Sunday, September 17, 2017

The 38th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center

This is my first time to attend this event and it puzzles me how the first 37 was never caught on my radar. Maybe I was too busy with work and life that these events came fleetingly by. Nevertheless, here are some pictures on the last day of the 38th Manila International Book Fair.

At the entrance of SMX

Even on its last day, the event was swarmed by enthusiasts. Or maybe it’s the “Last Minute” attitude of us Filipinos kicking again.

Video of the long snake-like queue outside the SMX Convention Center.

It took a long while before I got in but, like they say, kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga (slogan which generally means “perseverance bears fruits”).

As soon as I was inside, I took a picture of the board of Participating Companies, Exhibit Booth locations, Schedule of Events, and the Sponsors and Partners.

Participating companies

Participating companies.

Exhibit booths

Exhibit booths.

Schedule of events

Schedule of events.

Organizer, sponsors, and partners

Organizer, sponsors, and partners.

In order to get inside the Function Halls a ticket registration of ₱20 is required. It would have been great if I was a teacher because they were free to enter the event. They gave a sweet token of appreciation in the form a Lotte Pepero White Chocolate though.

Lotte Pepero White Chocolate

Free Lotte Pepero White Chocolate.

The rest of the afternoon was quite uneventful.

Teacher’s thank you booth
Directional sign and the Google Educator booth
A screen tablet
Mogu Mogu mascot

Mogu Mogu mascot.

Abiva Publishing House booth
Claretian religious booth
Inside National Bookstore booth
Rex booth
Mini museum
The crowd
The crowd on the 1st floor, directional sign
At the entrance of National Bookstore 2nd floor
Children presentation
The crowd again
Are these toys or decorative figurines?
Star Wars cosplayers
Star Wars cosplayers
Star Wars cosplayers
Harry Potterish
The cool people of UNICEF
Building toys using LEGO
LEGO blocks and a TV
KITE Academy elearning system
Microsoft booth

And finally, I bought a few books for my son Michel.

Bought books for Michel

I will be watching out for next year’s International Book Fair and hope it will be as great as this one.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Online Application and Payment for Philippine Birth, Marriage, Death, and CENOMAR Certificates

To avoid the hassles of commute and long lines, apply for a birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, and/or CENOMAR online via the Philippine Statistics Authority website. Their website has a Frontline Services page directing to where you can apply for these records.

eCensus Frontline Services page

Philippine Statistics Authority website, Frontline Services connects to eCensus.

From the eCensus website, go to Request > Online Application. This will lead you to an Online Application > Payment > Delivery page that shows information on what needs to be entered on the online forms. Press the “Click here to request now” button to continue to Terms and Conditions page.

eCensus main page

eCensus main page.

Carefully read the terms and conditions page. It contains useful information and is quite short. Then press the “I Accept” button.

eCensus terms and conditions page

eCensus terms and conditions page.

Fill up the Contact and Delivery information (on this screenshot only, all boxes in red needs to be filled in). After submitting this form you will be redirected to a Request Summary page where you can apply for any or all of birth, marriage, death certificates, and CENOMAR.

eCensus contact and delivery information page

eCensus contact and delivery information. On this screenshot, all boxes in red are mandatory.

eCensus request summary page

eCensus request summary page. Request for birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, CENOMAR or all, filling up forms for each one.

After filling up information for the requested certificate you will be directed to an Acknowledgement page which also contains the Payment and Delivery section. As of this writing, BDO and UnionBank are the only accredited banks for payment. Pay through any of the bank’s branches, via ATM, or through online banking.

eCensus acknowledgement and payment and delivery page

eCensus acknowledgement and payment and delivery page. Take special note of the Batch Request Number and Request Reference Number which will be used for payment.

If you choose to pay by going to the bank branch, read this for BDO branch payment instructions or this for UnionBank branch payment instructions. If you choose to go to an ATM, here’s for BDO ATM instructions. There’s no web link for the UnionBank ATM instructions but it’s probably the same as BDO.

Now if you choose convenience by paying online please continue reading.

Payment through Online Banking

This section discusses payments using BDO Online. Payments using UnionBank will probably follow same procedures or visit “Payment Through UnionBank Online Banking”. The steps mentioned here are also in “Payment Through BDO Online Banking” web page even though in more detail.

BDO Payment Method

  1. Login to your BDO Online account.
  2. Click on the “Pay Bills” icon. Pay Bills icon
  3. On the Pay Bills page, select E-CENSUS (UNISYS) as the “Company/Biller”.
  4. You were given a Batch Request Number and some Request Reference Number from the Acknowledgement page. These numbers were also emailed to you. The Batch Request Number is the overall total of all the Request Reference Numbers. The Request Reference Number is a single entry of request, so if you requested for multiple certificates, each one will have a different Request Reference Number. Pay for the whole batch of certificates using the Batch Request Number or pay just one of the certificates using its matching Request Reference Number. Now in the Amount, either enter the total amount of the whole batch or the amount of a selected certificate.
  5. “Remarks” is optional.
  6. In the “Subscriber Number” either enter the Batch Request Number (pay for the whole batch) or a selected Request Reference Number (the one certificate that you wish to pay). Remove any hyphens or dashes in this entry as it causes an invalid payments error.
BDO payment details

BDO payment details. Notice the Subscriber Number without hyphens/dashes.

  1. In the “Subscriber Name” enter the Requester’s Name found in Acknowledgement page. This is also basically your name.
  2. Confirm that all information is correct then submit and verify the success of the transaction.

Check Status of Delivery

To verify the status of your request go back to eCensus main page and enter either the Batch Request Number or a Request Reference Number in “check the status of your request” column.

Checking the delivery status

Checking the delivery status of your request.

Hoping that you found this post useful. Kudos to the commenters of this blog for figuring out the Subscriber Number and Subscriber Name.

All images and contents in this post are screenshots of Philippine Statistics Authority and eCensus. Careful attention has been made to ensure no violation of rights has been committed. Contents of the post may become irrelevant to some point in time if updates to the respective websites have been made.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meeting of the Bellies

Last Friday, June 16, my bestie Rommel Hachero had his birthday. Tomorrow, Sunday, June 25, together with another bestie Paulcy, we will have Rommel’s late birthday celebration meet-up. I’ve decided to bring the following “pulutan” or appetizers taken with alcohol.

Champiñones al Ajillo (Garlic mushrooms) from

Garlic mushrooms


approximately 50g butter (I used Buttercup brand)

1 can 200g button mushrooms (I used Jolly brand)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. Lemon juice (I substituted 1 tbsp. kalamansi [lime] juice)

freshly ground black pepper



  1. Melt butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and cook until golden brown.
  3. Put the heat on high, add the mushrooms and stir fry for around 2 minutes (it took me longer, probably near 5 minutes).
  4. Add the lemon juice (kalamansi [lime] juice in my case) then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Fishballs with Special Manong’s Sauce from



Fishballs (I bought 1 kilo)


Ingredients for Manong’s Sauce

Manong's sauce

4 cups water

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp. corn starch

2 tbsp. flour

¾ cup brown sugar

1 shallot, finely chopped or minced

3 cloves garlic, minced



  1. In a sauce pan combine all Manong’s sauce ingredients, mix well until free of lumps.
  2. Place on a stove top then cook by gently simmering in medium low heat until sauce thickens.
  3. Deep fry fishballs according to your liking, if using the Philippine fishballs (this is what I used, they’re somewhat flat in shape) fry them until they are really crispy.

Along with these pulutans, I would really love to have a Corona beer tomorrow. I got curious about it when it was promoted in some scenes from Fast and Furious, a beer which Dom is keen to. But that beer is expensive and is not available in groceries here in the Philippines. Heineken might be great but its quite expensive also. Paulcy and I, in our conversation a few minutes ago, settled with San Miguel beers for our pulutans.

Now “pulutan” can also be called finger food since some versions of it are usually eaten using the hands and the English Oxford Living Dictionaries stated its origin is from the 1960s pulutan, from pulot to pick up + -an, suffix forming nouns.

I’m also hoping to buy a large bag of peanuts tomorrow, a good addition to our small set of “pulutan”.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our meet up did not materialize. Well, back to the drawingboard. (".)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Where Tooth Problems May Lead To

MetroDental promo card

Last week, my sister Debie gave me some vouchers from MetroDental. They have a first visit promo of dental consultation + dental cleaning for only ₱600 per person. This reminded me of an experience from a long time ago.

When I was a kid, we had a neighbor who had teenage sons that had sparkling pearly whites. He would brag to my father about how he takes care of his children’s teeth and that having a great set of teeth is a treasure on its own.

These words could not have been any truer than when the time I had an infection in college. My skin became sensitive to touch and I had to go to the doctors of Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center just to find out what was wrong. At first, the doctors cannot figure out what was causing the infection. Fortunately, one doctor had the idea of asking me if I had any tooth problems, in which I replied that my left fang tooth (canine tooth) hurts every time I use it for biting. I was then told to check with a dentist and resolve the tooth problem first and see if any improvements might happen.

It turns out that I had a longstanding abscess in my fang tooth. The dentist asked me if I wanted a tooth extraction to which I said yes. She then asked if I wanted to take antibiotics before pulling the tooth out. I wanted it extracted immediately. She suggested that I take antibiotics first because the canine is a large tooth that connects a lot of nerves. If she pulls the tooth in a wrong way, I might have nerve problems. But the pain I felt was stronger than any worries of nerve problems, so I told her to go for it. As soon as she pulled out the canine tooth, I felt a surge of relief that is unfathomably memorable even to this day. After the tooth extraction, my infection disappeared completely.

Do You Have an Abscessed Tooth? Symptoms and Treatment Info Here

An abscess is an infection in or around the root of the tooth which may or may not be painful Learn more about abscessed teeth

A Tooth Could Mean a Life

That experience I had in college could have been avoided if I had observed proper oral hygiene. Oral prophylaxis could also have helped in preventing such an infection.

Oral Prophylaxis [pro″fĭ-lak´sis]
dental prophylaxis oral prophylaxis.
oral prophylaxis cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist, including removal of plaque, materia alba, calculus, and extrinsic stains; done as a preventive measure for control of gingivitis. Called also dental prophylaxis.
‒ Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

If not for that one doctor who asked me if I had any tooth problems, the other doctors may have had a hard time finding the culprit. I might have gone to countless tests. Scouring the internet shows I was not the only one who had been in that predicament.

Just recently, a 26-year old Californian dad died because of tooth infection. Sadly, this father left two daughters behind. Although the report said that the man did had his tooth cleaned and had antibiotics, he was having the toothache some weeks back, and the antibiotics did not help.

Tooth infection leads to 26-year-old California dad's death

A California long-haul trucker died early Monday after a tooth infection spread to his lungs, Fox 40 reported. Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich, 26, was the father of two small children. He started to complain of a toothache a few weeks ago, before a drive to New York.

Another recent incident is about a mom who nearly died from tooth abscess complications. This mom needed nearly 12 hours of open heart surgery when the pus in her gum led to blood poisoning and endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart valves.

Mum who nearly died from tooth abscess was on dentist waiting list for TWO YEARS

SURVIVED BY SKIN OF HER TEETH Helen Bolton needed nearly 12 house of open-heart surgery after an abscess on her gum led to blood poisoning A MUM who has waited two years to register with an NHS dentist nearly died when an untreated minor tooth problem triggered a potentially fatal heart infection.

Sicknesses That May Be Caused by Tooth Problems

A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) show that tooth problems may cause cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, and low birth weight. Another online article shows a list of published case reports of disease states related to oral infections.


Oral Infections and Root Canal Treatment

  • Mediastinitis;
  • Maxillary sinusitis;
  • Cavernous Sinus thrombosis;
  • Pharyngeal Cellulitis;
  • Cardiac Problems;
  • Necrotising Fascititis;
  • Necrotising Mediastinitis;
  • Superior Orbital Fissure Syndrome;
  • Proptosis;
  • Opthalmoplegia;
  • Light Reflex Interference;
  • Blindness;
  • Endopthalmitis;
  • Lung Abscess;
  • Aspiration Pneumonia;
  • Brain Abscess;
  • Meningitis;
  • Acute Hemiplagia;
  • Psychotic episodes;
  • Metastatic Paraspinal Abscess;
  • Gasarion Ganglion;
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia;
  • Endocarditis;
  • Septicemia;
  • Myocardial Infection;
  • Deuodenal Ulcers;
  • Splenic Abscess;
  • Leg abscess;
  • Blood disorders;
  • Immune reactions;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Low birth weight;
  • Infertility;
  • Deaths;
  • Toxic Shock;
  • Arthritis;
  • Rheumatic changes;
  • Infection of artificial joint prosthesis;
  • Kidney Damage;
  • Brain Tumors;
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia;
  • Atypical Facial Pain.

This is an extensive list, and honestly I do not have the slightest idea what most of these diseases are. What is important is for us to prevent any of these disease states from happening. It is therefore tantamount that if we notice any problem in our mouth, we must have it checked immediately.

Begin A Habit of Dental Hygiene

When was the last time you brushed your teeth? The American Dental Association recommends brushing our teeth twice a day. When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? If the answer is never, better start now. We must not take for granted the health of our teeth and gums. If we exercise for our health, well so should we put emphasis in brushing our teeth regularly and have dental cleaning every six months.

We sometimes assume dental cleaning is not necessary. For most of us, we would think that going to the dentist is a waste of time and money. But would you wait for something to go wrong before you go to the dentist? If we do not know the dangers of undetected tooth problems, all the more reason for us take better care of our teeth and gums. Prevention is always better than cure. We may never know the troubles a simple tooth problem may cause.

Now, if you are anywhere in Makati or near Makati (Philippines), may I suggest MetroDental in Paseo Center since they are offering a first visit promo of dental consultation + dental cleaning for only ₱600. This is a good offer since the price of oral prophylaxis in most dental clinics range from ₱900 to ₱2,000 and that does not include dental consultation yet. You may visit MetroDental at Paseo Center Makati, Level 3. Contact number 0917 565 0412. This MetroDental promo will last till July 15, 2017.

MetroDental promo card

Give your teeth and gums a favor by having dental cleaning today. Your treasured pearly whites will surely thank you for it.