ART GABOT MADLAING: Apostille processing update; Vene’s 65th birthday 

 For the past months, documents I notarized and submitted to the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section in Sacramento,California  for apostille were processed from 10 to 14 working days. 

For the past two weeks, I notarized Affidavits, Special Power of Attorney, DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS and other documents needed in the Philippines”. I, then, submitted the notarized documents for apostille to the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section in Sacramento, California.

As accredited and commissioned Notary Public in California since 1981, I was surprised to he apostilled documents in 5 and 6 working days. I commend and thank our newly elected Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. and the staff at the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section in Sacramento, California for the speedy and faster apostille processing of the submitted notarized documents needed in the Philippines.

I hope and pray that as we get out from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the Front Desk will be opened so that we can go back to the normal one-day apostille processing of notarized documents needed in the Philippines and the other member nations of theHague Apostille Convention

I continue to receive calls and inquiries from old and new clients asking if the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California still authenticate documents notarized by accredited and commissioned Notary Public like myself. In response to these inquiries, I would like to share to our readers and the general public, excerpts of the Special Noticed from the Legal Section of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California as follows:

“The Philippine Consulate shall no longer issue Authentication Certificate (red ribbon) for documents notarized or apostilled  in the states under its jurisdiction namely: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State, Northern Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Northern California. 

If you notarized documents before 14 May, 2019, the Philippine Consulate will (1) still accept it for authentication (red ribbon) or (2) you my advice applicant to secure an Apostille. On the other hand, if you notarized documents from 14 May, 2019 onward, we will no longer Authenticate said documents. The applicant should forward it to the issuing State/Competent Authority for the issuance of an Apostille Certificate

Please note that Apostilled documents no longer need additional authentication by the  Philippine Consulate General. Once apostilled, it already has legal validity and can be sent to the Philippines for use.” 

Mobile Signing Services (MSS) is still committed and will continue to assist and help the elderly, veterans and those physically handicapped in the notarization and apostille follow up of Affidavits, Special Power of Attorney (SPA) , DEED OF DONATION, Proof of Life, Parental Travel Permit (PTA), Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement with Partition, DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE and other documents needed in the Philippines and the other member nations of the Hague Apostille Convention.

For immediate help and assistance,  just write or call: MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, California 94112 USA Tel. (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or

VENE UNTALAN ABAD’S 65th BIRTHDAYMy beloved wife VIRGINIA JIMENEZ MADLAING and I were blessed and fortunate to attend the 65th Birthday celebration of VENE UNTALAN ABAD last Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Dominic Oyster Point in South San Francisco, California.

The special 65th Birthday of Vene Untalan Abad, a medical technologist, was attended by close friends, relatives and colleagues from Sacramento, Elk Grove, San Francisco, Daly City  and nearby cities in Northern California. Her oldest sister Sally Untalan came all the way from the Philippines to attend the celebration. The 65th Birthday celebration was hosted by her husband Eric Abad and their children.

Special highlights of the 65th Birthday celebration were the personal greetings and best wishes by  the celebrants co-workers from Kaiser Permanente, Seton Medical Center and UCSF Medical Center;  personal greetings and best wishes from  neighbors and town mates (Calasiao, Pangasinan) like  Angeles, Jimenez Cayabyab and granddaughter Mercy, Virginia Jimenez Madlaing, Perse Jimenez Trinidad, Joy Trinidad and children, Ferdinand Relosimon and his wife Aurora Parayno Relosimon and sons, Dan Salazar,   her children and others.

The 65th Birthday Program was facilitated by DJ EUGENE MACALA. I was fortunate to sing a special birthday song to the celebrant as follows:

Happy Birthday Dear Vene; and many, many more. Another year had passed, we love you evermore. Tomorrow starts a new year, but memories can’t wait. We want to say ‘We love you!’ Vene Happy Birthday!!!

The gift we have for you, is the promise to be true. To love you through the years, and never bring you to tears. Tomorrow starts a new year, but memories can’t wait. We want to see, ‘We love you!’ Vene Happy Birthday!!!”

(ART GABOT MADLAING is accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE#00635976) in California since 1981. He is the founder of MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. Art is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California USA.)