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How to register to vote for 2016 Elections

Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/82450-comelec-voters-registration-february-2015

More Filipinos in Malaysia Register for Absentee Voting
MANILA, Philippines – Do you want to have a say on which leaders will be elected on May 9, 2016?

If yes, then you have to make sure you are registered voter; and if registered, then that you have updated your voter's record with biometrics data.

You only have until October 31, 2015, to register as a voter or validate your biometrics data for the 2016 presidential, national, and local elections.

Follow the steps below and take note of important information on the registration process.

You must be:

    A Filipino citizen
    At least 18 years old on or before Election Day
    A resident of the Philippines for at least 1 year
    A resident of the place where you intend to vote for at least 6 months preceding Election Day

You must not have been:

    Sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for at least 1 year
    Adjudged by final judgment for committing any crime of disloyalty to the government or against national security
    Declared insane or incompetent by a competent authority

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What's Your Excuse?



I have 10 free rides with Grab Car Sedan so it made sense for me to use the grab car app on my phone to enjoy the promo. I received a call from the driver to inform me that he is just around the corner and was pulling into the Tektite driveway. The driver of the car also happened to be the owner. This is one of the few times that I am grateful for heavy traffic. Al, the driver narrated how at the age of 8 his parents could no longer afford to send him and his 6 siblings to school. They had the choice of working in their farm or looking for a job in Metro Manila. At that young age he chose to be a house boy for 300 pesos monthly salary. This was 1989. At least, he figures. he gets free food and a place to sleep. By age 18, he was taught to drive so he could alternate as a family driver. He later befriended a cab driver who allowed him to use the unit on his day off and make money on the side. This fueled his passion to be an entrepreneur. The experience made him realize that he could work for himself. Today he owns 5 taxi units (all legit) and 6 grab sedans. He drives one of them. His wife works as an employee but will be retiring at age 37 to take care of their 2 small sons. And get this...she signed up for life insurance when she got her first job at 20...with Sun Life (was that a good choice or was that a good choice?!) it was his wife who urged him to buy life insurance for himself before they got married. This man does not have a highschool or college education and yet look at where he is now.

NBI Online Clearance Registration


Yesterday, I attended the NBI's Press Launch of their new and improved online clearance registration. According to NBI officials, falling in line for almost a day is a thing of the past. From a 6 step process, it is now reduced to a 3 step process:

1. Online registration, appointment and e-payment
2. Photo capture and finger biometrics
3. Clearance printing

You register online via the NBI clearance website clearance.nbi.gov.ph - complete the application form, choose an appointment date, pay the processing fee.

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Long Drawn Out Adolescence

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I remember my high school days, it wasn't cool to listen to authority. I was awkward and had no social skills. I was sarcastic (to some extent I still am) and full of spite. I thought I had the answer to everything. After over 30 years I look back and cringe at the choices I've made. I shake my head as I recall the wounds I've inflicted...and sigh as I remember the wounds I've received. What was missing? Coming from a broken family I would say in my case it's guidance. Where there is no guidance, there is no wisdom. When wisdom is brushed aside, we're like individuals stuck to eternal adolescence! The last Sunday Service led me to look at my walk with the Lord. Our new series, "Authentic" made me realize that there are times I act like a juvenile, stuck to eternal adolescence. Seeking wisdom has helped me become mature in many ways, I no longer worry about what others think about me and I don't overreact over stressful situations. I've improved in the social graces area, and I'm no longer filled with spite, if I appear moody that's menopause.

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Cheers and Central Perk!

It's been awhile since I've been to VGIB...those very close to me know that VGIB is like my neighborhood "Cheers" - Cheers by the way was a hit tv show in the 80s. It's the name of a bar that pretty much functioned the same as Friends' Central Perk. To appreciate my analogy between Cheers and VGIB, here are the lyrics to the theme of Cheers:

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can

see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your name.

(Jetro VGIB Mastermind, Creator, and Artist)

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Riding the Waves on a Sea of Orange

Last wednesday night was another do good and feel good kind of night. I attended the closing ceremonies of the 16 Days of Activism, Saying NO to Violence Against Women. It was a joyous event celebrated with the wonderful and empowered ladies of Zonta International District 17 Area 5.

(Zonta Syas NO!)


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