Tota Pulchra EST Maria Exhibit within Manila Cathedral

Tota Pulchra est Maria exhibited  different Immaculate Conception statues at the side chapel near the entrance of  Manila Cathedral  also known as Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception .

Immaculate Conception statue in front of the Manila Cathedral facade

The statues are mostly done in the old traditional craft done by atelier Rafael Lopez , a well-known craftsman of Marian and religious images in the country. Special participation of the devotees of Barangay Ligas in Malolos City . The exhibited was opened last November 28 and will run until December 8, 2016.

Immaculate Conception statues on wooden peana with special enclosed glass container called verina ( photo courtesy of Ms. Buena Mai Tunac -student of UST college of Architecture and Postal Heritage tour participant )

There were 20 collectors which lend their personal and family heirloom religious statues at the exhibition area.

photo courtesy of the exhibitor

list of exhibitors

Mr. Raymond Naval , Ms. Monette Peralta , Mr. Justin Henry Alino , Mr. Manuel Cruz , Atty. Victor Reginald Dimacuha , Mr. Francis Jason Diaz Perez III , Mr. John Felix Concepcion Santos , Mr. Vicente Roman ” Mike ” Santos , Mr. Noel Flores , Mr. Mike Jerome Joson , Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sumera , Mr. Luisito ” Chito ” Tayag , Dr. Rafael A. Lopez, Mr. Vicente ” Jun ” Ladia , Mr. Arnualdo ” Arnie ”  Macapagal , Senor Francisco Vecin , Mr. Roberto Villanueva , Mr. Jayson Moses, Mr. James A Yee, Mr. Noel Menguito

Mother Mary statues 

Since some of the these religious statues are old , touching is strictly prohibited and are fragile. In fact , we saw some exhibitors at the site.

Some of the statues seems it was recently made by the same artisan with ivory heads and hands  . But we must say that the craftsmanship was quite superb !

 One of our foreigner friend told us that it was at par or even better than the ones that they saw in Central and South American countries .

We would like to congratulate all the exhibitors,  for sharing your wonderful devotion and collections to the general public. Until Next Exhibit

37th Grand Marian Procession in Intramuros

The 37th Grand Marian Procession within Intramuros had kicked off with hundred of thousands of devotees from all parts of the country went to the annual procession .

The procession was revived in 1980 by Intramuros administration in partnership with  Cofradia de la Immaculada Concepcion , Philippine Navy , Philippine Army,  schools within Intramuros , local government units and devotees.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran  student band

The event was very solemn and simple back in the 1980’s , eventually more marian statues and images from different parts of the country  joined in the annual procession.

 Nuestra Señora de Asuncion  devotees from Bulakan , Bulacan province

This procession became one of the biggest Marian procession attracting foreign tourists and balikbayans. The holding area was the the entire Magallanes drive , since parts of Fort Santiago is being rehabilitated unlike in the previous years.

Saint John of Bosco

I think this is a good idea , since Magallanes drive is bigger and more people can view the images .

Since it will take a long time to upload photos , here are just some of the Marian statues from different parts of the country.

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LAS SALERAS

The town of Aliaga used to be part of the province of Pampanga, before  In 1848, Gapan, San Antonio, Cabiao and Aliaga were segregated and made part of Nueva Ecija. It was on the 8th of February 1849 that Aliaga was formally erected as town.

 The name “de las Saleras” was associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary because of the miraculous event.

devotees from Aliaga, Nueva Ecija

The Spaniards in search of new colonies in the pacific usually affix a holy image in their shipping vessels. The image of the Blessed virgin or the “Sto. Niño” were commonly placed to serve as a guide and a patron, and also to introduce the Roman Catholic Religion.

We were given some estampitas with some salt ( for blessing and cleansing ) by some of the devotees.  The estampitas is also one way to spread the devotion to other people who might not be too familiar with these images / representation of the virgin mary .

Website : http://nsdsparishaliaga.weebly.com/history.html

Nuestra SEÑORA de Stella Maris  devotees

The devotees of  Nuestra SEÑORA de Stella Maris also gave away 2 kinds of estampitas .

  Stella Maris  refers to Polaris (α Ursae Minoris); A title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in English as Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

Nuestra Señora de Stella Maris 

Our Lady of Montserrat or Nuestra Señora de Montserrat

The devotion of Our Lady of Monserrat originally came from Spain , eventually the devotion spread into the country .

a devotee holding a minor relic from Montserrat, Spain

The image was owned by a private collector and his family friend showed us a minor relic from Montserrat cave in Spain.  The pieces of limestone rocks were just recently acquired a few months ago .

Our Lady of the Barangay 

Our Lady of the Barangay  had a more elaborate balintawak , crown and  aureola or aureole .  The processional carriage was festooned with dozens of  light pink and fuchia colored roses , carnations , white phalaenopsis flowers , star gazers ( liliums) . We got a more traditional Our Lady of the Barangay  bought from a santo collector from Laguna province last month.

Our Lady , The Untier of Knots

Our Lady , The Untier of Knots is also known as  Mary the Undoer of Knots .

This image had started to gain its following in the country , some parishes in Novaliches , Quezon City. The Parish Church of Kristong Hari (Christ the King) and future Shrine of the Youth . There was a travelling pilgrim statue which toured some parishes within Novaliches area few months ago .

The overall mood was very festive and there were a lot of devotees due to clear weather. We have to leave the place by past 4:30 pm .

BKK Express : Interesting Dishes and Desserts

  4th Floor Food Hall , UP Town Mall, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City 

BKK Express is shorten word for Bangkok Express. This is one of the newest concept food stall by the Cabalen group of company . BKK Express just opened their doors at the 4th level of Food Hall within UPTOWN Mall, BGC, Taguig.

Chef Thea and Mr. Roy Fontabla

Chef Thea is from Thailand and  70% of the ingredients were imported from Thailand . ” Not all Thai foods are spicy , which Filipinos and the general public may have perceived , Thai foods are known for balancing its sweetness, sourness, spiciness ” said Mr. Roy Fontabla ( Area Manager Soi, BKK Express).  The rest of the ingredients were locally sourced , this maintain the freshness and one way of helping local producers .

Here are among the favorite dishes that we have tasted at the BKK Expresss.

Isan Sausage 

Isan / Esan Sausage is known as Sai Krok Isan , which is similar with our local longganisa . This dish is normally eaten as appetizer or light snack,  wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves , chopped fresh chilies , sliced fresh cloves of garlic, matchstick sliced ginger, roasted peanuts , cilantro .

One can easily adjust the spiciness depending on how many chopped chilies , one will add to the roll. This is good for 2 persons (Php 350.00) per serving.

Thai Spring Rolls this is eaten as appetizer or meal viand. This is crispy with sweet chili sauce as condiment .

Thai Bagoong Rice with sliced mangoes , dried shrimps, chopped string beans, scrambled eggs , cucumber , salted egg , pork , chopped fresh onions , chilies  with lemon .

Pad Thai Tofu 

Pad Thai – is a stir fry Thai noodles is special homemade tamarind sauce with dried shrimps ,eggs, mung beans sprouts, radish , chives , tofu and crush peanuts .

Pad Thai Chicken

Pad Thai -Singaporean style

Pad Thai Singapore style was a version of Pad Thai made by Singaporean chef , The dish originated in Singapore uses a different kind of noodles compared to the Thai , Eventually this dish became popular in Singapore and in Southeast Asia.

BKK express had several Pad Thai dishes like Pad Thai crab meat –Php 250 , Pad Thai Chicken –Php 220 , Pad Thai Tofu –Php 190 and Pad Thai Singaporean – Php 250 – Ideal for twin sharing .

Chicken satay

Chicken satay had 2 types of condiments and ideal for 2 to 3 persons ( Php 320 ) There is also a Pork  Sweet Style Barbecue which cost (Php 330) ideal for 2 to 3 person sharing.

Pork Belly 5 Stew with Hard Boiled Egg – This is very similar to Chinese- style pork asado with hard boiled eggs and vegetable , This also comes with special condiment . Ideal for 2 to 3 person sharing ( Php 260 )

Thai Noodle with Roasted Pork 

Thai Noodle Soup – This is a Thai noodle with marinated pork meat, cilantro , bokchoy  and chopped spring onion leaves .  There were five kinds to Thai noodles to choose from – Thai Noodle with Roasted Pork ( Php 160) good for twin sharing MUST Try , Fresh Egg Noodles with Shrimp Wanton ( Php 190) good for twin sharing MUST Try, Thai Rice Noodles with Meat Balls ( Php 190) , Fresh Egg Noodles with Shrimp Wanton and Roasted Pork ( Php 180) MUST Try , Fish Tom Yam with Thin Rice Noodles ( Php 180 )

Desserts – There are a lot of  Thai desserts , some are almost similar to some popular Philippine desserts but not overly sweet .  They can be shared between 2 to 3 person .

Water Chestnut with Crushed Ice and Toddy Palm ( Php 125 ) Toddy Palm or ‘Look Dtahn’ in Thai, is clear and crunchy. This is a type of Palmyra palm which is extensively cultivated from India , mainland Southeast Asia , Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. The palm is highly ornamental and the palm had numerous economic value.

Sticky Rice Mango Sundae with Sherbet – This is another all time favorite with two kinds of colored sticky rice , topped with sliced mangoes, sherbet with grated coconut meat. ( Php 135)

Some of the Must Try juices are the Thai Ice Tea ( Php 55.00) , Thai Iced Coffee ( Php 55.00) , Lemon Grass Juice ( Php 45.00) and Pandan Iced tea ( Php 45.00)

Contact : 805-1328

Note : Prices are subject to changes without prior notice.

How to Commute :

1.) From MRT Guadalupe station , take 1 jeepney ride with Gate 3 , UPTOWN Mall signage – Minimim Fare- Php 7.00

2.) A short walking distance from jeepney stop to the Mall will take around 5 to 10 minutes .

38th Likhang Kamay Exhibit at Glorietta

Makati City government through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office ( MCAO ) opens today , the 38th Makati Likhang Kamay Exhibit and Sale that will run until Decmeber 4, 2016 from 11:00am to 12 midnight at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center .

Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the 38th Likhang Kamay Exhibit -Sale aims to highlight and put on sale various arts and crafts made by artisans and craftmen from different parts of the country . It is also being held to help Filipinos market their world -class products and services .

CM Bamboo Craft Center -Sr. Mary Lynn G. Alfeche , CM and Sr. Rya Jenelle Bueno , CM

CM Bamboo Craft Center specializes on bamboo craft is a socio-economic project committed to the integral development of its workers and the poor.

nativity scene made from bamboo

Among popular decor includes tabernacle, bamboo lampshade, candle holder, crucifix, desk stand, nativity scenes and frames

Address :2 Jereos St, Lopez Jaena Norte, La Paz, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Cellphone : 09499627174
Showroom Address: 154 Kaliraya Street , Barangay Tatalon , Quezon City , Metro Manila.
Telephone 02-740-8655
Yssa’s Crafts
Yssa’s Crafts specializes on wall decors , wind chimes and bottles . Their products are bought by some well-known individuals, restaurants, hotels and exported in some countries.

” Through Likhang Kamay Exhibit- Sale , we will be able to help our small and medium scale entrepreneurs promote their products . We invite everyone to come to the exhibit and support our local entrepreneurs , ” Binay said.

Chievs Stones and Crystal

Chievs Stones and Crystal specializes on fashion accessories and jewelries sets. Some of the jewelry sets are handmade one of the kind items.

Vallehermoso Helping Hands Foundation

Main Office : V. Lopez Jr. Drive , Baragay Bagawines , Vallehermoso , Negros Oriental 

Manila Office : 455 P. Guevarra Avenue , San Juan City 1500 

Contact : (632) 7261297

Villar Sipag Foundation

Villar Sipag Foundation gave away some organic compost to the visitors of the trade fair.

Likhang Kamay , a project of MCAO since 1978 , is being presented in cooperation with Ayala Center, Ayala Malls and Glorietta.

38th Likhang Sining Kamay Exhibit

Makati City government thru Museum and Cultural Affairs Office in partnership with Ayala Malls, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry , Sipag Foundation , Product Development and Design Center , Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Incorporated, University of Makati ( UMAK)   presents to the general public the 38th Likhang Sining Kamay exhibit . This is in cooperation with different non-government organizations and foundations which help indigent communities sells their different products .

Here are some of the exhibitors

Valle Hermoso Helping Hands Foundation –Artists 

Angie’s Yakan Cloth , Narda’s , Reyes House of Piña Fabric 

Caritas Margins , CM Bamboo Craft , Chievs Stones and Crystals , Day 8, Gifts and Graces , Joseph Husband of Mary Paete Handicraft , Parchment Pleasures , Yssa’s Crafts – Handicrafts

Career Academy Asia –School

 

 

Holiday Sale : Striptop Outlet Store in Binondo

Good News to All Bargain Hunters and ShoppersStriptop Outlet Store: Holiday Warehouse Sale

November 28- December 5, 2016
Stall Hours : 10:00 am-7:00 pm
State Center Building Binondo

Striptop Outlet Store will hold its 1st Holiday Warehouse Sale Christmas Edition at the ground floor of State Center Building along Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila on November 28-December 4, 2016 from 10:00am – 7:00 pm.

The seven day event is a front runner during the start of Christmas sale activities of the season and is timely scheduled to be ahead of all other similar events. Shoppers will surely enjoy the holiday discounts on great selections from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, and other specialty items. The event is slated for shoppers to avoid the holiday rush and for them to avail great finds on big price cuts.

vicinity map to the warehouse sale 

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Hush Puppies, Sebago, Cushe, Skechers, No Fear, Keds, Sperry and many more!

As usual, admission is Free and all major credit cards are accepted.

For more information about the event, call Striptop Outlet Store at 399-2935.

You may also follow: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @striptopoutletstore

 

Critically Acclaimed ” Toto ” Sid Lucero Indie Film at Philippine Cinemas

Critically acclaimed indie film ” Toto ” will make another run in 10 Philippine cinemas starting November 23, 2016 .

Celebrity Sid Lucero, Thou Reyes, Blake Boyd, Mara Lopez, Neil Ryan Sese, Bembol Roco, Bibeth Orteza, Liza Dino, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Jelson Bay, Che Ramos, Marnie Lapus, Raul Montesa, Carlo Cruz, David Christopher, Lorenz Martinez, and Sheila Valderrama.

The movie runs about 111 minutes and the genre is dark , comedy , drama Mr. John Paul Su co-wrote the film, based on a true story, with Donald Martin.

You Tube upload courtesy of Director John Paul Su 

Synopsis :

Antonio “TOTO” Estares comes from Tacloban, Philippines, a place ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. His mother has cancer. He works at a hotel in Manila and tries every which way to get to the U.S. so he can support his family – which he’s been doing since his father died and left them penniless.

His father had made it to Las Vegas to become a stage act and promised to petition his family but he ended up as a dishwasher who drank and gambled everything away. The only thing Toto inherited from his father is the obsession of the dream, which he has forged into his own, and is intent on fulfilling it because it was also once his mother’s hope.

Toto makes one failed attempt after another to get a U.S. visa, risking friendships, his job, a lot of borrowed money, his dignity, and his heart. What he doesn’t realize is that, in a way, he’s already made it to America. The hotel is America. The U.S. guests represent the good, the bad, and the ugly of America. After Toto meets the bad and gets ripped off, he loses hope. Yet it’s a good American who helps Toto, in a most unexpected way.

 WINNER:

Audience Choice Award for Best Film,

39th Asian American International Film Festival

Best Foreign Feature Film, 19th L.A. Comedy Festival

Best Actor, 19th L.A. Comedy Festival

Special Jury Prize, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Director, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Supporting Actor, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION:

Asian American International Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

Los Angeles Comedy Festival

Metro Manila Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

Palm Beach International Film Festival

Rome Independent Film Festival

Websitehttp://johnpaulsu.com/

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