Iglesia ni Cristo founder on stamps

Special stamp  issue of Ka Eraño G. Manalo-Memorial stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation is coming up with Mr. Eraño G. ManaloIglesia Ni Cristo (INC) stamps which will be issued on April 23, 2010. It is classified as a “Special” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 100,000 pieces.

Mr.Eraño de Guzman Manalo (January 2, 1925 – August 31, 2009), who is also known as Ka Erdy, was the second Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo, serving from 1963 until 2009. He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, Felix Manalo, in 1963. He was instrumental in the propagation and expansion of the church internationally. He previously held office as the General Treasurer of the church, and as a District Minister of Manila. Manalo passed away on August 31, 2009 at the age of 84.

The technical description of the Eraño G. Manalo-INC stamps are as follows:

Kind of Issue: Special

Denomination and Quantity: Php7.00 / 100,000 pieces

Date of Issue: April 23, 2010

Last date of Sale: April 22, 2011 (or as stocks allows)

Sheet Composition: 40 (10 x 4)

Size: 40 mm x 30 mm.

Perforation: 14

Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Designer: Richard F. Juatco

Design/s: Photo of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo with the INC Central Office in the background.

From : Philpost website

Author’s note: Expect the limited quantity issue will drive INC followers, philatelists , memorabilia collectors worldwide will push the demand for a second printing.

Aliwan Festival 2010

Manila’s loudest, biggest street dancing , regional bazaar , beauty pageant from major regions and provinces from all over the country vie of the title of the title of the Philippines best festival.

The Aliwan Festival Street dance will commence at the back of the Mall of Asia and the final dance showdown will be held in front of the Aliw Theater in Sotto Drive, just beside the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines)

Easter Wonderland

poster of the event

Eastwood City is back again for this year and they are organizing their annual Easter Day event, for 2010 they have the Easter Wonderland event with lots of booths, games and activities for kids and the entire family.

Also they will have a cosplay event contest.
Registrationstarts at 1PM
parade at 2:45pm
and catwalk at the Toy Land area at 3:30pm
Prizes will be given away to lucky winners

for inquiries txt 0917-6261585

Opuntia Cactus recipe

Prickly Pear Grown for Food

Prickly pear or more popularly known as Opuntia Cactus was probably introduced in the Philippines during the ManilaAcapulco galleon trade by the late 16th century to 19th century  from Mexico .

Local people  quickly learned  that prickly pear pads can be eaten and are used in various local dishes like tinolang cactus , cactus patty , nopales are added to eggs, or as a vegetable in soups, chilies or a filling in a tortilla and even as salsa base food for tortillas .

In the country of origin, Opuntia cactus is also made into jams, candies and medicine

Tortilla chips

Here are the basic ingredients : Salsa

1 to 2 pads of Opuntia cactus

1 to 2 small to medium sized sibuyas de bumbay / onion

1/4 cup cheese whiz

1 to 2 pieces of kesong puti –   sliced or cubed

2 to 4 pieces of small or medium sized tomatoes ( sliced ) / with seeds removed

1 to 2 tablespoon of  salt

1 to 2 teaspoon of pepper

grated cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil ( optional)

1 pack of commercial tortilla chips

How to prepare the opuntia cactus pads

select 1 to 2 pad of Opuntia cactus, then cut the pads. After cutting the pads, you may blanched the pad into a boiling water , then remove the outer skin and use a large knife to sever the stem. Beware, there are large and fine thorns so be sure to keep your hands protected. To prepare the pads remove the thorns and the “eyes” with a vegetable peeler or a small paring knife or this new gadget designed just for spine removal. Wash the pads well with cool water and peel or trim off any blemished or discolored areas. Slice the pads in long slices or in pieces or leave whole depending on the dish you will prepare.

Another type of preparation is to rotating the fruit/pads  in the flame of a campfire or torch has been used to remove the glochids  to partially charred the opuntia cactus pads. This type of preparation is like barbecue style .

Nopales is a vegetable that can be eaten grilled or boiled. Over cooking may give them a slightly “slimy” texture you may want to avoid.

The best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos strips and toss with a squeeze of lime and a little bit of olive oil. They are delicious.

Additonal notes:

The fruit  of prickly pears, commonly called  cactus figs , Indian figs or tuna is edible, although it has to be peeled carefully to remove the small spines on the outer skin before consumption. If the outer layer is not properly removed, glochids   can be ingested causing discomfort of the throat, lips, and tongue as the small spines are easily lodged in the skin.

Author’s note:

The author together with Mr. Botchie Canicula was featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho episode aired last January 10 ,2009 saturday

Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

poster of the show

Coimbatore Coin Society has informed that Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

Venue– Shree Coimbatore Gujarati Samaj , 500 ,Mettupalayam ,Coimbatore 02.

Date : May 1 to 3, 2010  Coimbatore, India

Auctions by “Oswal Antiques” on 02 May 2010  from 6.00 P M onwards.

Dealers stalls – Rs 4000 for Three Days , last Date  for Stalls Booking – 25 Apr 2010

Host City : The city of Coimbatore is the second largest city in the South Indian  of Tamil Nadu  next only to Chennai. It is the administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore district  and a major textile and engineering  hub of Southern India . It forms a part of the ancient  Kongu Nadu  region of South India, where its people were the first to establish territorial state. Coimbatore city including its suburban areas has a population of 2.4 million people.