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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 10 Influential Filipino Finance Blogs & Websites You Need To Check Out Today

Have you heard of these Filipino financial blogs before? 

These past two days, I was extremely privileged to attend two events: #SINAG Awards at Manila Polo Club and Registered Financial Planner (RFP) Thanksgiving Dinner at Shangri-la Hotel in EDSA. These were both humbling experiences and I felt fortunate that I was able to take part in it. 

Top 10 Influential Filipino Finance Blogs You Should Check Out

During these times: 
- 70% of my thoughts were 'Am I really here? Wow.'
- 20% were thinking 'I should ask for their autograph...' 
- and 10% were thinking 'Should I go back to the buffet? I don't want to waste food!' :) 

Imagine your celebrity idol: Brad Pitt, Daniel Padilla, Jackie Chan or One Direction? 

Now, imagine the awe that you'd feel if ever you were to meet them personally? Super starstruck, right? 

That's exactly how I felt when I was in both of these events - the owners of the personal finance blogs that I'm idolizing were actually there! I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed and speechless. 

Which personal finance blogs and websites influenced me to finally take on the challenge to be financially free? Here are ten of them. 

This list is not ranked. 

1. Randell Tiongson's blog 

I first met Sir Randell back in 2011 when he had a short talk sponsored by CBTL. Three years later, he's still passionate about educating Filipinos on financial management (and his young face hasn't changed!) 

As a Registered Financial Planner who has decades of financial planning and money management experience under his belt, Sir Randell writes about personal finance in an informative and straight-to-the-point manner. 

His messages are generally all meat, with no filler, so you can dedicate a day or two in browsing his blog, and it still wouldn't be enough! After all, his profile is impressive. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Personal Finance Version!

When I was a kid, my younger relatives and I would usually plan to sing Christmas carols all over the neighborhood so that we could earn money during the holiday. 

At first, we would sing to our parents and grandparents. Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts" would be our favorite piece, and they'd immediately give us money just because we were that good. (Or because they were watching telenovelas and they wanted us to stop singing already?) 

12 Days of Christmas: Personal Finance Version!

One particular Christmas carol that we're fond of is the 12 Days of Christmas. It's catchy! 

But then... I sing this song all day long, but it doesn't necessary mean that I like its message.

Seriously. Why would your "true love" spend all his money during Christmas? I mean, sure, getting presents 12 days in a row may sound romantic, but what happens after everything's over? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

4 Situations You Can Dip Into Your Emergency Fund (Guilt-free!)

For over a long time now, I've been advocating for financial literacy. For example, if we talk about financial foundation, it's supposed to be:

- your credit card debt is paid off;
- your income is protected (life insurance);
- your retirement fund account is growing; and,
- your emergency fund is safely stocked in your account. 

emergency fund