Old Paco Memorial Park on Postcard

interior of Paco Cemetery ( postcard)

I bought an old Paco postcard several years ago and completely forgot about it until a few days ago, when I decided to clean some plastic boxes where i hid some old postcards. I am glad to share this collection to my readers and followers.  This is quite appropriate since we are remembering All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day on November 1 and 2.

This is an old postcard printed around 100 years ago during the American colonial regime. Postal rates are 2 centavos (US and Islands ) and 4 centavos ( Foreign countries ) for outbound mail.  Since the Philippines is a US colony way back then, We can mail then to any parts of USA ,Puerto Rico, Guam and Northern Marianas .  Hence, I tried to ask some old time postcard and letter collectors about their opinion .

Paco park photo from Intermediate Geography

They all agree that Paco park is one of the most important landmarks of colonial Manila , prominent personalities were buried up until early park of the American colonial rule.  A lot of the postcards were send to the United States and even to some European countries send by travellers , navy men and locals . However interments ceased in 1912 and It was developed into a national park during the incumbency of President Diosdado Macapagal in the 1960’s .

Some of the frangipani shrubs (aka Kalachuchi) are still alive from the time the photos were taken over 100 years ago. It also showed the interior of the park with beautifully landscaped areas and niches. There are also several acacia trees are well over a century-old .

I have featured and went to Paco Park several times. i did a blog post several years ago, when i was interviewed by Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo about the old heritage trees that are still alive today located inside the park.

Feature : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/paco-park-centuries-old-trees/

New Adobo Flavour Pandesal at Kambal Pandesal ” Pambansang Ulam Meets Pambansang Pandesal “

Kambal Pandesal Outlet , Katipunan street , San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City-Philippines

I was having a quick stroll around the neighborhood and saw a mini-van with tarpaulin poster of FREE taste ( libre patikim)  with catchy tagline ” Pambansang Ulam Meets Pambansang Pandesal !”  National Dish Meets National Bun.

L-R Mr. Carlos , Harold , Christine, Niel ,Arjun and Ms. Jelie

Curiosity struck me and i decided to approach the bakery and i wanted to buy a few pieces of the adobo pandesal .

I was approached by Ms. Jelie Bonto -Ads Wolf and was offered an adobo pandesal in exchange for an honest comment about their new product.

It was being retailed at Php9.00 per piece. It was not that bad . They launched this new pandesal last September 2015 just in time for the San Miguel Corporation anniversary .

For more products and nearby outlets try to visit their official faceook page:

Kambal Pandesal

Winners of PLDT Smart SME Nation’s BOZZ Awards

Palace Pool Club , Bonifacio Global City -Taguig City – Philippines

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s in partnership with Rappler, Voyager, Idealspace, Bloomberg Philippines, Uber, Takatack and Airnb. The Bozz Awards was established to recognize Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs ) who have displayed excellence in technological innovation and digital integration .


In the long run , it aims to highlight the crucial role of digital technology in supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses in the country.

participants enjoyed the pool party 

PLDT- SMART executives and special guests

floating neon balls

The event was held at the posh Palace Pool Club within Bonifacio Global City in Taguig last night with several hundreds of participants from well-known entrepreneurs, SMART -PLDT executives , media practitioners, bloggers , online news , marketing executives among others.

Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation

Dr. Cecilo Pedro was among the prominent businessman invited in the event.

Website: http://www.lamoiyan.com/


There were also good food and everyone enjoyed their wonderful time at the pool party .


The competition was tight – over 500 nominations poured in from across the country to compete for the final spots.  The FINALISTS will go through the Silicon Valley Experience care of PLDT Smart SME.

The public voting came down to 15 strong contenders. A panel of industry leaders and the public’s votes determined the winners across 5 categories:


  • Boss for  Mobile Readiness – MOBKARD by Carlo Calimon , OrangeAPPS ,Inc. by Gian Javelona, Olryt Homes Philippine Real Estate by Arthur Olano
  • Boss for E-Commerce- INDIGOBaby by Ms. Denise Gonzales , Renegade Folk by Tina and Regina Sambalido , Kimstore by Kim Lato
  • Boss for Customer Service- Lay Bare Waxing Salon by Paolo Hilario , Homegrown Media by Daniella Yaptinchay, Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano
  • Boss for Social Responsibility- Bambike by Ryan McClelland, Rags2Riches by Reese Fernandez -Ruiz, Messy Bessy by Kristine Reyes-Lopez
  • Boss for Social Media – Snoe Beauty by Jen Gerodias -Diaz , Happy Skin by Jacqe Yuengtian -Gutierrez nd Rissa Mananquil -Trillo , Jason Magbanua by Jason Magbanua


BOSS for Social Media – “All I wanted to do is to connect to people” -Jason Magbanua

Boss for E-Commerce – Ms. Kim Lato of Kimstore

Boss for Mobile Readiness– Mobkard by Carlo Calimon

Boss for Social Responsibility – Messy Bessy -Ms. Kristine Reyes-Lopez

Boss for Customer Service -Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano

Note: It was a wonderful night to cap the event, I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Millet Liberato DDB for the invitation extended .

A Journey to Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora

Philand Extention, Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora , Quezon City – Philippines

driveway going inside the memorial park

Himlayang Pilipino is a 37-hectare memorial park located in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora. It used to be around 5 hectares when it was first established in 1971. A tall wall complete with sentry watch tower replicates old intramuros . I think it completes the historical ambiance and paying tributes to the victims of the last world war.

moog ng intramuros ( intramuros wall fortification -replica)

The Aguirre Group acquired Saint  Peter Memorial Park from its original owners, the Francisco- Bautista family.  The replica fortification of Intramuros ( Moog ng Intramuros ) walls were built in the 1970’s . It is complete with watch tower and fortification and walls. however going up to the walls is restricted .

Dambana ng Alaala

It eventually acquired more lands for the expansion project in the late 1970’s until achieving the 37 hectares . They are still expanding the park by buying more adjacent lands and a construction of a 2-storey columbarium near its perimeter walls.

Francisco -Bautista family mausoleum ( founder of the memorial park)

It was known back then as Saint Peter Memorial Park and was owned by the founder of Saint Peter’s Life Plan and Memorial Services until it changed the ownership .

Saint Vincent Seminary and Church- ( This seminary is located along Tandang Sora avenue , a few kilometers way from the memorial park) 


The chapel is located at the center of the main park and serves as a focal point of the memorial park.

interior of the chapel

The memorial park is located near within subdivisions and residential areas.  This is not my first time to visit this place . I have visited this countless of times , since we have some distant relatives and family friends that were interred and buried within the grounds. 

 Florante at Laura

It was later changed to its current name due to the company owner’s idea of making the whole place a historical site other than a normal memorial park.

Emilo Jacinto shrine

General Emilio Jacinto, He is also known as the “Brain of the Katipunan”—counts as among the many heroes of the Philippine Revolution that are buried in Himlayang Pilipino. Jacinto wrote for the Katipunan’s paper, Kalayaan, under the pseudonym Dimasilaw; he authored the Kartilya ng Katipunan as well. Jacinto died of malaria on April 16, 1899 at the age of 24. The monument  was created by the sculptor Mr. Florante Caedo and unveiled on December 15, 1976.

Gabriela Silang cement mural

Some of these sculptures are Emilio Jacinto, Gabriella Silang, Teresa Magbanua,  Malakas at si Maganda, Florante at Laura and many more.

Himlayang Pilipino is known for having sculptures portraying some of the most famous people and events from Philippine history and legends.

Tandang Sora ( Melchora Aquino )  monument crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo

Melchora Aquino shrine


In today’ present memorial park , It is part of Banlat – ( then Caloocan City) – this is also the place where Melchora Aquino home and estate is located . The present area ( Himlayang Pilipino ) is part of the vast estate and where Katipuneros fought the Spaniards into the vast forested areas which presently covered Project 8 , Barangay Talipapa ( Novaliches , Quezon City ) to Pasong Putik , Busok in Novaliches .

rain tree of acacia – some of these trees were already there when the park was opened to the public

The forest where Tandang Sora gave Bonifacio and his men refuge and healing became the latter’s second home. No one knocked at Tandang Sora’s door who was not invited in. To the hungry she offered the bounty of her table.  To the sick and the wounded she offered the healing touch of her hand. The weary mind and body she offered the solace of her home.

Melchora Aquino tomb

Her remains were re-interred  from Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Philippine Revolution at the Manila North Cemetery from 1919 to 1970 then Himlayang Pilipino from 1970 until 2012 .

In time for her birth i-centennial last January 6, 2012 Melchora Aquino remains was transferred to  Tandang Sora National Shrine in Banlat, Quezon City.

Today this site is not a forest anymore but a refuge still. It is now Himlayang Pilipino – The Filipino’s resting place. Here the legends and myths of our people and the history of our lands have been given concrete form in murals and sculptures.

posh mausoleum- although fewer ( the park had its own share )

Historical Personalities and Celebrities :

It is a showcase of Filipino art and culture and a testimony to the courage and strength of the Filipino soul. Thus, with the assistance of the Bayaning Filipino Foundation, Inc., the remains of Filipino heroes were transferred to the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park which has served as the repository of the remains of Tandang Sora for  over 40 years and General Emilio Jacinto where monuments crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo have been erected in memory of their heroism and patriotism.

There are several well-known personalities which were buried within the memorial park, among them are Mr.Salvador ” Bubby ” Dacer, Mr. Manuel Amoranto Ramirez  ( writer)  , Mr. Rolando Santos- Tino ( Poet, dramatist  dramatist, director, actor, set and costume designer, critic, essayist and educator ) .Mr. Lito Calzado and Ms Maria Antonia Ussher ( parents of actress Iza Calzado ), Secretary Oscar Orbos parents and some relatives were also buried .

There are also celebrities , well- known politicians and  who bought family lots and immediate families were buried.

African tulip tree and ficus growing


There are joggers and bicycle groups which visit the park on a regular visit. Most of them are residents of nearby subdivisions and those with families interred inside the memorial park. The park also boast of some native trees ,  magnificent sculptures and host to native birds.  There is also a chapel where one can silently pray .

Vicinity Map:http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/136078724

Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park: himlayangpilipino.com.ph

Himlayang Pilipino Plans: http://www.hppiplans.com/

Facebook Page: Himlayang Pilipino

Link to previous post: Melchora Aquino bi-centennial

Contact : (632) 927 9671 to 75 Local 229/251

Blogapalooza 2015: Responsible Blogging and Social Media

One Esplanade,Sm Central Business Park ,Seaside corner Bay Boulevard, Pasay City -Philippines

It is Blogapalooza 2015 again and organizers are very happy with this year’s event. There are over 60 partner corporations, sponsors , online influences, event managers among others. There are between 600 to 700 bloggers and online writers that registered in the said event.

One Esplanade

This year’s theme is ” Responsible Media ” which evolves on responsible blogging , blogging ethics and camaraderie among fellow bloggers. It is likewise a grand reunion for online writers, media practitioners , publicists , brand managers and ordinary bloggers .

Mr. Vince Golangco

The exposition area were divided into 4 seasons – Spring Lane, Summer Boulevard, Autumn Avenue and Winter Boulevard. Each of the stalls located within a particular season are decorated with items that reminiscence the season.

Manong’s Roland Cebu Lechon

Manong Roland’s Cebu Lechon is another roasted pig that every visitor is craving for during the event. We have tasted some sample and the skin is crispy and its meat is tender.

Facebook Page: Manongs Lechon Cebu

Metro Manila contact number: 4756875/ 0932-880-5600 / 0927-783-9920

Outbreak Manila

Outbreak Manila team provided an early Halloween treat for the visitors of the event.

Ms. Maxene Magalona together with Mr. Dennis Dy Kho

Unicef Booth

I must also include UNICEF booth for spreading the awareness of helping indigent children in different parts of the country and the world.

Amada’s Sweeter Moments

Amada’s Sweeter Moments is a start-up leche flan business founded by friends . The name is quite catchy . For orders , they can be reach via their facebook official page and cellphone :09177146737 /0917-869-5228

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


Gaming Library is known for their specialty board games, superhero board games from Marvel and DC, and so many more, the Gaming Library is your one stop shop to find a bunch of new ways to interact with others. They have new bags .

Contact : Mr. Adrian Manahan – Partner VP for Marketing (0917-830-2149)

Miss One Esplanade

Miss Aurora Lloyd B.  Asuncion is the reigning Miss One Esplanade 2015 and Ambassadress of the venue place.

There were a lot of freebies and other stuffs , But the long queues prevented us from going to booths. We are such in a hurry that one of my companion blogger even forgot to bring his food pack courtesy of Food Panda’s partner establishment  .

It is easy for us to roam around the expo site. Our only concern is just the air- conditioning system is not that cool, to think that we came in at around past 11:00am and we stayed until past 2:00pm.

Victoria Court

We were able to fill-up our favorite booths and We based our votes not only in the overall design of the booth , but also on how the staffs presented themselves. There are some bloggers and visitors who are not that familiar with the venue. I think this is the first time that the organizers had chosen One Esplanade as the partner establishment. We cannot wait for another edition of Blogapalooza 2016 !

Website: https://www.blogapalooza.ph/

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