Filipino-Chinese Friendship Week at SM Manila

SM Manila Activity Area, A. Villegas Street, Manila-Philippines

Master Chua Hu Hua together with students of La Consolacion ( Caloocan) admiring his calligraphy

SM Manila Department Store , SM Manila , Bahay Tsinoy , Saint Stephen High School Alumni Association, Philippine Cultural High School presented to the public a week long event starting on June 22 until June 26, 2015 .

Eng Bee Tin a popular Chinese deli is among the participants of the FOOD Festival

The week long event started with an exhibition of old photos of the district of Binondo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas which comprises most of Manila ‘s Chinatown.

Binondo church 18th cenutry

Manila’s Chinatown is the oldest and the largest Chinese enclave is located. The centerpiece is the old Basilica Minore del San Lorenzo Ruiz .

Chef Rene- deboned- pork lechon

There is also a food fest , where some of the best Filipino -Chinese food outlets were an added treat to the visitors of the event.

visitors to the photo exhibit

Some of the programs , like Chinese  music orchestra  June 22 , Chinese cultural dance held last June 23 , Wushu Performance June 25 and Chinese Calligraphy Session June 26 were attended by Chinese association members, student organizations among others.

Master Chua Hu Hua conducted a FREE Chinese calligraphy session at around past 2:00PM , It was attended by different Filipino- Chinese association led by the principal of Saint Stephen High School, Philippine Cultural High School , Saint Stephen High School, Yuklin Caloocan High School ,La Consolacion College , Adamson University .

for SM Advantage , SM Prestige , BDO privilage card holders, there is an ongoing SM Manila Department store promo of minimum single -receipt purchase of Php 3,000 to avail of a special voyager travel luggage worth Php 888 Only.

The promo is until June 28, 2015 at SM Manila Department Store. So hurry to get the great deal !

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marian Dy Tan , Ms. Larisa S. Bacarro
Branch Marketing Manager  and  SM Manila management for the invitation

70th anniversary of the end of second world war exhibit at Bahay Tsinoy

Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall – Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros , Manila – Philippines

exhibit

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, Bahay Tsinoy , Wha Chi Veterans Association with special participation of Mr. John Tewell, Mr. Terry Sy , Lopez Museum and Library and the descendants of the Wha Chi 48th squadron .

memorabilias

The exhibit was open to the public last May 25, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in this side of the world. The exhibit theme ” REMEMBERING history, HONORING heroes

paintings, vintage bicycles

It showcases various photos , memorabilias, photos and anecdotes  which showed the extend of the destruction caused by the Japanese from rape of Nanjing , China,  massacre of innocent children and destruction of Manila.

It also showed the Filipinos and Chinese forces helping each other during the second world war with countless of Fil- Chinese joining guerrilla movements like Wha CHi .

 Exhibit runs from May 25 to June 28, 2015.

Note : There is a small entrance fees of Php 100 general public and Php 60 for students with valid ID’s

14 Exciting Reasons to Visit the 2015 Philippine Toy Convention

SM Megamall -Megatrade Hall 1,2,3, Mandaluyong City , Philippines

Greetings to all avid readers and followers of pop culture, cosplay , anime , toy collectors from all corners of the country and even in the world. This is the exciting time of the year where people from all walks of life, genre , thematic collectors troop to the Philippine Toy Convention 2015 .

I went to the convention early to help  the members of the Coca Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines  affix the exhibit booth .Short exciting reasons to visit the convention.

14. Husband and Wife Entrepreneurship Tandem Ms. Lisa Lee is an artist, designer , entrepreneur and Mr. Luk Chee Chew were from Malaysia. They are selling interesting items from cute postcards, t-shirts and artisan ( one of a kind) toy. Liselle’s motto, “Dare to Dream, Dare to Shine” – All people are possible to build their dream if you believe and make it come true.  Postcards are being sold at Php 20 each item with 7 designs !

DWEEY

‘Liselle’, the feminine character of a fashion illustrator portrays an image and personality of confident, elegance and charismatic that fuels an intrinsic potency for feminine lovers that has dreams to build and being ambitious. DWEEY is an artisan toy , which people can customize and paint their own DWEEY set.

LISELLE : http://www.liselle.com.my/

DWEEY: http://www.dweey.com/

Mr. EJ Zara – GM and Head of Design ( Zara and Flowers )

13. Living Indoor Plants This is the first time that a local exhibitor had showcased several interesting indoor plants with toys as an added accent. This is the trend that is happening worldwide. An arrangement that is cute, fanciful and ideal giveaway during an event. 12. CUTE Pots with a Touch of Cartoon Characters This such a very creative move on the part of Zara and Flowers ,  pot designs which are painted to look batman and other comic characters with living indoor plants. 11. Dinosaurs and Live Succulents Mixing pre-historic creatures and living plants is another way to entice people into growing plants. They look more animated and fanciful. For thematic event, weddings and even children’s parties. They are sure  hit.  It is also an impromtu botany lesson 101.

For reservations and orders:

Office: (02) 957-7290 Mobile: (0915-721-9279)

Email: egzarajr@yahoo.com

Christmas theme miniature village with trains, houses , carrousel and miniature pine trees to complete the effect.

J Tree Miniature Tree Company

Ms. Joyce D. Garcia – Bani, Pangasinan

Contact : +63 -930-984-1252 / 0906-546-0330

10. Christmas themed village in June

Christmas season is still several months away, With almost everyone at the Coca-Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines is on their very festive atmosphere and mood.  This is a very good way to start an event.

officers and members of the club in a light mood

With red colored t-shirts and star studded induction of the officer led by Atty. Adel Tamano ( Vice President for Public Affairs and Communication Officer ) members of the organization together with Coca- Cola Philippines will be giving away FREE Coke, Coke Zero , Royal and Sprite in cans during the duration of the event. ( depending on the availability of the supplies) Coke is an international brand name and the Philippines is one of the first countries in Asia to have acquired its franchise to distribute and bottle the product. Popular items like die-cast cars, bottles, dolls, game cards, postcards, polar bear, miniature cartoon characters , t-shirts are some of the popular collectible items on display at the exhibit.

Toy Convention 2015 mugs and other official merchandise

9.One of a Kind Memorabilia Items for Sale Memorabilia collectors normally would buy these stuffs .  They are souvenir from their visit to the convention.

Mr. Vincent Trinidad and Ms. Zette Trinidad ( artists and proprietor )

8. Unique Business Names and Products

Poop Shop sound very catchy and unique , The husband and wife tandem are selling affordable clothes which they have designed . They also have interesting stickers and cards , Unfortunately no postcards were printed .

Their store is located at No.42 Anonas Road , Project 2 , Quezon City

Contact Numbers: 0916-5199790 /0917-306-3321 Landline : 531-7671 / 463-3948

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Popshopclothing2014

7. FREEBIES , Games and On the Spot Games This is one of the reason “why” some people troop to the convention. There are a lot of freebies and giveaways during the 3-day event. Coca-Cola Philippines give away  of coke products in cans , Oishi – ( Liwayway Marketing ) gave away free samples , Fullo, button pins and other stuffs.  There are also a lot of cool surprising games , pop culture trivia and quizzes.

Coca Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines officers and members

6. Meeting with Fellow Collectors I got a chance of meeting some collectors in different types of collecting fields , themes and their collection.  Attending any type of convention means reaching out to all those people with the same passion and building friendship.

Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jaime  ( Photographer and Graphic Artist)

Contact details: (632) 655-5865 / 0926-6291301

email: jose_jaime@yahoo.com

I also met some old time acquaintances from stall holder and fellow collector.  I met Mr. Jose Jaime a stamp, postcard, toy and a freelance photographer . This is his first time to participate in the annual toy convention.  He was with his friend who also designs quality t-shirt for sale at the convention.

5.Life-size Statues of favorite comic super heroes There are a whole lot of statues of your favorite comic heroes . A great way to have their photos taken.

Mr. Yexel Sebastian

4.Celebrity Power I have seen several celebrities that went to the toy convention. Some of them are avid supporters of the event and they even maintained toy collections.

Super Mario Brothers

vintage tin toys

bootleg

Pinoy Lug exhibit

Pinoy Lug exhibit is composed of a group of people who collects lego toys and assemble them .

3. Exhibits A visit to the annual toy convention is incomplete without a glimpse of their exhibits by toy collectors 2. Great Discounts Toy Collectors and bargain hunters will definitely hunt for great discounts and sale. This is also the best time to buy these items before the Christmas holidays comes. There were a lot of toys and other items on sale .

badges

These badges are being sold for 9 pieces at Php 300 or Php 33.33 pesos per item.

1. Experience the TOY Convention Mania !!! Just try to enjoy the bargain hunting, exhibits , chit chats with friends and hobbyists . Try to spend more time and get to know these people behind the toy convention and their passion over collectible items. I think based on what i have seen and the crowd response was truly remarkable and if all things are right, the organizers are planning to have a bigger venue next year! TOY CONVENTION 2016 !!!

* Note: Entrance fees is Php 150 for general public and Php 120 for senior citizens .

Cute Kids Eco Bottle and Small Square Rounds by Tupperware

Tupperware Philippines had some cute and exciting products that any parent with young children would admit that preparing healthy meals for their kids’ baon is a challenge Tupperware believes that you can revive the fun in your child’s snack time or lunchtime! Unlike other commercial plastic brands , Tupperware plastics are made from high grade plastics and undergone strict quality standards .

How Safe  Are Tupperware Plastics?

http://www.popsci.com/earthtalk/article/2008-08/how-safe-tupperware

 Website:  http://thegreenguide.com/

Tupperware square

Accept the stage where your kids are slowly learning to adjust to a new school-year and to eating packed lunch with foods that are new to them, and save yourself from losing your sanity over unfinished food.

Eco Friendly Kid’s Bottle

Check-out our parenting hacks that may help you get your kids to enjoy their packed meals at school.For more information about the new product lines , Please try to visit these links or try to inquire to your nearest Tupperware dealers !

Website: http://www.tupperwarebrands.ph/

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

 

 

 

Top 10 CHEAP House Plants in the Philippines

Quezon City , Philippines

I have listed some top 10 cheap house plants in the Philippines. Every plant lovers must have seen, grown or common in their locality , Sometimes it is so common that they are sometimes thrown away .  Some are commonly propagated as hedge plants and readily available in garden centers or flower arrangement stores – They can be bought for less than Php 100 pesos .

Sanseviera bacularis

10.) Sansevieria bacularis ‘Musica’ A beautiful decorative plant for any household. With this plant standing at your window, you make every pedestrian stand still, wondering what kind of of plant this is. In the Philippines, This is commonly sold as indoor plant ideal for air purification and  can tolerate low intensity lights such as bathroom areas , office areas or living rooms. A plant company distributes these plants in malls and even during plant shows or bazaars. I got our plant from a neighbor which threw away most of their plants, They are getting messy . They are quite useful as their stiff leaves are used for cut foliage and are being utilized for ikebana arrangement. There were several experiments conducted by a lot of scientists from all over the world on the usefulness of having plants in our home. It can be classified as easy to grow, indoor, patio area, partial shade , full sun etc…

There were extensive studies conducted In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science.

Sanseviera trifasciata variety ” Laurentii”

9.) Sanseviera trifasciata variety ” Laurentii”

This plant had been a long time favorite way back in the 1950’s and gained its popularity again sometime in the middle of 2000 when Sanseviera collectors from other Asian countries went to the country looking for rare and mutant forms . The original plant was extensively hybridized and there are a lot of cultivar names such as variegated foliage with yellow or silvery-white stripes on the leaf margins.

Popular plant cultivars includes  ‘Compacta’, ‘Goldiana’, ‘Hahnii’, ‘Laurentii’, ‘Silbersee’, and ‘Silver Hahnii’. ‘Hahnii’ was discovered in 1939 by William W. Smith, Jr. in the Crescent Nursery Company, New Orleans, Louisiana. The 1941 patent was assigned to Sylvan Frank Hahn, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This plant is are locally  known as mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant, Saint George sword ( called in  Brazil and other Latin American countries)  – The shape of the leaves are quite sharp and some plant enthusiasts compare this with the stiffness on one’s mother in law . This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.

flowers

Because of its unique foliage and hardiness, They are extensively grown as hedge plants , landscaping and as indoor plants.   Plants are commonly sold at the weekend markets, garden centers and i have seen a lot of these types of plants that are planted in subdivisions .  They have a very beautiful flowers and it is highly fragrant. 8.) Dracena fragans ( Corn Plant) This is a fairly common house plant in the country. The leaves are used for foliage and flower arrangements, while stems with some leaves are commonly sold and peddled on streets as lucky plants! I got some stems from a neighbor pruning their tall plants. There are several species of Dracena that were naturalized in the country and  are planted in the provinces of Quezon, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal , Bulacan .

They are commonly sold as cut foliage at Dangwa Flower Market in Sampaloc , Manila. They are native throughout tropical Africa, from Sudan south to Mozambique, west to Côte d’Ivoire and southwest to Angola.

Dracena fragans ” variegated – albo marginata”

Recently , People tend to collect the variegated forms of these plants and they tend to cost a little bit more expensive compared to the ordinary green leaves . The plant was exhibited at the last Hortikultura Extravaganza 2015 held at the Quezon Memorial Circle. ( Plant winning second place)

7. ) Cordyline–  Ti Plants They are commonly planted in provinces in Laguna, Quezon, Batangas,Rizal and are sold in Dangwa as ornamental cut foliage and ornamental plants. People tend to soak the stems on water to make them root and their colorful purplish leaves are an added delight . In one town festival, I took some cuttings of these colorful plant , since the town folks are again throwing them after the festival. They are also considered as lucky plants and It is native to tropical southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea  , Melanesia , Indian Ocean , northern Australia and parts of Polynesia.

ti-plant

The plant are eaten as food or as medicine, and its leaves were used to thatch the roofs of houses, and to wrap and store food. In the Philippines the Ifugaos used the leaves as part of the ornaments during their festivities .  There are a lot of varieties and cultivars of ti plants.

Portulacas are planted in colorful plastic pots in Malolos , Bulacan

6.) Portulaca ( Rose Moss, Moss Rose , Vietnam Rose, 10’o clock flower )

Portulaca comprising about 40-100 species found in the tropical areas and temperate  regions. They are also known as Moss Roses.
Here in the Philippines they are commonly sold in plant bazaars, garden centers and is cultivated as a hedge plant. They are easily propagated by cuttings and seeds.
 
Vietnam Rose double petal variety- orange color
New varieties of portulacas are sold between Php 10 to Php 25 ( wholesale ) in different garden centers like Cubao, QC Circle, Mindanao Garden Center ,  Fairview -Neopolitan Avenue , Centris Sunday market . There are single petal and double petals varieties .  They are sometimes called 10′ o clock flowers , since they usually open their flowers fully at around 10:00am. Their flowers are short lived and tend to close shortly at noontime.
( portulaca- single petal  by the author ) grown from a few cuttings
We were given some cuttings by a staff of Joy of Urban Garden within Quezon City Memorial Circle , when we arranged an educational/ walking tour last February 2015 . Most of the cuttings are now grown in a plastic containers .  These plants prefer sandy mixture with compost, burnt rice hulks, loam, coconut coir for potting mixture. Once a week  you can add some fertilizers like slow release or water soluble fertilizer ( 20N-20P-20K) .
They are easy to grow and regular pruning of the plant will give you additional planting materials. In some areas , They are grown in plastic soft-drink bottles and are treated as a hanging plant.
5.) Zamioculcas zamiifolia ( commonly called as ZZ plant, Zanzibar Gem, welcome plant , lucky Plant ,  fat boy, money plant, zu -zu plant ,ever green plant, timbuktu gem,  card board gem , feng shui green, Taiwan green zem  )
It is a tropical plant native to eastern Africa from Kenya to northeast South Africa . Nurseries from Netherlands started wide-scale commercial propagation of the plant around the mid 1990’s and some of the first plants were bought by some Asian collectors during that time and quickly spread. Some feng shui experts would recommend planting them on pots near the doors or openings as it can attract good chi .
Zamioculcas is grown as an ornamental plant , mainly for its attractive glossy foliage and its good luck charms.  It can be grown indoor and can tolerate low intensity light levels.
( this plant was grown using an old leaf several months ago )
Propagation : Z. zamiifolia may be propagated by leaf cuttings: typically, the lower ends of detached leaves are inserted into a moist gritty compost and the pot enclosed in a polythene bag.
When it was first introduced in the country several years ago, One small plant can reach several hundreds of pesos.
Local propagators soon knew the tricks on how to mass propagate them and the price of this plant began to stabilized . A small plant is sold at between Php 50 to Php 100 .
The only season that these plant may fetch a high price when Christmas, Chinese New Year or Valentine’s  Day as there is a high demand for these plants for  giveaways.
I have written an article about this plant several years ago – a variegated form was exhibited at the Flora Filipina 2012 .
4.) Chlorophytum comosum ( spider plant, airplane plant , hen-and-chickens )
This is another old time favorite among ornamental growers . They are always present in almost every gardens and in offices.
This is one of the top plants that NASA recommends for growing indoor . It can absorb indoor pollution and can tolerate low light intensities. It will reward its growers with white flowers . The inflorescences carry plantlets at the tips of their branches, which eventually droop and touch the soil, developing adventitious roots. The stems (scapes) of the inflorescence are called “stolons”.
There are the ordinary green leaves and the variegated ones. Some garden centers retail this plant from Php 25 to Php 75 ( depending on the area and availability )  . Mostly in hanging baskets . If you are lucky to have some neighbors which grows  this plant, a small plantlet can be propagated and within six months can reward it grower with a healthy specimen size.
 
peace lily
3. ) Spathiphyllum ( Peace Lily, White Lily )
is a genus of about 40 species in the family  Araceae . They originated from the  tropical regions of the Americas and southeast Asia . Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as Spath or peace lilies.
 white flowers
Peace lilies can tolerate low light levels and it is listed as one of the top 10 best indoor plants. They are extensively grown in Bulacan, Rizal, Quezon, Batangas and is readily available in major garden centers. Small plants can fetch less than Php 50.00 at wholesale market  . Bigger specimen with large flowers can fetch a few hundred of pesos.
 Dieffenbachia
2. Dieffenbachia ( Dumb Canes or Bachia)
It is native to the New World Tropics from  Mexico , Guatemala, Honduras, the West Indies , Colombia, Brazil , Ecuador and south to Argentina . It is widely cultivated as an ornamental, especially as a house plant, and has become naturalized on a few tropical islands. There are between 50 to 60 known species .
The common name, “Dumb Canes” or ” Bachia”  refers to the poisoning effect of raphides , which can cause temporary inability to speak; for this reason it is also known as the mother-in-law plant.
This was probably introduced into the country during the American occupation , as the plants are easily propagated via stem cuttings and are quite popular among city and town dwellers. The colorful white markings in their leaves are contrast to the green color of the leaves. This plant can tolerate neglect and can be grown with minimal care. I have seen some of these plants that are grown as hedge plants in townhouses and in tin can containers which gives it a very rustic appeal.
In the late 1990’s , the popularity of these plants began to decline because of the introduction of more colorful aglaonema hybrids and its notoriety of being poisonous . In recent years, with the introduction of new hybrids  and more compact plants . The growing public are beginning to grow them in quantities .
Leaves of the plant are used in flower arrangements and are sold in Dangwa , Sampaloc . They are grown in big numbers for their foliage.
We got several cuttings several years ago from a neighbor who regularly prunes her plant.
 
1.) Dracena sanderiana
 ( commonly known as Ribbon Dracaena, Lucky Bamboo, Belgian Evergreen , Ribbon Plant, Water Plant)
This is commonly sold in garden shops, flower arrangement stores, garden centers and  plant peddlers . During special occasions like  Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Christmas season , The stems are package into decorative items with red ribbons and vases . Stems are twisted shapes to produce more interesting shapes.
Although it grows better in soil, it often is sold with the roots in water. The water should be completely changed every two weeks. The water should be bottled water, soft tap water with very little flouride or even water from a filtered, established aquarium. It does best in bright, indirect lighting .
The plant is sold on per cuttings or entire plants with several stems . It can cost anywhere from  Php 20 to more than Php 100 depending on the size of the plant. I have seen some ordinary plants being sold at few hundreds of pesos during Chinese New Year which is dictated by demand and supply chain.
I got my ordinary green leaves variety from our neighbor and a variegated type from  a raffle draw of the Philippine Orchid Society party last year.
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