Philippines-France 70th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps issued by PHILPOST

 

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) releases new joint special stamps featuring paintings of Filipino artist Macario Vitalis and French painter Jacques Villon to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Philippines-France Diplomatic relations.
 
“PHLPost is proud to present paintings of great Filipino artist Macario Vitalis and French painter Jacques Villon presented in miniature form or postage stamps which signifies common engagement, through friendship, and historical ties of both countries known throughout the world ”, Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.
Filipino Modernist Painter
Macario Cruz Vitalis (1898-1990) a Filipino Modernist painter influenced by French Post-Impressionism. Born in 1898 in a small town in Lapog, Ilocos Sur, he was a teenager when he left the Philippines and moved to the Unites States of America in 1927. Where he attended an art school in San Francisco. He left the United States for France in 1927 where he studied in the Academie de Montmarte and set up his studio in the Paris suburb of Puteaux.
Honorary Citizen
In 1975 he was declared “the only honorary citizen” of Ple’stin-les-Gre’ves, Britanny, where he had originally settled. In 1984 he was honored with the Medal of Excellence from the Institute Academique de Paris.
French Counterpart
Jacques Villon (1875-1963) was a French cubist painter and printmaker. Born Emile Mery Frederic Gaston Duchamp in Damville, Eure, in Normandy, France, he came from a prosperous and artistically-inclined family. To distinguish himself from his siblings, he adopted the pseudonym of Jacques Villon as a tribute to the French medieval poet Francois Villon. He lost interest in the pursuit of a legal career and for the next ten years he worked in graphic media, contributing cartoons and illustrations to the Parisian newspapers.
Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France was established on June 26, 1947 with the signing of Treaty of Friendship in Paris by then Vice-president Elpidio Quirino and then French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault. With 

both countries reeling from wounds of World War II, the Philippines was granted its independence by the United States of America on July 4,1947 and French Republic was restored with the Liberation of Paris on 25 August 1, 1944. 
Early Issuance or Mistake
There were some First Day Covers that was supposed to be issued on June 25, 2017 were sold by mistake at the Philatelic Shop on June 15, 2017 .
The sale was temporary halted a few days after it was learned that a couple of FDC covers had already been sold and some were posted in Ebay .
A stamp , catalog collecting and selling website http://www.philippinestamps.net/  first posted this issue and was later confirmed by some stamp collectors and dealers who were on site and were able to buy some of the disputed FDC.
It was also observed by philatelists and collectors for the past year that there were many stamp issues were NOT available for sale on the announced dates of the issuance. Collectors have to wait for several days or even weeks before they would sell these items.
Technical Description of Stamps

Kind of Issue :Commemorative

Denomination and Quantity  😛 12.00 and P 55.00 – – – 110,000

Date of Issue :June 26, 2017

Last Day of Sale : June 25, 2018 ( before supply last )

Printer :Amstar Company, Inc.

Sheet Composition :8(se-tenant pair)

Perforation :14

Size of Stamps : 40mm x 30mm

Printing Process :Litho Offset (4 colors)

Paper :Imported Unwatermarked

Designer :Rodine C. Teodoro

Designs :Paintings of Filipino Painter MacarioVitalis and French Painter Jacques Villon

Websitehttp://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

Synergy Session at East Wood

SYNERGY SESSIONS : Fire, Flow Arts & Drum Community Gathering is back! On July 01 2017, The event will take place at Eastwood Mall in Libis Q.C. from 3PM onwards! FREE flow arts workshops, drum workshop and drum circle lead by the Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community, an open fire and lights sunset jam, DJs and fire performances by some of the best of Flow Arts Philippines community.

For those who have been itching to jam or learn – here’s your chance! Don’t miss it!  ADMISSION IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! Please share and tag your friends!

Booth Sponsors:

Salinlahi Lifestyle Clothing
We DO: Dumingag Organics
The Hoop Experience
420Philippines
Planet Zips
World of Patterns
Dyandi Percussion- Djembe Provider
Iba’t Ibang Abubot Nina Laya at Lito
TWO Boutique PH

PROGRAM:

3:00 – 6:00PM Free Workshops/ Lessons (Poi, Hoop, Staff, Juggling, Drum, Capoeira, Lightsaber and many more)
*4:00 – 5:00PM Capoeira Angola with ECAMAR Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Capoeira & Open Roda with EBC Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Acroyoga workshops c/o Acroyoga Manila

6:00 – 7:00PM Drum Circle/ Open Roda/ Sunset Fire and LED Jam

7:00 – 9:30PM Flow Arts Demo/ Performances
*Angelo Atutubo (diabolo)
*Kim Co (hoop)
*Sabering Pinoys (lightsabers)
*Balbino Santos (contact juggling ball)
*Rain Tan (rings)
*Escola Brasileira de Capoeira EBC Philippines (capoeira)
*Matthew Servado (fire poi)
*Matthew Nichols (dragon staff)
*The Flowjammers (multiprop)

9:30 – 10:00PM Band Performance (Ja Quintana + ALPAS)

10:00 – 10:30PM Band Performance (Manila Sky)

10:30 – 11:00PM Band Performance (Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community)

11:00 – 1:00AM DJ D.B. Tembrevilla

 

Mid-Year Marked Down Sale at the 19th MegaBrands in SM Megamall

Shoppers, Moms , Dads, Students, Yuppies  and Bargain Hunters would be very happy to know that MTC Event Management  is bringing back famous brands .

With this, old friends reunite while welcoming new ones while others start anew on new schools, universities or even work places. This marks another school year while marking the mid year with another well anticipated sale event through the 19th Megabrands Mid -Year Markdown Sale.

practically people from various ages can take advantage of the three-day event that showcases over 70 known brands, both local and international. 

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Oakley, Reebok, Reef, Sperry, Keds, Levis & Dockers, Elle, Carlton, Wenger, Skechers, and many more!

Shoppers from around the metropolis and nearby areas will surely enjoy huge discounts on great selections from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, eye wear and time pieces, gadgets and other specialty items.

 

RCBC Bankard, still the bank partner of Metro Creative Themes Inc for this event shall treat its credit cardholders with 0% interest for up to 12 months. Special giveaways and freebies for those who will sign up for the credit card during the event.

Over the years, this sale event has established a loyal and growing market, and has always been one of the most anticipated events. For the past five years, this event has provided participating brands with great opportunities to showcase their products and services to the dynamic market.

This event is organized by Metro Creative Themes Inc. in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!, World Vision, Sun Cellular.

Date : June 30-July 2, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 2 & 3, 5th level, SM Megamall. From 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Admission is Free and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information about the event, call Metro Creative Themes at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

You may also follow MTC through Facebook Fanpage, Twitter and Instagram: @mcteventsmngmnt for more updates in this event.

For more information, inquiries or reservations, please contact Mr. Jonathan Roxas or Mr. Emer Dela Cruz at telephone numbers 507-5647 / 987-8714 or thru its email address – mctevents@gmail.com.

Meet and Eat Restaurant in Marikina

Eat and Meet Restaurant just recently opened and is known for their hot stone gill steaks and nice ambiance. The sitting capacity for the restaurant is between 30 to 45 people with an outdoor area and a KTV room at the second floor .

premium steaks cuts from US and Australia are cooked over heated hot stone grill

The restaurant walls had a lot of car tin plates, poster of beetles and period pieces of vintage and vintage reproduction. It is nice to meet a fellow collector Mr. Juphet Navida and wife.

vintage reproduction poster of popular cultural and musical icon of the 1960’s Beetles

Land Rover poster

The place boast of thematic collection of car tin plates and celebrity poster.

beverage , coffee posters

According to the proprietor, He would go around some thrift shops in Manila and nearby places just to scout these vintage and vintage reproduction poster.

Restaurant Menus

steak presented in a sizzling plate

Barbecue Pork Ribs with Rice and Vegetables

Pasta Negra– this pasta had a thick black ink sauce made from squid ink and topped with baby squid. ( Php 185)

steak cooked at the hot stone grill with sauce and mash potatoes

For additional Php 15, one can have an unlimited rice and drinks from their selected menu set.

Ways to Commute:

There are many ways on how to commute going to this place.

1.) From Cubao Aurora Avenue- Take SSS Village jeeps orHow  AUV express , The jeep will pass this street – Php 16.00 from Cubao-Aurora to Katipunan Street.

2.) From LRT Katipunan,  there are jeepneys and auv express which ply the route.

3.) There is another route from Commonwealth Avenue / Fairview to Marikina

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

Address: 90 Katipunan Sttreet.CMT Building ground floor,   Concepcion Dos Marikina City

Operation : Everyday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Contact :5602595 / 0917-5667665

 

 

 

 

Indoor Bike Challenge by San Marino at Robinsons Starmills Supermarket

Popular San Marino corned tuna by Foodsphere Inc. local manufacturer and distributor of popular brands like CDO, Bibbo hot dogs, Highlands corn beef , Holiday Cheese dogs . San Marino was launched in 2009 and the brand has come along way. San Marino offers delicious taste with health benefits of tuna loaded with Omega-3 DHA.

Indoor Bike Challange

San Marino and Robinson’s Mall started last year an advocacy to help improve the lives of the shoppers , thus they launched an Indoor Bike Challenge at Robinson’s Magnolia. This year , There are 3 legs of the Indoor Challenge, One held last June 3 at Nuvali , Laguna , June 24 at Robinson Starmills , San Fernando, province of Pampanga, and July 8 at Santa Lucia East Grand Mall , Cainta, Rizal province.

Robinsons Starmills , San Fernando , Pampanga

Prizes

The Indoor Bike Challenge now on its second year with the theme “Live Healthy Love More“.  Robinson’s Supermarket gift certificate worth Php 30,000 was at stake for the fastest racer in this year race. The second place got Php 20,000 and Php 10,000 for the third place. Aside from these prizes, The participants also got a singlet shirt ,plastic tumbler, certificate of participation and free gift certificate from Elorde Fight Camp , San Fernando ,Pampanga ( Free 10 session boxing )

Booths

There was a registration area, Before any person would be allowed to participate , It is Free , simple personal information.

Then a stub would be given for where one must complete 5 or 6 tasked , The first one is a free sample of San Marino with cracker ,  BMI , BP check, and Diet Consultation, Kinect , WII , a Photo Booth and Elorde Fight Camp booth ( Pampanga branch)  where there was a special promo of 50% for those who wanted to enroll at their Muay Thai and Boxing Sessions.

Elorde Fight Camp

There was  a selling area, where one can buy San Marino products and there are some extra freebies like pouch bag, plastic tumbler.

Exercise Bike Challenge

After the completion of the stub. We are allowed to participate at the Exercise Bike Challenge. Since the indoor bike units are limited – ( 20 participants per batch) The Exercise Bike Challenge was divided into 3 group.

The first batch started their exercise challenge for a total of 20 minutes at around past 2:15 pm , Our batch started the exercise challenge around past 2:40 pm ( second batch)  and the last batch started around past 3:20 pm. This is some sort of warm-up for those who are first timers.

Competition

The actual competition started with a short warm-up exercise and audio-video presentation.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes before the actual competition took place. ( 20 minutes ) the one who had the most pedaled distance in 20 minutes are declared the winners. (  There were 3 batches ). When the winners were finally announced, There are from first , second and third batch who won the first , second and third place.

It was a wonderful experience for all of us who participated at the challenge. I have not participated at the actual competition since i am not a competitive biker and it was observed by some participants and visitors that organizers should not have lumped -up those participants who are not biker by re-classifying the competition into ( amateur and professional ). Some of the participants have experiences in mountain and in outdoor biking.

Photo credits: Ms. Vance Madrid , San Marino FB page and Robinsons Starmills 

Note: The organizers of the indoor bike challenge must be conscious with time management since our batch was initially booked for the 1:50 pm  but was moved to the second batch since only 20 bikers can be accommodated per batch. I also wrote at the comment and suggestion slip at the venue area. ( survey conducted by the organizers)