Filipino Fashion Designers Shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant

Filipino fashion designers shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant were they showcase their beautiful evening gown.

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Belize- Joey Galon

Cambodia – Rian Fernandez
Canada – Michael Cinco
Ecuador – Mark Bumgarner
Guam – Paolo Blanco
Japan – Joel Escober

Kenya – Jian Lasala
Nepal – Bea Bianca Mackey
New Zealand – Sidney Eculla
Nicaragua – Benj Leguiab IV

Malta-Ivanka Hipolito
Mauritius – Kirsten Regalado
Philippines – Mak Tumang
Natalie Glebova – Benj Leguiab

Kirsten Regalado also help with the national costume design of Miss Iceland.

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The well-known design Mak Tumang revealed that he made seven sketches, four prototypes and three gowns with the help of 16 artisans for Catriona’s evening gown.

The gowns, he said, took 2,712 hours of “fastidious process” to create, using over a million pesos worth of materials.

Note: Photo credits: Miss Universe.org

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Holiday Madness at Grow and Show Plant Bazaar

It is holiday season once again and people looking for unique gifts , plants and something memorable must try to visit the Grow and Show holiday bazaar.

This will be held from December 14, 15 and 16, 2018 ( friday , saturday and sunday) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center within Quezon City.

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There will be over 70 stalls selling a wide array of  plants, plastic posts,orchids, tillandsia, cacti and succulents and popular items like food, handicrafts, cakes, sweets, wood carvings from Paete, Laguna and mushroom chicharon for sale.

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. had partnered with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, PAWB – Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and Manila Bulletin.

There are two entrances, one at North Avenue and at Quezon Avenue side. Please note that there is a minimal entrance fee of Php 30 for the general public and Php 15 for students, senior citizens that goes to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.

For more information and how to join the monthly bazaar, Please try to call or send sms ( Secretariat) 0917-798-1317. This is also a precursor for the Philippine Plant Festival 2019.

Makati Street Meet at Paseo de Roxas

Paseo de Roxas street market is a project of Ayala, Make it Happened Makati among others is a street bazaar, food haven and attracts thousands of people from all walks of life.

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The theme is ” Sari-Sari a Christmas Bazaar” which features different kinds of products, social advocates, food, transportation app, insurance company and proudly Philippine made items.

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Isaac’s Sausages ( photo courtesy of the organizers FB page)

One of the highlight of the one day street bazaar are the different array of foods, locally made produce and local artists which are part of the bazaar.

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bags, baskets made from paper

Last December 9, Paseo de Roxas street was transformed into a lively street bazaar. There are band performer amidst beautiful nighttime lights at nearby Ayala triangle.

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Kakushin Skin Corporation, chili and garlic oil and siomai

Met some bloggers and vloggers like Ms. Maria Rona Beltran, AXL Guinto, media and representatives from Manila Bulletin.

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Mando’s Wingshack

Our group arrived past 2:00 pm and took some time exploring this street market bazaar. There is also several band performances which delighted the crowd.

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Oh So Healthy Snack

Oh So Healthy food snack had some sample of their famous mango sweet patao banana chip, guava purple yam banana, purple yam banana coconut chips, kimchi flavored chip is also a wonderful treat. These are locally sourced from Mindanao and are available in leading groceries and stores nationwide.

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Oh So Healthy chips

About 54 merchants and entrepreneurs participating showcase handmade items innovated from indigenous materials. Unique brands such as Mango Float Supreme Manila, Wagyu by Monica, Vegan Republic, Lemon Squeez and Surf, Pacaro Leather, Oh So Healthy chips are part of the merchant list.

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The fun and excitement did not stop shoppers, visitors attendees to gaze and marvel at the lighting of the Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle and the enchanting light installations along the streets of Ayala Avenue. The street market started from 10:00 am and until 10:00 pm.

Photo credit: Some photos are from the organizers and Ms. Maria Rona Beltran

Pigeon Orchid Blooming within the Neighborhood

Dendrobium crumenatum is locally known as Pigeon, Dove, Sparrow,Purse-Shaped orchid. This orchid is called White Sanggumay in some parts of General Nakar, Quezon province. Sometimes, they are also called One- day orchid since they only bloom early part of the morning and close its flowers by late afternoon.

Classification:

This orchid species is one of the first orchid species described by Olof Peter Swartz a Swedish botanist and taxonomist in (1799). This is under the section “Crumenata“. The center of distribution is in the island of Borneo with at least 25 species.

The orchid had leaves on a sheathing base and pseudobulbs or stems which are fleshy for 1 to 3 internodes only. Species are mostly lowland.

The characteristics of this section are the flowers are mostly fugacious, bloom several times of the year and triggered by sudden drop or change in temperatures.

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pigeon or dove orchid naturalized on Christmas palm

This type of orchid species is one of the most commonly grown orchids in any parts of the country. The flowers look like dove , pigeon or sparrow in flight when this orchid is in bloom, hence its common name.

It was very hot during the last part of November, then a sudden downpour of rain which may have triggered the blooming of this orchid species.

Some neighbors do not like growing this type of orchid, since the flowers are fugacious and would only last 1 day. When grown en mass, they can be a spectacle especially when the entire host tree would be covered by their fragrant white blooms.

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Dendrobium crumenatum with seed pods

Some people believes that these orchid bring good fortune and warding off unseen spirits especially when grown near the entrance or main door. Especially those in Laguna, Quezon, Bicol and Samar provinces.

The side lobes are erect and the middle lobe is rounded with five yellow ridges. Flowering is sporadic but is triggered nine days after a sudden drop in temperature normally triggered by sudden change of temperatures. This flowers several times a year. This clump is observe to bloom at least 3 to 5 times a year.

The flowers are naturally pollinated by carpenter bees, honey bees (Apis cerana) and  wasps which are common within the locality.

This orchid species used to be planted in almost every homes within the subdivision until few years ago, when some of the older neighbors grew tried of growing this type of orchid species. Some would prefer Dendrobium or Vanda hybrids which had larger flowers and can last for several days or even weeks.

Now, only few homes had these types of orchid species. But what still remains are still exciting to behold especially when they are in bloom.

Natural Range

It is found in parts of India, Southern China, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia,Taiwan,Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Christmas Island and Philippines.

In the Philippines, This is reported in almost all the provinces and have been found in many coastal towns and coconut plantations. This orchid can be found growing along mangroves and coastal areas up to more than 700 meters in elevation.

It is reportedly naturalized in Guam,Northern Marianas, Fiji, Hawaii,West Indies, Puerto Rico and even parts of Florida.

Ethono-botanical Uses and Importance

Medicinal: The leaf poultice applied to pimples and boils by Malays and Indonesians. Juice from swollen pseudo bulbs used as ear drops to treat earache. Common name Daun Sepulih Tulang (Bone Restoring Leaf) suggests use as treatment for bone-related ailments.

Some Aeta communities in the Philippines would also use its leaves to cure indigestion.

In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the stems the pounded and boiled for several minutes then the resulting concoctions are use to remove impurities from the blood.

Products: Stem fibers used to make braiding materials for hats, hand bracelets and baskets in Philippines.

Cultural: Planted near entrance of house in some Malaysian states and parts of the Philippines as a good-luck orchid to ward off evil spirits from entering house.

Economic: They are also commonly sold in the country for landscaping and decorations in almost all garden centers and weekend markets.

Status: This is one of the common orchid sold in the market.

Modus Operandi by Unscrupulous Seller and Ambulant Vendors

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Photo courtesy : Ms. Surya Namaskar

 Some unscrupulous ambulant orchid vendor and orchid sellers would sometimes insert Dendrobium flowers or Vanda flowers to the stems of this orchid just to increase the value of the orchid by at least 2 or 3 fold.

Unsuspecting buyers or those unfamiliar with this orchid may not suspect about being duped by the seller.  The flowers in the above photo were dyed with different colors creating a new artificial hybrid ( with interesting colors) . This is a common deception to lure buyers and sell the orchid at higher price. The practice started in the late 1970’s and still goes on.

Lack of police enforcement would only lead ambulant vendors to ply their trade from one place to another.

Sources, References and Bibliography:

1.) A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes and Tiong 2015, page 48

2.) Personal communication with growers and buyers

3.) FB Orchid and Plant Lovers of the Philippines

4.) Goh CJ, Strauss MS, Arditti J (1982) Floral Induction and Physiology in Or-
chids. In: Arditti J (Ed)Orchid Biology: Reviews and Prospectives
(Vol II) Cornell University Press, Ithaca, pp 213-241
5. ) Hempel FD, Welch DR, Feldman LJ(2000) Floral induction and determina-
tion: where is flowering controlled?Trends in Plant Science5
, 17-21.
6.) The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981
7.) Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984
8.) Philippine Orchid Review, Volume 15 No. 1 Traditional uses of the Dendrobium Orchids pages 13 to 17. ISSN 1908-871X
9.) Philippine Orchids, Reg S. Davis and Mona Liza Steiner (1952) , Pages 115 to 119
10.) Wee, Y. C., 2007. Memories. In: Lum, S. K. Y., H. T. W. Tan & Y. C. Wee (eds.), Trees of the Bukit Timah Campus: A Tribute to Old Friends. National University of Singapore and Nature Society (Singapore), Singapore. Pp.114–117.

Delightful Dishes at Ukokkei Japan by Menzo at SM North Edsa

Delightful side dishes, salads, rice meals and ramen are some of the well-known specialties of Ukokkei Japan by Menzo which is located at 3rd floor main building at SM North Edsa, Quezon City

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modern lighting fixture, tables and chairs will greet customers

The restaurant can accommodate 40 to 45 customers at any given time. The industrial vibe is sure a great way to experience dining at this place. Customers from northern Metro Manila do not need to travel to SM Megamall or in other places just to enjoy these specialties.

Ramen

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different kinds of ramen

Their pork broth acquired their rich taste that is created through more than 16 hours of simmering pork bones !

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condiments

One can easily add or infuse more flavors depending on one’s preferences. There is fried garlic, Shichimi tōgarashi, chili oil and pepper.

Appetizer/ Salads

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Kani Salad– This is ONE of the MUST Try when you visit this restaurant. The vegetables are thinly slice with kani strips with topping of fresh mangoes and the dressing. The combination of sweet, salty is perfect. One can also add some spice by adding few toragashi.

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several salads and side dressing to choose from

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rice toppings

There are several rice topping meals to choose from, Beef Yakiniku Don, Tori Karaage Cha -Han, Pork Katsu Don and Teriyaki Chashu Don

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pork tonkatsu

Pork Tonkatsu had a crispy breading and the meat is still tender. It goes well with the sauce.

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Teba Karaage

Teba Karaage is fried chicken wings with tinge of sweet marination topping with sesame seeds and slice onion leeks leaves.

tori-karaage

Tori Karaage is a deep fried chicken with crispy batter texture on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside.

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California rolls

California rolls– This is one of my favorite in this place, It had a perfect combination of sweet, savory taste. Dash of mayonnaise added more flavor to this side dish.

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gyoza

Gyoza is Japanese pan-fried dumplings more subtle in flavor. another MUST try when you visit this place. Best partnered with light soy sauce and chili oil.

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From December 6 to 8, 2018 there is a special in house promo for those who will dine at this restaurant. There is such a good value for your money.

Try to dine-in and get 20% discount for dine-in customers. This offer is good until December 8 (Saturday).

This famous restaurant is also listed in Zomatoph and other online app.

Address: 3rd floor , SM North EDSA, Quezon City main building beside Pancake House

Operational Hours: 11:00 am to 11:00pm

Everyday until first week of January 2019

Note: Will be featuring their mouthwatering ramen and other dishes in the next article post

 

 

Highlights of the 39th Marian Procession in Intramuros

There are  more than 140 beautifully and elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary with her different titles from different parts of the country were part of the 39th Grand Marian Procession.

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Our Lady of Fatima

There were between 70,000 to 80,000 people which visited the grand procession. Most are devotees from different parts of the archipelago.

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Sacta Maria Stella Matutina of Familia Zapanta and Quiocho, Taytay , Rizal province

This also coincide with celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last sunday December 2, 2018.

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foreign tourists at Plaza de España

There are also several foreign tourists and devotees who also took time to visit the processional carriages before the actual procession had started.

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Nuestra Señora delos Dolores de Turumba of Pakil, Laguna devotees

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participants with colorful traje de mestiza

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Virgin of the Poor

The grand marian procession also coincide with the Catholic church observance of the first sunday of advent.

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Our Lady of the Barangay

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Ina Poon Bato carriage with vegetable, fruits, tillandsia and cut flowers

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Tillandsia usenoides

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pineapples, string beans, banana blossom and baskets are part of the elaborate floral and agricultural produce arrangement

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Our Lady of Hope

nuestra-seu00f1ora-de-las-floresNuestra Señora Delas Flores– the image was owned by Mrs. Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco

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lyre band

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Mary of Help Christians with devotees from Boac, Marinduque dress in Roman Moriones

The grand procession was very festive and was organized by the Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and different Marian congregations.

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cadets were also drafted and served as escort to the processional image of Our Lady of Fatima

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participants with colorful floral costumes

The three-kilometer procession route are beehives of all sorts of activities. There are people singing, colorful local costumes and devotees distributing devotional pamphlets.

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Our Lady of Holy Rosary of Pacita, Laguna

Most of the processional carriages and the images were arranged as early as lunchtime within Paseo de Magallanes near Bureau of Immigration, Intendencia de Manila and Soriano avenue within Intramuros.

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The solemn parade started at around past 4:00 pm in the afternoon from Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral and will slowly wind its way through the streets of the Walled City.

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beautifully embroidered vestment

The well venerated images include among others the Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat from Cagayan Valley; Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela; Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Guimaras, Iloilo; Nuestra Señora de Salvacion; Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Buen Suceso; Our Lady of Pillar; Our Lady of the Abandoned; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady of La Salette from Silang, Cavite; Our Lady of Namacpacan from Luna, La Union; Our Lady of Manaoag from Pangasinan.

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La Virgen Dolorosa de Murcia

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Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario del Manaoag with camarero and devotees

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Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija province

Our Lady of Divine Shepherdess or La Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu; Our Lady of Soledad of Porta Vaga, patroness of Cavite; Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicol; Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Turumba from Pakil, Laguna; 0ur Lady of La Naval; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of the Rosary from Rosario, Cavite; Virgen Milagrosa del Santissimo Rosario from Orani, Bataan.

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39th Marian Procession poster at Casa Manila

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devotees and pilgrims from Catanduanes, Bicol region

Several other highly revered Marian images accompanied by a contingent of Marian devotees from each town or province.

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devotees in light blue barot’s saya

Last year, a replica of the image of Mary, Help of Christians was included in the procession symbolic of the original image which was destroyed during the Battle of Marawi.

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Plaza Roma

Some of the participants and provincial delegates were already at the main plaza before 12:00 noon.

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Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario

Among popular souvenirs are devotional pamphlets, estampitas, salt, handkerchiefs, cloth among others are popular souvenirs of the event.

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sacristans holding candles and rosaries

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consorts with candles from Cavite

There are big plans for next year’s 40th Annual Marian Procession with more images and bigger crowd expected to participate.

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