A Quick Guide to Residential Tenancy in the Philippines

If you are renting an apartment, a condo unit, or a single detached house structure, this article is for you. According to a study conducted by the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC), nearly 7.2% of households in the country are renting their residential space.  These are mostly young couples and small families, average incomeContinue reading “A Quick Guide to Residential Tenancy in the Philippines”

Is ‘Marriage for Convenience’ an Invalid Marriage?

Percy has been working as an Overseas Filipino Worker in South Korea for almost five years when he met Kim, a Korean national.  He expressed his desire to stay permanently in South Korea and work without the need for contracts with a Philippine agency.  Upon learning this, Kim offered Percy a deal: for 500,000 SKW,Continue reading “Is ‘Marriage for Convenience’ an Invalid Marriage?”

Problems with your PSA Birth Certificate: They Wrote the Wrong Religion!

The Philippines is the bastion of Christianity in Asia with over 93% of our population listed as Christians; we ranked 5th worldwide according to a 2011 report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Filipinos take religiosity pretty seriously.  To us, it is not just some form of affiliation or membership, it is a legacy passed onContinue reading “Problems with your PSA Birth Certificate: They Wrote the Wrong Religion!”

Annulment in the Philippines: The Grounds for ‘Letting Go’

Divorce is not honored nor practiced in the Philippines.  The only option for Filipino couples to legally separate and regain their freedom to marry another person is to get their marriage annulled.  Annulment processes are long and expensive, often ugly and traumatic especially when children are involved.  Unlike divorce where the couple need only toContinue reading “Annulment in the Philippines: The Grounds for ‘Letting Go’”

Are Marriages Solemnized Abroad Considered Valid in the Philippines?

Brenda, a Pinay tourist in the US, married her cousin’s friend Doug, a US citizen, while on vacation in Florida.  A few months after the wedding, the couple traveled back to the Philippines to break the news to Brenda’s parents.  Sadly though, her parents vehemently opposed their daughter’s rash decision to marry a person theyContinue reading “Are Marriages Solemnized Abroad Considered Valid in the Philippines?”

The Philippines is Now a No Smoking Country

The President has signed Executive Order No. 26, banning smokers from puffing toxic tobacco fumes in public and enclosed places. Below is a summary of EO No. 26 entitled: “Providing for the establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed spaces,” Enclosed and public spaces include public transportation, whether in motion or stopped at aContinue reading “The Philippines is Now a No Smoking Country”

Of Navigation Apps and Dashcams : A Quick Guide to the Anti-distracted Driving Law

The announcement that the Anti-distracted Driving Act will finally be enforced this week (today actually!) was met with a lot of questions from drivers, especially those that use navigation apps and other gadgets such as dash cameras.  If you read our previous article on this topic or have seen the news articles in the internet,Continue reading “Of Navigation Apps and Dashcams : A Quick Guide to the Anti-distracted Driving Law”

Anti-Distracted Driving Act in the Philippines: Ready, Set, Go!

In August of last year, we featured the details of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and got various reactions from our readers.  Less than a year later, it will finally be enforced in all areas in the Philippines! On Thursday, May 18, 2017, private and public utility drivers will no longer be allowed to use mobileContinue reading “Anti-Distracted Driving Act in the Philippines: Ready, Set, Go!”