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Senior Citizens’ Benefits in the Philippines

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If you or your parents and relatives are Senior Citizen ID card holders, you need to know what specific benefits you are entitled to here in the Philippines.  Here is a summary of these privileges and the types of establishments where you can avail of the said benefits.

20% discount and VAT exemption:

  1. Medical-related privileges
    • 20% discount on medicines and drugs, essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment such as:
      • Purchase of eyeglasses
      • Hearing aids
      • Dentures
      • Prosthetics
      • Artificial bone replacements like steel, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, canes.
      • Geriatric diapers.
    • Medical and dental services in private facilities such as:
      • Dental x-rays
      • Computerized tomography scans
      • Blood tests requested by a physician as necessary for diagnosis and / or treatment of an illness or injury.
    • Professional fees for attending physicians, licensed health workers providing home health care services.
  2. Domestic transportation privileges
    • 20% discount and VAT exemption for air and sea travel, including advanced booking.
    • 20%…

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China Is Using Tourism to Hit Taiwan Where It Really Hurts — TIME

Since the 1950s, the National Cultural and Creative Gift Center, which sells traditional handicrafts to tourists in the heart of Taiwan’s capital Taipei, has been a guaranteed moneyspinner. Now its managing director, Teddy Tang, casts a resigned glance over the sales charts, which show how profits plummeted by a stark 55 percent from April to…

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Manila ChinaTown in Binondo has the THE LARGEST CHINATOWN ARCH IN THE WORLD.

image Manila’s Chinatown

BINONDO, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Apparently not content with its claim over the disputed territory in the South China Sea, the Chinese government today announced it was laying claim over the oldest Chinatown in the world — in Manila!

Manila’s Chinatown, located in and around the Binondo district, was established in the late 1500s. It was built by the Spaniards as a settlement for Catholic Chinese, and was positioned across the Pasig River so that the colonial rulers could keep a close eye on their migrant subjects.  To this day, it continues to be a center of commerce and trade in Manila where all types of businesses are run by Filipinos of Chinese ancestry.

Almost a quarter of the Philippines’ 100 Million population are of Chinese descent, and China is demanding loyalty from them.

The administration of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino immediately protested the Chinese…

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Part 4 – Glicerio P. Santos IV Sold Four INC Prime Properties in Antipolo City for PHP 16.9 Million!

Iglesia Ni Cristo - Silent No More by Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista

Take note, brethren, this is not the father (Bro. JS) but his son, Bro. Glicerio IV aka “GP”. That’s right, one Santos after another, from the same family we featured in a previous article on family dynasty, Ref.

The Santoses have been busy, selling properties bought by our dear former Executive Minister Bro. Erano G. Manalo for the Church. Turning investments of future sites of worship services and Church buildings into cash. Later in this article, we’ll see a possible motivation for this.

I hope this is no longer shocking to you, brethren, because these revelations are not for the faint of heart. And as promised, this is not where it ends. There will be more revelations coming your way soon.

Before we tackle this, here’s a recap of the other properties sold that were presented in previous articles:



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