President Barack Obama and Joe Biden Inauguration First Day Cover

This is a special President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden 2013 inauguration First Day Cover issued by the United States Postal Authorities . This is considered as a collectible item among stamp, letter collectors around the world since it commemorated a historic event.  It is not everyday that one commemorates a President and Vice -President inauguration .

This was given to be as a gift last month when i conducted a FREE walking tour in Far Eastern University campus in Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

The USPS issued and FDC in 2009 and the 2013 second term FDC.

Website : https://www.usps.com/

Note : I would like like to ” Thank” Mr. Martin Lopez this special First Day Cover

New postcard designs from Papemelroti

Quezon City , Philippines

postcard, letter and ephemera collectors from around the world. There are 4 new postcard designs that one of the leading paper and craft store in the Philippines had printed.

Top: 373-23 Philippines- Jeepney ,373-19 Adobo recipe postcard, Lower Portion 373-26 Philippines-Parol and 373-29

The size of the postcard is 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch

My foreign friends and swap-mates are very happy on the postcard designs and I bought a dozen  adobo recipe postcard for swapping with my friends abroad. It is quite rare for a Filipino bookstore / gift shop to issue a recipe postcard. I hope that Papemelroti management can make other well-known Filipino recipes like Sinigang, Kilawin, La Paz Batchoy , Bistek Tagalog,  Sisig , Pinakbet .

This is not just to promote these dishes to local postcard collectors but also the international postcard collectors.

 We also liked the Parol on postcard design.

Stamp , postcard collector can send our Christmas greetings early with matching Christmas stamps issued by PHLPOST . BUT we have to wait until past November -before they will release those 2015 Pasko ( Christmas stamps)

Website: http://www.papemelroti.com/

Different Lumpias ( Spring Rolls ) from the Philippines

Quezon City , Philippines

Chinese style -lumpia from Sincerity Restaurant, Binondo

Lumpia is a common term for any egg roll , spring roll , vegetable rolls that is  Chinese in origin but through centuries of assimilation and adaptation to suit the local taste, preference, availability of the ingredients and due to health reasons  . There had been different  varieties of the lumpias in the country.

I have some relatives and friends who lives in Malabon / Navotas areas and some of them called  it ”  Sumpia” . I do not know where did they get the name but somehow the name eventually evolve .

Lumpiang Shanghai ala New Toho Restaurant ( This is one of the favorite meal of Dr. Jose Rizal) – The New Toho Restaurant  had more meat compared to the regular lumpia.

The recipes, both fried and fresh versions, were brought by Chinese immigrants from the Fujian province of China to Southeast Asia and became popular where they settled in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Lumpiang Shanghai ala Ilang-Ilang restaurant

Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the MUST Try menu at the Ilang-Ilang Restaurant in Binondo . It is bigger compared to the other Lumpiang Shanghai in Binondo area.

Lumpiang Shanghai is not a spring roll that came from Shanghai , China.  It was more of a marketing style to lure people asking for a more specific name to the spring roll. It is sometimes called Lumpiang Baboy because of the main ingredient , which is ground pork meat. But according to some Filipino-Chinese , people name these spring roll to Shanghai because of the many Fujian, Cantonese, Taiwan dishes in the country. Shanghai is more cosmopolitan and urban in nature which makes this dish more international appeal. Hence it was called ever since.

Globe Lumpia located in 740 Raon St. ( Gonzalo Puyat street ), Quiapo, Manila.

Globe Lumpia or Lumpiang Sariwa is the most popular spring roll hole in a wall type of eatery near Quiapo church . I usually order 2 to 3 Globe lumpia . They are one of the cheapest in Manila. Their special ingredient includes julienne papaya , jicama  ( picama/ singkamas) , sayote/ chayote with generous topping of crush peanuts, finely chop fresh garlic and their special sauce. The most busy day is friday and on weekends. It is best to accompany the lumpia with softdrink like sarsi or sprite.

The store had been there since 1956 .  The price increase from  20 centavos in the 1950’s to Php 18.00 . The restaurant can only accommodate between 15 to 20 people. I would always frequent the place since i  just lived just a few blocks away, until a few years ago. Some television shows like Kris TV, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho , Ceasar Montano and even Dolphy are some of the famous clientele of the place.

Lumpiang Bangus – Milk Fish Spring Roll

Milk Fish Spring Rolls or Lumpiang Bangus may have traced its origin to the milk fish producing provinces of Pangasinan, Sarangani, Davao area.  The main ingredient is from milk fish fillet . This is a healthy spring roll , But compared to the regular Lumpiang Shanghai or Lumpiang Frito – This is more expensive . In a recent food fair, I also have tasted Lumpiang Tahong ( made from mussles ) from Cavite province. There is also Lumpiang Kanduli or Creme Dory spring roll. These are some of the spring rolls that i have tasted .

There are mostly fried , wrapped fresh with the cooked ingredients which consists of vegetables and some meat. Most people refer Chinese -style lumpia because of the main filling is made of sauted chopped carrots, green beans, tofu, bean sprouts , mushrooms, sayote ,crush peanuts , fried and crush vermicelli noodles, hoti ( type of green seaweed ) , lettuce leaves ,wansoy ( chopped coriander leaves) , with sweet sauce or slightly spicy sauce. Some would like more more fresh chopped garlic included in the wrapper , some do not like fresh garlic and wansoy ( chopped coriander leaves ) . BUT i loved them.

Lumpia Puso ng Saging (  banana blossom spring rolls)

Lumpia Puso ng Saging or Banana Blossom Spring Roll is not popular in mainstream Philippine culinary palate , But once you tasted it , you will be a convert . It is one of the alternatives for meat and oily deep fried spring rolls. The ingredients is quite common especially when you come from a province where there are a lot of banana plants in bloom.

The common variety of banana blossom is  the saging na saba ( a type of plantain) .  I have tasted this lumpia in a gathering of some senior citizen which prefers this type of lumpia compared to lumpiang shanghai  . This is the same with Lumpiang Kabute ( Mushroom Spring roll) In mushroon growing areas , They used 2 to 3 types of mushroom , chop them finely combined with tofu , carrots and spices. They can be a good alternative to the usual fried lumpia.

The dipping sauce is very varied too, Some use ordinary vinegar with some finely chopped garlic, shallots , chilli peppers and ground peppers. Other favorite condiments includes, banana ketchup, soy sauce with vinegar with finely chopped onions, chilli peppers and calamansi .

The banana blossom lumpia is much cheaper to make compared to the mushroom lumpia .  One big banana blossom only cost between Php 15 to Php 30 in local wet market ( depending on season and availability )

Lumpiang Shanghai by Ambos Mundos

Ambos Mundos is one of the oldest restaurant in Santa Cruz, Manila area . The restaurant offers Filipino, Chinese and Spanish dishes . One of the fave is their Lumpiang Shanghai .

Lumpiang Ubod / Sariwa by Max’s restaurant

Lumpiang Ubod ng Niyog- This is one of the most popular spring rolls being offered by Goldilocks, Max’s restaurant , Kunina ni Kambal among several others. The main ingredients are the young coconut  heart are sauteed with shrimp and pork, rolled in crepe-like wrappers made with flour , egg and cornstarch. Special coconut farms specifically for the production of palms. If unavailable , Picama /Jicama  / Singkamas can be used to substitute .

I have tasted at least around a dozen or so variation with different types of ingredients and preparation. I have an aunt who prepares Filipino- Chinese style of lumpia with 17 ingredients .  I tried to collectively write about the different types of lumpias that i have eaten , mostly in Metro Manila . But i think that there are more than a dozen  of spring roll variants.

Lumpiang Tagalog by Kusina ni Kambal

The cheapest and one of the most underrated ones are Lumpiang Frito / Lumpiang Toge or Lumpia Gulay ( normally fried )  – without the wrappers, The dish is called Lumpia Hubad or Lumpia Tagalog.  They are commonly sold as street foods all over the country and price range from Php 4.00 to about Php 40.00 in posh malls. Spring rolls or lumpia ingredients vary from one family to another . It may also due to the availability of the ingredients. Mann Hann restaurant serve lumpia. Delis like Little Store, DEC, or sunday market bazaar regular Yen Ching , New Po Heng near Binondo church , GLOBE lumpia in Quiapo , Maki Place, New Eastern Restaurant along Ongpin street, Sincerity in Yuchengco street ( formerly called Nueva)  , Polland , Baliwag Lechon among others.

Filipino-Japanese FAMAS best child actor Jiro Manio now seen at NAIA for food, water , clothes

NAIA, Pasay City -Philippines

Filipino-Japanese actor Jiro Manio

For four days Filipino-Japanese actor Jiro Manio, whose real name is Jiro Katakura, 23, has been wandering inside the NAIA terminal 3 living through the kindness of strangers, mostly employees , outbound passengers . The plight of Mr. Manio was first noticed by employees and outbound passengers walking around with dirty clothes  . His photos became viral and some concern citizens posted them in social media and twitter accounts.

Clad in a hand-me-down shirt over shorts with a towel slung over his shoulder, Manio has been roaming the terminal lobby where the strip of fast-food restaurants are located, hoping for leftovers.

NAIA terminal 3 security guard Frank Sorca, who initially recognized Manio, told reporters that he pitied the actor when he saw him wandering around the airport.

“He looked as if he hasn’t had a decent meal and his clothes were dirty,” he recalled, adding that he fed Manio, gave him clean clothes, and accessories for hygiene.

In 2004, then 12-year-old Manio won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Award for best child actor in 2004 for his role in the movie Magnifico and won the Gawad Urian and Luna or Film Academy of the Philippines best actor awards for the same film that year.

Bandila – ABS-CBN channel 2

The actor went into rehabilitation for drug abuse in 2011, undergoing therapy for a year.  In 2015 the actor had a second round of mental rehabilitation but was not completed because of lack of money  . Last June 27, saturday , Mr. Jiro Manio said to have an heated argument with his father Mr. Andrew Manio which trigger the young actor to fled his home.

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Donald Trump

 Mr. Donald Trump

The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump. Both the hosts of the pageant Ms. Cheryl Burke and Mr. Thomas Robert  will not be hosting the Miss USA pageant.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

NBC Nightly News

Speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Chicago, Trump said he had enjoyed a “great” relationship with NBC but would not back down on his views about immigration. Trump told CNN correspondent Athena Jones that he may sue NBC.

Miss Lupita Jones – Nuestra Belleza México national director interview ( Ventaneado )

 This also comes when Univision , Televista and some Latin American countries are also dropping out of the annual Miss Universe pageant.

Spanish-language network Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa have also said they would no longer be doing business with Trump.

Last week, Univision announced it was cancelling plans to air the Miss USA pageant next month and the Miss Universe competition next January.

NBC link: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexico-drops-out-trumps-miss-universe-pageant-tv-company-ends-n384641

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Week at SM Manila

SM Manila Activity Area, A. Villegas Street, Manila-Philippines

Master Chua Hu Hua together with students of La Consolacion ( Caloocan) admiring his calligraphy

SM Manila Department Store , SM Manila , Bahay Tsinoy , Saint Stephen High School Alumni Association, Philippine Cultural High School presented to the public a week long event starting on June 22 until June 26, 2015 .

Eng Bee Tin a popular Chinese deli is among the participants of the FOOD Festival

The week long event started with an exhibition of old photos of the district of Binondo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas which comprises most of Manila ‘s Chinatown.

Binondo church 18th cenutry

Manila’s Chinatown is the oldest and the largest Chinese enclave is located. The centerpiece is the old Basilica Minore del San Lorenzo Ruiz .

Chef Rene- deboned- pork lechon

There is also a food fest , where some of the best Filipino -Chinese food outlets were an added treat to the visitors of the event.

visitors to the photo exhibit

Some of the programs , like Chinese  music orchestra  June 22 , Chinese cultural dance held last June 23 , Wushu Performance June 25 and Chinese Calligraphy Session June 26 were attended by Chinese association members, student organizations among others.

Master Chua Hu Hua conducted a FREE Chinese calligraphy session at around past 2:00PM , It was attended by different Filipino- Chinese association led by the principal of Saint Stephen High School, Philippine Cultural High School , Saint Stephen High School, Yuklin Caloocan High School ,La Consolacion College , Adamson University .

for SM Advantage , SM Prestige , BDO privilage card holders, there is an ongoing SM Manila Department store promo of minimum single -receipt purchase of Php 3,000 to avail of a special voyager travel luggage worth Php 888 Only.

The promo is until June 28, 2015 at SM Manila Department Store. So hurry to get the great deal !

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marian Dy Tan , Ms. Larisa S. Bacarro
Branch Marketing Manager  and  SM Manila management for the invitation

70th anniversary of the end of second world war exhibit at Bahay Tsinoy

Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall – Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros , Manila – Philippines

exhibit

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, Bahay Tsinoy , Wha Chi Veterans Association with special participation of Mr. John Tewell, Mr. Terry Sy , Lopez Museum and Library and the descendants of the Wha Chi 48th squadron .

memorabilias

The exhibit was open to the public last May 25, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in this side of the world. The exhibit theme ” REMEMBERING history, HONORING heroes

paintings, vintage bicycles

It showcases various photos , memorabilias, photos and anecdotes  which showed the extend of the destruction caused by the Japanese from rape of Nanjing , China,  massacre of innocent children and destruction of Manila.

It also showed the Filipinos and Chinese forces helping each other during the second world war with countless of Fil- Chinese joining guerrilla movements like Wha CHi .

 Exhibit runs from May 25 to June 28, 2015.

Note : There is a small entrance fees of Php 100 general public and Php 60 for students with valid ID’s