The Department of Foreign Affairs Releasing Section handed my renewed passport after 40 minutes of lining up:
Hologrammed, watermarked, microtexted, UV fibered, computer-readable metadata- secured: The seahag photo.
Not allowed to wear hoodies. Not allowed to wear bangs. No colored contact lenses, no chunky jewelry… hair behind the ears (baka raw wala kang tenga), not allowed to show teeth, shot under FLOURESCENT LIGHT! Full front shot, no turns of any angle. Shirt with collar and sleeves — sabay, extreme closeup pala, photo cropped close to the face, zoomed in– pagkatapos maging haggard sa byahe at pagpila i-closeup ka pa… tighter… tighter… and… Ngiiieh!!!