Winners of Poster Making Contest at The Medical City

Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium , The Medical City , Pasig City -Philippines

The Medical City Nutrition Management Services together with the Center of Developmental Pediatrics have heed of this concern by launching a poster making contest entitled “ TMC for Kids: Healthy Eating Plate– A poster making contest on good nutrition , ” The contest is open to middle school Grade 5 students) This contest is also in line with the Department of Health’s ” Pinggang Pinoy ” in celebration of the National Nutrition Month 2016 .

Augusto Barcelon auditorium

The Medical City ( TMC) is a world -class hospital healthcare organization with 48 years of existence in hospital operation and administration . With its main facility located along Ortigas Avenue, TMC boasts of experienced and esteemed medical experts of various fields with modern facilities that offer the highest standard of healthcare quality as accredited by the Joint Commission International – a prestigious accrediting body for international healthcare organizations.

L-R Saint Paul College-Pasig- Ms. Isabella R. Hilario ( first place ) Lourdes School- Mr. Patrice  Sebastien M. Olaguera ( 2nd place ) Lourdes School – Mr. Jason B. Bacar ( 3rd place)

The school that participated in the poster making contest show the students’ interpretation of a healthy plate based on Department of Health’s campaign or healthy plate campaign of the US. Participating schools include Saint Paul College-Pasig , Lourdes School of Mandaluyong , La Salle Greenhills and Immaculate Concepcion Academy .

A total of 25 posters was entered into the competition , The winners received plaques, gift certificates, gift packs and umbrella from sponsors.

The winners were awarded in a simple ceremony that was held at the auditorium of The Medical City in Pasig.

Aside from poster making contest, there were mini-lecture on topics such as proper nutrition , food options and picky eating . The entries will be displayed at the lobby of the Medical City for at least two weeks and will also be uploaded on the FB page and website.

Website: http://www.themedicalcity.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheMedicalCity/

 

Belinda Davids: The Whitney Houston Show PH 2016 World Tour

Belinda Davids is a South African celebrity and impersonator the astounding tribute show dedicated to  Ms. Whitney Houston will be performing in the country.

This live concert, featuring the breathtaking vocal talent of Belinda Davids, is a fun, heartfelt and uplifting homage to Whitney Houston. Accompanied by a live band and dancers, Davids performs over two hours of Houston’s most loved pop hits live on stage.

Ms. Belinda Davids

In preparation for such an anticipated show and in respect for Houston’s legacy , Showtime Management dedicated over 12 months to perfecting this production and finding the right star . After conducting over 15,000 auditions in 12 countries , accomplished South African vocalist Ms. Belinda Davids was selected to pay reverence to Houston with her carefully crafted renditions.

The Whitney Houston Show celebrates the magnificent catalogue of hits that Houston made famous during her 30 year career, including ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and many more.

This fabulous production has toured South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA already hosting many sold-out performances in the first two years of touring.

The Whitney Houston 2016 show live in  Cebu on August 26 Friday at 7:00PM at the IEC Pavillon, Mabolo, Cebu City and Manila on August 27 Saturday at 8:00PM at the PICC Plenary Hall, Pasay City For more details go to link WhitneyHoustonPH2016.

Presented by DMC Philippines, in cooperation with the Gotesco Group of COmpanies , Gruppo Group of Companies . This event is also brought to you by Hotel Jen, the official residence and Novu hair.  Special thanks to Thrifty Car Rental and First Line Entertainment Club.

Tickets are now available at Ticket World outlets ( https://www.ticketworld.com.ph ) , SM Tickets ( https://smtickets.com/) .

For more information go to the link: FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/DMCPhilippinesEntertainment/?fref=ts

Star Studded Tunog Star Magic’s 24th Anniversary Blogcon

14th Floor Chronicle Room in ELJCC, Mother Iganacia Street, Quezon City

Tunog Star Magic celebrities

Star Magic is the country’s premiere producer of the best and brightest singers that many budding performers and singers aspire to emulate.  Apart from being the home of the finest actors in the industry , Star Magic also venture into Tunog Star Magic, the latest online channel where the music lovers can listen to the unexpected and much -awaited covers and collaborations between their favorite Star Magic performers.

Mr. Bugoy Drilon , Khalil Ramos and Bailey May

The performances would bring together celebrated and up-and-coming Star Magic singers to jam to the latest hits and their favorite songs every week.

Although there are a number of shows either on TV or online that showcases similar performances, Tunog Star Magic prides itself of being the accessible platform where the alternative pairings and performances can be seen.

Among the first few singers who gamely performed for Tunog Star Magic were Bugoy Drilon , Leizel Garcia , Khalil Ramos , Nash Aguas and Ms. Alexa Ilacad, rising performers like Ms. Kira Balinger , Heaven Peralejo ,Ysabel Ortega , CJ Novato and Ms. Kristel Fulgar .

Bloggers, online and print media were treated to an afternoon of selective performances and videoke -style contest with these budding artists. They are all passionate about singing and composing new songs .

Those who are raring to view their performances may do so every Thursdays at Star Magic’s official You Tube Page starting this July 28, 2016 at 6:00pm

Like the slum book of sorts , Star Magic newbies aims to introduce the fresh and new Star Magic artists that could be touted as those who are in line . It is essentially a platform for the fresh bloods to be known by the public through their personally accomplished profiles.

Mr. Jovit Baldivino

Both Tunog Star Magic and Star Magic Newbies kick off the star-studded celebration of Sta Magic’s 24th anniversary in the business.

Highlight of the festivities are the biggest and brightest Star Magic stars would gather and commemorate the year that was on the Grand Star Magic Day schedule this coming July 31, 2016 in ASAP.

 

 

Casa Santa within Jardin de Miramar Revisted

276 to 279  San Jose Ext, Padilla,  Jardin de Miramar compound , Antipolo City 1870 , Rizal province

It had been 7 years since we last visited Casa Santa and Jardin de Miramar . Our group conducted a tour on the place way back in 2008 and 2009 for the Philippine Orchid Society and Philippine Horticulture Society .  There have been a lot of improvements and additional venue at the place.

water lilies also add colors to the landscape

Cymbidium finlaysonianum

We decided to revisit the place and re-update our blog .  The place had beautiful landscape lawn , more venue places , lush garden , a great venue / event east of Metro Manila.  There are more interesting collection , lovely native orchids like Cymbidium finlaysonianum which is at least a decade -old and is blooming .

Dendrobium aphyllum , Dendrobium anosmum and Asplenium nidus naturalized on mango trees

Jardin de Miramar has extended its collection to other works of art such as the sculptures/creation of nationally recognized artists  Mr. Ed Castrillo, Michael Cacnio, Daniel dela Cruz, Tony Leano, Ral Arrogante, mural works by Alfred Galvez; mosaic works by Hannah Liongoren.

interior with santa clause theme collection

 ” Christmas Everyday ” is very appropriate theme for the museum/ collection . It reminds everyone of caring , sharing and the spirit of giving for the less fortunate .

collection of different santa from all over the world

The collection of santa seems to grew from about 3,500 to around 3,900 plus from the last time we have visited the place. Not all were exhibited at the house. No two santa collectible items are the same , thus out-most care is given to the collection .

Christmas eggs

plates, cookie jars, table mats , mugs, spoon , forks 

There are santa items from several countries from Russia, Finland, Portugal, Spain , China, Hong Kong , Taiwan , United States of America, Peru among others.

Christmas miniature villages

Some of the Christmas themed collection are also given by friends, relatives and even close acquaintances of the owner.

miniature  village complete with railroad track and amusement park

A newly renovated Santa’s village has been created by Christmas village miniature artist Bamboo Tonogbanua, a Cebuano Artist. The bluish lighting within the room of the famed Christmas miniature room was designed by  Japanese light designer Shoko Matsumoto.

 

viewed from second floor

For those who wish to visit the Casa Santa museum and Jardin de Miramar.

Contact: Telephone No.: 584-3199
Fax No.: 697-4077
Cellphone No.: 09178912208
Viber : 09178912208
Email: info@jardindemiramar.com

Website : http://jardindemiramar.com/casa-santa/

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

Center for Continuing Education and Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship in College of Holy Spirit

Paraclete Auditorium , College of Holy Spirit-163 E. Mendiola Street ,Manila, Philippines 

College of Holy Spirit is changing the landscape of the academe, while maintaining the school reputation of their heritage , program and tradition of the school. The College of Holy Spirit -Manila ( CHSM) is known for Values Education is taking an even higher step in its commitment to provide learning opportunities , enhance professional skills and make better , more responsible members of the society .

L-R Ms. Grace Songcuya Mascenon (director in charge ) , Dr.Jesusa  M. Marco ( president) , Maria Theresa Abeleda Llave (president-Holy Spirit Alumni Alumni Management Core) Ms. Guillermina M. Ong ( board member)

The century -old school is now under the new management by the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corporation ( HSAMC) composed of 14 alumnae and one non-alumnae who is well-recognized in the education field.

old mango trees and well-maintained benches within the campus

The school had a nice manicured garden and is dubbed as ” Green Oasis in the Heart of Mendiola ” Despite the loss of gardens , green spaces due to the development of schools within the Mendiola area, the college had maintained their old world charm and their historic school buildings .

manicured lawn and spacious hallways

students

Website : http://www.holyspirit.edu.ph/

Tillandsia capitata ” Yellow” variety Flowering Again in Our Garden

Quezon City -Philippines

Tillandsia capitata ” yellow” variety mounted on Manila Palm ( Adonidia merrillii)

Rainy season had begun early May this year , unlike in the previous years. Watering these air plants will not be a problem for us . We did some pruning the small shrubs and trees around the garden to increase air circulation in the surrounding area.

 Tillandsia capitata “yellow” variety were pups or offsets that were removed from the  clump during the last blooming season of 2014. Our Tillandsia capitata also bloomed last year but there were few pups or offsets that were produced . Most are given away as gifts to close friends .

flowers are violet ( lasting only for 1 day )

The early rainy season and occasional application of water soluble fertilizer had led to the dramatic change in the color of its inflorescence or bracts turning yellow at the center also called “blushing” . In a matter of few weeks, almost all of the pups mounted at the Manila palm started blooming ! This will also mark the end of the plant life cycle.  I think that the Tillandsia are also mature enough to bear flowers – It had been almost 3 years .

gecko or butiki hiding at the leaves of Tillandsia capitata

This particular plant also host a variety of insects , ( ants in particular ) millipede and even a gecko ( butiki)  lives , creating a small micro-climate within the host palm.

Most species absorb moisture and nutrients through the leaves from rain, dew, dust, decaying leaves and insect matter, aided by structures called trichomes.

There is a growing interest during the past several decade among backyard hobbyists , lazy gardeners and plant enthusiasts in the Philippines as these air plants are less demanding , requires limited space , minimal watering and fertilization.

bracts or inflorescence

There are some cheap tillandsia plants for sale during plant bazaars, sunday markets and plant swap-meets from barely Php 100 to few thousand of pesos for rare kinds and hard to find imported hybrids.

There are backyard growers which specializes in growing them – A short list includes, Atty. Bom Gomez of Plant Chaser, Prof. Andrew Patrick Gozon of Pinoy Trees ,  Mr. Botchie Canicula of NVC Garden FB, Architect Bimbo Vergara , Mr. Ramon Calado of Antipolo , Ms. Ging Caperal , Mr. Joseph Salacup of Laguna , Ms. Aireen Bernal, Mr.Baunch Tumale , Ms. Emma Bautista , Ms. Baby Alarcon,  Mr. Frandel Recto, Mr. Jun Golamco , Mr. Bing and Joan Onari of Davao among others .

There are other commercial growers and sellers like EnR Farm, Puentespina , Purificacion Orchid, Insular Garden of Quezon province , Ms. Vicky Jimenez of Davao , Ms. Doreen and Mr. Rene Dofitas , Ms. Vangie Go , Mr. Boyet Ganigan , Dr. Jay Silvestre , Dr. Olivia Sanchez, Ms. Linda Lim of Laguna.

Since there is no formal tillandsia society established in the country, One can join the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Philippine Horticultural Society , Philippine Orchid Society , Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines which provides some information thru their public lectures and monthly meeting among their general membership. There is also a chance to meet fellow local collectors in different FB pages . They are the ones who normally share their cultural requirements and growing techniques .

The closest affiliate society which hold exhibit on tillandsias was the defunct Bromeliad Connoisseur Society of the Philippines .

There will be some plant traders selling tillandsias in the upcoming 70th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB/ Flower Garden ) from August 25 to September 5, 2016 within the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note : I may have forgotten to mention some hobbyists and farms which specialized in growing tillandsia plant. The purpose of this blog is just to give some leverage on the growing niche market for air plants in the country.

Travelers Enjoy Perks with Bank of the Philippine Islands Card at the 5th Travel Madness Expo

SMX Convention Center , Pasay City -Philippines

Good News to all Travelers and Bank of the Philippine Islands  ( BPI ) card holders !

Bank of the Philippines Islands ( BPI ) card holders allows you to enjoy travel deals and free trips only with your BPI Card at the 5th Travel Madness Expo! The Philippines last year got over 5 million international tourists and an increasing number of domestic tourist destination spots .  This data was provided by the Department of Tourism ( Industry Performance) , This is a good time to travel not only around the country but also in other parts of the world.
BPI partners with major airlines , travel agencies and booking agents for the 5th Travel Madness Expo which runs from July 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. BPI cardholders get to enjoy discounted flights and travel packages for local and international destinations.

Department of Tourism secretary Ms. Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo together with officials and executives of BPI and Travel Madness Expo organizers.
Special guest of honor during the travel expo includes Department of Tourism secretary Ms. Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo, BPI executives and Travel Madness Expo organizer.

 

Bank of the Philippines Cards

BPI Cards helps you achieve your travel reveries at the 5th Travel Madness Expo
Aside from discounted travel deals, BPI cardholders will enjoy exclusive offers that include a chance to win in the daily raffle promo where 15 trips from Mabuhay Miles will be given away.

Mabuhay Miles
Another awesome treat awaits BPI cardholders , a minimum spend of P50,000 automatically earns 9,000 Mabuhay Miles which is equivalent to one round trip domestic flight while Php 100,000 spend gives them 19,000 Mabuhay miles that equates to a round trip flight to Hong Kong.
Five daily winners during the 3-day event will be chosen for a chance to fly to a local destination, Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan! BPI Card holders purchasing a ticket from Philippine Airlines will earn 1 raffle entry for every Php5,000 spend.

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A discount voucher from Delta Airlines will also be given exclusively to BPI Delta SkyMiles cardholders, which they may use in their future Delta Airlines transactions after the expo. BPI Delta SkyMiles cardholders purchasing a ticket from Delta Airlines are entitled to enjoy exciting Delta Reward that includes a USD$ 300 Discount for Manila to North America/Canada Round-trip Business Elite Fares, USD $150 Discount for Manila to North America/Canada Round-trip Economy Class Fares and Manila to Japan Round-trip Business Elite Fares and USD$ 75 Discount for Manila to Japan Round-trip Economy Class Fares.
From July 7 to 10 cardholders are also entitled to BPI Cards Exclusive Offers that includes a free Samsonite Passport Holder for every Php 12,000 spend at Samsonite. A Free Packing Cube Set for every purchase of Delsey luggage at The Travel Club and 10% Discount on Sentosa’s Play 3 Day Pass.
If you love to or aspire to travel more, don’t miss this opportunity! Visit the 5thTravel Madness Expo and use your BPI Card to make your dream travel a reality!
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