PHLPOST issues limited Historycon 2018 First Day Cover

Philippine Postal Corporation ( PHLPOST ) will be issuing a limited Historycon 2018 first day cover with special stamp featuring automobiles ( Presidential cars)  that were used by Philippine Presidents.

The stamp launching will be held at the World Trade Center on August 10, 2018 and will also coincide with ” National History Month ” this coming August.

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Historycon 2018 first day cover with cancellation marks and stamp featuring Presidential car used by Emilio Aguinaldo

 Historycon Manila 2017 attracted over 70,000 attendees from all walks of life.

For for information about program schedules and  ticket reservation , Please visit:





5 Important Highlights at the 13th Water Lily Festival

Villar Sipag Foundation, C-5 Extension, Las Piñas City



The 13th annual Water lily festival was the brainchild of Las Piñas famous daughter Senator Cynthia A. Villar was packed with families, school children, foreign and local tourists who flocked to the city to marvel at the exhibit display of creative and innovative water lily products and to participate in the handmade paper demonstration using the versatile aquatic blooms.

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water hyacinth ( locally called as water lily)

The water hyacinth ( Eichhornia crassipes) is commonly called by local folks as water lily. This is a non-native, pan-tropical water plant introduced during the later part of the 16th century in our country from Central and South America. Water hyacinth is a free floating aquatic plant and can clog water ways.  This can reach a height of about 1 meter.

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exhibit display

5 Important Highlights 

1.) Exhibit Displays at the Water Lily Arts and Crafts Center ( Las Piñas City), Sta. Rosa Livelihood Organization Inc. (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Cardona Livelihood Products (Cardona, Rizal), Kabuhayan sa Water Lily (Cainta, Rizal), Joneg Foundation (Teresa, Rizal), Pililla Waterlily Weavers (Pililla, Rizal), Maynilad Waterlily Weavers (Potatan, Muntinlupa) and Pateros Weavers.

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ABS-CBN channel 2 ( Umagang Kay Ganda ) segment host -Kaladkaren Davila 

2.) Street Dancing Parade – Students of different schools within the city had participated at the annual street dancing parade. The participants were already at the site by 5:00 am.

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Golden Achers National High School students won the top honors in the street dancing competition and brought home the grand champion trophy and a cash prize of P50,000. ( photo courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB)

Dancing students from CAA National High School won the second honors and brought home a trophy and P30,000; while the Las Pinas East National High School dancing group won the third honors and got a trophy and P20,000 in cash.


first place winner ( street dancing competition ) group photo

Participant groups, with maximum of 50 members each, were required to submit their unique concept synopsis with waterlily as its main component in the costume and props.

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Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 pageant winners ( courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB page) 

3.) Search for Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 – Ms. Arlyn Claire M. Sangab of Barangay. Pamplona 1 brought home the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 crown and P25,000 cash. Her first runner-up, Ms. Rebecca Kirsten S. Lopez of Barangay. Talon 4, won P15,000; while Ms. Rojielen Angela Autencio of Barangay. Pulanglupa 1 went home with a cash prize of P10,000.

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Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 candidates

The pre-judging was held few days ago prior to the announcement of winners. Biggest criteria for judging the winners was 40 percent for the uniqueness and creativity of the contestants’ mestiza ternos, which must be made of 100 percent waterlily and should reflect the natural color of the aquatic plant. Other criteria for judging were physical beauty, 30 percent, and intelligence and wit, 30 percent.  The annual pageant was participated by the 13 barangays.


2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction 2018 winners

4.) Awarding of 2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge – There are over 150 entries from different parts of the country.  6 were chosen from Luzon, 2 from Visayas and 2 from Mindanao. This competition was designed to encourage and empower the Filipino youth to embark on activities that will help address poverty related issues in the country.

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Senator Cynthia A. Villar with well-wishers and guests

5.) Birthday Celebration of Senator Cynthia Villar– A simple birthday gathering and salu-salo was held after the awarding of the winners.

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Philippine Postal Corporation ( PHLPOST ) will be participating at the most anticipated event by history buffs, collectors and fans of Historycon2018. Philippine stamps will takes center stage at this upcoming event.

Event organizer expects between 30,000 to 60,000 visitors and fans that will visit the convention.

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HISTORYCON 2018 will be held from August 10 to 12, 2018 at the iconic World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Highlights of PHLPOST Participation

1.) stamps, postcards, letters exhibit by awarding winning stamp collectors which will cover Spanish, American, Japanese and Early Republic era.

2.) stamp launching ( Philippine vintage automobiles used by Philippine Presidents)

3.) special commemorative covers and special cancellation marks for Historycon 2018

4.) vintage stamps, limited t-shirts and other collectible items to be sold at the Pilipinas Philately Booth .

5.) special talks on philately

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Aside from these highlight, Mr. Tsoukalos will hold a live session called “Mysteries of the Past with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos,” which will invite fans to explore the unexplained.

Other celebrities includes Ms. Jaime Dempset, Katheryn Winnick, Simon Yin, Mong Chin and local celebrities like Mr. Xian Lim and Mr. Diego Loyzaga to grace the event.

from History Asia website :   Entrance fees: HISTORY MAKER VIP Pass – 3 Day Pass @Php 10,000

HISTORY MAKER Pass – 3 Day Pass @Php 2,500

General Admission – 1 Day Pass @Php 350

Note: highlights posted  still subject to change without prior notice.





Model Townhouse Units at 88 Boston Street

Model townhouses units which are available pre-selling for those who wish to live within the comforts of New Manila in Quezon City.

These town homes are fitted with modern fixtures will greet the new owners. There are 23 town homes with Model -A and Model -B design features.


These townhouse are within stone throw away from major entertainment centers like Cubao-Araneta, Robinson’s- Magnolia, SM Malls and major schools like University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, Saint Paul University, Miriam College, LRT line 2 station, Mount Carmel and near major cities like Marikina, San Juan, Makati and Manila.

Townhouse Model A- Features

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Model -A had 4 storey concrete building with lot area of between 104 square meters to 155 square meters. Facade is between 312 to 350 square meters. This is ideal for small to medium size family with 5 to 8 people.


Each unit had full elegant lights, general electric, individual septic tanks, cistern and main solid steel high-fence gate, laminated floors, security guard house with comfort rooms and cctv cameras, solar panels and automated lighting.


Model A- parking rea had a capacity of 2 cars with maid’s room, utility room with toilet and bathroom. There is also a porch area where families can entertain guests or visitors.


Model A-second floor

perspective design – The second floor had a comfortable living room, dining area ( good for 6 to 8 people), kitchen area, comfort room, a hall way which can also double as a holding area or informal living room and balcony area. Where one can see the scenic view of New Manila and surround sky-views of nearby towns and cities.

Another important feature is the elevator lift with Swedish technology and automation.


Model A- third floor

Model A-third floor had a big master bedroom with large bathroom, Bedroom-3 for young children or teenagers.


Model A- fourth floor

Model A- 4th floor had another master bedroom 2 with large bathroom. There is another bedroom which can accommodate additional members of the family or guests.


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Townhouse Model B- Features

Model B had a lot area of between 108 square meters to 190 square meters, with small pocket gardens within the compound. There is also a small planter box located near the garage area. It had a facade area of between 395 square meters to 456 square meters, depending on the unit design.


Model B -garage area and ground floor

The ground floor had 3 to 5 car garage capacity ( depending of the car unit) maid’s room with toilet, utility room, pump room/ storage area, a place for laundry area or drying yard.


Model B- second floor

Model B second floor had living area, dining area, kitchen a hallway and a public room. There is also an elevator lift with Swedish technology and automation. One can also marvel the Metro Manila skyline via its balcony.


Model B- third floor

Third floor had a big hallway, A hallway can be a conversational area or a small library can be located. It had a large master bedroom with walk-in closet. A master toilet and bathroom.  Bedroom 2 is also large room with its own large toilet and bathroom. This can be converted into an office space.

There is also an ample natural light which minimizes the use of artificial lighting and the use of electricity.



Model B-fourth floor

Fourth floor had a large hallway , which can be converted into a holding area or small sala area for small family gathering.

It had bedroom 3 had a walk-in closet area, toilet and bathroom .Bedroom 4 had a toilet and bathroom. Model B is ideal for larger family.

Both townhouse model type A and B are still available and had a good feng shui, base on its elevation and facing the easterly direction.

Location : 88 Boston Street, New Manila , Quezon City

For those interested to visit, Please contact:  Ms. Nikki Parulan – Marketing Representative 
email : / 0926-064-2982




Kokeshi dolls made from marbles

Kokeshi doll collecting is the passion of some people who like something unique and cultural. In my previous blog post, I have featured some unique kokeshi dolls find that my friends manage to collect over some period of time.

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3 different size of kokeshi dolls ( private collection of Ms. Angelita Chua) 

These are 3 different kinds and sizes of kokeshi dolls. After the second world war, freestyle or creative styles were developed using an array of materials. Ms. Angelita Chua is from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan had had been collecting kokeshi dolls since 2010.

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kokeshi doll is about 3.5 inches length by 2.75 inches length ( female and male)

These are often sold as tourist souvenir around Japan. One such material is marble. The biggest one is about 3.5 inches with and 2.75 inches height and probably made around late 1970’s or early 1980’s.


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kokeshi doll is about 2.6 inches length by 2.2 inches length ( male and female)

This kokeshi dolls ( male and female) with green and pink ribbon tied around its neck. This was probably made around late 1970’s to early 1980’s using marbles and painted with black, blue and red ink.  This can be use as paper weight or display item.

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 2.1 inches width by 2 inches length ( female and male) kokeshi doll ( left to right)

In this third set of kokeshi doll , The female doll is positioned on the left side and male is positioned at the right side. This set used three kinds of marbles.

She bought these three kokeshi marble dolls from a thrift store somewhere in Cavite, while visiting a relative early part of this year. She saw a bigger 6- inch kokeshi doll from a Japanese thrift shop in Las Piñas , but failed to buy the kokeshi doll ( also made from marble) since the seller ( tindera) wanted Php 800.00 for the item. ( she find it quite exorbitant)

She does not have an idea on what part of Japan these items were originally made.  Any suggestion or recommendation would be a big help.





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