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New Procedures for Visa Stamping at Qatar Embassy in Manila

Early mornings, long lines, people from different places, they are all lined up at the  barangay hall of Magallanes (Makati) for their Qatar visa stamping. Some said they were already there since late evening of the other day since they are coming from the provinces. And since the acceptance of application is only from 8:30am – 11:00am (if I remember it right), they’d rather come early than loose the chance.  I even have a friend who frequently visits Qatar saying he’d usually go to the barangay hall to enlist at around 10pm and come back 6am the next day (very cunning, or was it a smart move?).

But when you come, a list of names will be passed on to you until you hand it over to the one who will arrive next. And when the time comes that the embassy opens, some volunteers would just initiate to ask everyone to fall in line as per their number until they reach, marching on, from the barangay hall to the back entrance of the embassy. It’s a fun experience though – when you see all these things happen.

The other requirement is that you have to pay via a VISA card that is under the bearer’s name (just like in all government offices in Qatar – NO CASH PAYMENT). The processing fee to be debited from the card is about Php350 only. Otherwise, those who have no card will have to run, as fast as they can, to the nearest LBC Express in Evangelista, Pasay City for an express Visa Debit Card.

However, this will not be the case now. Families of OFWs in Qatar will have an easier way to go about their visa stamping in Manila since Wide Wide World Express Corporation (WWWExpress) formerly known as DHL Philippines is now accepting the requirements. Processing takes approximately 3-4 days and will be delivered straight to your home address. Processing fee is around P750.

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I happened to be unaware of these changes when I processed my son’s visa stamping last April 2016. To my surprise, no one was in the barangay hall and not even a guard was at the embassy gate. I thought I overheard it somewhere on my way for my vacation but the idea did not sink in well in me. So I was there, only to find out from the postings on the wall that the change has already been implemented.

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For Personal/ Business/ Visit/ Tourist/ Family Personal Visas:

  1. Visa notice – printout from MOI website
  2. Valid Original Passport more than 6 months
  3. Letter of Invitation from the Sponsor or copy (NOT REQUIRED)
  4. 2-pcs. 2×2 size pictures with white background. Photo must be clear, sharp and in focus, also it must show both edges on the face clearly and photos must show a full front view of face and shoulders. – some DHL offices would already screen the photos as some of the applications are delayed since photos are not acceptable. Basic requirement is that hair for the ladies must be pulled back, and the head would pass the size requirement (as in US Visa). Upon submission of another photo that another 3-4 days count will start. So be sure that there is ample time before the flight.

Special note also when expecting a WWWExpress delivery, make sure to have someone to receive it from your delivery address since they will not leave it to other people (passport delivery is stricter unlike the regular deliveries). But just like the usual courier delivery procedure, they cannot tell the exact time of delivery but it will definitely be within the office hours. Just be patient for when they said they’ll deliver, they will do so. Otherwise, you can always make a follow-up call from their call center number.

Here’s the link for other related information: http://www.wwwexpress.com.ph/qatar-requirements.php

Click here for the nearest WWW Express outlet in your area: http://www.wwwexpress.com.ph/outlets-rnc.php

230 comments

  1. I just want to confirm if Letter of Invitation is not required for stamping family visit visa because in other website it is required.

      1. helo po ask ko lang kung sa DHL po ba ipapasa yung requirements tru visa stamping? tumawag kc ako sa DHL LIPA hndi daw sakanila…. tanx for the reply

        pano po ba ang procedure? salamat….

    1. helo po ask ko lang kung sa DHL po ba ipapasa yung requirements tru visa stamping? tumawag kc ako sa DHL LIPA hndi daw sakanila…. tanx for the reply

  2. Hi! We are trying to do this procedure twice already through DHL but they they don’t accept without the letter of invitation.

    We are coming to Doha as Tourists under Hotel Visa and the Hotel can only provide the Reservation Confirmation. Isnt that supposed to be enough supporting document?

    1. Then if its already twice and they require the Letter of Invitation, then i guess you just have to request one from the company/hotel who provided your tourist visa. As per my last inquiry with DHL, it was not required but the embassy could also require additional documents depending on their review of the submitted papers. Sunod nalang po tayo mam para mastamp agad and makapunta kayo agad dito.

    1. Hello Ms Karoline, i can vouch for my experience, it only took 3 days only. We were not in the house when they delivered it so it took 4 days. But it may take long if there are problems in the documents so i suggest you follow whats written at the DHL office to avoid further delay. Sorry for the late reply. Was in the office earlier. And thanks for dropping by. – zeke

      1. Im applying work at doha aug. palang my visa na ako sabi sa agency stamping na daw then until now wala pa papers ko e matagal na napadala via dhl. I was reading all the convo and says 3-5 working days lang. Now I’m confious I’m 4 months waiting for my papers

      2. Hello mam, i understand your concern. Though im not sure what or where exactly is the problem. But you have to check with the agency if the work/offer still stands. If the company in Qatar is keen on getting you, it shouldnt take that long. But some agencies might be having problems with cancelled jon orders or changing manpower requirement which they dint usually tell their applicants esp if all papers and payments are done. Not sure though, but it is best to ask your agency. DHL on the otherhand should notify if there are problems in your documents that caused delays. You can even ask for the tracking number so you can inquire from DHL directly. I work im admin here so i am also familiar with recruitment procedures and we can easily take people from the Philippines if we wish to. So its best to ask you agency of the truth. I hope you will be able to sort things out and start your work here. Pray for wisdom and guidance. God bless po.

      3. Hi po. Question lang paano ako mag aapply ng visa for tourist. Wala akong kakilala kahit sino dun. Balak ko mag apply sa embassy tapos tama ba ang stamping is thru DHL?

  3. I have with me my work-business visa for stamping. Kailangan ko p po bang pumunta sa Embassy ng Qatar of through DHL na lang po. Thank you.

  4. Hi po, just want to ask po letter of invitation for tourist visa po ba is from the trave agency?

    my kids and sister in law po are coming here. yung 2 kids ko po under my sponsorship family personal visit visa yung sis in law ko po is tourist visa/
    same din po ba ng process kahit provincial 3-4 working days. thanks a lot po

    1. Hello po. Yes i believe the invitation letter should come from the company who issued the tourist visa and the process is the same for manila or province but the procedure “might” take longer for provincial so make sure to allot more time. Better visit the nearest DHL for confirmation. Hope youll get your visas stamped in no time! God bless! Please connect @bestlifeqatar via facebook, instagram or twitter .

  5. Hi! Tanong ko lang sir.. Medyo naguguluhan kasi ako sa requirements and procedure for tourist..

    1. Visa notice
    2. Valid Original Passport more than 6 months
    3. Letter of Invitation from the Sponsor or copy (original, scanned or photocopy)
    4. 2-pcs. 2×2 size pictures with white background. Photo must be clear, sharp and in focus, also it must show both edges on the face clearly and photos must show a full front view of face and shoulders

    *** yung visa notice ba sir is same sa application form and where can I download it?
    ***then yung passport poh ba dapat mismo ipapadala yung original?

    wala na poh ba kailangan na requirement like, bank statement, coe, birth certificate?

    Thankyou in advance..

    Godbless!

  6. Hi! Tanong ko lang sir.. Medyo naguguluhan kasi ako sa requirements and procedure for tourist..

    1. Visa notice
    2. Valid Original Passport more than 6 months
    3. Letter of Invitation from the Sponsor or copy (original, scanned or photocopy)
    4. 2-pcs. 2×2 size pictures with white background. Photo must be clear, sharp and in focus, also it must show both edges on the face clearly and photos must show a full front view of face and shoulders

    *** yung visa notice ba sir is same sa application form and where can I download it?
    ***then yung passport poh ba dapat mismo ipapadala yung original?

    wala na poh ba kailangan na requirement like, bank statement, coe, birth certificate?

    Thankyou in advance..

    Godbless!

  7. Hello Po. Tanong kulang po pag na receive na ang business visa from the DHL , makaka alis po ba brother ko without any problem with the immigration officer . salamat

  8. hi Sir tanong ku lang po , kukuha po kasi ako ng affidavit of support sa qatar phil embassy, para sa supporting documents sa pagtoutourist visa ng asawa ko, pwede po ba yung salary certificate na requirements ay arabic di sya english.? accept kaya nila yun ? yun po kasi ibinigay ng company sa akin

      1. isa kc sa requirememts sa pagkuha ng.affidavit of support yung salary certificate kaso arabic yung ibinigay na salary certificate sa akin. pwede kaya yon sa qatar phil embassy accept kaya nila yon ?

    1. To be sure po pa translate nyo nalang po. Meron naman po available na translator sa National/Musheireb… para hindi po kau mahirapan magpabalik balik sa embassy. sorry po i got confused kanina kung anu yung naka-arabic. If its the salary certificate, usually the amount naman is numeric pero much better pa rin if you can have it translated ahead.

  9. Hi Sir , tanong ko lang kung kailangan pa bang ipadala ang original na “affidavit of support” sa pinas para ipakita sa immigration sa Naia airport ng magtotourist dito sa Qatar?’hindi ba pwede scan copy na lang at isend sa email? ang mahal kasi kung ipapadala sa DHL yung documents isang piraso papel lang namn 350 riyals .

    1. As per experience sir, Inemail ko lang sa brother ko yung affidavit of support nung sya naman ang pumunta dito sa Qatar. Actually on his case, hindi nga hinanap. So its actually a supporting documents na if in case hanapin ay pwede mo ipakita. Tingin ko ok lang ang email then print mo na rin ang email copy at siguro if pwede iprint then sana yung email shoring the contact number of your sponsor. And pray that everything will be in order, dahil minsan pinrepare mo lahat pero wala naman actually hahanapin. Just always remember na as tourist you just have the proof of residency in Manila (yung babalik ka pa at hindi mag wowork abroad). Kaya careful din sa suspicious handcarry and just make sure you have all docuemnts ready. If you have questions kabayan, you cane mail me at bestlifeqatar@gmail.com

  10. Hi Zeke,

    Magtatanong lang sana ako, I’m travelling for a business visit to Qatar, Hinitintay ko lang yun copy ng visa notice, nabasa ko yung mga comments sa thread. Would that mean na pwede ko iprocess yung visa ko via DHL, by the way I’m living in Pampanga. It would be nice if you can enlighten me regarding the process. Thanks in advance.

  11. If the visa is applied and release here in Qatar do I need to have it stamped in Qatar embassy in manila again

      1. my children, nasa pilipinas pa sila pero approved na yung visa dito from MOI, may dati na silang resident visa na expire lang kasi above 18 years old na

  12. Opo Sir. Since back to square one na naman po tayo and the point of origin is Manila. No need for visa stamping if coming from other countries like exit from UAE (its basically Philippine immigration policy, i think). You can check out the nearest WWWExpress in your place and submit all docuemnts to them. They will process it accordingly.

  13. Hi, nagpunta ako sa W.Express sa may Alabang. Pero di nila tinanggap yung visa notice ko. Yung middle name ko kasi may ñ tapos sa visa notice ko ‘n’ lang siya. Ang advise saken humingi daw po ako ng notory from Qatar Embassy. Nagbibigay po ba sila ng ganon?

    1. Advise ko po ibabalik lang po ng nagapply sa MOI (minostry of immigration) para i correct. Usually po kaso arabic ung nagaapply hindi sila.masyadong particular sa spelling pero syempre ung immigration natin dito mahigpit. Within the day kuha po yan tapos ipapadala ulit sa inyo ung visa. Ito po depende sa nagaasikaso. Sana mabait ung nagaayos ng visa nyo. You can email me po for your questions: bestlifeqatar@gmail.com

      Sana po maayos para makapunta kau agad dito. God bless po.

      Zeke

      1. GOOD day po

        Question ko lng po
        Pg stamp po ng visa ng qatar sa invitation letter un sponsor or un taong ngpapunta sayo dba?.but d po inaccept ng receptionist un letter na pinakita ko
        Nkalagay sa visa ko
        Name of sponsor is ung agency na ngprocess ng visa ko but dun sa invitation letter is ung brother ko na kumuha sken
        Ano po b iba kong pede pkita na proof??thanks in advce

  14. Sir tanong ko lang po kung di na po ba pwede ang direct personal po magpa stamp ng visa Passport sa Qatar Embassy? kasi po ung Flight po ng family ko sa Saturday Night na. pwede po ba ma rush sa Friday ung stamping ng visa para po mahabol sa flight?

    1. Unfortunately sir, hindi po pwede ang personal appearance. Need nyo po talaga iprocess with WWWExpress pero Saturday flight is too tight. Pwede nyo po isubmit agad and iparebook yung flight nyo. I cant say when sya pwede lumabas kasi Sat and Sunday is non working day in Manila. Baka by Monday or Tuesday pa po yan. Di po ba kau naadvise of the process of stamping? Email me at bestlifeqatar@gmail.com po.

  15. Hello po.. ask ko lang po kung naka tourist visa po from agency need pa po ba ng affidavit of support sa relative na nandito sa qatar?

    1. Yung affidavit of support is not required by the Qatar Embassy in Manila… its usually asked at the immigration of NAIA. So better be ready to avoid any further inconveniences. They usually do it in random so its difficult to be caught offguard.

  16. Hello! For Family visa. Can we directly go to the Qatar Embassy for visa stamping? and not go thru DHL service?

  17. No need for original Birth certificates and/or marriage certificate? For family visa stamping?

    1. Hi Sir, mag ttour lang ako.. nag book ako ng hotel thru expedia.com pero wala naman inoffer na may kasamang visa. Anyways. Balak ko mag apply directly sa embassy ng visa. Tama po ba? Punta na lang ako sa magallanes tapos kapag stamping na don na sa dhl?
      Tama ba un mga requirements ko po
      RT ticket, hotel confirmation, valid passport, bank statement, nso b certificate. Kailangan ko pa ba ng nbi? Tourist visa lang for 3 days. Thank you po.

  18. Sir tanong kulng saan po pede makakuha ng application form for business visa stamping,nsa akin n ung visa at invitation repy ps sa mkbsa nito

      1. Sir nkita kuna lhat ng requirement ok npo lhat ng requiremnts ko mliban sa application form saan kuba mkukuha un reply kau sir

  19. send me an emal mam ppno kumuha ng applicatio form pra sa business visa stamping my letter npo ako at visa slmt po

  20. I sasubmit nyo po sa wwwexpress. Me form po na ipifillup more of sa delivery ng passport pabalik sa inyo. Diretso na po sa kanila since sila po ang third party authorized na courier ng qatar embassy sa manila. Head to the nearest wwwexpress/dhl sa inyi para maprocess na po. Thanks!

    1. Salamt sir pede nmn pla personal isubmit ako nlng mg submit kc tga malibay pasay lng ako edsa pede kuna lakarin malibay to Qatar embassy magallanes slmt ng mrami sir ingat po kau lagi.kompleto n requirements ko for business visa .NBI birth certficate nka red ribbon na.at.original passport picture etc ready npo ksma n ung business visa at invitation letter galing Qatar na my stamped sila slmt again Gd bless

  21. Posible po ba ng na walang visa stamp ng qatar embassy sa philippines pero all requirement ayos na. By online nalng kc may narinig ako soft copy lng need etc? Dec 23 dec na dating sa qatar for family visit visa?

    1. Residence visa po is processed here in qatar. If family visa po ang hawak nyo from manila hindi na po ksilangan ang medical. Basta po complete docs dala nyo as mentioned in my blog po. Contact your nearest wwwexpress/dhl branch for confirmation of docs or visit their website po. God bless!

  22. Hi sir,

    dun po sa pagpapauthenticate ng documents. if hindi po ako yung magsusubmit sa wwwexpress nung documents na ipapaauthenticate ko sa qatar embassy need pa po ba ng auhtorization or spa para iprocess nila yung application ko?

    Thank you po in advance 🙂

    1. Alam ko po hindi naman kasi wwwexpress dhl lang naman po un so long as dala mo lahat ng documents including original passport. But for your piece of mind you can probably write a small note for their reference (parang authorization mo na rin with your ID).

  23. Hi there!

    May i know if how long does it takes for a tourist visa stamp? And Im from Mindanao, kailangan ba sa manila na DHL e send ung docu? Or any wwwexpress will do? Thanks!

  24. i want to ask about the requirements. what is the meaning of valid original passport more than months.. from the date of issued po ba or before expiration..thank you

  25. Hi! ask ko lang po pag business visa need also authenticate ng letter of invitation? at saka ano pa requirements ng immigration satin pag business visa ang punta sa qatar

  26. Sir,need pa po b ng affidavit of support n manggagaling sakin par sa anak ko for Visa stamping,just for sure lang po kaya ako ngatnong uli.Thanks!

  27. hi gud day po.ask q lang po if need pa po ng birth cert pag kukuhanan n aq ng visa ng agency ko.kasi po lately ko lng nlman n male po pla ang gender ko s cert instead po n female.pero my passport n po aq,salamat po

    1. Pwede nyo po ako email sa bestlifeqatar@gmail.com since yung case nyo po is medyo sensitive. But as a general rule, ang kailangan po for visa application is birth certificate depende rin po sa type ng visa. If tourist visa BC lang po need pero pag family or visit visa may additional docs pa pong kailangan. But with regards the gender, i think you have to consult a lawyer or you can email me baka po me masuggest akong pwedeng nyong makausap.

  28. hi. Would you know the process in getting Qatar Police Clearance? Through DHL din ba or i have to go to qatar embassy?

  29. hi sir tanung ko lang kakaaprub lang kasi ng family visit visa ng mga anak ko, un panganay ko is 12 years old na this feb 2017, kelangan daw ng medical sa pilipinas bago ang visa stamping, totoo ba un, if true, pano procedure nya, kasi kung DHL na ang processing papano un sa eldest ko di sya mapaprocess ng walang medical?, thanks in advance for ur advise.

    1. Sir as per experience po namin sa family visa, wala naman po hingi na medical. What you can do po is to check it with wwwexpress (they might have changed the policy already). Pero ang alam ko po wala. Malalaman natin ang exact na status when we submit the documents to them. Meron na rin naginquire sa akin nyan about medical and hindi na nila ako binalikan… so it would be nice to get updates too if humihingi na ba sila since as per our experience before, wala po.

      1. hello, salamat sa reply, nagtry un sister in law ko na pumunta sa DHL today, pero nirequire talaga nila un medical para dun sa eldest ko na 12 years old, also mahigpit sila sa 2×2 pictures, it should be clear at un shoulder eh dapat kita, tapos dapat nakacollar kahit bata, thanks.

  30. Hi po. We are scheduled for Qatar on Feb. 11 under family visit visa. This is our first time to do the process. Ask ko lang po what an invitation letter is, from the company? May form po ba ito and what should it include? Thank you.

  31. Helo po. tanong ko lang po kung kailangan pa po ba ng stamp ng qatar embassy sa pilipinas ang passport at yung family visa na galing sa MOI para wife ko? salamat po

  32. Hi. Just got my business visa only today and my flight will be on thursday. Is visa sticker stamping really needed before departure? Will I have problems upon entering the immigration?
    Thanks!

    1. Yes po kailangan and as asked several times already, theres no alternative than to really apply for stamping via wwwexpress. Its quite surprising na marami pa rin po ang di aware na need ito at kahit po nakabook na tau ng flights… wala pp talagang lusot sa immigration natin. My suggestion is to go straight to straight to wwwexpress and request for priority 3 days minsan kaya. Then you can try to rebook your flight po.

      Hope this helps.

  33. hi po,oky n po yung tourist visa ko hinahantay kona lang po yung invitation letter,kaso po yung passport ko expiration is august 15,2017,pwedi pa po ba yung passport ko?nabasa ko po kasi n more than 6months yung expiration ng passport..

    thank you in advance.

    1. Im afraid baka sa immigration palang natin di ka na payagan esp tourist visa po ang hawak ninyo. Pero bilangin nyo po muna yung dates if more than 6 months pa po sya (since you have not provided dates). Otherwise po, baka need nyo po muna magparenew para di kayo magkaproblem. Hope this helps.

  34. Hi Sir! Clarification lang po. When you say Commercial VISA, this includes Business VISA tama po ba? And lastly, I’m applying for Business VISA. Do I need to go directly sa Embassy for the Stamping or should I just send it VIA DHL? Thank you po and god bless!

  35. Hi sir, I was planning to have my visit visa stamped. by dropping to Qatar embassy and since reading your article and some of the comments..i was thinking that i don’t need to go there anymore.

    but im still confused with the process on how can i have my visa stamped without going there..
    Thank you for your help sir.

    1. Sir, Just visit any wwwexpress branch to submit your documents. You may revisit the blog to double check the requirements and procedures. Hindi na po kasi sila tumatanggap ng walkin sa Qatar Embassy mismo.

      Hope all will be well and keep us posted. Thank you and God bless!

      regards,
      Zeke

    2. Hi Sir,

      Just visit any wwwexpress branch and submit your documents. You may revisit the blog for the requirements and procedures. Hindi na po kasi sila nagaaccept ng walk-in.

      Please update us and hope all will be well.

      Thank you and God bless!

      Regards,
      Zeke

  36. Hello! Thanks for this post. Tanong ko lang po if valid ung requirements dito: http://www.wwwexpress.com.ph/qatar-requirements.php

    “B. Personal/ Business/ Visit/ Tourist/ Family Personal Visas:

    1. Visa notice.
    2. Valid Original Passport more than 6 months
    3. Letter of Invitation from the Sponsor or copy (original, scanned or photocopy).
    4. 2-pcs. 2×2 size pictures with white background. Photo must be clear, sharp and in focus, also it must show both edges on the face clearly and photos must show a full front view of face and shoulders.”

    1. Where do we get the Visa Notice?
    2. Ung passport po pag pinadala, original? hindi po photocopy?
    3. Wala po kaming sponsor pero may hotel reservation na po. Travel lang po talaga kami. Pano po kaya un?
    4. Okay lang po bang ako mag asikaso for my family? 4 po kami magttravel three weeks from now..

    Thank you!

    1. Im assuming that you will travel using tourist visa. Let me inform you that while securing the stamp from Qatar Embassy may be easy, you might just find it a bit challenging in our immigration – as they might ask for some documents. But to answer some of your questions, the visa requirement is printable from the MOI website which should be given to you by the hotel who will provide you the visa (it has bar codes) and i think sample is in the blog. Definitely the stamp will be placed in the original passport and your hotel should issue an invitation letter (if required). Pwede pong isa lang magasikaso for all applications and you may go straight to wwwexpress office with complete docuembnts. You may revisit the blog for the requirements and procedures. HOPE THIS HELPS! Salamat po!

      1. Yes, we are a family of four traveling on the 23rd. Sorry, pano pong hotel will provide the visa? Should we e-mail the hotel asking for a visa notice? Maraming salamat po!

  37. question regarding Visa stamping for work visa in qatar. NBI certificate po ba is mandatory for all to be DFA authenticated regardless of work/position… kasi sa documents po required lang pa-Authenticate ung mga professionals with PRC License. Kahit po ba mga sales lady sa retail need to have their NBI autheticated by DFA?

  38. hi sir..ano po hinihingi na supporting papers sa terminal 3 immigration?visit visa po husbnd q..im his sponsor.thnk u☺

    1. Pag ka family member wala naman po usually. Magdala nalang po sya ng marriage contract tapos po affidavit of support. Kinukuha po yun sa embassy. Minsan po kasi hinahanap minsan naman po hindi…

      Kaya for peace of mind basta mastamp ung visa sa passport, iready nalanh din po ung mga ibang docs. Tsaka two way na ticket.

  39. Hello po, pa guide naman po, family visit visa po kami ng anak ko 4yrs old under sa mother ko, this coming april 5 magbabakasyon ang mag ina ko sa pinas, may RP na yung asawa ko ditto sa Qatar while yung anak ko visit visa parin sa mother ko, plano naming ireapply na lang yung anak ko ng family visit visa pag balik nila dito, need pa po ba ng visa stamping sa Qatar embassy sa manila ulit? at ano pa po ang kailangan gawin at ayusin mga documents, salamat po.

    1. Last time po nag exit ang anak ko sa Dubai then nagapply po kami ng panibagong Visit Visa. Few months pagkabalik po nya ng Qatar, nagbakasyon po kami sa Pinas (yung mandup inaapplyan po sya ng re-entry visa) tapos nakauwi at nakabalik ulti kami sa Qatar. Pero opo kinailangan nya ipatatak yung new Visa kasi po nasecure yung visa outside of the Philippines. Same procedure po idadaan ulit sa WWWExpress just like the procedure for new visa stamping. #justsharing

  40. Salamat po sa quick response sir zeke, ano po yung affidavit of support and letter of invitation? and san po ito kinukuha? for the letter of invitation may format po ba kayo? Salamat!

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