On This Day, May 20

On this day, May 20, in 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the revolutionary forces in the Philippines, issued a decree creating the Philippine Revolutionary Navy. Its first naval vessel consisted of a pinnace (small sailboat) from the Spanish flagship Reina Cristina that was captured and donated to the Philippines by the US Asiatic Squadron. He … Read more

Newly Elected Mayors and Vice Mayors of Pampanga

Congratulations to the newly elected City and Municipal Mayors and Vice Mayors of Pampanga. Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr. Vice-Mayor Peter Nucom Arayat Mayor Emmanuele Alejandrino Vice-Mayor Sixto Mallari, Jr. Bacolor Mayor Diman Datu Vice-Mayor Willy Balingit Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque Vice-Mayor Michael Sagum Floridablanca Mayor Darwin Manalansan Vice-Mayor Michael Galang Guagua Mayor Dante Torres … Read more

On This Day, May 17

  On this day, May 17, in 1897, newly appointed Governor-General of the Philippines Fernando Primo de Rivera issued a decree granting a general amnesty to all Filipino revolutionaries who would surrender to the Spanish government. Most of the revolutionaries ignored the decree, prompting Rivera to launch a major offensive against them in Cavite. Emilio … Read more

On This Day, May 16

  On this day, May 16, in 1584, Santiago de Vera, the first president of the Real Audiencia, began his term as the sixth Governor-General of the Philippines after his appointment following the death of his predecessor Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa. During his term, the wooden palisade that protected Manila from foreign incursions was rebuilt … Read more

Countries Where Philippine Apostille is Accepted

Goodbye red ribbon, hello Apostille! Effective May 14, 2019, the DFA will no longer issue Authentication Certificates with  “red ribbon“, and will instead affix an Apostille to documents for use abroad. Countries and Territories Where Philippine Apostille is accepted as of May 2019: AlbaniaAndorraAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBruneiBulgariaBurundiCabo VerdeChileColumbiaCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorEstoniaEswatiniFijiFranceGeorgiaGrenadaGuatemalaGuyanaHondurasHongkongHungaryIcelandIndiaIrelandIsraelItalyJapanKazakhstanKosovoKyrgyzstanLatviaLesothoLiberiaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacauMacedoniaMalawiMaltaMarshal IslandsMauritiusMexico … Read more