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Baguio City

Home of the famous Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival which is held annually and attracts thousands of spectators both local and international.

Jewel of the Highlands

Baguio City is home to many immigrants. A significant population of foreigners also contributed to the diversity of the city's colorful culture.

Summer Capital of the Philippines

Baguio City is at an altitude of approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level in the Luzon tropical pine forests and is famous for its cold climate.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Panagbenga 2012 Schedule Of Traditional Activities

Panagbenga 2012

The major annual festival in Baguio City has been officially declared open last November 14, 2011. Panagbenga 2012, formerly known as the "Baguio Flower Festival" is in its 17th season with the theme "Community Convergence for a Sustainable Tourism Growth" is expected to attract thousands of spectators as well as tourists as it did in the past celebrations. Baguio City is now gearing up for the events and the secretariat has released recently the schedule of traditional activities.

Panagbenga is a "Kankanaey" term for “a season of blooming”.


Panagbenga 2012 Major Highlights



Panagbenga Opening Parade February 1, 2012
Market Encounter February 1 - March 4, 2012
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom February 11, 2012
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Baguio February 12, 2012
Fluvial Float Parade February 12, 2012
Chinese Spring Festival February 21, 2012
Grand Street Dancing Parade February 25, 2012
Grand Float Parade February 26, 2012
Session Road in Bloom February 27 - March 4, 2012
Pony Boy's Day March 2, 2012
Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies March 4, 2012
Grand Fireworks Display March 4, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Minor events and activities can be found elsewhere all over Baguio City during the whole month of celebration.

* Tips
  • Book early.
  • Scout on possible viewing spots before the major events.
  • Consider access to the nearest comfort rooms.
  • Before going to watch the major events, secure all your belongings, only bring what you need; umbrella, bottled water, camera and so on.
  • Park your vehicle on a secure location, better yet, park it on the hotel's parking lot where there is security.
  • Do not bring bulky things such as child stroller/carrier and bulky packs during major events.
  • Keep a close eye on your children, put identification cards and the like in their pockets and instruct them what to do if in case they get separated.
  • Stay away from small exits.
  • Bring small bills.
  • Keep wallets, cellphones, and other valuables in front pockets, wear clothing with deep pockets.
  • Report any untoward incidents to the nearest law enforcement.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Philippine Condo Living

Living in Philippine Condos offers an alternative lifestyle especially if you are a young professional who wants to have a place to call your own or if you have a family and you want to have a secure and spacious living space that is affordable and more convenient than buying a conventional home.


Living in Condos, especially in Philippines offers different types of lifestyle and living conditions. It is cheaper than buying a conventional home or buying lot then built a house later on. Philippine condos offer you amenities like 24-hours maximum security, well guarded parking space, swimming pool and others that an individual cannot enjoy in any other type of home dwellings.


There are many condominiums that is available in Philippine Real Estate, like in Makati, Pasig, Taguig and Muntinlupa also in provinces like Baguio and Tagaytay of which can satisfy your needs and requirements. However, whatever type of condo you opt to buy, you should bear in mind that Condo Living in the City is different than living in a conventional home environment that you might accustom to live.


The difference between living in Philippine Condominiums and in Conventional Home is the dual nature that comes with every condo unit home ownership. A condo homeowner shares the responsibility over the operating and maintenance cost of shared spaces in the property such as lobby, passageways, elevators and other essential parts of the Condominium complex.


A condo unit is also cheaper than owning a single detached home which may take you years to save for before owning it. Living in a condo unit, you will also be able to enjoy the amenities and shared facilities like the gym, pool, function rooms, children center, gardens and others that common in condominium complexes. Also, as a condo homeowner, you became a part of unique community and take part in any decision making activity.


If high-rise living appeals to you, finding the right property is easy. There are many Condominiums featured in Philippine Real Estate agencies. These properties can range from luxurious Philippine condos with elegant designs and spacious greenery which provide you with healthy environment to grow and proper to affordable med-rise condo units.


One of the best firms which is considered in the Philippine real estate is Home Buyers Avenue. It is a diversified firm licensed to broker and manage properties in Cities and Provinces such as condominiums as well as townhouses, house and lots, lot only, farm lot and commercial properties.

Finding Real Estate Property

Moving to a new place requires a lot of planning and it needs to be done effectively. A thorough research should be done while finding an appropriate property, with all the basic amenities and utilities. It makes the moving experience a pleasant, efficient and effective one. Searching a property should meet your lifestyle and at the same time, it should be within the budget. There are various property locator service providers that help you to find a property which suits your needs. Now you can find even the property listings that are available on the web like Home Buyers Avenue

Pinesview Cottages

With the number of properties growing each year, perspective residents have a huge variety to choose from. With property prices continuing to climb however, you'd want to make sure the property you choose is exactly what you want, because you'll probably be paying a fair proportion of your income on either rent or repayments. There are many other things to consider depending on your requirements. A professional or retiree may be looking for a building that contains a higher proportion of owner occupiers and has good sound insulation, whereas a younger person may be happy to live in a building with a higher proportion of students and won't be as bothered by the noise from parties or other loud behavior in the building. Price is also a major factor and generally you'll get what you pay for.


What you want from a property will vary from one person to the next, but if you cover the main items of quality, parking, facilities and security, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect property.

Home Ownership is now just a click away Home Buyers Avenue is a blog site dedicated for home buyers and sellers. Buying / Selling a property can now be simplified through online marketing. One can acquire a Philippine property without leaving ones home, let alone ones country of residence. Buyers can be provided with complete details of the property and assist buyer with the process of the purchase and documentations as well. For more information, please Contact Us @ +63917-8125791 or email us @ info@buyphilippinehomes.com

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baguio - The Ideal Place for your Retirement

Retiring is good thing for most people, it’s a time that comes after years and years of hard work and slavery to a job. It is something that most people at the age of 58 and 59 begin to look forward and anticipated for a long time. Having the time to spend with your family and indulge in your passions, without the stress of worrying what your boss thinks or worrying about how you’re going to survive if you lose your job...


When you are at your retirement age,one of the most important thing to consider is the place where you can settle at your retirement, a place where you can relax and enjoy with your loved ones - where is the best place to retire? I suggest, BAGUIO. Baguio is a city on the Cordillera mountain range in the middle of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Due to its cool mountain weather, beautiful sceneries and peaceful atmosphere, Baguio is considered as the summer capital of the Philippines. It is also called the City of Pines because of many pine trees planted all over the city.See yourself playing golf, enjoying a horse back ride, planting your own farm or just simply sitting down at your veranda beside your loved ones enjoying this beautiful environment that Baguio is offering you. Truly a relaxing place to spend every minute of your day.


Home Buyers Avenue, a Philippine Real Estate that has a wide range of list of Philippine properties specially in Baguio City. House and lot, Baguio condominiums, Baguio rest house, Baguio vacation houses, farm houses in Baguio and even for rent houses in Baguio... We are willing to help you find your Dream Retirement Home.


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Guidelines on Settlement of Estates

WHAT IS AN ESTATE?
  • An Estate is comprised of the real and personal properties of a decedent.
  • A life insurance policy or a pre-need plan or a mutual fund placement is considered personal property.

WHEN IS THE SETTLEMENT OF AN ESTATE REQUIRED? The settlement of an estate is required by Sun Life under the following circumstances:
  1. The beneficiary who will receive the proceeds under a life insurance policy or pre-need plan is an Estate.
  2. The owner of the life insurance policy or pre-need plan or mutual fund placement has become an Estate and needs to transact business with the company.

HOW IS AN ESTATE SETTLED? An Estate may be settled judicially or extra judicially:
I.    EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT.

  • “Extrajudicial” means “outside of court.”
  • The heirs do not have to go to court to partition the properties left
  • by the decedent.
  • There are two (2) kinds of extrajudicial settlement:

A.    COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT TO BE VALID:
  1. The decedent died intestate, i.e., without a valid will;
  2. The estate has no outstanding debts at the time of the extrajudicial settlement;
  3. The heir/s are all of age, or the minor heirs are represented by their judicial guardians or legal representatives;
  4. The extrajudicial settlement is made in a public instrument, stipulation or affidavit duly filed with the Register of Deeds;
  5. The fact of such extrajudicial settlement must be published in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks; and
  6. The parties to the extrajudicial settlement shall file a bond with the Register of Deeds in an amount equivalent to the value of the personal property involved.
This bond should be filed simultaneously with the extrajudicial settlement instrument(document). Such bond will answer for the payment of any just claim at any time within two (2) years after the settlement and distribution of an estate.

B.    WHO MAY EXECUTE AN EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT?

  1. THE SOLE HEIR. The one and only heir may adjudicate the entire estate to himself by means of an affidavit (called an “Affidavit of Self-Adjudication”) filed in the Register of Deeds of the place where the decedent resided.
  2. THE HEIRS* AGREEING AMONG THEMSELVES. The heirs may divide the estate among themselves by means of a notarized instrument filed in the Register of Deeds.
The steps to follow are:
a.    Prepare a “Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Adjudication of Estate” to be signed by all of the which must contain the following information:
  • That the decedent left no will;
  • That the decedent left no debt;
  • Each heir’s relationship to the decedent (e.g. spouse, son, daughter, father, mother etc.);
  • That they are the decedent’s only surviving heirs;
  • An enumeration and a brief description of the decedent‘s properties, both real and personal, which the heirs are now dividing among themselves. The decedent’s Sun Life Financial life insurance policy; pre-need plan number; or mutual fund.
* Heirs for purposes of the discussion on extrajudicial settlement, may refer to the following:
  1. if the deceased was single without children – surviving parents;
  2. if the deceased was single with children– legitimate and illegitimate children only;
  3. if the deceased was single with illegitimate children and surviving parents – surviving parents and illegitimate children only;
  4. if the deceased was married with children - legal spouse and illegitimate and legitimate children only; and
  5. if the deceased was married with illegitimate children – legitimate spouse, surviving parents and illegitimate children. Claimants are encouraged to seek the advice of their own legal counsel.
Placement certificate number must be specifically mentioned; and How the properties are to be divided among the heirs including a specific mention of who will assume ownership and/or all the benefits resulting from the Sun Life Financial life insurance policy; pre-need plan; or mutual fund placement.

b.    Have the “Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Adjudication of Estate” notarized before a Notary Public after all the heirs have signed it.

c.    Secure a bond from a reputable bonding company acceptable to the Register of Deeds. The amount of the bond is equivalent to the value of the personal property included in the extrajudicial settlement.

d.    Register the notarized “Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Adjudication of Estate” with the Register of Deeds. The bond is simultaneously filed with the “Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Adjudication of Estate”.

e.    Publish the “Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Adjudication of Estate” in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks.

II.    JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE. 
There are times when resort to court is unavoidable, particularly when the deceased left a will or debts and/or the heirs are in dispute.

A.    COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT:
  1. By means of a petition filed in court.
  2. Where filed?
  • If the decedent was a resident of the Philippines at the time of his death, the petition must be filed before the Regional Trial Court in the place where he resided at the time of his death.
  • If the decedent was a resident of a foreign country at the time of his death, the petition must be filed in any Regional Trial Court in the province where he had estate.
      3. Publication. Notice of the filing of the petition for settlement of estate and the proceedings thereof are
          required to be published in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for three consecutive          weeks.

      B.    WHEN IS THERE A JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT?
      1. SUMMARY SETTLEMENT OF ESTATES OF SMALL VALUE. An estate of small value is worth Ten Thousand Pesos or less, regardless of whether or not the decedent left a will.
      The steps to follow are:
      • File a petition in court alleging that the estate is of small value.
      • Publish a notice of the settlement proceedings in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks.
      • After completion of publication, the court may set the case for hearing and proceed summarily to settle the estate.
           2.  PROBATE OF WILL. If the decedent left a will, such must be probated, i.e., allowed or disallowed. 
      The steps to follow are:
          • File a petition in court praying for the probate of the will and settlement of estate of the decedent.
          • The court will set a time and place for the probate and shall cause notice of such to be published in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks.
          • On the hearing date, the court will proceed with the probate of the will and distribute the estate to the heirs/legatees accordingly.
                3.   DECEDENT LEFT NO WILL. If the decedent left no will, the steps are the same as the above, except that the petition will pray for the settlement of the estate of the decedent.

          Wednesday, August 31, 2011

          Multiple Listing Service

          What is MLS?


          Multiple Listing Service is a service provided for International REALTOR® Members .

          • a facility for the orderly correlation and dissemination of listing information so participants may better serve their clients and customers and the public
          • a means by which authorized participants make blanket unilateral offers of compensation to other participants or
          • a means of enhancing cooperation among participants
          • a means by which information is accumulated and disseminated to enable authorized participants to prepare appraisals, analysis, and other valuations of real property for bonafide clients and customers
          • a means by which participants engaging in real estate appraisal contribute to common databases

          The most basic element of an MLS is that it is a compilation of the currently listed properties for sale or lease in an area. This information can be compiled in hard copy publication or more often today in a computerize and often web-based system.

          MLS is more than just a list of properties for sale. There are numerous publications or websites where you can go to find properties for sale, and those aren’t MLS. They’re missing a key element to what makes an MLS unique and that is a unilateral offer of compensation from the listing broker to cooperating brokers who find the buyer. In an MLS, listing brokers agree to pay cooperating brokers a percentage of the sales price or a flat Peso amount if they find the buyer for a property they have listed.

          MLS – simply put – is the exchange of property information for sale or lease and offers of compensation that lead to cooperative sales and lease transactions.

          MISSION

          To empower, support and educate our International REALTOR Members to achieve their goals by providing cutting edge resources that improve and enhance their Real Estate Business to the next level.

          VISION

          By embracing the acceleration of Information technology change, we lift the professional standards that fosters an environment that guarantees integrity and enlightenment and keeps our International REALTOR Members in the forefront of real estate as the premier source of accurate real estate data.

          Wednesday, April 13, 2011

          The Pride of Baguio City in the Philippines Products to Suit Everybody

          Apart from being a growing attraction for overseas tourists Baguio City in the Philippines is a big favorite amongst the Filipino people for holidays and for it's great local products. Smack bang in the middle of a rain forest, the city is 1500 meters above sea level with a cooler climate than the rest of the Philippines. However, that cooler temperature is still on average much higher than for instance the UK!

          Whenever people visit the City of Pines, the one thing that they never forget to take back home is the local products of the city. These include vegetables, jams, choco flakes and peanut brittle. Vegetables are among the products which are the most popular in the city of Baguio. This is because a myriad of plants and fresh vegetables such as cabbages easily grow in the mild climate here.


          Even with such an abundance, people tend to "hoard" vegetables to take back home. It is significant that vegetables and how they are grown in the area leans towards going organic. Baguio City's organic vegetables are becoming more and more popular each day because they are safer, healthier and they taste better than chemically grown produce. Restaurants that serve organic vegetables are becoming more and more popular. Now, vegetables in Baguio are not just fresh, they are organic as well.

          Some of the other products that the city is proud of are the popular food items that can be found on sale in the market. These include peanut brittle, choco flakes, lengua and even strawberry and ube jams. These products are what people usually buy to take home to their friends and relatives. They are easily affordable - ranging from 50 pesos to 200 pesos. When you purchase these products you cant go wrong with the satisfaction and the taste of these unique food items.


          Flowers are what Baguio takes great pride in. Since the launch of the Panagbenga or the Baguio Flower Festival in 1996, the peoples interest in the citys flowers have grown. The yearly festival lasts throughout the month of February. During that time there is floral float parades, dancing and music including rock and pop festivals. If you are looking for somewhere special to take your partner on Valentines day this city is perfect!

          Many different types of flowers can be found in the market of Baguio City and each day, they are delivered fresh from the flower farms. Just some of the species that can be be seen while walking along the flower section of the public market are: various varieties of roses, sunflowers, hydrangea, bromeliad, marigolds, impatiens, Christmas cactus and poinsettas. Even rare plants flourish because of the mild climate and the best part is that these gorgeous plants and flowers are very affordable compared to other places. Indeed Baguio's flower industry blooms each and every day and the name 'flower capital of the Philippines' is well deserved.

          Baguio is an unforgettable experiences for anybody visiting the Philippines. With trips to the right places and the right information a visit here is definitely worthwhile. While in Baguio, you should never forget to drop by the marketplace to enjoy the products the city offers to make the trip complete. Baguio City: the City of Pines and the Summer Capital of the Philippines, a place of solitude, leisure, recreation and of course products worth bringing home as a remembrance of a wonderful experience.

          Wednesday, April 6, 2011

          Three Reasons Why Visit or Retire in Baguio City


          The Cold Weather
          Baguio remains the place to be (particularly) during the warmest months of the year; it retains its allure as THE Summer Capital of the Philippines. Where people find refuge during the continuous torrent of heat days on summer months. On such days - it is guaranteed: the temperature is always better in Baguio. A migrant friend of mine from Germany actually described our weather as "eternal spring." Because of its high elevation, the temperature in the city is usually 8 degrees Celsius (46 degree Fahrenheit) lower than the adjoining lowland locations. The average temperature is from 15-23 degrees Celsius (59-73 degrees Fahrenheit), with the coldest days occurring from November to February.

          The Green Setting
          Baguio is always described as a green city because of the multitude of pine trees spread over most locations and the grass ground cover here remains plentiful. The city downtown has little of these, as it has been built upon; but patches of green remain therein--particularly in Burnham Park which endures as our "breathing space" right in the heart of downtown. One used to be able to smell the refreshing aroma of the pine trees while enjoying a ride in the heavily wooded locations; but the scent of the trees is no longer as prominent due to the dwindling number of trees.

          The Leisurely Mood
          Planned by Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham in 1906, Baguio was designed as a city for 25,000 residents; this is the reason why the roads are rather narrow and the city is relatively small. It is because of this "intimate essence" in scale that a leisurely mood is induced upon its occupants. A good reason why, one may opt to raise a family here; shunning the "rat-race" state-of-mind that pervades highly-urbanized locations such as Metro Manila. Despite the temptation of better opportunities elsewhere, One may opt to stay in this "quaint and sleepy little town" where people are relaxed most of the time and commune with nature.

          Just come and visit, and find out for yourself what you have been missing all these years. View Slideshow

          Source
          *Photo Contributors: Florife Pantaleon, Oswald Reyes and Johann Viloria.

          Wednesday, March 2, 2011

          Rules Governing Philippine Citizenship

          Bureau of Immigration
          Republic of the Philippines
          Department of Justice

          BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

          Manila

          MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. AFF-04-01

          RULES GOVERNING PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP UNDER REPUBLIC ACT R.A. No. 9225 AND ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER (A.O.) NO. 91, SERIES OF 2004.

          WHEREAS, R.A. No. 9225 declares that natural-born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under conditions provided therein;

          WHEREAS, A.O. No. 91, Section 1 designated the Bureau of Immigration (BI), in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Civil Registrar-General, National Statistics Office (NSO), as the implementing agency of R.A. No. 9225

          WHEREAS, A.O. No. 91, Section 2 authorizes the BI to promulgate and issue rules and regulations to implement R.A. No. 9225 ;
          WHEREFORE, by authority of A.O. No. 91 Section 2 in relation to Commonwealth Act. No. 613, Section 3, as amended, the following rules are hereby adopted to carry out the provisions of R.A. No. 9225
          Section 1. Coverage. – These rules shall apply to former natural-born citizens of the Philippines, as define by Philippine law and jurisprudence, who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country.

          Sec. 2. Former natural-born Philippine citizen already in the Philippines and a BI-registered alien – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is already in the Philippines and registered in the BI shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an Identification Certificate (IC), as the case may be, under R.A. No. 9225

          Sec. 3. Former natural-born Philippine citizen who is abroad but a BI registered alien – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is abroad but is a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Foreign Post for evaluation. Thereafter, it shall forward the entire records to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225

          Sec. 4. Former natural-born Philippine citizen already in the Philippines and not a BI-registered alien – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is already in the Philippines but has not registered with the BI within sixty (60) days from date of his arrival shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225

          Sec. 5. Former Natural-born Philippine citizen who is abroad and not a BI-registered alien – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is abroad and is not a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Foreign Post for the issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225

          Sec. 6. Forwarding address. Photographs. – In all petitions under Sections 2 to 5 hereof, the applicant must indicate his or her latest forwarding address. Three (3) recent 2” x ”2 photographs of the applicant (front, left side, and right side views over white background) shall be attached to the petition.

          Sec. 7. Fees. – Each applicant under these Rules shall pay a one-time fee for the processing of the application and issuance of the corresponding IC.

          Applicants already in the Philippines shall attach the official receipt for the amount of P2,500.00 as proof of payment of processing fee. Applicants who are abroad shall attach the official receipt for the amount of US$50 or its equivalent in foreign currency acceptable to the Philippine Foreign Post concerned.

          Sec. 8. Proof as natural-born citizen of the Philippines. – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines, who was born in the Philippines, shall submit the NSO-authenticated copy of his or her birth certificate.

          On the other hand, a former natural-born citizen of the Philippines, who was born abroad, shall submit the original copy of the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Foreign Post and in applicable cases, the Birth Certificate issued by competent foreign authorities.
          These documents shall be sufficient to establish that the applicant is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines for purposes of these Rules.

          Sec. 9. Submission of the Oath of Allegiance – Applicants under these Rules shall also sign and attach an Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines as follows:

          “I, (name of the applicant) solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and local orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines, and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto, and that I impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

          Sec. 10. Strict compliance. Effect of non-compliance. – All petitions must strictly comply with the preceding requirements prior to filing at the Office of the Commissioner or at the nearest Philippine Foreign Post, as the case may be. After the filing of the petition, the same shall be assigned to an evaluating officer who shall evaluate the petition without further proceedings.
          In the case of petitions that do not comply with the requirements, the applicant shall be notified to submit the required documents within thirty (30) days from receipt thereof. Otherwise, the petition shall not be favorably acted upon by the Bureau of Immigration or by the Philippine Foreign Post.
          If after evaluation, the documents submitted fail to establish that the applicant is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, the applicant shall be notified of such fact in writing by the Commissioner of Immigration or by the Philippine Foreign Post.

          Sec. 11. Approval Procedures. – If the petition is found to be sufficient in form and in substance, the evaluating officer shall submit the findings and recommendation to the Commissioner of Immigration or Consul-General, as the case may be, within five (5) days from date of assignment.

          For Applications filed under Section 2 and 4 of these Rules, the Commissioner of Immigration shall issue, within five (5) days from receipt thereof, an Order of Approval indicating that the petition complies with the provisions of R.A. No 9225 and its IRR, and further direct the chief of the Alien Registration Division (ARD) to cancel the subject ACR and/or to issue the corresponding IC to the applicant.

          Each cancelled ACR shall, however, be attached to the Order of Approval to form part of the records of the applicant.

          For applications filed under Section 3 and 5 of these Rules, the Consul-General shall issue, within five (5) days from receipt thereof, the Order of Approval indicating that the petition complies with the provisions of R.A. No. 9225 and its IRR. He shall then transmit copies of the Order of Approval, Oath of Allegiance, including the authenticated Record of Birth or Birth Certificate to the BI. Immediately upon receipt thereof, the BI shall issue the corresponding IC to the applicant and forward the same to the Philippine Foreign Post concerned. If the applicant is a BI-registered alien, the BI shall also cancel the subject ACR.

          Sec. 12. Conferment of Philippine citizenship. Conditions. – Subject to full compliance with these Rules, the Oath of Allegiance shall be the final act that confers Philippine citizenship.
          In case the applicant is in the Philippines, he may take his Oath of Allegiance before the Commissioner of the Immigration or any officer authorized under existing laws to administer oath. In the latter case, the applicant must submit the Oath of Allegiance to the BI to form part of his records.

          In case the applicant is abroad, only the Consul General or a duly commissioned foreign service officer of the Philippine Foreign Post concerned shall administer the Oath of Allegiance.
          The Oath of Allegiance shall thereafter be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Registry laws.

          Sec. 13. Repository of Records – The BI Records Section shall maintain the integrity of all the documents filed under these Rules. It shall send official copies of the Order of Approval and Oath of Allegiance to the NSO.

          Sec. 14. Copies for the Applicant. Identification Certificate. Correction of errors. – The applicant shall be provided with an official copies of the Order of Approval and the Oath of Allegiance. Further, all IC’s issued under these Rules shall indicate Philippine citizenship under R.A. No. 9225 and A.O. N0. 91 s. 2004. Any clerical error or errors in the entries of the IC may be corrected, upon written request to and approval by the Commissioner of Immigration. The NSO shall be promptly provided with a copy of the corrected IC.

          Sec. 15. Confidentiality of Records. – Any application, document of information given before the Bureau of Immigration or any Philippine Foreign Post shall not be divulged in any manner to any person or entity without the express written consent of the person to whom such application, record or information belongs.

          Sec. 16. Other beneficiaries of R.A. No. 9225 – This memorandum circular shall equally apply to the unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship upon the activity of R.A. No. 9225

          Sec. 17. Exemption from administrative review. Limitations. – The conferment of Philippine citizenship under these Rules shall no longer be subject to the affirmation by the Secretary of Justice pursuant to the DOJ Policy Directive of 7 September 1970 and Opinion No. 108, s. 1996.
          However, Philippine citizenship under these Rules may be revoked by competent authority upon a substantive finding of fraud, misrepresentation or concealment on the part of the applicant.
           
          Sec. 18. Effectivity. – This memorandum circular takes effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
           
          Source: http://immigration.gov.ph

          Saturday, February 26, 2011

          The Residences at Brent

          The Residences at Brent
          Property Details:
          Address: Brent Baguio Campus
          Price: Php 7,548,800
          Category: Investment Properties
          Year Built: 2012
          House Size: 102
          Bedrooms: 2
          Bathrooms: 2
          Property Description:
          Coming Home to The Residences at Brent is almost like a nostalgic trip back to what Baguio was in our childhood: the quiet charm; the unhurried pace where time seems to stand still; the cozy country home where the family could spend days together, bonded by simple joys and pleasures; and the serene sanctuary where one can contemplate and while away one’s worries.

          The Residences at Brent is located within the Brent Baguio Campus at Yangco Street in Baguio City. Its prime location is the only remaining piece of lush, unspoiled greenery in the heart of Baguio city. The community will stand on a high elevation, overlooking the city and the surrounding mountains. The Church of the Pink Sisters is located just a few meters from the community gate, while Baguio's popular malls, parks, restaurants and shops are just a few minutes away.

          BUILDING FEATURES
          LAND AREA: Approx. 7 Hectares
          NO. OF BUILDINGS: Two Buildings (Phase I)
          NO. OF UNITS/BLDG: 16 units per building/4 units per floor.

          ARCHITECTURAL THEME:
          Rustic contemporary mountain lodge design theme

          OUTDOOR AMENITIES:
          • Pocket parks
          • Landscaped gardens, entrance gate and guard house
          • Nature walking/Jogging trails
          • Access to Brent Baguio's facilities (football field, children's playground, chapel, etc...)

          SPECIAL FEATURES:
          • Gated residential community
          • State of the art security features
          • Access to the development and residential building are through access cards
          • CCTV system
          • Each unit has a utility room and maid's room with its own toilet and bath
          • Common driver's quarters is provided for each building in the basement with its own toilet and bath
          • Gas-fired fireplace in all units
          • Centralized LPG gas lines
          • Each unit has a powder room with a shower
          • Separate service door entry for each unit
          • Standby Generator
          • Automatic sprinkler system
          • Private Balcony (selected units)
          • Forest Views (selected units)
          • Spacious Floor Plans

          GREEN ARCHITECTURE FEATURES:
          • Dual flush water closets
          • Rain water collection
          • Low rise, Low density
          • Plenty of open spaces
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          The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified through personal inspection and/or with the appropriate professionals. The information at this site is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an offer to sell, rent, or advertise real estate outside the state in which the owner of the site is licensed. The owner is not making any warranties or representations concerning any of these properties including their availability. Information at this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.

          Baguio Pinesview Cottages @ South Drive

          Property Details:
          Address: South Drive, Baguio City
          Price:
          Php 16,688,000
          Category:
          House and Lot
          Year Built:
          2011
          House Size:
          367
          Lot Size:
          173
          Bedrooms:
          5
          Bathrooms:
          4
          Property Description:
          OWN A PIECE OF THE PINE
          We take our cue from nature and give you the kind of open space planning within the structure to maximize wind flow and light penetration.

          Each home distinguished by the open and unique green architecture, extends the beauty of Pinesview Cottages seamlessly inside and out.

          UNIT FEATURES AND FINISHES:
          • approx. 380 sqm Total Floor Area
          • master bedroom with walk-in closet, toilet, bay window and a private balcony
          • four kids/ guest bedrooms, with a family room convertible to a sixth bedroom
          • separate rooms and toilets for maids and drivers
          • spacious outdoor porches and balconies
          • wood-finished, steel-reinforced uPVC doors and windows
          • imported algae-proof shingles with 20yrs warranty
          • exterior cultured stone accent walls
          • wood plastic composite (WPC) exterior balcony railings
          • high density homogeneous tiles for common areas, stairs and toilets
          • fireplace with mantle in living room with another in the attic
          • brass-finished quality bathroom faucets with matching accessories
          • cable tv provisions in every room
          • solid pinewood kitchen cabinets
          • cook-top, range-hood, sink and accessories included
          • motorized garage doors
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          The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified through personal inspection and/or with the appropriate professionals. The information at this site is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an offer to sell, rent, or advertise real estate outside the state in which the owner of the site is licensed. The owner is not making any warranties or representations concerning any of these properties including their availability. Information at this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.

          The Best Ways to Relax in Baguio City, Philippines

          The Best Ways to Relax in Baguio City, Philippines

          So you've come to unwind, you worked hard and deserve a break, and the cool, fresh air and mountain vistas are just what you need... Welcome to "Relaxing Baguio!"

          The City of Pines is the perfect place for some peace and quiet, a cheap place to relax in, too. But my first advice would be to find yourself a nice cozy room away from the center of the city.

          Highly urbanized is what we have become, especially in the last decade. This gives both visitors and residents all the amenities of city life and a more hectic pace that comes with "development."

          But there are many places here to "lose oneself" still, and that is what I and a lot of visitors love about the place.

          Here then are some of my suggestions for a relaxing vacation in the City of Pines.
          • Take long, leisurely walks
          • On the east and south sides where there are lots of trees. Stay away from major roads.
          • Go for the 'Cosmic Journey'
          • The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary has a 14-station account of the evolution of the universe set in a secret garden in the middle of bustling Baguio City, in Camp Sioco, accessed via Marcos Highway. Picnic tables available, too.
          • Get a 'Home Service" massage
          • The rates here are only Php275-350 per hour and you'll get the best sleep of your life afterwards.
          • Read a good book.
          • Malls have bookstores where you can get best-sellers and second hand books. Or, better yet, bring that one you have been planning to read for a long time along on your trip.
          • Play a nice round of golf.
          • Go for a round of golf in one of two of our naturally air-cooled courses. Even if you are not a member of Camp John Hay or Baguio Country Club, special guest passes are available at slightly higher rates.
          • Attend some art lessons or do some painting.
          • In Baguio, you are surrounded by natural beauty and there are lots of subjects to choose from plus many places to whip out the canvas and prop up the easel. Art workshops are held at Tam-awan Village and at the Botanical Garden.
          • Row a boat at the Burnham Park Lagoon in the early morning.
          • When I want to be alone with the soothing sound of water and voices in the distance, I rent a rowboat for an hour or two and just go around the lake. Try it might just work for you, too.
          • Plan an evening by the fireplace
          Whether alone or with a special person or persons in your life, there's nothing like a warm fire and good conversation to soothe one's soul. Make sure to have a nice mug of hot cocoa to go with it, and maybe do some marshmallow roasting to round it all up.

          Basically, do things for yourself that you have been postponing for the longest time, like having long conversations with your loved ones, or finishing the needlepoint you began a long time ago while the kids are out skating, or planning a meal using fresh ingredients from the Baguio City Market.

          Explore a foggy mountain trail, Play a round of golf with your buddies, Read a book at Igorot Garden in Camp John Hay, Take some art lessons at Tam-awan Village Take a long, leisurely boat ride at Burham Park. A Glance Of Baguio City.

          Courtesy of http://www.gobaguio.com/best-ways-to-relax-in-baguio.html
          *Photo Contributors: Florife Pantaleon, Oswald Reyes and Johann Viloria.

          Wednesday, February 2, 2011

          Buying Philippine Real Estate Properties

          Home Buyers Avenue

          Buying real estate is more than just finding a place to call home. Investing in Philippine Real Estate Properties has become increasingly popular over the past years and has become a common investment vehicle. Find a property to call your home or invest for your future.

          The first major advantage to investing in Philippine real estate is that you are purchasing an extremely expensive product. "It is the best option in protecting your hard earned money. Unlike stocks or bonds which may go down in value and are too risky, properties provide hard assets which you can use or sell or rent out. It’s a productive asset. It is the foundation of wealth, in which will generate cash flow once you invest the right way. The key factors for high returns is when you invest in a property with a good location, good quality of development and from a developer with proven track record of on time delivery and property management to ensure your property will gain high resale value and rental income upon turn over.”

          Secondly, “The income you will benefit from buying a good property in the Philippines is called PROPERTY VALUE. When you invest on a project at pre-selling stage (buying the property while under construction) you have the opportunity to own the property at introductory price, affordable payment terms and more units available to choose from. The value of the property increases as the delivery date draws near. Upon completion, your P3M investment today may escalate to P5M to P6M upon delivery of the project.

          Another income you will benefit from real estate properties is called RENTAL INCOME. “Rental from properties is stable source of monthly income. As unit owner, your property generates income every month approximately 1% of your present property value.

          Here @ Home Buyers Avenue - your Real Estate Partner for Philippine Property Investment, we can help you…HBAve. is the Philippine Real Estate web blog which takes pride on managing major properties all over the Baguio City. HBAve. contains wide range of searchable location of properties all over Baguio City. HBAve. is a real estate web blog that has unique insight on Baguio City properties that would be willing to help you find the property that you want to have.

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          Tuesday, February 1, 2011

          Marcons Suites @ Amparo Heights

          Marcons Suites
          Property Details:
          Address: Amparo Heights Baguio City
          Price: Php 6,050,000
          Category: Townhomes
          Year Built: 2009
          House Size: 210
          Lot Size: 87
          Bedrooms: 3
          Bathrooms: 2
          Property Description:
          10 Unit Townhome Complex located in an exclusive Amparo Heights subdivision, Baguio City. Units have spacious living and dining rooms, well equipped kitchen, Gas fireplace for cold nights, Parking space for 2 cars, Large attic room

          Features and Amenities:
          • Living room with Gas fed Fireplace
          • Kitchen with Built in Cabinetry and Granite Counter top
          • Toilet & Bath with Granite Counter Top
          • Pinewood stairs and Steel Railings 
          • PVC Sliding doors and Windows
          • Steel Door Entrance
          • Modular Cabinets and Walkin closet for the Masters Bedroom
          • Masters Bedroom with Balcony
          • Fire Alarm an Smoke Detector
          • Centralized water system
          • 24hrs Security Service
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          The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified through personal inspection and/or with the appropriate professionals. The information at this site is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an offer to sell, rent, or advertise real estate outside the state in which the owner of the site is licensed. The owner is not making any warranties or representations concerning any of these properties including their availability. Information at this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.

          Baguio Royal Executive / Grand Condominiums

          Mountain House Royal Condominiums
          Property Details:
          Address: Pinsao, Baguio City via Quezon Hill Road 2
          Price: Php 999,999
          Category: Residential Condo
          Year Built: 2014
          House Size: 32
          Bedrooms: 1
          Bathrooms: 1

          Property Description:
          Experience the Old Baguio. Relax with your Family and live a life of leisure and luxury for less. Enjoy the great mix of the benefits of city life and the laid back attitude of many small towns, where everybody knows everybody.

          Come home to Baguio where the weather is simply great.

          Location: Pinsao, Baguio City via Quezon Hill Road 2, 4.8 kms. From Baguio City Hall.
          Gross Area: 185,478 sq.m. (18.5 has.)
          Saleable Area:(58.38%)108,288 sq.m.
          Total Open Space:(41.62%) 77,190 sq.m.

          Royal Executive Condo
          • Condo Cluster Three (3) Buildings
          • Medium Rise Condominium (5-storey walk-up)
          • Floor Area: 32 sq.m.
          • Ground Floor: 5 Units
          • 2nd – 5th Floor: 6 Units per floor
          • Total No. of Units: 29 Units per Building
          • Parking Slots: 12 slots per Building
          Royal Grand Condo
          • Condo Cluster Two (2) Buildings
          • Medium Rise Condominium (7-storey)
          • Scenic Elevator
          • Floor Area: 42, 36 & 24 sq.m.
          • Total No. of Units: 224 Units in Building #4 (7 units/floor)
          • Total No. of Units: 168 Units in Buidling #5 (24 units/floor)
          • Parking Slots: 56 slots - Building #4
          • Parking Slots: 40 slots - Building #5
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          The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified through personal inspection and/or with the appropriate professionals. The information at this site is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an offer to sell, rent, or advertise real estate outside the state in which the owner of the site is licensed. The owner is not making any warranties or representations concerning any of these properties including their availability. Information at this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.