Masungi Georeserve

Masungi Georeserve started to become popular around late 2015/early 2016 to the point that all weekends until mid-2016 were already booked. I had my hopes down that I would not be able to visit this anytime soon but eventually, one day back in May, my sister chanced upon a free slot on June 25 (which was a Saturday).

JUNE 25, 2016

On a writing spree again — now documenting this difficult-to-book but very memorable trip about 8 months ago. Brace yourself for the long hike. From our experience, it took us more than 4 hours but that was because we spent some time taking pictures in every highlight of Masungi Georeserve.

Masungi Georeserve started to become popular around late 2015/early 2016 to the point that all weekends until mid-2016 were already booked. I had my hopes down that I would not be able to visit this anytime soon but eventually, one day back in May, my sister chanced upon a free slot on June 25 (which was a Saturday). She immediately booked this even if she was not sure if she could complete the requirement of having minimum of 7 in a group — it was a problem that she postponed to thinking of later.

After successfully booking the schedule, my sister invited a few of her friends plus extended the invite to me and a few more friends. We became a group of 8 so we were good to go! We paid Php 1,400 per person for the conservation fee.

On the day itself, our schedule was at 6:30AM but we got there 2 hours later because we got lost in Baras. We blamed Waze because the road it suggested was a muddy, un-cemented path that led to a dead end. Good thing the MG team was very understanding of what happened. (Highly recommend to have your own private car going to Masungi Georeserve. While there are jeeps passing by, they are quite rare and are usually full already.)

Our park ranger / guide that day was Kuya Elmer, who has a good sense of humor and is an eager photographer. He would volunteer getting my friends’ cameras to take pictures of us. And of course, we were too happy to comply. 🙂

We had a briefing first done in SILUNGAN and it was here where we were given our kits — bag, helmet, whistle, and a bottle of water.

After a few minutes of walking, the first rope course we encountered was the LAMBAT, which was easy to accomplish since it was just very short.

Some minutes of walking again and we reached SAPOT, which boasted majestic views of the surrounding areas / provinces. This web-like rope course is made up of cables that are strong enough to withstand the weight of people, but we were told to avoid jumping around. We spent some time in this course since we had too much fun taking pictures, and Kuya Elmer also showed us that we can have our pictures taken under the Sapot.

We returned back to hiking afterwards, and we had to cross this hanging bridge. No need to fret because it was not swinging too much despite having a number of people walking on it.

We passed by a few caves, and eventually passed by this swing-like structure, where we had fun taking turns sitting there.

Eventually, we reached PATAK, which is a beautiful air house. It is shaped like a raindrop hence its name. It is suspended high above the trees and there are two bridges connected to it. We spent a few minutes here to rest and enjoyed the swings inside.

A long rope course was in store for us after heading out Patak, which would eventually lead to DUYAN. By far, this seemed to be the most photographed part of Masungi Georeserve, and one could see why. This huge hammock is made of ropes, and it is definitely not for the faint-hearted or people who have fear of heights.

After climbing down the last rope course in the area, Kuya Elmer led us to YUNGIB NI RUBEN. This particular cave was named after the person who takes care of this cave i.e., Ruben. He also mentioned that this cave is part of a karst landscape, and a good place to get away from the heat of the sun.

Next stop was TATAY, which is the taller rock-formed peak. Another place to soak in the majestic view around the area.

Not far from Tatay is NANAY, another rock-formed peak interconnected by small bridges. This area has a better view of the landscape around.

Our last stop that day was at LIWASAN. The pools of water are not for swimming, and serve as birdbath instead. This was our final pit stop before heading back to Silungan. We ate the free sandwiches from MG Team, and enjoyed the cold tea-like drink they provided. After getting re-energized, we finally made our way back to the starting point.

Kuya Elmer mentioned that MG Team is planning to add a few more “attraction” points, which is something to look forward to in the near future. This gives us another reason to go back to Masungi Georeserve. Highly recommend this to everyone — while being physically fit is an advantage, the whole trail is fairly easy even if you do not workout. 😉

Mount Gulugod-Baboy + Sombrero Island

DIFFICULTY LEVEL (according to TA site): 2/10

Just like the previous hike, I booked this trip via Trail Adventours and was accompanied by Tin. Our main guides this time were Jeric and JP, who were both funny and easy to talk to. We were blessed that we had a good weather that day so we did not worry about muddy trails and getting wet in the middle of the hike.

MAY 21, 2016

DIFFICULTY LEVEL (according to TA site): 2/10

I became lazy again to update my site — it’s always an on-and-off relationship with blogging, or more of documenting travels as I always tell (or correct) my friends since I rarely write here.

So, after exactly 9 months, I have decided to finally write about my 2nd hike last 2016, which happened in Mount Gulugod-Baboy.

Just like the previous hike, I booked this trip via Trail Adventours and was accompanied by Tin. Our main guides this time were Jeric and JP, who were both funny and easy to talk to.

We were blessed that we had a good weather that day so we did not worry about muddy trails and getting wet in the middle of the hike. We had 2 main rest points, wherein we spent about 15 minutes in each point to catch up our breath and eat our trail food. It was also the place where we got to know fellow hikers in the group — plus shared our food (and be on the receiving end too – yay for free snacks!).

We reached the summit in about 2 hours and the view was absolutely stunning! We spent almost an hour there before starting our hike back to the parking lot for lunch time.

 

 

After lunch time, we changed into our swimming attire since TA package included a trip to Sombrero Island (called as such because the island is hat-shaped). We hopped on the rented boat and according to the guides, the island was once a free-for-all place. However, it has been declared as a “private property” hence there are fees to be paid, including renting a cottage. The island was just small but it looked quite difficult to go around the whole island since there were areas which were too rocky.

Swimming in the sea was more than welcome because we were there at past 1PM and the sun was shining bright (so much that it was awfully hot). We had to wear our slippers though while swimming since the bottom was full of small rocks instead of purely sand. Nevertheless, the sea was crystal clear and had different shades of blue.

Hello Sombrero Island!

 

We left Batangas mid-afternoon and while the traffic going back to Manila was quite heavy, the exhilarating hike and swim were more than enough to maintain a really happy mood. Another great hike from TA and we will surely be booking another hike with them soon!

Mount Palay-Palay (Pico de Loro)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL (according to TA site): 4/10

Tin and I spontaneously decided last March to hike a mountain. I was curious of the popular monolith in Mount Palay-Palay (more popularly known as Pico de Loro) so I decided to book a trip with Trail Adventours.

APRIL 24, 2016

DIFFICULTY LEVEL (according to TA site): 4/10

Tin and I spontaneously decided last March to hike a mountain. I was curious of the popular monolith in Mount Palay-Palay (more popularly known as Pico de Loro) so I decided to book a trip with Trail Adventours.

Had a bad experience with TA’s Mount Pinatubo team last May 2015 but I decided to give them another shot since the Pico de Loro team would be led by a different set of guides. Well, turned out I made a good decision to give TA a second shot. Our guides (Sir Eugene, Agnes, Brent, and Desiree) were all awesome! They kept on encouraging the team throughout the hike and they interacted with everyone — qualities which I did not see from our Mount Pinatubo guides.

We saw that the level of trail difficulty so we thought that such score would be okay for beginners… we missed out the part that the overall difficulty was intermediate. We eventually got left behind (but not the very last) but we were able to make new friends because of that. Sandy and (another) Tin!

The hike to the campsite took us about an hour and a half. There were a lot of steep slopes and rocky trails so we took a rest every chance we get. Nakakapagod paakyat! LOL.

 

 

 

 

When we reached the campsite, we were reunited with the team who went ahead of the pack. Yay! We replenished our energy by resting, eating, and drinking lots of water as we need to prepare for our short hike to the summit.

When everyone was ready to start the hike to the summit, we left the campsite and the locals told us that it was the best time to do so since there was no big crowd yet. Apparently, the summit can get so crowded to the point that there will be a long line of people waiting for their chance to be at the summit.

The hike to the summit was no joke. It was quite steep and the path was just dry soil and a few big rocks. One of our guides told me not to be afraid since I had good shoes. He said that what I needed to avoid were the small rocks because those do not have a strong hold on the soil. His words gave me the courage to move faster and the next thing I know, I was already at the top of the summit. Yay!

The famous monolith (restricted access to anyone during our visit but a lot were pasaway)

We spent about half an hour or so at the summit to marvel at the view around us. Sir Eugene even told stories from years ago when there was no developed trail yet and how their hike in the area would take more than a day.

After taking in the sights + taking pictures at the summit, we started our descent back to the campsite.

Near the campsite, there were a few more areas we could explore so Tin and I used the opportunity to roam around those areas.

The hike back to the parking lot was much shorter. While we took almost 2 hours to hike up to the campsite, it took us less than an hour from the campsite back to the parking lot.

It was tiring but every sweat was worth it! While Tin and I questioned our decision to take on a hike with intermediate difficulty, we did not regret doing this hike with TA. Cheers to more hikes this year! 🙂

Ilocos Norte (Burgos, Bangui, Pagudpud)

So after a month hiatus, I’m back blogging! I am really excited to share the vacation trip I had with my family this weekend but I actually don’t know where to start. I guess I’ll start with telling where we went… Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur! There were eleven of us (plus a one-year old baby) during the trip so we used two cars. Our first stop was Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte which is 10 to 14 hours away from Manila, depending on the traffic. We left our NLEX stopover last Thursday at around 10PM and we were already in Candon, Ilocos Sur by 3AM. How fast, eh? By 9AM, we reached Burgos, Ilocos Norte (and our first stop which was Cape Bojeador Lighthouse).

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse — entrance is free!

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The view was breathtaking and we were really thankful for the sunny weather. I guess the charms I had (sun nail arts, typing lots of sun in my notes) worked. 😉 However, apart from the great view, there is not much to do here since the lighthouse is closed to the public. Also, the whole structure could use a bit of restoration. It’s quite disappointing that this cultural heritage is not given much attention and care.

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No Entry! 😦

Our next stop in the town of Burgos was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. My sister and I figured out that we would be walking under the blazing heat of the sun so we put sunblock all over our body.

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After a few pictures and sightseeing, we left the place and traveled to Bangui, Ilocos Norte. The place is famous for the Bangui Windmills which help generate electricity for the town. The sight of the windmills and the sea just took our breath away. “Panoramic” and “tranquil” are the two words I could think of to describe the place. Of course we could not pass the opportunity to have our pictures taken with the windmills but I had to use my Instax Mini since my DSLR battery ran out already.

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Bangui Windmills — entrance is also free!

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We went straight to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte after the windmills so that we could check-in at the place we were going to stay. We had our reservations at Britanya Lodge which was just a hundred meters away from the beautiful Saud Beach. The owner of the lodge was very accommodating and kind enough to help us with any requests we had. However, my cousin and her family had to complain about the room they were assigned — clogged drainage in the bathroom which caused a nasty odor to spread in their room. 😯 They were transferred to another room right away but the toilet flush was not working. Good thing my uncle was able to fix it right away. The staff was very commendable but we think that maintenance of the facilities should also be prioritized.

We had lunch at a nearby restaurant. The food was just so-so. We slept afterwards since everyone was exhausted from the travel, especially my tatay and cousin who drove for us. At around 3PM, some of us decided to explore a few more spots in Pagudpud. We went to Patapat Viaduct, which is a concrete bridge elevated above sea level. Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet.com further describes the viaduct as “[being] constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area which have caused so many vehicular accidents in the past.”

Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct

After a few pictures, we went to Blue Lagoon Cove a.k.a. Maira-ira Beach. (By the way, Patapat Viaduct is farther than Blue Lagoon.) The place is as beautiful as Saud Beach. Blue Lagoon’s edge, however, lies on its sand which is whiter and finer. An entrance fee of PhP20/adult must be paid before entering the premises. Oh and before I forget, the famous Hannah’s Beach Resort is actually found along the shores of Blue Lagoon. There is also the Timmangtang Rock where you could get your picture taken. Aside from the interesting fact that it was once a hill, there is nothing interesting there._MG_4625b

With my cousin and my mama
With my cousin and my mama
Family picture! With my mom and little sister.
Family picture! With my mom and little sister.

Since travel time from Saud to Blue Lagoon is approximately 30 minutes and it was already 4:30PM, we went back to Britanya Lodge so that we could swim before the sun sets.

Saud Beach
Saud Beach

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Romantic feels
Romantic feels

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Grilled Papakol
Grilled Papakol

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Grilled Pork
Grilled Pork
Grilled Squid with Tomatoes and Onions
Grilled Squid with Tomatoes and Onions

My uncle and tatay bought fish and shrimps and they had the staff from the lodge cooked it (of course, for a certain fee). Strolling the beach at night time is one of the things I love doing. You also get to see lots of stars as compared to when you’re in the city. I slept early that night, perhaps because of the vodka mix my cousin made for me… or I was just too tired. Our first day in Ilocos was really great and I could not help but feel excited for our next two days in the region. 🙂

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Britanya Lodge: Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (http://www.britanyalodge.com/contact-us.html)

*One room for four pax is P2,500

Foodgasm episode 16: Pamana Restaurant (+ Enchanted Kingdom)

A week ago, we set April 6 as the day my family and I would go to Enchanted Kingdom (EK). But, before going to EK, my uncle had to attend to a few business matters which included a project in Tagaytay.

We arrived at Tagaytay at around 1PM and we haven’t eaten lunch yet. My cousin suggested eating at Pamana Restaurant which is one of the famous food spots in Tagaytay. Pamana Restaurant is owned by Happy Ongpauco, cousin of celebrity Heart Evangelista.

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Photo © Dianne Reyno

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I love the interior of the place because it gives a homey feel. There are lots of Ongpauco family pictures, antique furniture, and quaint pieces of home accessories (e.g. rocking chair, fireplace) inside.

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We decided to seat ourselves at the second floor. I don’t know if sitting inside was the better choice. It was VERY hot that day and we only had one electric fan to keep us cool inside. I did not notice any signs of the wind blowing outside so there was a possibility of sitting outside as a not-so-good idea, too.

Front cover of Pamana Restaurant's menu
Front cover of Pamana Restaurant’s menu
Water with pandan leaf
Water with pandan leaf (free)

On to the food we ate at Pamana! By the way, I was too hungry to take note of the names of the dishes we ordered and their corresponding prices since I did not eat breakfast that day. I did my best to search for a menu online but there was none. 😦

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Bulalo

The bowl of Bulalo was really big so imagine this bone sticking out of the bowl… I thought that this was probably from a dinosaur. Kidding! We asked for extra soup and the waiter was kind enough to grant our request. Pamana’s Bulalo had a meaty flavor and the meat itself was very soft to chew. I was just a tiny bit disappointed with the soup because it was not very hot. But of course, that is already a personal preference.

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Bagoong Rice

Since the start of 2013, I have been on a low-carb diet and one of the things I did was to substitute whole-wheat bread for rice. The only “rice” I cannot refuse to eat are my mom’s fried rice, bagoong rice, and aligue rice. So, when I saw that Pamana has Bagoong Rice, I knew that I had to order it. Pamana’s Bagoong Rice (good for 2 to 3 servings) has scrambled egg, binagoongang pork, and green mango strips for toppings. It’s actually a meal on its own already. I enjoyed stuffing my tummy with this that I did not bother getting a big portion from the other dishes.

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Davao’s Baked Sugpo sa Taba ng Talangka

The aligue in Davao’s Baked Sugpo sa Taba ng Talangka went well with the cheese. This combination complimented the sugpo (large shrimp) well. I only got a piece of this since this dish was for my cousin who cannot eat pork, chicken, and beef due to fasting.

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Crispy Lapu-lapu

This was the only dish I was not able to taste but seeing the rest of my family get second helpings of this dish means that this was delicious enough for them.

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Crispy Squid in Black Ink

The squid was not overcooked so it was easy to chew. It tastes good but it was not too outstanding for me.

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Crispy Pata

Dun-dun-dun!!! The highlight of our lunch goes to the Crispy Pata (deep-fried pork leg). I saw my little sister get a huge chunk of the skin. Huli! I tried a small piece of the skin and it was really crispy. I also grabbed some meat which was easy to munch. Pamana brought out the savory and meaty flavor that I want with crispy pata.

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After our business with Tagaytay, we headed towards Laguna. Enchanted Kingdom!!! The last time I went here was around eight years ago, during my high school field trip. It was no surprise that there were a lot of people last Saturday since it was a weekend and students are now on their summer vacation.

My little sister and I were able to use our student IDs to avail of EK’s discount (ticket = P450/student). The regular rate for adults is P500 for weekdays while P600 for weekends. We were disappointed to know that EK removed the ticket rate for adults who wish to enter EK but do not have any intention of riding any of the amusement park’s attraction. My aunts and uncles had to pay P600, too. 😦

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“Kids”

The first attraction we went to was the Grand Carousel. We felt like kids again even though my little sister and I are already in our 20s. Obviously, we were surrounded by kids but who cares. My parents also rode the cute horsies. Kids at heart!

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Map of Enchanted Kingdom
Ate Sandy, Chippy, and me
Ate Sandy, Chippy, and me

The three of us decided to separate from our group so that we could ride any attraction we wanted. My parents, aunts, and uncles went with my nephew and niece to see what attractions these two kids could ride.

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Dodgem

Dodgem!!! It was my first time to drive a bump car. I was a bit nervous since while I was waiting for our turn, I saw a few people who were stuck at the sides and could not move their cars. My cousin told me to just keep on turning the steering wheel until my car moved. I was glad that I did not get stuck and I was able to drive my car. *happy dance*

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Roller Skater

Roller Skater is the roller coaster for kids and for adults who cannot ride the Space Shuttle (like me!!!). I was shocked with this attraction because we only went around the track once. Hindi man lang nag-init pag-upo namin. I know that the last time I rode this was eight years ago but back then, we went around the track two or three times. Now that would make the ride more worth it, right?

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Bump n’ Splash
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Wheel of Fate

We were not able to ride this because of the loooooooong line plus my relatives wanted to go home already when we decided to fall in line. 😦

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Jungle Log Jam

Hello to the random people in those pictures. LOL. During our ride, Ate Sandy, Chippy, and I talked about how we should smile (or at least try to) when we reach the last downhill part of the attraction. There was a camera at that portion of the ride and you can opt to have it printed on a photo paper or tumbler. Jungle Log Jam was still fun to ride but we were frustrated when we saw our picture. It was too dark! It was already past 5PM but I think that is not a valid excuse. They should have activated the camera flash at that point.

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Space Shuttle (view from Jungle Log Jam)

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Finally a solo picture!

At around 6PM, our group met with the rest of the family since we planned to ride Rio Grande Rapids. When we arrived at the attraction, the line was the longest I had seen that day. It extended even outside the attraction. We decided not to ride this anymore and headed to Rialto instead so that my nephew could watch a 3D clip.

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Rialto’s featured movie

Talk about another disappointing attraction. The movie clip EK showed was from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, specifically the part where Dwayne Johnson and his gang were riding bees and were being chased by abnormally huge birds. I haven’t watch the film but I did not like the movie clip. I would have preferred cartoons or animation films over it. Well of course our seats moved forward, backward, and sideways to let us feel as if we were also part of the film but no, it just didn’t work.

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Flying Fiesta

I love amusement parks at night because the place becomes more magical with the colorful lights. Anyway, meet Flying Fiesta, one of my favorite rides in EK. This attraction is located just right in front of Rio Grande. Whilst the line for Rio Grande was looooooooooong, there was none at Flying Fiesta. Hooray! If we had more time, I would have ridden this three or four more times.

_MG_4343 _MG_4344 _MG_4345Our last ride was the newest attraction in EK, the Disk-O-Magic. I convinced my cousin to ride with me and my little sister since I thought that this attraction was fun. Not much screaming as compared to EKstreme Tower… or so I thought. When it was our turn to ride, one of the staff asked us to leave or bags at one corner. No seat belts for this ride but there is a cushion for the back, which magically pops out from the bottom of your seat.

So what happened to us during our ride? Screaming and screaming and screaming. The first three seconds were still fun. All of us were clapping our hands to the beat of the EK music but after that… Damn. We were spinning then we were going from one end of the ride to another. I thought I would be thrown out of the ride any moment (but I knew that I was safely tucked in my seat). At one point of the ride, I just had to close my eyes because I could not scream anymore. After the ride, my hair was all over my face. But, I swear this was really the BEST ride I had that day. I made a GIF of Disk-O-Magic to show how the ride works: click HERE!!!

After Disk-O-Magic, we left Enchanted Kingdom and went home. It was a tiring day but the happiness I felt that day made me forget how tired I was .Weekends are really the best when spent with the people you love the most. ❤

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Pamana Restaurant: Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City (near the Tagaytay rotonda)

Enchanted Kingdom: San Lorenzo South, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

How to Get an NBI Clearance Online

DISCLAIMER: I am not connected to NBI or any of their employees. I am sharing my experience in order to help others save themselves from the hassle of doing the whole process in any of the NBI offices.

Whenever I think of application for government-issued forms, clearances, IDs, etc., the first thing that comes into mind is the loooooong line in the government agency. It may take you the whole day to finish processing your application, or worse you have to come back the next day to finish the process. This is not the case with the NBI clearance, or at least in my case.

I finished getting my NBI clearance a while ago and I can attest that applying online will save you from stress, hassle, and long lines. Let me share the things I did to get my NBI clearance. 😉 By the way, there is also a PDF file for this which can be found here.

1) There are two ways of paying for the NBI Clearance — either through GCash or Pinoy Pera Padala. I was more familiar with GCash so I opted for this mode of payment. For GCash, one method of doing this is paying the clearance fee with the “cash” in your GCash wallet. The other method (which was the one I did) is to go to any Globe business center then pay through the cashier. I did my transaction at the Globe business center in TriNoma. Since my purpose for getting an NBI clearance is for local employment, I paid P140. By the way, there is an additional fee of 20 pesos for each transaction done in Globe business centers.

2) After paying, you  will be given a receipt which contains the date of your payment and the reference number. These two details are needed when you validate your payment online. The Globe personnel was kind enough to mark the reference number in my receipt so that I would be able to spot it easily.

3) Upon accessing the Internet, go to this website where you will be asked to do the following: type your e-mail address; choose how you paid for the clearance; type the reference number and date of payment; choose the purpose for getting an NBI clearance; and type the alphanumeric codes at the last part of the page. After doing this, click the VALIDATE button.

4) A few personal details will be asked from you, which includes your full name and date of birth. MAKE SURE that all of the details you will place there are SPELLED CORRECTLY. After clicking the “next” (or I think it was an “ok”) button, you will NOT be able to edit those details. Read each detail three times just to make sure everything is correct. What happens if you misspelled or entered the wrong information? You will have to PAY AGAIN since this was your mistake and not of any NBI employee. In other words, you would have wasted P140, if ever.

"Weapons" for the clearance LOL
“Weapons” for the clearance LOL

5) After another click of an “OK” button, you will have to fill up a few more personal details. You can edit this any time you want. After submitting the details, a QR code will be generated and given to you. You have to PRINT this to serve as the proof of your successful online application. An e-mail will also be sent to you, which contains the QR code.

6) You can now book an appointment via text/SMS in this format:

BOOK <space> Ref# <space> LocationCode <space> MMDDYYYY <space> HHMM <space> Name

Then SEND your text to 0917-563-8054.

  • Ref# is the reference # from your GCash or PPP transaction.
  • LocationCode refers to the NBI clearance outlet which you find as most convenient for you to go to. Find the nearest NBI clearance outlet to you by clicking here.
  • MMDDYYYY and HHMM refers to your preferred date and time for getting your NBI clearance. You must input military time (e.g., “0700” for 7AM, “1600” for 4PM).

I did steps 1 to 5 yesterday (April 1) so I had my appointment booked for today (April 2) at 2PM. The outlet I chose was Robinsons Galleria since this is the only outlet nearest to my home. Upon sending my request for appointment, I immediately received a text confirming my request, including a confirmation number.

7) I went to Robinsons Galleria this afternoon to get my clearance. DON’T FORGET TO BRING A VALID ID, by the way. I was not surprised to see long lines there. At the outlet, there are 4 steps to follow in order to get an NBI clearance. I skipped steps 1 to 2 since I already did them online. I went to step 3 and the NBI employee in this counter asked me to write in my QR code printout the type of valid ID I brought, ID number, my work/occupation, nickname, and cell phone number.

8) After this, my QR code was scanned to confirm my transaction for the clearance. Biometrics and picture taking followed this. The NBI employee told me to wait for my name to be called. Waiting time is estimated to be twenty minutes. I decided to just wait there instead of walking around the mall. I actually waited for just ten minutes before I got my NBI clearance. While waiting, I kept on praying that there would be no “hits” for my name. If ever you have a namesake,  you will be asked to come back at a specified date. I suppose they will check to make sure that you are not the person in their database who has a case or whatsoever. Anyway, my prayer was answered so I got my NBI clearance today.

My NBI clearance!!!
My NBI clearance!!!

I highly recommend applying for an NBI clearance online! You only have to spend less than thirty minutes at the NBI outlet to get your clearance. Goodbye to stressful long lines! 🙂