Treasure Hunting in the Philippines

As the demand for exotic antiques and historical relics continue to soar, a direct effect of this is an increase in the number of people conducting treasure hunting in the Philippines. These treasure hunters come from all parts of the world. A lot of them are locals who have learned how to go treasure hunting from books, television, movies and articles from varied sources like newspapers, magazines and the internet. Almost anything you wish to know about hunting for treasures can be gleaned from the internet. In fact, there are hundreds of websites, blogs and forums that are specifically dedicated to the business of hunting for treasures. It’s no wonder that interest for treasure hunting in the Philippines continue to grow every day.

What makes the Philippines a popular destination for treasure hunters, you may ask. A really good question. Why are hordes of treasure-hungry people flocking to the archipelago? Obviously, they think and believe that there’s a lot of hidden treasures here. But what makes them believe as such? I think the number one reason is the fact that the Philippines is historically rich. The country has been under Spanish rule for over three centuries. Before the Spaniards came, there were already various civilizations occupying almost all of the islands in the archipelago. Nations rich in history are also rich in treasures. Treasure hunters are aware of this. That’s why they have been arriving in this country in droves.

What kind of treasures are these hunters looking to find in the Philippines? Most of them sought historical items like objects from the times of the Spanish occupation. There are also those looking for items from pre-colonial times. These are rather very rare so they often come at very steep prices. Some Filipinos have made a career of hunting for these historical objects then selling them off to foreign treasure hunters and collectors. It’s not uncommon to hear of Filipino antique buyers and sellers becoming millionaires.

There are also those who come into this country to look for famous treasures like the Yamashita Treasure. This treasure which is allegedly composed of hundreds of gold bars hidden and buried in the country by Japanese soldiers during the end of World War II has attracted hundreds of treasure hunters over the years. The search for parts of this treasure continue up to this day. As you are reading this article, there are probably men currently digging a tunnel somewhere in Benguet, a province in Luzon where most people believe the treasures had been buried by the Japanese soldiers.

Another reason explaining the influx of treasure hunters into the country is the almost non-existent government regulation concerning the buying and selling of antiques and historical items. It’s almost too easy to bring an item out of the country. SMuggling is very rampant which is due to both incompetence and corruption within the agencies concerned with the exportation of items out of the country.

Nate Diaz Vs. Dustin Poirier At The Madison Square Garden In New York City

1. The news that Dustin Poirier will be facing Nate Diaz at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 3, 2018 was first reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. According to Pugmire's report which was published on August 2, 2018, the bout between the two top lightweights will be the co-main event for UFC 230. However, an official announcement hasn't been made by the UFC. The organization was expected to make the announcement at a press conference in Los Angeles on August 3, 2018.

Dustin Poirier's record prior to the bout: 24 wins, 5 losses, 1 no contest
Nate Diaz's record prior to the bout: 19 wins, 11 losses

So far, the announced bouts for UFC 230 are as follows:
Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch
Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good

Origin Of The Popular Advance Ako Mag-isip Internet Memes And Jokes

"Advance ako mag-isip" or "advanced ako mag-sisp" is a meme that was born out of a television news report that originally aired on 24 Oras, an evening news program on the GMA 7 channel. The news report was by Emil Sumangil and it aired on the June 12, 2018 edition of 24 Oras. The story centered around 25-year-old Albert Mangapit who was arrested by the Philippine police during a buy-bust operation. Prior to the bust, Mangapit worked as a call center agent.

Mangapit's humorous and often nonsensical answers to interview questions by the news reporter after his arrest quickly went viral getting hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. And thus a meme was born. "Advance ako mag-isip" memes spread online especially in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Some netizens also started making parody and satiric videos of the news report.

Examples of "Advanced ako mag-isip" jokes and memes:
1. Di na ako maliligo, papawisan din naman ako sa pagtakbo. Advanced kasi ako mag-isip.
2. Simula pa lang ng Quiz sa Math naglagay agad ako ng score na zero. Advance ako mag-isip.
3. Yung hindi ka na umamin kasi alam mong mababasted ka lang din. Advance ako mag-isip.
4. Hindi muna ako magjojowa kasi sa una lang yan masaya, magsasawa din siya sa akin at iiwan niya ako sa ere kapag nakahanap siya ng mas better sa akin. Advance ako mag-isip.
5. Maghugas ng puwet bago tumae. Advance ako mag-isip.
6. Nagbihis muna bago maligo. Advance ako mag-isip.
7. Yung mahal mo na kahit di mo pa kilala. Advance ako magmahal.
8. Kunin ko na agad ang backpay ko bago pa ako magstart sa work. Advanced ako mag-isip.
9. Huwag ba i-charge ang cellphone. Malowlow-bat din naman. Advance ako mag-isip.
10. Maligo na dalawang beses para bukas hindi na maligo. Advanced ako magisip.
11. Bakit ako matutulog, eh gigisng din naman ako. Advance ako mag-isip.
12. Bakit pa kailangan kumain  eh itatae mo din naman yan. Advanced ako mag-isip.
13. Hindi na ako pumasok. Mag-uuwian din naman. Advanced ako mag-isip.
14. Di ko kelangan ng pera. Kasi magagastos ka lang din yan. Advance ako mag-isip.
15. Di ko na kailangan maglinis ng bahay. Kasi madudumihan lang din naman. Advanced ako mag-isip.

Quick recap:
  • The man behind the meme is Albert Mangapit, a former call center agent.
  • The news report appeared on 24 Oras and was reported by the journalist Emil Sumangil.
  • The humorous news report got more than half a million views on YouTube.

How to Get a Copy of a PSA Certified Death Certificate in the Philippines

There are a lot of reasons why you might need an original copy of someone’s death certificate. The good news is that it’s not that hard to get a copy. If you are a family member of the deceased, all you need is a valid ID. Without further ado, here are the steps you need to follow in getting a death certificate in the Philippines that’s certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Step 1: Get a valid government-issued ID. You are only going to need just one valid ID but I highly recommend that you bring with you two valid IDs just to be sure. I’ve heard that some offices of the PSA require applicants to present more than one valid ID when applying for a death certificate. For disclosure purposes, I acquired a death certificate at a PSA office in Baguio City. They only asked for one valid ID. I presented my voter’s ID and they accepted it.

Step 2: Go to the nearest PSA office near you. Go here to check a complete list of all PSA offices in the country. Find the one that is most accessible in your area and go to it. Don’t forget to bring a pen with you. Some offices have very limited number of pens which means you have to fall in line just to use a pen. So bring a pen with you.

Step 3: Get a copy of the application form for death certificates in the Philippines. You can usually get a copy from the guard manning the entrance of the office. The death certificate application form is a one-page yellow form. It’s not for sale so if there are people trying to sell you a form, don’t entertain them. You should report them to the authorities instead. Fill up the form then proceed to the “payments window”. This window is where you submit the completed form. The officer will also ask you to present your valid ID. He/she will ask your relation with the deceased. You should answer the questions as honestly as you can.

How much is the death certificate? I paid only 155 pesos at the PSA office in Baguio City. I don’t know if other PSA offices in the country collect the same amount. I’ve heard that the amount varies depending on the province and region. To verify, just visit the PSA office nearest you. The fees and charges are usually posted where anyone can see them.

Step 4: After payment, you will be asked to sit at the waiting area and wait for your name to be called. If your name is called, proceed to the “release window” and get the death certificate you applied for. That’s it. The whole process can be completed in under an hour provided that there are no long lines at the PSA office.

To request for a death certificate, you need to provide the following information. You are going to input these details when you fill up the death certificate application form.
1. Complete name of the deceased person
2. Date of death of the deceased person
3. Date of birth of the deceased person
4. Place of marriage of the deceased person
5. Complete name and residential address of the party requesting for the death certificate
6. Number of copies of the death certificate that the requesting party needs
7. Purpose of the requesting party in getting the death certificate. You are going to choose if you’re going use the death certificate for any of the following purposes: claim benefits/loan, passport/travel, employment abroad, local employment, school requirements, and others.
8. Requester’s tax identification number or TIN (optional)
9. Birth Reference Number or BReN (if known, optional)

The Filipina Guerrilla Leader Who Killed More Than 200 Japanese Soldiers During World War II

Nieves Fernandez is probably a name that you haven’t even heard of. Well, that’s all right because majority of Filipinos don’t know her either. However, she is a character that should be more well-known because she played a very important role in the resistance against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. Fernandez organized and led a band of more than 100 guerrillas in Tacloban, Leyte.

The story goes that Fernandez and her group is responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Japanese soldiers. They used long knives (bolos) and customized shotguns in their campaigns against the invading Japanese soldiers.

A former schoolteacher, Fernandez joined the resistance and rose to the rank of Captain. She trained her men in guerrilla warfare and taught them how to build improvised weaponry like shotguns made from pipes. Due to her successful attacks on the enemy, the Japanese Army posted a reward of 10,000 pesos for her capture. She was never captured. She fought in the resistance for two and half years. She was wounded just once as evidenced by a large scar on her right forearm.

Fernandez demonstrating how she and her group of guerrillas killed Japanese soldiers during the war. Photo by Stanley Troutman.
Fernandez and her men had very little firearms, so they had to improvise. After the war, she narrated that her group of more than a hundred guerrillas only had a few American rifles. So they made weapons themselves. At one point, they even started making grenades.

Prior to the war, Fernandez also ran a family business. The invading Japanese soldiers took her business away.

Fernandez lived a long life after the war and died at the ripe age of 91 in 1996 or 1997. She had three sons.
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