Search for Catholic Religious Items within Tayuman Street in Manila

Tayuman street and parts of Oroquieta street are located within Santa Cruz district in Manila. This earn the moniker as ” Religious Hub”  for Catholic religious items ranging from from rosaries, bible, estampitas, novena booklet, religious statues . This is a short walk from LRT line 1 Tayuman station ( just a few meters away)

For several decades, These streets near Espiritu Santo Parish Church are the best places to buy cheap Catholic religious statues. There are about a dozen religious stores which sells different kinds of religious items.

SVD Catholic Trade

The most popular religious store is SVD Catholic Trade which is just along the intersection of Tayuman and Oroquieta street. The building is a circa 1960’s style with brise-soleil windows . Local parishes would buy communion host ( sacramental bread), sacramental wines , priest vestments among other items. Department of Tourism had accredited this religious store

Santo Niño made from cast fiber resin with wooden base

I accompanied my friend few days ago who have a personal devotion to Santo Niño ( maybe a Santo Niño collector) and after a brief stop in some religious store, He was able to buy small santo nino for a small discount. Popular religious statues includes child jesus, virgin mary , holy family and black nazarene.

The cheapest religious statues which is made from fiber resin and maybe imported from China cost about Php 40 each about 4 to 6 inches, According to the vendor, They can give us Php 35 each if we will buy at least 6 different items.

Religious trade would involve ecclesiastical artists, carvers, artisans, encarnadors, painters, lateros, bordadors, costureras, cultural activists, devotees and collectors.

metal craft works -posted by Our Mother of Perpetual Help Religious Store FB page

I was also amazed that in some instances, that religious dress may cost several thousands of pesos and may be worth more than the wooden statues, not to mention the aureole, crown, septer and accessories. They are normally handled down from one generation to another.

religious statues made from cast fiber resin

Religious statues made from cast fiber resin and plastics are the cheapest priced item . They are priced depending on the material, craftsmanship, details and size. The bigger the statues. The more expensive ones. But they are more preferred since they are cheap , lightweight and easy to transport.

1 to 2 feet religious statues like Saint Peter and Saint Paul only cost between Php 1,200 to Php 1,700. ( made of resin fiber)

The wooden religious statues cost about Php 2,000 to Php 2,500 for a small one about 12 to 14 inches. Usually they are made from batikuling , santol, langka or other softwood tree varieties.

Batikuling wood or scientifically known as Litsea reticulata, Litsea perottetii  or Litsea leytensis seems to be the most preferred wood material for religious statues. For religious ( santo) collector . They would prefer wood, which could last for generations.

Source:http://www.woodworkerssource.com/

 There are also some re-sellers of these items . Some of the stores have customization services for those who do not like the ready-made religious statues. I think they are order those statues from Pampanga or Laguna provinces . Old folks  would recount that several decades ago, that there were good santo carvers ( santoreros)  from Santa Cruz, Quiapo and even in Tondo districts.

One of my friend who would roam around different religious stores within Manila would dispute that there are some places which would sell cheaper santos compared to Tayuman area. Since their rents have risen within the district. Some of the buyers would prefer the ” suki” patron system, They would built a long lasting relationship between buyers and sellers.

There are some religious stores which used to sell religious statues with carved ivory head and hands. During our brief stop over, We have not seen santos with ivory heads and hands displayed in their display area. Maybe some of them stopped or went into underground trading.

We were able to get some contacts and as i have posted, my friend bought some Santo Niño statues for a little discount and a couple of religious statues made from fiber resin. One will be donated to a local chapel somewhere in Caloocan.

A religious store was having a mid-year sale and we are quite lucky to have bought 1 religious statue. Overall , His total bill reached around Php 10,000 and we took a side trip eating at a local eatery ( carinderia ) near SM San Lazaro.

I have learned a lot by joining my friend in his short search of religious statues in Tayuman and Oroquieta street.

Here is a short list of the religious stores within Tayuman and Oroquieta street.

Catholic Trade ( Manila ) Inc. 

Address: 1916 Oroquieta street, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines, P.O. Box 2036

Telephone : (02) 711-3630/ 741-4868 , 711-1320, 711-1321, (02)369-98-93

Fax: (02) 711-5410

Website: http://www.catholictrade.com.ph/

Operation : Monday to Saturday : 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Perpetual Help 

Address: 1853 Oroquieta Street , Santa Cruz, Manila

Items: Makers of Quality Statues, Fiber Glass, Special Resin and Cement, Specialized In: Embroidered Dresses, Crown, Abaca Hair and Accessories

Made to Order, Repair and Repaint

Contact Persons : Denmarc and Imee Cadorna – 0939-2502222/906-4762222

Telephone : (02) 423-2507

New Angels and Saints, Inc- House of Religious Articles and Candles

Address: 1858 Oroquieta street corner Tayuman , Santa Cruz, Manila

Telephone: (02) 741-4310

Holy Family Religious Store

Address : 1656 Tayuman St Santa Cruz Manila, 341 Zone 34, Manila
Telephone: (02) 493 6852
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Religious Store
Address: 1660 Tayuman Street , Santa Cruz , Manila
Contact: 313 6074/ 09184866986/ 09194539162

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staurochilus guibertii blooming in the Farm of Mr Jaime Chua

Staurochilus guibertii (Linden & Rchb.f. ) Christenson 1994 is another native orchid species which is currently in bloom at the farm of well-known orchid , plant collector and landscaper from Cebu.

The owner of this blooming specimen orchid is Mr. Jaime Chua which acquired the plant as a clump about 4 years ago.

The common name was Guibert’s Staurachilus [French Orchid Enthusiast 1800’s] and used to be described under Cleisostoma guiberti by Linden & Rchb. f. 1862 and Trichoglottis guibertii (Linden & Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1872 . Trichoglottis guihertii (Linden & Rchb. f.) Ames & Quisumb. 1935.

Staurochilus guibertii naturalized on Anonang tree

The orchid is found in limestone areas in the Philippines at elevations of sea level to 500 meters. It is endemic and the flowers had a faint early morning fragrance, gardenia-citrus.

He attached the specimen orchid on Anonang trees or Cordia dichotoma. The tree is also a prefect host for native vandas , aerides and other orchid species. The tree is also found in other Asian countries like southern China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand,India,Pakistan, Vietnam,Malaysia, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea.

The tree is known to have medicinal properties and its branches are used to drive away termites.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Jaime Chua and permission was sought, The purpose of the usage is for non-profit and educational purposes. 

Disclaimer: The author does not engage in buying and selling of this orchid species. Those who wanted to contact Mr. Jaime Chua , There is a link of his FB account. 

Website Links and Reference:

Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes

IOSPE : http://www.orchidspecies.com/staurochilusguibertii.htm

http://www.orchid.url.tw/myflowers/others/staurochilusguibertii.htm

RFRI: https://rainforestrestorationinitiative.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/anonang/

Big Winners at 2nd Philippine Hamster Owner’s Society Show in Star Mall Shaw

Big Winners of the 2nd Hamster Fairs and the 5th anniversary of  Philippine Hamster Owner’s Society ( PHOS) . The fair  was held at Star Mall, Shaw , Mandaluyong City from June 17 and 18 , 2017. The highly successful show also attracted hundreds of pet enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Among the sponsors includes : Pet Plus, SmartHeart ,JUANder Pet Store, 3 Stooges Goldfish, Mitzi Alampayans Farm,  Josel’s Squeaky World Cavies

Participating groups -Philippine hamster owner society -Sta mesa hamster lover – Pasig hamster organization – mandaluyong hamster organization -solid tropang hamsters -isabela hamster owner society -east hamster owners,  zyrian hamstery.

Group photo: courtesy of Mr. Arvince Paul Santos

Best Hamster Group in the Philippines : Santa Mesa Hamster Lovers 

Best Hamster DIY Set Up : Jose Connel Orque

Hamster Show Winners 2017

Best of Show: John Patrick Belen

Biggest Syrian Hamster: Roevan Bustos

Best Syrian Hamster ( Long Haired): Christian Santos

Best Syrian Hamster ( Short Haired) : Jhon Patrick Belen

Biggest Dwarf Hamster: Micheal Aguilera

Best Dwarf Hamster: Kevin Mañosa

Best Roborovski Dwarf Hamster: Mark Anthony Baniel

Fastest Hamster Race Winners 2017

Fastest Hamster 2017 : John Peternheil Perez

Syrian Hamster Category : Christian Santos

Dwarf Hamster Category: Kevin Mañosa

Roborovski Dwarf Category : John Peternheil Perez

Visit to the San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco

A visit to Paco district in Manila is incomplete without a short visit to the famed San Fernando de Dilao Church or popularly known as Paco Church. The church also served as a pro-Cathedral of Manila from February 7, 2012 to April 9, 2014, when  Manila Cathedral had undergone retrofitting and some restoration works. This was the second church that was designated as pro-Cathedral after San Miguel of Archangel Church in San Miguel , Manila .

Paco Church during the Filipino-American war destroyed around 1899 ( photo courtesy : Mr. Dennis Maturan )

I have visited this church several times whenever i visit some of our distant relatives , cousin or friend within the vicinity.

Paco Church around late 1930’s during American commonwealth ( photo courtesy : Mr. Dennis Raymond Maturan) notice that there were no clock

Paco is one of the old districts of Manila. I would recall that we would also pass the old neo-classical Paco railway station, Paza Dilao , Philippine -Columbian Association and the Paco market.

San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church post war period around 1960’s with its clock ( Photo courtesy : Mr. Dennis Raymond Maturan )

” Dilao ” or ” Dilaw” is a Tagalog word for yellow , in reference for turmeric or Curcuma longa which used to be found or planted within the area. Paco is also the site of the Japanese settlement in the country when about 3,000 to 3,500 Japanese resided in the district. The settlement also one of the oldest known recorded Japanese town in the world.

entrance to the church

The highest known Daimyo ( Feudal Lord)  was Dom Justo Takayama (born Hikogorō Shigetomo) (1552 – 3 or 5 February 1615) was buried within the district.

Most of the original Japanese immigrants have gradually assimilated into the local population, a lot of them have intermarried local people. Some have changed their surname while some have settled in nearby provinces by the mid-17th and early 18th century.

The church inside is notable for its Romanesque-Byzantine interior with recently  renovated Italian Baroque styled Altar, most notably the Latin inscriptions.

Historial marker installed in 1936

Historical marker installed in 1999 which marked the 400th anniversary of the parish 

dome of the church with latin inscriptions

side altar –right

sacred heart of mary and jesus statue -left side

Saint  Ferdinand III

King Ferdinand III – born around 1198/ 1199/1201 – 30 May 1252.  Ferdinand was canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X  and, in Spanish, he is known as Fernando el Santo, San Fernando or San Fernando Rey.

Santo Entierro 

Santo Entierro is a life sized sculpture of dead Christ . Parishioner would call the dead Christ as Nuestro Señor Padre de Santo Sepulcro also known as Señor de Paco. The dead Christ was encased in an elaborate carved wooden casket with glass and glass lantern.

The devotion started in the late 19th century. The dead Christ is normally paraded during Good Friday celebration with the district.

When we visited the church , the main altar is fully decorated with white orchids and flowers. There seems to be a wedding ceremony.

 

Address : 1521 Paz St. , Paco, Manila City

 

How to Commute: 

There are many ways on how to visit San Fernando de Dilao church , Fastest way is to ride LRT line 1 and hop off from Pedro Gil station ( formerly known as Herran Street ) there are jeepneys with Paco , Santa Ana signage and just drop-off at the Paco market or Paco Catholic School.

Paco PNR station – a short walk or one ride ( jeep) from the station will lead to the church

 

 

 

 

 

Kumpares 24 Hours Restaurant in Quirino Avenue, Paranaque

Kumpares is a 24 hour pares restaurant which had a capacity of between 20 to 30 people at any given time. This is one of the few places that is open when you visit the famed Baclaran church.

Kumpares Restaurant

Our first visit was 2 years ago, second visit was last year, third visit was Maundy Thursday April 13 and 4th Good Friday April 14, 2017  and  then We again ate at this place yesterday. This is our fifth time to eat at this place.

menu board

The menus are well-posted. The restaurant is well-lighted and located along Quirino Avenue, just a few meters away from the 2 churches. Santa Rita of Casia and Baclaran Church. 

rice and chicken pares

There were 3 of us and we ordered chicken , pork pares priced at Php 65.00 and their unlimited rice. The pares soup is quite salty. The chicken and pork meat are deep fried but not really that good, since what we got are the bony parts. At least we got free soup.

Bagnet Pares at Php 95 that we ordered. It was crisp and not oily. There are chili paste, calamansi and soy sauce to accompany .

Service is quite quick, since i think we were the only customers of the pares store at 6:00 am . Price is affordable even to the masses.

The saving grace for this 24 hour pares restaurant, is that it had been in business for more than 3 years. Thus had some loyal clientele.

We do not know what happened to the dishes of this pares store, since we last eaten there last April.  It needs to bring back the good old days.  Hope the management of this place will improve the quality of the pares meal and unlimited rice.

Organic Urban Gardening 102 Seminar at Cedarhills Garden Center

Organic urban  gardening is getting popular in the country . One of the place that conducts a monthly seminar about organic gardening is Cedarhills Garden Center located along 57 Mother Ignacia Street , Quezon City.

This garden center is located near Saint Mary’s College, ABS-CBN channel 2 , Fisher Mall and is located just at the back of Capitol Medical Center.

some of the basic materials and hand-outs

Cedarhills Garden Center is fairy accessible to all modes of transportation. Must say that i am one of the regular ” suki” of the center. I have blogged and wrote a couple of articles which features this center.

tillandsias

This is a one stop shop for those interested with a plant, pots, orchids, tillandsias, cactus, garden supplies , organic mix, fertilizers and even cut flowers from some tenants like Waling Orchids by Puentespina.

The garden center is also known for spreading organic gardening . One can convert ordinary kitchen waste into organic compost material.

 Seminar Topics

Cedarhills Garden Center had several interesting topics that are offered to the general public , gardening enthusiasts and those who wanted to know the basics of growing plants.

1.) Organic Urban Gardening 101 – a 4 hour seminar /workshop with hand-on training on how to prepare organic fertilizer EM, seed soaking and germination, short power point lecture, seedling preparation and plating in seed bedding. This comes with hand-outs, hands-on planting and some free seedlings.

power point presentation

Kuya Gerald Sioco – seminar / workshop facilitator

2.) Organic Urban Gardening 102- a 4 hour seminar/ workshop which is an upgrade on the first module. This comes with lecture and talk, EM ( EMAS) technology preparation, seed soaking , sprouting , seed planting, benefits, planting in containers, transplanting, cutting, bed planting, composting, fertilizer application, pest management, plant ailments, transplanting. There is also a short tour of the facilities and identification of plants.

3.) Basic Cactus and Succulent Workshop – a 4 hour seminar / workshop with introduction to cactus and succulents, pest and diseases , plant classification and dish garden preparation with hands-on demonstration.

planting box

All the seminar/workshop have hand-outs, free snacks and certificate of participation.

Since the seminar area is not big, their minimum number of participants is just about 12 to 20 participants per workshop.

benefits of growing your own produce

soil ph level and types of plants and produce which are compatible

old toy truck is transformed into an interesting planting pot for ornamental plant

begonia planted on an old car tire

planting box with planted herbs , kangkong seeds and pebbles for decoration.

vertical garden using soft drink bottles 

 Seminar/ Workshop Flow

1)    There are exclusive of about 12  participants which were composed of online writers, media, students and interior specialist.  The workshop area has 3 tables, so that makes 4 participants in each table.  Each table has an assistant that will help participants during the workshop. Seminar schedule are normally posted at their FB page. Due to limited area, the maximum participants per session is just 20.

2)   Innovative presentation- Power point presentation, hand-outs , kits and hands-on activities.  This workshop is 80% to 85% hands on.

3)  Participants can borrow gardening kit .  Everything you need during the hands-on activities are provided. dio-it-yourself EMAS,  soil compost , water, soft pots, plant label , seed packet, plant box, seedlings and pebbles.

4)   Attentive to the participants needs.  Cedarhills Garden Center Apron (so we won’t get dirty), OFF Lotion (so mosquitoes won’t come near us), bag container (so our things are safe and won’t be dirty).

5)    Take home kits.  All the things we did in the workshop were given to us to take home.  Try to bring virus free USB portal, if you want to get free copy of the power point presentation . If you forgot to bring USB portal- an active email will do.

6)  Snacks and Other Perks – No one will get hungry since snacks are provided to the participants( part of the workshop package) . Participants must be attentive to details as a short Jeopardy q and a portion contest by the facilitator. Lucky participants can win exciting herbs or plant.

7.) Post-Workshop Assistance.  One can send an sms or an email for questions at their hotlines.

Father’s Day Promotion

Father’s Day Treat

For those interested with the workshop 926-2707 or 0907-ORGANIC to register.
*Up to 20 slots per session. Reservation applies upon payment.

How to Commute:

1.) From Quezon Avenue southbound – There are jeepneys which ply the Quezon Avenue ( route Fairview to Quiapo). ( Capitol Medical Center) try to cross the foot bridge toward Scout Magbanua street and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia street.

2.) From Quezon Avenue northbound- There are jeepneys which ply the route – take off at Scout Magbanua street ( Capitol Medical Center) and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia Street.

3.) MRT Quezon Avenue- There are tricycle routes which ply within Mother Ignacia , Panay Avenue and Timog TODA – tricycle drivers will charge -between Php 30 to Php 50 for special fare.

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming of Aerides savageana in Cebu

 

Aerides savageana is another orchid that is currently in bloom at the farm of Mr. Jaime Chua ( landscaper, orchid collector ) in Cebu . According to the owner, the orchids were acquired about 3 or 4 years ago as a medium -sized orchid. With special care and good fertilization techniques, his Aerides savageana bloom in mass this blooming season.

Aerides savageana naturalized on a living tree within the farm compound

This orchid species was described in under the author A.H. Kent but still relatively confused as Aerides odorata or Aerides quinquevulnera variety purpurata.

The common name of this orchid is  Savage’s Aerides ,foxtail orchid.

This orchid species is fairy common and its blooming season is quite variable, normally it blooms during the onset of the rainy season around late May to August which is also the blooming season of the more common Aerides quinquevulnera which is common throughout the country , Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

There are times that this orchid species is quite plentiful in sunday market particularly in Centris – Quezon Avenue . Sometimes forest gathered orchids  are also sold at the famous Bayanihan street near a popular restaurant chain near Baclaran church.

There are also orchid being sold at Quezon Memorial Center – plant area. People would refer to these forest or jungle collected orchid species as Gubatum harbatum or Gubatum hablotum subspecies collectum to sound more scientific.

This is one of the 8 to 10 Aerides species that is said to be found in the country. There are also color variations.

Note : All photos are from Mr. Jaime Chua and permission was sought by the author.

Bibliography and Online References:

 

Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984

Kew Plant Listhttp://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-4169

IOSPE : http://www.orchidspecies.com/aersavageana.htm

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