Balintawak Market

I was out one time in our own small market (Talipapa) when I suddenly thought of my Mama> She would always go to the famous Balintawak market, by walking and riding a jeepney on her way back home. I then decided to go there to buy things we need.

As people say, it”s always cheaper there in Balintawak Market. You just really have to be patient because aside from the fact that there”s a lot of people there, it”s most of the time muddy. I had to leave Roey at my in law”s house while Keanna is at school. In a matter of an hour, I”m done and glad I brought my camera with me. These are what I”ve captured.

all sorts of spices
A wide selection of Filipino foods (kakanin).

Spring Roll wrappers, jellies for Halo Halo and Tofu for sale.

I had fun being out there in that market where people and things brings me back good memories. I will definitely go back some time. I am joining…


I would like to post this as a review to the e-Census website.

E-Census is an online facility that caters to requests for copy issuance of civil registry records (i.e. birth certificates, marriage contracts etc.), online status query and vital statistics tabulation. It also has links to selected features in the NSO website.

I have used this facility for a couple of times already and it never failed me. They are prompt in sending me an email when there was a delay in one of the documents I requested. I paid the documents online on my first set of requests and through BDO in the most recent one. After 2 business days, I have the documents already. It definitely saved me a lot of time and effort. I don’t have to worry about falling in line anymore.

Kudos to the team behind this web component of the National Statistics Office – Civil Registry System (NSO-CRS). With today’s technology, this facility is such a great help for everyone especially to the Filipinos abroad. Foreign request is available if the delivery destination is outside the Philippines. Local requests fee is affordable at PhP 315.00 per copy while CENOMAR (Singleness) fee per copy is PhP415.00. The fees for local requests are inclusive of courier charges already. Foreign request is US$20.00 per copy for copy issuance and US$25.00 per copy for CENOMAR (Singleness) requests, also inclusive of courier charges. There are even several options for you to pay.

So, for those who would like to request authenticated copies of their documents from NSO, why bother falling in line and wait for hours? Here’s the easier answer to your requests. Visit the eCensus website for more information.