Synergy Session at East Wood

SYNERGY SESSIONS : Fire, Flow Arts & Drum Community Gathering is back! On July 01 2017, The event will take place at Eastwood Mall in Libis Q.C. from 3PM onwards! FREE flow arts workshops, drum workshop and drum circle lead by the Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community, an open fire and lights sunset jam, DJs and fire performances by some of the best of Flow Arts Philippines community.

For those who have been itching to jam or learn – here’s your chance! Don’t miss it!  ADMISSION IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! Please share and tag your friends!

Booth Sponsors:

Salinlahi Lifestyle Clothing
We DO: Dumingag Organics
The Hoop Experience
420Philippines
Planet Zips
World of Patterns
Dyandi Percussion- Djembe Provider
Iba’t Ibang Abubot Nina Laya at Lito
TWO Boutique PH

PROGRAM:

3:00 – 6:00PM Free Workshops/ Lessons (Poi, Hoop, Staff, Juggling, Drum, Capoeira, Lightsaber and many more)
*4:00 – 5:00PM Capoeira Angola with ECAMAR Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Capoeira & Open Roda with EBC Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Acroyoga workshops c/o Acroyoga Manila

6:00 – 7:00PM Drum Circle/ Open Roda/ Sunset Fire and LED Jam

7:00 – 9:30PM Flow Arts Demo/ Performances
*Angelo Atutubo (diabolo)
*Kim Co (hoop)
*Sabering Pinoys (lightsabers)
*Balbino Santos (contact juggling ball)
*Rain Tan (rings)
*Escola Brasileira de Capoeira EBC Philippines (capoeira)
*Matthew Servado (fire poi)
*Matthew Nichols (dragon staff)
*The Flowjammers (multiprop)

9:30 – 10:00PM Band Performance (Ja Quintana + ALPAS)

10:00 – 10:30PM Band Performance (Manila Sky)

10:30 – 11:00PM Band Performance (Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community)

11:00 – 1:00AM DJ D.B. Tembrevilla

 

Mid-Year Marked Down Sale at the 19th MegaBrands in SM Megamall

Shoppers, Moms , Dads, Students, Yuppies  and Bargain Hunters would be very happy to know that MTC Event Management  is bringing back famous brands .

With this, old friends reunite while welcoming new ones while others start anew on new schools, universities or even work places. This marks another school year while marking the mid year with another well anticipated sale event through the 19th Megabrands Mid -Year Markdown Sale.

practically people from various ages can take advantage of the three-day event that showcases over 70 known brands, both local and international. 

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Oakley, Reebok, Reef, Sperry, Keds, Levis & Dockers, Elle, Carlton, Wenger, Skechers, and many more!

Shoppers from around the metropolis and nearby areas will surely enjoy huge discounts on great selections from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, eye wear and time pieces, gadgets and other specialty items.

 

RCBC Bankard, still the bank partner of Metro Creative Themes Inc for this event shall treat its credit cardholders with 0% interest for up to 12 months. Special giveaways and freebies for those who will sign up for the credit card during the event.

Over the years, this sale event has established a loyal and growing market, and has always been one of the most anticipated events. For the past five years, this event has provided participating brands with great opportunities to showcase their products and services to the dynamic market.

This event is organized by Metro Creative Themes Inc. in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!, World Vision, Sun Cellular.

Date : June 30-July 2, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 2 & 3, 5th level, SM Megamall. From 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Admission is Free and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information about the event, call Metro Creative Themes at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

You may also follow MTC through Facebook Fanpage, Twitter and Instagram: @mcteventsmngmnt for more updates in this event.

For more information, inquiries or reservations, please contact Mr. Jonathan Roxas or Mr. Emer Dela Cruz at telephone numbers 507-5647 / 987-8714 or thru its email address – mctevents@gmail.com.

Meet and Eat Restaurant in Marikina

Eat and Meet Restaurant just recently opened and is known for their hot stone gill steaks and nice ambiance. The sitting capacity for the restaurant is between 30 to 45 people with an outdoor area and a KTV room at the second floor .

premium steaks cuts from US and Australia are cooked over heated hot stone grill

The restaurant walls had a lot of car tin plates, poster of beetles and period pieces of vintage and vintage reproduction. It is nice to meet a fellow collector Mr. Juphet Navida and wife.

vintage reproduction poster of popular cultural and musical icon of the 1960’s Beetles

Land Rover poster

The place boast of thematic collection of car tin plates and celebrity poster.

beverage , coffee posters

According to the proprietor, He would go around some thrift shops in Manila and nearby places just to scout these vintage and vintage reproduction poster.

Restaurant Menus

steak presented in a sizzling plate

Barbecue Pork Ribs with Rice and Vegetables

Pasta Negra– this pasta had a thick black ink sauce made from squid ink and topped with baby squid. ( Php 185)

steak cooked at the hot stone grill with sauce and mash potatoes

For additional Php 15, one can have an unlimited rice and drinks from their selected menu set.

Ways to Commute:

There are many ways on how to commute going to this place.

1.) From Cubao Aurora Avenue- Take SSS Village jeeps orHow  AUV express , The jeep will pass this street – Php 16.00 from Cubao-Aurora to Katipunan Street.

2.) From LRT Katipunan,  there are jeepneys and auv express which ply the route.

3.) There is another route from Commonwealth Avenue / Fairview to Marikina

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/eatandmeetph/

Address: 90 Katipunan Sttreet.CMT Building ground floor,   Concepcion Dos Marikina City

Operation : Everyday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Contact :5602595 / 0917-5667665

 

 

 

 

Indoor Bike Challenge by San Marino at Robinsons Starmills Supermarket

Popular San Marino corned tuna by Foodsphere Inc. local manufacturer and distributor of popular brands like CDO, Bibbo hot dogs, Highlands corn beef , Holiday Cheese dogs . San Marino was launched in 2009 and the brand has come along way. San Marino offers delicious taste with health benefits of tuna loaded with Omega-3 DHA.

Indoor Bike Challange

San Marino and Robinson’s Mall started last year an advocacy to help improve the lives of the shoppers , thus they launched an Indoor Bike Challenge at Robinson’s Magnolia. This year , There are 3 legs of the Indoor Challenge, One held last June 3 at Nuvali , Laguna , June 24 at Robinson Starmills , San Fernando, province of Pampanga, and July 8 at Santa Lucia East Grand Mall , Cainta, Rizal province.

Robinsons Starmills , San Fernando , Pampanga

Prizes

The Indoor Bike Challenge now on its second year with the theme “Live Healthy Love More“.  Robinson’s Supermarket gift certificate worth Php 30,000 was at stake for the fastest racer in this year race. The second place got Php 20,000 and Php 10,000 for the third place. Aside from these prizes, The participants also got a singlet shirt ,plastic tumbler, certificate of participation and free gift certificate from Elorde Fight Camp , San Fernando ,Pampanga ( Free 10 session boxing )

Booths

There was a registration area, Before any person would be allowed to participate , It is Free , simple personal information.

Then a stub would be given for where one must complete 5 or 6 tasked , The first one is a free sample of San Marino with cracker ,  BMI , BP check, and Diet Consultation, Kinect , WII , a Photo Booth and Elorde Fight Camp booth ( Pampanga branch)  where there was a special promo of 50% for those who wanted to enroll at their Muay Thai and Boxing Sessions.

Elorde Fight Camp

There was  a selling area, where one can buy San Marino products and there are some extra freebies like pouch bag, plastic tumbler.

Exercise Bike Challenge

After the completion of the stub. We are allowed to participate at the Exercise Bike Challenge. Since the indoor bike units are limited – ( 20 participants per batch) The Exercise Bike Challenge was divided into 3 group.

The first batch started their exercise challenge for a total of 20 minutes at around past 2:15 pm , Our batch started the exercise challenge around past 2:40 pm ( second batch)  and the last batch started around past 3:20 pm. This is some sort of warm-up for those who are first timers.

Competition

The actual competition started with a short warm-up exercise and audio-video presentation.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes before the actual competition took place. ( 20 minutes ) the one who had the most pedaled distance in 20 minutes are declared the winners. (  There were 3 batches ). When the winners were finally announced, There are from first , second and third batch who won the first , second and third place.

It was a wonderful experience for all of us who participated at the challenge. I have not participated at the actual competition since i am not a competitive biker and it was observed by some participants and visitors that organizers should not have lumped -up those participants who are not biker by re-classifying the competition into ( amateur and professional ). Some of the participants have experiences in mountain and in outdoor biking.

Photo credits: Ms. Vance Madrid , San Marino FB page and Robinsons Starmills 

Note: The organizers of the indoor bike challenge must be conscious with time management since our batch was initially booked for the 1:50 pm  but was moved to the second batch since only 20 bikers can be accommodated per batch. I also wrote at the comment and suggestion slip at the venue area. ( survey conducted by the organizers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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