Philippine Passport for your baby in 1-2-3 without APPOINTMENT!

Yes, you read it right! WITHOUT APPOINTMENT! Getting a passport is not really hard like what you see in some rants online especially if you are with your baby! Babies get special treatment – and you can tag along! Even WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT!!! Lat June 2018, I was able to apply for my baby’s passport, he was around 3 months that time. We did not tag along since my husband just renewed his passport last year while I still have mine valid until 2020 but still, as long as you have a baby & years and below, you do not need an online appointment ! Here’s the DFA link for your reference as well.

So here’s the steps on how to get a passport for your baby.

1. NSO Birth Certificate – once you give birth, please make sure you submit your requirements to your hospital. 1-2 weeks after, the original copy will already be available in your hospital. Please note this is not the NSO copy. You have 2 options on how to get NSO copy.

a. Go to the City Health office to get the Certified True Copy, then go to PSA to have it stamped as PSA copy. – honestly, it was too cumbersome for me so I didn’t bother going. I did checked on the process but when I read that you need to go from one office to another, I backed out. Imagine still having my wound from CS, carrying my baby and having to breastfeed him every 2 hours does not seem worth it to me.

b. Go to NSO/PSA website and request for the NSO birth certificate online. This was the easiest option! Initially I read that it takes 3-6 months for PSA to have it but it does not seem like it now. I requested mine when he was 2 months plus I think, and I got notice from PSA that there will just be some delay, so instead of 1 week for it to be delivered, it took 2 weeks. I think they start to get the certificate from the Health Office the time I requested it hence, it took longer so I guess if I requested it earlier, it would still be available. You just need to pay 375 in total including delivery, hassle free!

2. Complete/Prepare Requirements. This should be easy-peasy to complete.

  1. Accomplished Application Form (click here for Blank Application Form)
  2. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
  3. Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child
    • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child
    • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate
  4. Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent (click here for the List of Acceptable IDs for Passport Application)
  5. School ID (if applicable)

3. Appearance! There are several satellite DFA offices satellite DFA offices already for your convenience. For us, we chose Megamall, actually, we really did not plan on getting baby’s passport that time, but since we planned to go to megamall, I just brought the requirements also. So when we got there, it was near the parking lot side of MegaMall, since we have stroller, we needed to carry it up the stairs as they did not have a ramp.

Once you get  there, get a number from the guard, he will also tell you what time you need to be back for your slot. Good thing we were able to secure a slot in the afternoon. Although you don’t need an appointment, there maybe a lot of walk in applicants also, so make sure you go there early as well to secure a slot. You can come back 30 mins prior to the time allotted as sometimes, they allow you to enter already.

First step was the checking of requirements before you can enter the actual office, it’s sort of a first layer filter. After that, your number will be called where you will submit actual requirements. Next window will be payment,for Saturdays, it is an automatic EXPRESS service so you need to pay more. Php 1200 for Expedite (7 days) and  Php 950 for regular (12 days). I think they’ve shortened it recently also.

After payment will be picture taking and verifying of details to be inputted in the passport. For babies, they actually have a mat where they lay your baby and someone takes the photo from there. The people there is already used to it so they give instructions to parents on what to do. After the picture, you just need to verify the details and sign for your baby and last step will already be delivery.

Just before exiting the premises, there’s a queue for LBC delivery. When you are with baby, you get express lane also so you get to skip the line. Voila you are done! you just need to wait for the delivery of the passport! It took us less than 1 hour for the whole processes, there’s some queue but since we’re with our baby, there’s a special line also for us. The one which got delayed was the delivery, it took around 2 weeks for the delivery when I paid for EXPRESS service. I did not bother to call anymore since I wasn’t in a rush anyway.

NOTE: validity of passport for babies is 5 years only and not the new 10 years validity since babies’ face change drastically so you need to get a new one. We might renew his passport earlier so we can tag along without the need for an appointment when we renew our passports!

Hope this helps!


Baby Photoshoot : Ethan @ 1 Weeks

Baby Photoshoots can be very costly. I remember trying to find a reasonably priced baby photographer but it costs too much for me! Prices range from 10k-20+K for 1-2 hours session and similar to the Maternity Shoot, you only get selected photos. Some have additional costs for styling and props.

So again, since I wanted to save some money, and at 1 week I still couldn’t move that much due to my CS stitches, we decided to have a DIY home photoshoot for our baby.

So again, here’s the top things I prepared:

  1. Pegs – Pinterest is key! I pinned all my pegs and showed it to my husband.
  2. Backdrop – it is very important to have a neat backdrop for the photoshoot. For us, we used the back side of baby’s sort of fleece blanket. And our room is painted white also so we just used that as well.
  3. Lighting – very important to have good lighting. during the shoot, we didn’t have a good one so we weren’t able to take a lot of good photos. You can use black and white to hide away flaws as needed, plus it gives some effect on the picture.
  4. Assistant – since I was still recovering, we need an additional help for the photoshoot. I asked my sister to help us out since we also wanted to get some family shots.
  5. Prepare Baby – Babies are very unpredictable so better prepare to avoid unnecessary setbacks. For instance, time your photoshoot during his naps. Make sure he’s fed so he doesn’t go fussy and irritated. A sleeping baby is a default in baby shoots because it gives the photographers the liberty to position the baby. But if your baby is up for it, you can also shoot while he is awake for some variety.
  6. Props – if you have crocheted costumes, then that can also make the pictures better. For us, we weren’t able to prepare much so we just used whatever he had at that time.

All in all, I am 3.5 out of 5 happy on the outcome. We were not able to get a lot of good shots as baby’s skin was getting irritated at the blanket, I also felt ugly on those shots as I cannot put make up yet (I was doing Ge-Lai) so I can only do so much. Also, after the shoot, my wound bled 0_0 probably because of moving too much. We were also restricted on the positions as we did not want baby to wake up.

So, I would suggest this is you really do not have budget and just want to keep some memories for baby. But if you have money to spare, I would recommend having this documented by a professional so it can be hassle free for you and your partner. I have an upcoming review on the Picture Company so stay tuned!