Celebrate Year of the Rooster Spring Film Festival at Shangri-La Plaza

Celebrate Year of the Rooster with the 2017 Spring Film Festival at Shangri-LA Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City .

The highly anticipated SPRING Film Festival will be held from January 25 to 29 st the Shang Cineplex in cooperation with Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University .

This is the 11th year that the Spring Film Festival which features 6 films from China will be shown at the Shangri-LA Mall – Shang Cineplex. According to the organizers of the 11th annual spring festival , some of the Chinese films were entries to the prestigious international film festivals like Oscars, Toronto Film Festival, Venice Film Festival among others.

 

11th annual spring film festival 

Featured Films

There will be series of noteworthy films sure to delight moviegoers and enthusiasts is Wolf Totem , the story of young Beijing student Chen Zhen’s life among  the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia , where he adopts a wolf cub in an attempt to save it from death . The film was chosen as China’s 2015 foreign language Oscar entry and adapted from bestseller by Lu Jimin.

A Hong Kong University student in dire need of money takes a lucrative offer to become a surrogate mother for an elite couple . When the contract gets terminated , she refuses to give up the child and runs into hiding , until the biological father finds her , which turns the situation into A Complicate Story . In the hit romantic comedy Book of Love , a casino hostess from Macau and a realtor based in Los Angeles cross paths and ultimately form a magical connection with each other all because they stumbled upon the same book.

Everybody’s Fine sees how a father discovers spending individual time with his kids lead to gaining much of the honesty and compassion that has been missing in their family .

A comedy that leads to chase all over Europe , Horseplay had entertainment journalist Mui tracking down the notorious art thief called Nine -Tailed Fox . The plot thickens as Mui get stuck in quite an impossible situation with the Fox asking for her help to recover the ” Tang Dynasty Pottery Horse” and detective Cheung Ho seeking her assitance to catch the Fox.

Red Amnesia film shows Deng is an elderly caregiver who is determine to remain useful despite symptoms of an aging mind and insists of taking care of her two sons and mother despite their protests . The film was selected in competition for the Golden Lion ,  at the 71st Venice Film Festival. It was also shown a as a Special Presentations at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The schedule of Chinese films with free screenings at 2:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:00pm.

Mr. Sidney Christopher T. Bata -Director Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies -Lecturer-Chinese Studies Program

Aside from the FREE movies , visitors can look forward to series of events hosted by Ateneo de Manila University –Chinese Painting Exhibit from January 25 to 31, enjoy an Afternoon of Beautiful Chinese Melodies : Chinese Musical Concert by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University on January 28 at 3:00PM , and take part in a Pastel Painting Workshop with Master Fidel Sarmiento ( President of the Art Association of the Philippines on January 29 at 1:00PM . Finally witness the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance on February 5 at 2:00PM – Shangri-LA Grand Atrium

For more information about mall events and happenings : Shangri-LA Plaza Mall FB

Admission is FREE for all Activities , For the Spring Film Festival – Admission is first come , first reservation policy .So do come early .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Tasting at Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant

Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant hosted a 2-day Food Tasting Festival on January 12 and 13 ( Thursday and Friday ) for the first 200 walk-in customers . The event highlighted some of the new menus to be offered by the restaurant .

 

We took the opportunity to sample the new sample dishes. January 12 – sample soup was Maya-maya a type of local fish which is popular – We just ordered rice Php 15.00 per cup  and freshly squeezed lemonade juice which cost Php 40.00

Some of the walk-ins were residents of Goodwill 1 and 2, Barangay Bagbag residents , Kingspoint Subdivision , Holy Child Academy ( Kingspoint branch) faculties and staffs , some came as far as Barangay San Bartolome and Tricycle drivers of the place.

Saw one of my former classmate Darwin Arnuco together with his friends who also ate there. He is one of the ‘suki’ regular customer at the

The same group also organized a Kingspoint Community Food Tour a few years ago with the aim to promote the area as an ideal food hub for the residents of the place.

We also had the chance to meet Chef Jose Angelo S. Cerdon ( Manager ) of the Trat’s Catering Services- Aside from tasty grilled barbecue , isaw and sizzling plate . The restaurant  also had a good selection of pancit ( noodles dishes ) . They can cater for a minimum pax of around 30 to 50 to as many as 1,000 people at any event.

 

Contact : 937-9562 and 937-73-22 / 0915-672-6535 / 0922-8641350

email : joseangelo_cerdon@yahoo.com

 

Awards Night of the 2nd Wish 107. 5 Set on January 16

The much awaited 2nd Wish 107. 5 awards night is set on January 16, 2017 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao , Quezon City .

The wish-granting is one of the main highlights of the Wish Music Awards, Also one of the much-awaited part of the event is the granting of 1 million pesos to the chosen charitable institutions of the winners.

The gale night will witness not only the announcement of this year’s winners but also performances of top Original Pilipino Music (OPM) stars.

A total of 75 music acts are vying under 13 categories, special recognition will also be handed out including the ‘Wish Reactors Choice Award’ and ‘Wishclusive Viral Video of the Year’.

Participants last day to vote is on January 16, 2017 12:00 noontime . 50% of the votes will comes from judges and 50% comes from online votes.

Here are the nominees for the second Wish 107.5 Music Awards:

WISH PROMISING ARTIST:

  • Ben and Ben
  • Coeli San Luis
  • Daniel Ombao
  • Eumee Capile
  • Mayumi
  • Mela
  • Noven Belleza
  • Ryan Tamondong
  • Sam Mangubat
  • Zsaris

BEST WISH COVER:

  • “Annie’s Song” – Matteo Guidicelli
  • “Be My Lady” – Jason Dy
  • “Hawak Kamay” – Ogie Alcasid
  • “Heaven Knows (This Angel Has Flown)” – JC De Vera
  • “Healing” – Leah Patricio
  • “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” – Jona
  • “Ipagpatawad Mo” – Nyoy Volante
  • “Nanghihinayang” – Aljur Abrenica
  • “Never My Love” – The Company
  • “Panalangin” – Sam Concepcion
  • “Stay” – Daryl Ong
  • “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” – Erik Santos
  • “Your Love” – Michael Pangilinan

BEST WISHCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ARTIST:

  • Bailey May – “Little Things”
  • Darren Espanto – “I Believe”
  • Edray Teodoro – “Beautiful”
  • Francis Lim – “Because of You”
  • JK Labajo – “Starving”
  • Kris Angelica – “Stone Cold”
  • Sassa Dagdag – “Halo”
  • Ylona Garcia – “Nobody Love”

BEST WISHCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE BY A GROUP OR A DUO:

  • 4th Impact – “Love The Way You Lie”
  • 5th Gen – “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
  • Ben and Ben – “Tinatangi”
  • Gracenote – “When I Dream About You”
  • Itchyworms – “Ayokong Tumanda”
  • Kithara – “Apo Hiking Society medley”
  • Leanne and Naara – “Ironic”
  • Let Gravity – “Alamat”
  • Mayonnaise – “Hopeless”
  • Silent Sanctuary – “Sa’yo”
  • Sponge Cola – “Bahaghari”
  • The Juans – “Prom”
  • TOP – “24K Magic”

BEST WISHCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ARTIST:

  • Beverly Caimen – “Dangerous Woman”
  • Charice – “Pillowtalk”
  • Eumee Capile – “Wrecking Ball”
  • Gerphil Flores – “Dust in the Wind”
  • Jessica Reynoso – “No One/ Where Is The Love mash-up”
  • Jona – “Help Me Get Over”
  • Klarisse De Guzman – “Loving You”
  • KZ Tandingan – “Tadhana”
  • Leah Patricio – “All I Ask”
  • Liezel Garcia – “Saving All My Love For You”
  • Marion Aunor – “Zombie”
  • Morissette – “Secret Love Song”
  • Zia Quizon – “Hotline Bling”

BEST WISHCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ARTIST:

  • Bugoy Drilon – “One Day”
  • Daryl Ong – “Stay”
  • Erik Santos – “I’ll Never Go/Say You’ll Never Go medley”
  • Jason Dy – “Love Yourself/Sorry/What Do You Mean/Baby mash-up”
  • Jason Fernandez – “Ulan”
  • Jay R – “Parachute”
  • Jed Madela – “Forevermore”
  • Johnoy Danao – “Bakuran”
  • Kris Lawrence – “Eyes, Nose, Lips”
  • Luke Mejares – “More Than You’ll Ever Know”
  • Michael Pangilinan – “One Last Cry”
  • Ogie Alcasid – “Ikaw Lamang”
  • TJ Monterde – “Tulad Mo”

BEST WISHCLUSIVE COLLABORATION:

  • Garie Concepcion and Michael Pangilinan – “Say Something”
  • Jed Madela and 5th Gen – “That’s The Way It Is”
  • Kyla, KZ and Yeng – “Doo Wop (That Thing)/ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You medley”
  • Morissette and Arnel Pineda – “I Finally Found Someone”
  • Ramonne and Daniel Ombao – “Lay Me Down”

WISH ORIGINAL SONG OF THE YEAR BY A GROUP OR A DUO:

  • “Alamat” – Let Gravity
  • “Bittersong” – Callalily
  • “Coda” – Sponge Cola
  • “Hopeless” – Mayonnaise
  • “Pariwara” – Itchyworms and Ely Buendia
  • “Prom” – The Juans
  • “Sila” – SUD
  • “Two Four” – Gracenote

WISH ORIGINAL SONG OF THE YEAR BY A FEMALE ARTIST:

  • “Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang” – Ylona Garcia
  • “Epitome of Beauty” – Charice
  • “Free Fall Into Love” – Marion Aunor
  • “Ganito Ba Talaga” – Liezel Garcia
  • “Ikaw Ba ‘Yon?” – Jolina Magdangal
  • “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” – Aicelle Santos
  • “Maghihintay Ako” – Jona
  • “Naririnig Mo Ba” – Julie Anne San Jose
  • “Pocketful of Promises” – Solenn Heussaff
  • “Throwback” – Morissette feat. KZ Tandingan

WISH ORIGINAL SONG OF THE YEAR BY A MALE ARTIST:

  • “7 Minutes” – Darren Espanto
  • “Been Here” – Nyoy Volante
  • “Break My Heart (Some More)” – Jason Dy
  • “Hanggang Kailan” – Michael Pangilinan
  • “Hopeless Romantic” – Daryl Ong
  • “Ikaw Ang Buhay Ko” – Ogie Alcasid
  • “Imahinasyon” – TJ Monterde
  • “Kay Dali” – Elmo Magalona
  • “Owe” – Arnel Pineda
  • “Rescue Me” – Alden Richards
  • “Sino Ba Ako Sa’yo” – Erik Santos
  • “Wag Mong Aminin” – Rico Blanco
  • “When Love Once Was Beautiful” – Jed Madela

WISH YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Bailey May
  • Darren Espanto
  • Edray Teodoro
  • Francis Lim
  • JK Labajo
  • Sassa Dagdag
  • Ylona Garcia

WISH FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Charice
  • Gerphil Flores
  • Jona
  • KZ Tandingan
  • Liezel Garcia
  • Morissette
  • Zia Quizon

WISH MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Arnel Pineda
  • Bugoy Drilon
  • Daryl Ong
  • Erik Santos
  • Jason Dy
  • Jed Madela
  • Kris Lawrence
  • Michael Pangilinan
  • Nyoy Volante
  • Ogie Alcasid

Traslacion 2017 : Feast of the Black Nazarene

Traslacion 2017 had begun and millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene troop to Quirino grandstand , Manila Cityhall , Santa Cruz , Quiapo and nearby areas .

route of the procession

According to organizers, this year’s feast was centered specifically on the passage from Collosians 3:14, which reads “Pag-ibig ang buklod ng ganap na pagkakaisa.”

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Black Nazarene which left the grandstand at past 5:30am is slowly paraded around the streets of Manila.

Black Nazarene devotees

I was accompanied by my friend Darwin Arnuco and a Black Nazarene devotee since 2009 . He would normally visit Quiapo church and attend the mass before opening his store .

Black Nazarene statues

Aside from the devotion , ambulant vendors , merchants and street vendors are making a brisk business . Selling popular t-shirts , towels , statues , pins , key chains , mugs , calendars among other items.

Quezon Avenue around past 9:00am 

I manage to walk past Liwasang Bonifacio , Mehan Garden , Manila Cityhall and National Museum and back to Quiapo before going home.

 

 

HortiKultura 2017 : Global Trends in Horticulture

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. in partnership with Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City government . The event is also sponsored by Del Monte -Philippines among others .

The organization will be hosting  their 41st annual horticulture show from February 3 to 15, 2017 . The theme: Global Trends in Horticulture .

schedule of daily events

Aside from the regular landscape exhibits , there will also be daily schedule of talks and lecture from industry experts and commercial bazaar .

In line with the plant show , WalkwithChan together with PSHI will be hosting a media , bloggers and Horticulture Walk schedule on February 4 and 5 Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 11:00am. Those interested with the tour , please click the FB page.

There will be be plant landscape exhibits , lectures , talks , trade fairs and guided tour. Regular Entrance fee for exhibit area is Php 20 general public and Php 10 for students, senior citizens and government employees of Quezon Cityhall . 

 

Pre-Hispanic Gold on Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

The Philippines is one of the top 10 producers of ” GOLD” in the world. The country had an abundant supply although not as big as South Africa , Australia or United States  .  Gold is very important item for centuries and the usage in the country even pre-dates thousands of years.

Treasure troves of gold items were discovered in many places from death masked in Cebu , gold items in Pila, Laguna to Golden Tara of Butuan and the famed Surigao treasures .

Some of these gold items were exhibited abroad and some local museums like Ayala and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas boast of such treasure items. Asia Society also featured some of the items on display .

Since we could not buy or acquire these items , the best way to have these are stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation . Sending them to stamp collectors from all over the world.

The stamps is a good way to promote these national treasure , The stamp was supposed to be issued last December 21, 2016 but somehow it was only this January 3 that PHLPOST had updated their site. The stamp issuance is called “Ancestral Gold ” with the items featured are all from the Ayala Museum collection .

Technical Description 

Kind of Issue : Special

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 100mm x 90mm (4 designs)

Denomination & Quantity : P18 – – – 101,000

Printing Process : Special Embellishment with Gold Foil Stamping and 3D Embossing

Souvenir Sheet : P200 – – – 5,000

Date of Issue : December 21, 2016

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Last Day of Sale :December 20, 2017

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm

Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro

Sheet Composition : 16on (se-tenant Block of 4)

Perforation : 14

Printing Process : Litho Offset (4 colors)

Designs : Photos of the Pre-colonial Treasures of the Philippines from the collection of Ayala Museum.

Untimely Bloom of Dendrobium aphyllum in our backyard

Untimely bloom of our Dendrobium aphyllum for the second straight year , The orchid  species was originally came from the garden of Mrs. Adelina Almerol from Marikina City .

In  this time of the year , the orchid species should at least completed more than 1 month of dry treatment ,misting them only once every few days . But a change of weather from dry to a bit rainy , delayed the shedding of its leaves . It also rained a little bit last December 26, 27 and a slight drizzle on December 30 , 2016 . I must say that this is quite an early bloomer for an orchid species which had a blooming season of late February to mid-March .

Dendrobium aphyllum with only two flowers

Only few leaves from the older canes had shed their leaves . Some of the newer pseudo bulbs ( canes) are growing and some still had leaves . Although we expect another season of less flowers and more keikis ( anaks ) to follow.

Dendrobium aphyllum with long pseudobulbs still with leaves

I completely stopped any form of fertilization since early part of November 2016 .  We also got a mild fungus infection  which cause some pseudo bulbs to get rotted away .

For those healthy pseudo-bulbs . We were rewarded with longer canes .Some of the pseudo bulbs from more establish clumps had grown to about 150 cm from an average of just 100 cm to 120 cm the previous year .

Since we got a short dry season and erratic weather condition. Expecting a lot of keikis again from the older canes. For more of the orchid pest and diseases try this link .

 

 

 

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