Meet and Greet with Councilor Ariel Argañosa of Majayjay, Laguna

Tito’s and Tita’s of Manila FB group visited Majayjay, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Los Baños of Laguna province.

We left past 4:30 am at Eaton Centris in Quezon City and the first van arrived past 8:00 am at the church plaza of Majayjay Church.

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Majayjay had a lot of interesting places and saw a lot of native orchids, ferns, hoyas along the old trees and ancestral houses.

Meet and Greet

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Honorable councilor Ariel Arcenal Argañosa Jr. (PDPLBN) of Majayjay met us for a short walking tour of the town’s old ancestral houses, shrines, historical places and market place.

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He was the youngest elected councilor in the town and god a seal of good financial keeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government ( DILG).

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Nuestra Señora de la Porteria shrine

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group photo together with the barangay captain

In behalf to the members of the group, The author would like to express his gratitude and warm “Thanks” to all the people of Majayjay who extended their gracious hospitality.

Photo courtesy of Councilor Ariel Argañosa Jr., Mr. Ferdi Bolislis and Ms. Mabelle Tenorio

 

 

 

All Plant Show at Evia Lifestyle Mall

Philippine Nurserymen Association in collaboration with Arid and Aroids Event Management, Philippine Bonsai Society Inc., Succulent Club of the Philippines, Plant Hatter,Succulent and Spikes and Plantaholic Garden among others will be part of the ” All Plant Show” at the Atrium area, Evia Lifestyle Mall,Daang Hari, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas, Metro Manila from February 28 to March 1, 2020.

There are no entrance fees during the 3-day event and the general public is invited to attend the series of talks, lectures, workshops, plant sale ! The show opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm during mall hours.

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All Plant Show

Special plants on display were Aloes, Cacti, Bonsai, Aroids, Flowering Plants, Orchids, Bromeliads, Tillandsias and others.

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Schedule of Daily Talks and Demonstration

February 29, 2020

SATURDAY 1:00 pm – #TeamCrus, 2:00pm – Terrarium Making by Mr. Christian of House of Thorns 4:00pm – Aloe by Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Arid and Aroids, 5:00 pm-7:00pm – Succulent Club of the PH and Masitera 7:00pm – Plantscape Lecture and Exhibit by Marion of Plantaholic

March 1, 2020

SUNDAY 2:00pm – Bonsai 101 4:00pm – Bonsai for Kids 6:00pm – Tillandsia by Ms.Jen of My Piece of Earth

Contact Person : Ms. Savanna Lamsen ( 0915-775-5755)

Note: Schedule of daily talks and demonstration were subject to change without prior notification from the organizers of the event. It will also depend on the availability of the resource speaker.

Highlights of the 74th Philippine Orchid Society Opening

74th annual had the opening held February 19 at the Garden of Joy ( formerly called Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) or Flower Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña

The event was organized by Philippine Orchid Society and affiliate plant society. The event started past 3:00pm and Quezon City symphonic band played the national anthem and opening band.

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Congresswoman Camille Villar

Special guests includes Congresswoman Camille Villar, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña , Taiwan Economic and Cultural Affair Office ( TECO) Representative Dr. Joy Ye.

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crowd – photo courtesy of Ms. Lee Ann Canlas

Highlights

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Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines exhibit

Among the big winners included Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee which won top prize in the orchid landscape exhibit. There is also several bonsai display from Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines ( BSAPI) and flowering bougainvilleas !

Individual orchid and plant competition among members and invited guests. Mr. Jan Lord Lumabao won top prize for his Vanda lamellata flowering orchid entry and second place in the Dendrobium discolor.

The 74th annual orchid show will have the daily lectures or demonstration with flea market bazaar with about 60 stalls selling different kinds of garden tools, plants, orchids, flowering plants, cacti and especially orchids.

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schedule of daily lecture and demonstration

A minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for senior citizens, students and person with disability.  The exhibit and selling area opens from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily until the show end March 2, 2020.

The daily lecture starts at 2:00 pm from February 21 and the show is until March 1, 2020.

Sibol Art Exhibit at Miriam College

Philippine Botanical Art Society in partnership with different artist group brings closer to you some of the Philippine indigenous and endemic flora species. Fifty-eight PhilBAS artists come together to create awareness about these flora species through their botanical artworks.

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The art exhibit is called ” Sibol”  it focus on the conservation and protection of our flora through “SIBOL”, exhibit opens on February 19, 2020 at 9:30 am at the Mother Mary Joseph Foyer and SMT Lobby, Miriam College Katipunan, Quezon City.

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The art exhibit will run until February 29 Saturday.

12 Well-Loved Dishes at Calle Real in Tanza, Cavite

Calle Real is one iconic restaurant in the old poblacion area of Tanza, Cavite province. It is at least 1 hour drive from Cavite City and one bus ride from PITX in Parañaque City in Metro Manila.

Calle Real is an art deco style architecture ancestral house built in the 1920’s. The house was then converted into a restaurant and venue place. Currently the restaurant had 4 branches within Tanza and Cavite province.The town is also known for notable historical events and Kaibigan Bakery.

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ancestral house converted into a restaurant

Calle Real specializes on Spanish, Filipino, heirloom and contemporary dishes.

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It used to have a pastry restaurant on the second floor but the proprietors decided to focus their attention to the main restaurant.

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signage and parking area

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interior

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 70 to 80 with a special function room which can handle at least 100 person.

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12 Well-Loved Dishes at Calle Real

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The group was fortunate to met the proprietor of the restaurant. Although i met her several times before.

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12.) Crunchy Pork Binagoongan – Deep fried pork cooked in bagoong paste ( Php 245 per order).

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11.) Crispy Pata – The deep fried crispy pata comes with a dipping sauce with a combination of soy and vinegar with chopped chilies and onion.

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10.) Tokwa Sisig– The tofu sisig had a combination of fried tofu, chopped cucumber and chopped onions. ( Php 160 per serving)

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9.) Cheesy Beef Kaldereta– Another nice dish to try at the place is their version of beef kaldereta with bell pepper, carrots and well seasoned. The meat of the beef is tender and topped with cheese. Ideal for sharing between 2 to 3 persons. (Php 245 per order)

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8.) Pork Sisig– This is another favorite dish at the restaurant. This is best paired with rice.

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7.) Callos – Another nice dish, with with sliced olives, chorizo, garbanzos and chopped tomatoes. (Php 245 per order)

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6.) Breaded Fried Chicken– Another well -loved dish which can be shared between 2 persons. This had a nice dipping sauce.

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5.) Chicken Teriyaki with vegetables and rice- ala carte meal which can be ordered anytime of the day. (Php 140 per order)

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4.) Calandracas/ Kalandracas – This is an heirloom dish which had sotanghon noodles, banana blossom, string beans,chopped eggplant or any vegetables seasoned with the famous patis de Tanza. Commonly served during funeral wakes in the province of Cavite.

Vegetables used in the noodle dish were normally given by visitors attending the wake. ( Php 170 per order) Can be shared between 3 to 5 persons.

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3.) Sotanghon Negra- The sotanghon noodles dish is cooked with squid ink, squid, pork meat, carrots, cabbage, sugar peas/ chitsaro and topped with fried garlic.  (Php 260 per order) can be shared between 3 to 5 persons) Php 1,500 bilao ( 10 to 15 persons)

The town is in the coastal area of Cavite and squid is one of the popular seafood produce.

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2.) Paella Jambalaya– The paella jambalaya consist of generous topping of mussels/ tahong,  green peas, chorizo, sugar pea/ chitsaro, bell pepper and hard boiled eggs.  ( Php 290 serves 2-4people, Php 950 serves 5 to 10 people, Php 1,150 serves 10 to 15 people) .

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1.) Paella Negra – The paella had squid ink with toppings of bell pepper, squid,  pork meat, chorizo, sugar peas/ chitsaro. ( Php 320 serves 2 to 4 people, Php 1,050 serves 5 to 10 people, Php 1,600 serves 10 to 15 people). This is another well-loved dish of the restaurant.

The restaurant also have dishes good for small group and ala carte meals.  Other highly recommended dishes that are worth ordering are Pollo Frito, Lengua Con Cetas, Chicken ala Pastel.

Desserts

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Churros with Chocolate

Another popular desserts of the restaurant was S’Mores with Skillet cost Php 120 per order and Churros at Php 60 and comes with thick chocolate.

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Note: prices quoted are by the restaurant during the time of the visit.

Calle Real Restaurant

Address: 8 Sta. Cruz Street Brgy. Poblacion 2, Tanza, Cavite 4108

Branches: Puregold, Tanza / The Square, Lancaster/ Robinson- General Trias

Landline: (046) 505 2836

Operations: Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm