Good Life Flavors of Fortune: A Grand Celebration of Chinese New Year 2016

Trinoma Activity Center, Quezon City -Philippines

Kung Xi Fa Cai , Kiong Hee Huat Chay , Kong Hei Fat Choi !

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is the longest and most significant celebration in the Chinese Lunar calendar .

 Chinese painting and calligraphy club together with Mr. Henry Lim Bon Liong ( executive Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce , chief executive officer of Sterling Paper Group of Companies, S.P. Properties, Inc., SL Agritech Corporation )

Ms. Lorriane Tan – Chief Operating Officer Chinoy TV

Just like the Chinese, Filipinos have strongly associated meaningful occasions with celebratory food. The author was invited by some members of the Binondo Heritage Group or BGH and Mr. Wilson Flores -who posted the event at the FB page of the group ( close site) . I saw fellow social media friends like Mr. Nathaniel Uy , Mr. Jonel Uy  ( not related to each other) and Mr. Ceasar Cheng .

Chinese style paintings

Unfortunately , We were not able to wait for them since there were some of the BGH members that were there past 12nn and have other events to attend . The event was hosted by Mr. Willord Chua and Ms. Janelle Ty of Chinoy Television.

Chinese lantern

Fly ACE Food Corporation had a complete line of  Asian food products that bring out the genuine taste and flavor of your favorite Asian dishes since the company was established in 2000.

GOOD Life -name was inspired by the Chinese’s common association of longevity with noodles like Vermicelli, Egg Noodles , Bihon, Sesame Oil , Oyster Sauce, Japanese -style bread crumbs .

Mr. Willord Chua -Chinoy Television host with the lion dancers

The event for the Chinese New Year is entitled ” Good Life Flavors of Fortune” A Celebration of Good Life which is from February 5 to 8, 2016 .

Mr. Cris Garcia ( Coordinator ) Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute coordinators gave some free basic Chinese Hookien and Mandarin lessons, Chinese chess,  paper cutting techniques . They have Basic Mandarin or Hokkien language course for beginners .

Website : http://www.ateneoconfucius.com/index.php?language=en-US

Contact information : 894-4513

 Center for Culinary Arts students

CCA students are preparing a 5 course Chinese inspired dishes 

There are several activities which coincide with the event , lectures, Chinese calligraphy lessons, Chinese Painting exhibition, games, promos, Chinese cuisine coking demonstration , competition , traditional lantern exhibit, dragon and lion dance, Chinese dances, Lingnan style paintings , Chinese paper cutting , Chinese games , Speaking Basic Hokkien and Basic Mandarin and cultural activities .

cultural presentation

 Partners includes Chinoy Television, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Confucius Institute , Bahay Tsinoy , Center for Culinary Arts -Manila, Masflex, Tecnogas , Phil Sen Hua , King Chef Seafood Restaurant, Cook Magazine , FLY Ace Food Corporation among others.

Fly Ace Food Corporation -The company is the one who conducts annual Jolly University event  in which several universities and colleges within Metro Manila .

There is an in -house promotion where the public ( attendees) can  purchase items from the Secretariat with raffle stubs and ticket – They are entitled to free feng shui consultation among others .

Ms. Nina Daza-Puyat  and Mr. Ramon P. Daez – Fly Ace General manager

Note: I would like to ” thank” BHG group , Cook Magazine Sir Marlon Aldense and FlyACE Management for the accommodation.  we decided to leave the place  since we have a lot of commitments .

Fly Ace Corporation: http://www.flyacecorp.com/

Facebook : http://www.flyacecorp.com/

LOVE is Green at Hortikultura Extravaganza 2016

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, ( Flower Garden) , Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City , Philippines

members , board of directors and guests

It was a bit overcast with some dizzle around past 3:00pm at the show site. Everybody is quite on celebratory mood as the Philippine Horticultural Society marks their 40th anniversary or RUBY anniversary .

l-r Ambassador Preciosa Soliven, Dr. Romeo Gutierrez , Mr. Boyet Ganigan , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe, Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte , Mr. Joselito Campos Jr. , Engineer Zaldy dela Rosa

Special guests of honor includes Engineer Zaldy dela Rosa– Quezon City Memorial Circle management , Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy” Belmonte -Alimurong , Quezon City tourism office , Mr. Joselito ” Butch ” Campos Jr. of Del Monte Philippines, Ambassador Preciosa Soliven , Congressman Mark Villar ,Dra. Elenita Binay among others.

 

The mood was festive and formal with members wearing Filipiniana outfit that best describe the region or place that they lived.

Across the commercial booth, EDSA Garden House gave free ashitaba sorbet to the visitors .

 

 Los Baños Horticultural Society board members 

 Los Baños Horticultural Society led by Ms. Marina Catipon their board of directors and members also came despite the heavy traffic from SLEX .

l-r Architect Butch Duque, Mr. Joselito ” Butch ” Campos Jr. ( Honorary chairman -Hortikultura Extravaganza 2016) Dr. Ella L. Gutierrez, Ms. Joyce Kato , Mr. Boyet Ganigan and Mr. Emmanuel Santos

 

This is a 12-day event which members and the public can participate . There will be daily lectures and seminars, trade fair, street dancing parade from different public schools in Quezon City, on-the spot painting contest , freestyle flower arrangement , pet show, floats , plant competition and plant bazaar.

Dr. Elenita Binay and Dr. Mendoza of Bustos , Bulacan

Mr. Mark A. Villar -Congressman of Las Pinas City

Hon. Mark A. Villar ( committee on trade and industry ) represented his mother Senator Cynthia Villar at the event. He said that the horticulture industry is creating a lot of job opportunities .

Late afternoon snacks were provided by Ms. Baby de Leon -resident caterer

The event also have live band with Ms. Gail Blanco ( Pinoy Idol ) and Mark Laygo .

Fireworks display were provided by Binondo Fireworks Firecracker Lovers Organization .

 

 

 

 

Mega Job and Business Fair 2016

A 2-Day event which aims to provide an opportunity for applicants and other businessmen to be exposed in the industry. The event is divided into two zones: Business Fair and Job Fair. Business Fair comprised of SME’s, Banks, Insurance and other companies which will offer their products and services. On the other hand, Job Fair cover companies which will do manpower sourcing.

 

Primarily,  this event  targets thousands of visitors which includes the Rotary members, SME, Businessmen, Entrepreneurs, Job Hunters, Mall goers, and University Alumni. This event is supported by Rotary International District 3830 , comprised of 90 Rotary Clubs from Makati, Las Piῆas, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pateros, Taguig, and Palawan with around 3,000 members.

For participation call tel. no. 643-3887

Account Executive : Ms. Karissa Padua -Marketing Services Associate

 Or Please call (02)633-0153 loc. 103 , Mobile 0917-8045415 Fax: (02) 234-1341 / 234-1342

 

Website: http://www.exlinkevents.com/

 

Striptop Outlet Sale from January 29 to February 5, 2016

 

Striptop Outlet Store will stage the 4th edition of the much-awaited “The Great Brands Sale” for HUSH PUPPIES, CUSHE and SEBAGO footwear on January 29 to February 05, 2016 at the State Center Investment Building, along Juan Luna St., just across the Basilica Minore de Lorenzo Ruiz and Plaza Binondo .


Shoppers will enjoy sizzling price cuts by up to 70% discount, on selected Hush Puppies, Cushe and Sebago shoes. There are also several dozens of well-known brands and local companies that will also participate in this annual sale.

vicinity map

As usual, admission is free and all major credit cards are accepted.  This event is organized by Striptop Outlet Store in partnership with Shoemakers Corporation.

For More information about the upcoming BIG SALE

Mr.Emer Dela Cruz
Marketing Manager
MCT Events Management
Mobile: 0922.831.2601 / 0917.538.7507 / 0920.953.7153
Mobile Landline: (02) 399.2935

You may also follow us through our social media accounts for more updates in this exciting event:

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Miss Universe 2015 visit Malacañang

Manila, Philippines

 

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday mid morning around past 10:00am (January 26).

Miss Universe 2015 together with President Benigno Aquino III

Photo courtesy of RTVM

Ms. Wurtzbach who was dressed in a Albert Andrada pink and white terno, was accompanied by her mother Mrs. Cheryl Alonzo Tyndall, Binbining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairperson Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta, and Miss Universe President Paula Shugart.

President Benigno Aquino III during her visit shook her hand, congratulated her on her Miss Universe win, then proceeded to a closed-door meeting for about an hour.

Lakad Pamana of Bustos, Bulacan ( Part 4)

Bustos , Bulacan province – Philippines

 

The group then toured some of the most historical and oldest still existing houses in Bustos .

facade of the house ( Avelina Perez Ancestral House )

This house is a favorite shooting place among local films and television. Among the films that were shot at the house were Ibulong Mo sa Hangin ( Whispher to the Wind ) by Gerardo de Leon in 1966 .  Nasaan ka Maruja  1978 , Agua Bendita ( Television series Feb. 2010 to September 2010  ), Villa Quintana (November 2013 to June 2014 series) , Ang Biyahe ni Drew and I Juander QTV channel 11 .

living room

Aside from the films and television series , There are some instances that pre-nuptial photo sessions are also held at the sprawling garden.

 

plateria cabinet

Plateria is a furniture cabinet which is popular among jewelry / silversmith maker and rich families . Some of the compartments are used for storing materials that are used for making jewelry  . They are made using the best hardwood tree species and are ornately carved.

minasa wooden mold with 1874 date

What makes this furniture cabinet so special to the family is that this was one of the only 2 plateria that the Rizal family owns . And one of them is given to the family . They say that it might date backs to the late 19th century .

Sometimes, heritage and travelers would also tour the place upon coordination with the owners or tourism office.

Parts of the house was renovated , thus the facade of this ancestral house does not look old .

family tree ( courtesy of the family  )

According to the current owner of the house, They are distantly related to Reyes clan ( Nicanor Reyes Sr. of Far Eastern University  – who’s family hails from neighboring town of Baliwag ) They are also distantly related to Rizal’s -Lopez family clan, Mercado family and some prominent families in Baliwag and Bustos.

tables and chairs

There is also a book that was printed several years ago commissioned by one of the family member and written by Ms. Lourdes L. Mercado  .

library

 group photo together with Ms. Avelina Baby- Perez

We finally bid farewell to the owner of the house and the group went to the adjacent Perez Ancestral house – They owners of these houses are relatives .

 Perez House as viewed along the highway

The Perez Ancestral House was built around 1858, It is considered as one of the most important ancestral house both architecturally and historically .

stone carvings

The house had intricate stone hand-made carvings located at the sides of the house. Historians and architects are puzzled with the intricate stones carvings with two double headed eagle like creature with crown.

Habsburg -Lorraine royal seal -courtesy of  Wikipedia

This is like HabsburgLorraine ( Austrian- Hungarian ) or Augustinian in origin.

There are several theories:

1.) The family might have a royal lineage from Europe , hence they were able to have the stone carvings at their house.

2.) The family origins might be of Mexican royalty or nobles and was incorporated to the house design.

3.) Agustinian order – There are high priests and bishops who might once lived at their house.

4.) Royal merit from Spanish government for their family meritorious act or services .

Website link: http://www.habsburger.net/en

intricate stone carvings

 Jesus Christ

fray luna

Fray Luna is also called Versoza chairs which is popular during the late Spanish colonial furniture.

living room area

The living rooms of both houses looks quite similar except that this house got more crochet works and more simple.

 Cafe Apolonio

The house and compound is a good example of re-adaptive reuse by the present owner.

Dendrobium anosmum aka sanggumay

There are pocket garden and native orchids like  Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumays ) were mounted on living trees. It seems that this is the most popular orchid species being grown by the people in this town.

They opened a cafe and restaurant located at the ground floor of the ancestral house with a garden area good for 50 to 60 people . Inside , The restaurant cafe area can host of around 20 to 30 people at any given day .

There is a patio area which can accommodate 4 to 6 people.

Ms. Ofelia Perez- Jenabe together with some participants of the tour

We were met by the owner by Ms. Ofelia Perez-Jenabe and  she showed us the living room and parts of the colonial house.

Business Hours:

M-TH: 11:00am to 10:00pm, F-S : 11:00am to 12mn

Mercado House

Mercado House is another ancestral house which is located near the Perez Ancestral  Ancestral Houses . This was built around mid- 19th century and is another sample of a house with Baroque-style carved stone corner pilasters, carved stone garland and crucifix motifs in the entrance, chrysanthemum designs, decorative reliefs, molave planks with narra sidings, capiz windows, moveable panels, graceful grilles.and baroque style.

Mercado House ( closer view of the stone carvings and pillars) 

Unfortunately, it was sold to an unnamed doctor just a few years ago and the new owners which are private people  is not keen to open the house to heritage tours from outsiders.  Based from the personal stories from the adjacent houses. The former owner is also a distant relative of the Perez. ( Conrado Mercado ).

Some of the group took photos of the exterior of the house from the street.

Bustos Dam :

Brief History : Built in 1926, 50 kilometers upstream from the Bustos Dam as a fixed type river weir without gates, the AARD, Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (commonly known as Bustos Dam) is the longest rubber dam in Asia at 79 meters and the second largest in the world.

Bustos Dam

The present dam was rehabilitated by Kurimoto, LTD., Osaka, Japan , manufacturing date, as of May, 1997.

It has Washed Out, Intake, Sluice and Roller Gates sets. Its clear spans are 4.6% 1.53 meters. Its gate (opening) heights are 4.5 and 1.0 meters. The weights of the leaves are 5.4 and 1.0 tons. The operating speed is 0.3 m./ min.

Mr. Conrado Garcia Mercado statue

He is known as “Mr. Irrigation” or Mr. NIA . He was the first National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Assistant Administrator; Original owner of the Mercado Ancestral House in Brgy. Bonga Menor; the government created a statue for him to serve as a memorabilia for him and his contributions. The statue is located within the  park near the entrance.

commemorative marker

 The Japan International Cooperation Agency in 2001 , (JICA) has approved a P500-million grant-in aid to the government for the repair and improvement of the Angat Afterbay Regulatory Dam (AARD) in Bustos, Bulacan, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) .

closer view

six-span dam’s main features are easily deflatable and inflatable rubber body.

intake gate with irrigation canal

a boat made from cement

mermaid riding a large fish

The park and the vicinity area is a favorite shooting place for films and television shows .

picnic area

We were given a snack which consists of puto bumbong , suman and avocado tea made from the fruit .

dog sleeping in one of the picnic table

There is a small entrance fees of Php 5.00 for tricycle , Php 10 for jeep , Php 20 for car , Php 50 vans and Php 100 truck.

group photo

My only concern is that the place had a lot of graffiti and some areas  needed some rehabilitation . The authorities must try to reforest the surrounding areas with native trees to improve the water holding capacity of the place.

Cunanan Ancestral House

Cunanan Ancestral House had some similarities in terms of stone carvings with the Mercado House , although the house looks like there were some expansion done maybe during the early or mid 20th century  .

The house looks smaller compared to the Mercado house . The house had capiz windows and adobe stone walls hand carving in floral details .

details of the stone crucifix  carving

We manage to take some photos of the exterior parts and adobe walls and its details . Unfortunately , The current owner of the house ( around 92 years-old might not be around ) .

carved stone corner pilasters

A visit to these ancestral houses must be properly coordinated with the local tourism office set several days or even weeks in advance.

Special Mention to Mr. Edwin Del Rosario of Bustos Tourism office , Office of the Mayor and Sir Gilbert . Maraming Salamat Po !

Please visit the links:

Lakad Pamana of Bustos, Bulacan part 1: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan/

Lakad Pamana of Bustos, Bulacan part 2: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan-part-2/

Lakad Pamana of Bustos , Bulacan part 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan-part-3/