointment you have set before.
  • Take note of the documentary requirements and fees.
    • For renewal,
      • Personal appearance
      • Confirmed appointment
      • For NCR-based applicants, present your printed application form downloaded from DFA Appointment System
      • Most recent expiring or expired passport
      • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.
  • Head to your chosen branch on your appointment date. Bring your application form, requirements, and payment.
    • I went to DFA Galleria and showed the security my application form indicating my appointment date and time. My appointment was on the 7th of November 2015 at 4:30 pm and I was 30 minutes early. He let me in. Take note: The security on duty won’t let you in if you do not have your application form with you and if you do not have an appointment on that date.
    • Proceed to the desk (Processing Area) where the staff will check your requirements. I brought:
      • application form
      • old passport
      • photocopy of the front page and back page of my old passport
      • PRC ID
      • photocopy of my PRC ID
      • NBI Clearance
      • Birth Certificate

However, he did not need my birth certificate and NBI clearance. For what reasons, I do not know.

Don’t fret if you forgot to photocopy any of the required docs. There’s a photocopy machine at the office and they charge 6.00 per page. Good thing I already had photocopies of mine since I think 6.00 for a photocopy is overpriced.

    • Next is payment. You will wait for your number to be flashed on the screen and your assigned window. I waited about 5 minutes before my number was shown and another 5 minutes to process my payment. I chose the “Express Processing” which is 1200 pesos and to pick up my passport once ready. It’s important to tell them if you wish to pick it up or have it delivered because they will cancel (punch holes) your old passport if you want it delivered and will render it invalid.
    • Proceed to the Encoding section where your data and biometric will be taken and photo captured. This took about 7 minutes.
    • After, you will have the option to have your passport delivered or picked up. Delivery will cost P200 more but they deliver it right at your doorstep. I chose not to since I have travel arrangements in 2 weeks.

I called a day ahead to make sure that my passport is at the Galleria office. The next day, I went to DFA Galleria to pick up my new passport. I brought my old passport and they canceled it right there. Three  days later, I used my new passport to travel. 😉



7 Steps on Pharmacist’s Initial Registration

After you have passed the exams, you are now going to register at PRC so you can practice your profession. PRC is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Me and my friend went at 8:00am so we could finish early.


Step 1: Ready the requirements you need for initial registration.

  • short brown envelope (with name and profession written)
  • one (1) passport size picture in plain background with name tag.
  • current community tax certificate (cedula).
  • ballpen
  • payments: P600 (registration fee) and P450 (annual fee)
  • Php 1000.00 per person for Oathtaking tickets.

Step 2: Get online and print your oath form. Fill up necessary details.
This is easier since you won’t need to fall in line to get your oath form and write everything.

Step 3:  Buy 2 documentary stamps.
Head to the window on the right side once you enter the vicinity. It costs 21.00 each so thats’s Php 42.00 for two.

Step 4: Proceed at Window 17/19 to get your Permanent Examination and Registration Record Card.
You will then be instructed to fill up the boxes that they have marked on.


Step 5: Proceed to the Cashier. We went to window 1.
Here, you will pay a total of P1050.00 and they will give you a receipt which you would need to put the receipt number on your record card.

Cashier Window

Official Receipt

Official Receipt

Step 6: Proceed to Window 19 to give your oath form, registration card and receipt.  You will give your brown envelope and passport ID.

Submitting at Window 19.

Submitting at Window 19.

After, you will have to wait until your name is called and you will go back to the same window. It took us maybe 30 minutes of waiting or more..



Step 7: When your name is called, claim your receipt, claim stub and the little note on your oath taking.

You will have to go to the Oath taking ceremony to claim your board certificate and license card. And that’s it! Should you have any questions, just comment and I’ll try to answer.

My take on the Pharmacist Licensure Exams

Board exams? Yes, it was a memorable experience. Not because I was excited but because I got so much emotions during the whole process. Nervousness, lack of sleep, palpitations, headache, and definitely, constipation. I myself, would never want to repeat the same thing all over again and that’s one of the reasons why I am so motivated to pass and get through with it.


First Day. 

I was not excited as others seemed to be. I think mainly because they can’t wait to get over with the exams but I was too concerned on not knowing what to expect on the exams. I am very thankful for my mom and dad for being supportive and drove me to MLQU. I don’t know where this university is but I thank Google for bringing GoogleMaps! I wasn’t late. I arrived at 6:20am and we were supposed to be there at 6:30am. Instructions for the exams are given at 7:00am and the exam itself starts at 8:00am. 


As the time drew nearer to 8am, I prayed to God not to ever leave me and guide me in my exams. I also prayed for St Joseph’s intercession as I went out of the room after the proctors gave instructions. 



The farthest room on the left is where I took my exams.

We waited until 8am and BOOM! Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Wow, it was pretty difficult but somehow I know that I got at least 40% right answers. The same goes to the next two – Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy. I have to admit that my brain was so tired after the exams that I really wanted to get some rest but my anxiety for the next day didn’t let me.

Tip: Bring water, food, reviewers and lunch so you wouldn’t have to bother going out to eat and at least you would be able to get some last minute review on the topics you haven’t yet finished reading.

I went home and still, I tried to read a couple of topics for the next day. I tried to sleep early so I can get energized for the last day. I still prayed and kept on making myself calm.

Next day, we were to be at MLQU at 7am. Dad cooked breakfast and I drank some coffee to get my head working because I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. I got there and I must say, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics are difficult but…. Quality Control! You’re the worst. I worried more but I believed that I will pass my exams. I went home and enjoyed the day not having to study anymore for my exams. It’s such a relief!


My friends talking about the last module.

Results were out and I passed! I got 83% and I think that’s not bad at all.. At least i’m not going all over the same stresses again. 

I encourage all the students who are going to take the exams to study, study, study and pray hard! 

Things I’m Thankful for 2012

This should’ve been written during the transition between 2012 and 2013 but anyhow, I still want to write it.

  1. I got my visa!
  2. I got my first international package from the Central Post Office.
  3. I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.
  4. I traveled first time out of the country!
  5. I met my aunt and cousins in VA!
  6. I am very lucky to have tried my aunt’s cooking. 🙂
  7. I met my friend from WA state.
  8. I traveled alone from East Coast to West Coast.
  9. I mailed at the blue mailboxes first time and at different US Post Offices!
  10. I got amazon boxes! (I knowwwwwwww but I’m amazed!)
  11. I rode the ATV for the first time.
  12. I tried Five Guys Burgers!
  13. I went back to the Philippines by myself.
  14. I got my first job and a part time job as well.
  15. I am now part of the Parish Youth Choir.
  16. I had foreign guests for the first time.
  17. God blessed me with a loving and caring boyfriend.
  18. God blessed me with such a wonderful family.
  19. I am filled with God’s love and overflowing blessings.
  20. I got more and more closer to God. ❤

And even if I already wrote 20 things, I still have more!

Pharmacist Licensure Exams – Preparation

For this blog post, I am going to share to you how I prepared myself for the board exams. You might be a pharmacy graduate or just wondering how to prepare for an exam. Either way, I’m happy you’re reading and hopefully you would learn something from this.

(I need to be always reminded with the Date.)

First day: Module 1-3 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy)
Second day: Module 4-6 (Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Quality Control/Quality Assurance)


1. Get all necessary reviewers.
This might include, but not limited to, PACOP Pink, Blue, Red, Orange, Reviewers from your review center and Reviewers from School. I had my UST Modules and I just borrowed some PACOP Reviewers from my friends from higher batches.

2. Decide if you want to enroll in a review center or just rely on self-review and in-house review provided by your school.
In my case, I did all of them because sometimes, I get too lax and going to the reviews makes me more focused.

3. Grab some inspiration.
I remember our professor telling us that we should list the top 3 reasons on why we should make it and top 3 persons on whom we should share our success. It actually did me good. At times when I feel like giving up on studying, I think about the persons and the whys and it just makes me want to study more.

4. Know what kind of learner you are and your personality in learning.
Different persons have different ways of learning. Some are visual, others are auditory and may be tactile or kinesthetic as well. I, myself, is a kinesthetic learner. I can’t learn without moving my body. I wander in my room, sometimes walking back and forth while reading things just to learn. They also say that when you use lots of senses in learning, it makes you learn more. I know some friends that does good in group studies but I personally don’t. I learn more if im by myself.

5. Work smarter, not harder.
This is already a cliché but it’s true. The thing is, you shouldn’t read and read and read the same things over and over again. Do not study the things that you already know! You always have to learn something new! It does feel good that you know things, but for the exam, you should learn as much as possible. Be reminded that you should be able to understand the concept and not just scanned your reviewers. What’s the use of having read it but you didn’t understand what you’ve read?

6. Train yourself with sample questions.
This is where the PACOP goes in. Treat the PACOP as if you’re already taking the exam. It helps you be trained in eliminating choices and come up with the best answer. My style is to read concepts then at the end of the day, I try answering some PACOP questions.

7. Do not be intimidated.
I admit that I get intimidated by my classmates at times especially on group studies. I always felt like I don’t know lots of things yet but always remember that there are things that you don’t know but they know and vice versa.

8. A sound mind is a sound body.
Don’t forget to eat healthy and drink lots of water to hydrate yourself! Some tends to forget eating because of the stress and pressure they get from studying. But please! Don’t deprive yourself of food and especially, sleep! Always remember that when you sleep, your short term memory goes to your long term memory so it’s actually very beneficial. I would admit that my brain gets exhausted and I tend to sleep lots of times.

9. Take short breaks.
You are actually more productive when you take some 15min break in between hours of studying than doing a 4-hr straight studying. You will realize that you feel more exhausted when you don’t take breaks.

10. Discipline and time management.
Say you only have 3 weeks left before your exams. Give most of the time to the subjects which you don’t understand instead of equally dividing them. The board exams have different percentage per module and you have to get 75% total percentage and not less than 50% on each module. I made my own time table and did my best to comply with it. I declined most of the outings and hanging out with friends thinking that I could always do it after my exams. At the same time, you also deserve a day off! On your days off, that’s when you could hang out and spend time with your friends.

11. Take lessons piece by piece.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the concepts that you have to learn even if its hard. It pays to understand each of it. Remember to take it piece by piece just like how you eat food. Just grab small bites until you’re done.

12. Expect each subject to appear on each module.
Students, most of the time, expect that if its a chemistry question, it might not appear on the other modules. Well, not at all! That’s why you have to be ready for the exams by the exam day because lots of questions from another module appear on this module. Hope you can get what I mean. :p

13. Shoot for the Moon! So if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars! 
AIM HIIIIIIIGGGGGH and do your best to reach your goals! That’s what you should always do! Aim for a realistic goal. For example, if you aim for 100% and you did not get it, at least you’re sure you’ll land somewhere in 90s. 🙂

14. Do it for yourself and for God.
Do it for you and for your betterment. It’s not your mom, your brother or even your friend who will benefit from this but only you will. It’s your key on practicing 4 years of hardwork from your university to be able to be of service to others. Remember that God blesses each person who does things that pleases the eyes of God.

Never ever cease to pray. With God, all things are possible. Ask for his guidance and mercy that everything will turn out alright and to prepare you for the path and destiny he has for you. Trust and have faith!



To God be all the Glory! Hope this helps!
Leave  a comment for any more ideas and suggestions to help everyone on passing their exams. 🙂

My Board Exams Prayers

I have believed that without faith and prayers in anyway, you wouldn’t succeed. So I compiled the novenas and prayers that I did while I was studying for my board exams. I promised to share this to everyone so I’m listing them all down here.

Padre Pio’s Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

1. O my Jesus, You have said:  “Truly I say to you, ask and it will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you.”  Behold, I knock, I seek, and I ask for the grace of …(here add your request).

Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…Amen.

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  (Whom we love).  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death…Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end…Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

2. O my Jesus, You have said:  “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you.”  Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…(here add your request).

Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…Amen.

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  (Whom we love).  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death…Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end…Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

3. O my Jesus, You have said:  “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”  Encouraged by Your infallible words, I now ask for the grace of…(here add your request).

Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…Amen.

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  (Whom we love).  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death…Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end…Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have mercy on us sinners, and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen, our mother of mercy…our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve.  To thee do we set up our sighs, morning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn thee then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary…Pray for us O loving mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ…Amen.

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Joseph of Cupertino Prayer before Exams

O great St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayers did obtain from God the Grace to be ask in your
examinations the only answer you knew, obtain for me like favor, that I may succeed in (mention your exam)
for which i am preparing to take. In return, I promise to make your name known and caused it to be invoked.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino, pray for me (3x).
O Holy Ghost. Enlilghten me.
Our Lady of Good studies, pray for me

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Seat of Divine Wisdom Enlighten me.


Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things,
true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things
correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent
of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to Blessed Pedro Calungsod

My Lord,

In your grace,
you have shown through your
Beato Pedro Calungsod,
the sublime prize of following

Through his martyrdom, you
have shown us that age and
race will not hinder us from
serving and loving you;

His youthful fervor in
defending the faith earned him
the title to be called Blessed;

Thus in confidence,
I humbly call unto him to pray
with me, and to intercede for
this urgent favor
(make a request) and that through
his glorious life, I may try
to emulate him, together
with Mother Mary, who
have without reserve said
yes to your will.



Prayer to Our Lady of Manaoag

Virgin Mother of God, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, thou, who hast chosen to raise thy throne of mercy in Manaoag, to be the beloved protectress and Patron of the Province of Pangasinan, and therefrom to bestow thy graces on us, thy children, banished in this valley of tears, look down with thine eyes of mercy upon me, who am beset with so many dangers of body and soul. Despite not my petition, O dearest Mother, but intercede for me before thy divine Son now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Virgin of Manaoag, pray for us.

Prayer to Our Lady of Namacpacan

O Blessed Virgin of Namacpacan, we pray that you intercede especially for us, for the sake of your image which you have given for our veneration and edification, in order that we may be saved from famine, pestilence and war.

Make O Loving Mother, the sinful pleasures of this world which would lead us to perdition and death, appear and taste stale and insipid to us, so that we may realize our mistakes and be welcomed back into God’s grace and love.

Obtain for us Mother Dearest, all the graces we aspire for in this life, that we may know and be resigned to the Divine Will throughout our earthly life and thus merit eternal bliss in the kingdom promised by Jesus Christ your Son for ever and ever. Amen. 

(3) Hail Mary

Prayer to St. Jude

Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases–of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (mention your request), and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen
Hope these prayers help you on your exams and in any problems that you may have. 😉

How to Claim a Package at the Philippine Postal Corporation in Pasay City

I had to claim a christmas gift from the US and instead of me receiving it at my doorstep, I received a NOTICE CARD. I learned that all EMS (Express Mail Service) are delivered in the Philippine Postal Corporation in Pasay City. It is very far from where I live but what can I do?

To give you an estimate on how long I waited since it was sent, well… The sender who lives in the USA sent it December 28, 2012 and the sender paid extra for 3-5 Days delivery time. I got this notice as shown below, January 4, 2013.



1. So first, you have to have this notice card and be sure to bring one ID or 2 IDs (if you are going to have a representative claim it). It has the requirements on the other side of the card (Sorry guys, I wasn’t able to take a picture of it).

2. Second, you have to go to the Philippine Post Office EMS Section in Domestic Rd, Pasay City within 30 days from the date of the first notice card. The notice card says that they are open from Monday to Friday 8:00-5:00 PM. You can also call 854-3580, 854-4621 and fax no at 8544902. Unclaimed items will either be returned to the sender or disposed. I heard that the Post office doesn’t really return them back since it will cost them so they just throw it away. We don’t want our package to just get thrown away, do we?


3.  Proceed to the EMS Customer Service Section and show them your notice card. They will type in the numbers and I think they are checking where it is. At the window, they actually show the instructions on how to claim your package. You then have to sit and wait, then they will call your name/number given to you.

Customer Service Window

4. If everything’s good, you will be instructed to go to the next window and here, you will present your ID to the staff in charge. She will then locate your item and hand it to you.

Delivery Window


5. You will be asked to pay the postage tax – Php 40.00 then you’re good to go!





I was very afraid of having to pay high tax but good thing I only paid 40.00! Yay! This is my package and it just contains christmas cards, a book and coffee.





Hope this post helps you guys! Have a great day! 🙂