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Philippine Passport Photo

By on Jan 27, 2009 in Travel | 38 comments

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To get your Philippine passport photo taken is a tricky task. What if, it is not the right photo requirement? Then it would be a waste of money right?

Well, what I did was just trust the staff from the photo studio I went to. It was the studio near Mendiola, Manila or to be exact, in front of Samson Technology nearby Mendiola. If I remember it right, the name of the studio is Dreamscape. I told the staff that I need the photo for passport application, and with royal blue background. I don’t remember the price. It was about a year ago already.

Before I went to the studio, I called the Passport hotline (737-1000) to verify the rules for the photo requirement especially the size of the Philippine passport. And here is what it says in the website:

Three (3) colored photos of the applicant taken against a royal blue background & no shadow. Applicant should be in decent attire with collar & sleeves and in dark-colored shirt. Photo must be studio taken & of good quality, and must have been taken within the last six (6) months. Photo size: 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm. Facial image size: About 3cm-tip of head to chin; with 8-10mm head clearance from top edge. Ears and forehead should be visible. Wearing of accessories, colored contact lenses or eyeglasses, with name/name board are not allowed. DFA has the right to reject photos that do not comply with specifications and international standards.

source: http://www.passport.com.ph/app/requirements/new.php

Although when you go to the DFA to process your passport application and found out that your photo is not the right requirement, there are photo express centers inside. I don’t remember the price.

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