Elegant Townhomes in Mariposa Street near Cubao

These days, location is one the major considerations in choosing a home. Looking for a townhouse that will surely make your everyday life better location and design wise? Mariposa Townhouse should be your choice.

20 Elegant Townhouses

20 units of 2 storey townhouses which is near Araneta Center in Cubao and near major schools, colleges and universities. It is also near hospitals such as Saint Luke’s and STI- Delos Santos Medical Center in Quezon City. Furthermore, it is also near pilgrim sites such as Minor Basilica of Mount Carmel, the shrine is known the first church to assume the status of a minor basilica in the Diocese of Cubao.

Vicinity Location and Places of Interests

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Mariposa street and nearby places of interests ( google map)

Accessibility to Schools and Places of Interests

Elegant townhouses are within 30 to 45 minutes away from Greenhills, San Juan and near Dela Salle, Greenhills, ICA , Xavier, Saint Paul University,O.B Montessori,  Trinity University of Asia, Jubilee Christian Academy, Tomas Morato street, Quezon City Sports Club, Amorano Stadium, Kamuning Public Market, Fisher Mall.

Amenities and Green Spaces

A plus point in buying this townhouses is that it has a communal swimming pool area.  You can do whatever you like at your balcony while watching your family enjoying the pool. The pool side can help unwind and providing relaxation, you can even can throw a pool party!

Having a pocket garden with flowering plants can brighten a space with living plants and can bring positive energy vibes to the people living within the community. Also, having these green spaces does have positive restorative effects on mental health and well-being. According to a well-known feng-shui expert, the place have a positive energy and promotes attraction for good well-being.

townhouses with swimming pool and pocket garden

A distinct town homes which is ideal for families big or small people with units that provide easy access to the entire 2-storey home. One can easily climb the stairs with kids even grandparents could enjoy the comfortable well-lighted and ventilated rooms.

The parking slot had a capacity of between 2 to 4 cars. This also comes in fully air-conditioned rooms.

Each townhouse features a foyer, dining hall, kitchen , powder room, maid’s room with toilet, powder room and laundry area.

ground level with parking slots and garden

Lot size can vary from 105 square meter to 152 square meters. A family can also enjoy the outdoor scenery and skyline of Metro Manila and surrounding mountains on a clear moonlight nights.

The second floor had a Master bedroom comes in with walk in closet, toilet and bathroom, bedroom 2, bedroom 3 with toilet and bathroom and light court.

Please contact: Architect Nikki Parulan – Marketing Representative
email : wynona.marketingymaz@gmail.com / 0926-064-2982

Ymaz Builders: http://ymazbuilders.com/

Grow and Show Bazaar Features Gesneriad and Grafted Cactus Fiesta

Grow and Show Bazaar will be have a show at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Management Bureau in Quezon City from April 26 to 28, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

This is in partnership with Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Management Bureau , Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Grow and Show Special Feature of the Month

Special feature in this bazaar will be gesneriad and grafted cactus festival.  There will be grafting workshop and hands-on session for cacti by Mr.Charles Gabriel Soriano on April 27 ( saturday) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

There will be a table display also for gesneriads and grafted cacti.

Those who might be interested in joining the next plant bazaar, Try to contact Ms. Angel -PHSI Secretariat -0917-798-1317 or Ms. May Tolentino ( 0918-4534794)

There are 2 entrances ( Quezon Avenue for pedestrians) and North Avenue for those with cars.

Note: Entrance fees at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife is Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid Id’s, Php 30 general public . 

April Shower Trees Blooming in the City

The month of April starts the long dry season in the western parts of the country and the intense heat can be unbearable. But such heat also bring in the beautiful blooms of the April shower tree.

Cassia fistula blooms ( photo taken in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches)

Seeing a lot of trees in bloom within Metro Manila can be a respite and a lovely sight to behold despite water shortages , power interruptions and earthquakes. Yellow colored flowers symbolizes happiness , good luck and getting positive energy.

Cassia fistula tree with flowers and seed pods

Common Names and Range

Cassia fistula is commonly known as Golden shower, Golden Rain, April Shower, Yellow Shower, Pudding pipe tree,Indian Laburnum, Kanya pistula, Caña Pistula, Pistula ( Tagalog speaking provinces) Bistula ( some parts of Sorsogon and Visayan provinces) , Ibabau ( Visayan) among others. This flowering tree was probably introduced into the country at an early date, probably by traders or immigrants from Southeast Asia which may have brought the seeds of this tree during the pre-hispanic times.

Cassia fistula tree with mature seed pods along Mother Ignacia street in Quezon City

Cassia fistula was featured in the Flora de Filipinas book by Father Blanco. The flowering tree seems to be wide spread in many places that some local botanists would argue that it can be an indigenous species to the country. The flowers are normally pollinated by carpenter bees and even sun birds.

The species is native from Pakistan, Indian subcontinent and within southeast Asia.  Golden shower tree is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae.

Cassia fistula is called Ratchaphruek in Thailand

Cassia fistula is called Ratchaphruek by Thais and is  the national tree and flower of Thailand. It is also the state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance among the country’s Malayali population. This popular ornamental plant is also used in herbal medicine. The tree is also used in the production of paper and source of wood.

The flower was also featured in Thai, Laos, Canada and Indian postage stamps.

Folkloric Uses and Superstitious Beliefs

This tree is widely planted in many private subdivisions, community parks, Rizal park, intramuros, avenues, streets and cemeteries in many parts of the country.

Cassia fistula along Muralla street, Intramuros, Manila at the back of (PLM) Shrine of Jesus the Divine Teacher

This serves as focal point in many landscape projects, street side and boulevards. Some people believes that it attracts positive energy and wish can be granted once the flowers opened freely. One must make a wish just after the stroke of midnight  during full moon. One must gather few flowers and keep them on a tissue paper or handkerchief for keepsake.

Cassia fistula tree in full bloom near Pinoy Big Brother house along Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City

In Laos, The flower are called Dok Khoun– Some people attach the flower on their cars and motorbikes during Lao New Year with the same belief that it will bring them good luck, happiness and safety while driving.  Its yellow colored flowers brings good luck, freshness, remembrance, brings positivity, brings happiness,intellect, clarity, enlightenment, loyalty and joy. They are also planted in front yards of one’s home.

An artist from Rizal province also told me that they use to gather the seed pods and dry them for several weeks. Use them as musical instrument, the sound is like maracas.

Cassia fistula with dozens of seed pods along Mother Ignacia street, Camelot Hotel

Another faith healer would use the seeds and rub them on skin on people that would visit her place. While a soothsayer in Quezon province (manghuhula ) would gather its seed pods and use the pods for fortune telling session. A peculiar ritual for the manghuhula is to gather seed pods during Mahal na Araw ( preferably during Good Friday )and have vesper ( orasyon) or magical incantation so that the seeds would have some potency to protect the owner. The seeds are sewn into a red cloth with markings, this are sometimes used as amulets to ward off evil intention or negative vibes.

Some us the leaves ( after pounding them ) seed pods are used as purgative, and extract from seed pods are used to alleviate constipation. The leaves are pounded and ground into a paste like consistency and are rubbed on ringworm ( an-an) and other fungal diseases.

Another urban story told to us by Mr. Carlos Valeriano Lazaro ( former president of POS and LBOS) state that whenever the April shower flowering season would appear. It means that the rainy season is just few weeks away.

Cassia fistula tree grows beside Camelot Hotel

Propagation and Care

Cassia fistula can be propagated by seed and vegetatively through cuttings and air layering.  April shower or Golden Shower trees can grow between 10 meters to 25 meters in height.

The key is collecting the seeds when they are mature but not overripe ( dark brown color). The best time to harvest the seed pod, Are the seed pods produce over last year’s blooming season.

The seeds germinate best when the days are long with extra hours of sunshine. Rinse the seeds in warm water to remove the dark pulp.

One can soak the seed in  water for about 24 hours. Then try to scar the seed by rubbing them on cement or any hard surface in order to scar the seed.

Try to plant each seed in its own gallon pot with drainage holes on the bottom. Fill the pots with lightweight, sterile medium. Sow the seeds 1 to 1.5 inch (2.5 cm to 3 cm) deep, then position the pots in a warm, indirect light condition.
Depending on the temperature condition, one can germinate the seedling between 3 weeks to about a month.
Propagating via seeds can be long process and can take between 3 to 5 years before it start blooming.
One can place the seedling on ground when the seedling reach at least 1 year, this will hasten the growth.

One must not forget to occasionally apply organic (compost) and inorganic fertilizer every two or three weeks interval.

Do not forget that regular pruning of this tree is needed before it get too tall. Enjoy the annual blooming season by having a viewing party or photo session with the tree.

Note: photos are taken by the author

Bibliographies, Sources,References:

India Biodiversity Portal

Heuzé V., Thiollet H., Tran G., Hassoun P., Lebas F., 2018. Golden tree (Cassia fistula). Feedipedia, a programme by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO.

Madulid, Domingo , pages 214-215,A pictorial cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants

Cassia fistula:  https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/name/Cassia_fistula

personal interview with the people

40th Feast of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay Parish in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches

Parokya ng Pagkabuhay (Parish of Living) is also known as The Resurrection of Our Lord’s Parish. It was then a small chapel dedicated to Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help and Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

Pagkbuhay road corner Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City

However some older residents that there are plans to create a parish in early 1970’s. The church was turned over to the Achdiocese of Manila when it was established as the Pagkabuhay Parish on November 15, 1978 by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

Easter vigil mass attendees

The parish is located along Pagkabukay Road just beside Bagbag cemetery within Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches,Quezon City.

Origin and Etymology

Jesus Christ and Blessed Mary

Barangay Bagbag was then called Sitio Binagbagbag/ Sitio Binagbag when it was established around mid-1850’s. The terrain is hilly and uneven landscape which required some pounding of grounds, crushing of rocks, leveling in several places, clearing of cogon grasses and cutting of trees. Eventually, it was elevated to Barrio Bagbag by the late 1860’s due to the increase local migration and settlement by people coming from Polo, Meycauayan, San Mateo and even from Manila. The name was then shorten it to Barrio Bagbag for easier pronunciation and recall.

This is one of the first barrios of Novaliches and old residents would recall that, the place also had a high density settlement. Most of the residents are low and middle income families.

Black Nazarene statue in front of Barangay Bagbag hall

grotto area

There is also Bagbag reservoir which was built by the Americans which the water flows coming from La Mesa Dam and impounded in the reservoir. Older residents would recall that they would play and even take a bath at the spillway during the dry season.

Establishment of the Parish

band from Nueva Ecija province

grotto area

The friars came from the nearby Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS), founded 1962), which is located at the western part of Barangay Bagbag. In 1979, the community was able to purchase the land near the Campo Santo de Bagbag or Bagbag cemetery.

crowd

The construction commenced a bit slower phase due to lack of funds and relying on private contributions coming from the parishioners.

statue of the risen Christ

The first church was completed in 1983 in modern style architecture with its belfry built on the center. The establishment of the Pagkabuhay Parochial School in 1983, which would eventually evolve into the Resurrection Catholic School in 1998.

The first fiesta was celebrated on Easter of 1979. This year’s marked the 40th anniversary of the parish. The celebration started with a vigil then followed by the traditional “salubong” rite between blessed virgin mary in black veil and statue of the risen Christ.

festive arch with buntings and colorful lights greeted parishioners and visitors

The program also included children singing on top of the grotto and showering rose petals on the images.

fireworks display

Colorful fireworks and firecracker display is never complete at the fiesta and easter festivities.

Jesus Christ

Before the elevation of Christ the King of the Universe parish in Kingspoint subdivision. Priests from Parokya ng Pagkabuhay, San Bartolome would celebrate mass within Kingspoint,San Pedro IX and Goodwill Homes 1 chapels before the establishment of a separate parish.

Quirino Highway early morning

Baragay Bagbag tarpaulin poster

Parokya ng Pagkabuhay Easter Celebrations

Goodwill Homes 2 arch

The author was invited by a friend living in Goodwill Homes 2 to experience the annual fiesta. Some of the houses even prepared a hearty lunch which celebrates both fiesta and Easter.

Bishop Antonio R. Tobias ( diocese of Novaliches ) lead the mass and was special guest of the parish. Special guests also included Congressman Alfred Vargas, Barangay chairman Rex Ambita and councilors of district 5.

Bishop Antonio R. Tobias presided at the mass

He was warmly welcomed by parishioners and celebrated the 9:00am mass. The bishop also celebrated the mass last April 17 Ash Wednesday at 6:00pm.

Parokya ng Pagkabuhay parish with festive buntings

My friend invited me for a breakfast at their house and took sometime walking around the  place. We also ate at the nearby Nak’s Sarap Buffet restaurant in nearby Barangay Talipapa by lunchtime.

Happy Easter and Fiesta to all residents of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay and Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches, Quezon City !

Address: #625 Pagkabuhay Road,Bagbag.,Novaliches, 1116 , Quezon City

Phone:  +63 997 749 7836

Sources and References:

Diocese of Novaliches website

personal communication with residents of Barangay Bagbag, Goodwill Homes 2 and Parokya ng Pagkabuhay

40th anniversary souvenir program,  Parokya ng Pagkabuhay parish

Pagkabuhay Parochial School 1989 year book

local marker

Easter Vigil 2019 at Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint, Novaliches

Holy Week is one of the most important event in the Catholic church. One of the most anticipated event at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City is the annual Easter vigil.

church historical marker

A small chapel was constructed early in 1980. While several minor renovations were made in the late 1980’s. Portion of the chapel was enlarged in the mid-1990’s because of increasing parishioner from nearby subdivision. The present church facade and structure was enlarged in 2001 and became a full pledge parish of the diocese of Novaliches in 2004.

holy week schedule of activities

The full holy week schedule was posted at several vantage points within the subdivision and FB page of the parish. Easter day celebrations in the mid- 1980’s and 1990’s were simple.

Christ the King of the Universe parish ( vigil rites)

Images inside churches remain draped in purple. The administration of sacraments is severely limited.

facade of the church

The shift from mourning to joy begins at night with the observance of the Easter Vigil, the third and final day of the Paschal Triduum that began on Maundy Thursday. There was also the procession of Santo Entierro during Good Friday.

Someone from the parish invited me to the vigil which led up to the reenactment of the Easter day “Salubong”.

registration area

Easter day salubong was participated by the community of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1, Grand Monaco Villas, Dupax compound, Oro compound, Alipio compound, Kasiyahan Village up to California Village in nearby Barangay San Bartolome.

The rite is customarily performed in the early hours of Easter before the first Mass, Which is normally held at around past 4:00 am, while some of the parishioners are already inside the church as early as 3:00am.

participants climb the makeshift platform

Unlike in Makati or some places, Easter Vigil and Salubong takes place around midnight. Easter day celebration within Christ the King of the Universe parish usually happen early dawn at around past 3:00 am.

Easter salubong ritual is meant to depict the apocryphal reunion of Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, after the Resurrection. Statues of both are borne in two separate processions that converge at a designated area which is often an open space with a purpose-built scaffolding at the main entrance of the parish.

children in white dress and wings

The high point of the easter day rites is the angel dramatically removes the veil from the Virgin’s icon, signalling the abrupt end to her grieving and the period of mourning. The veil may simply be pulled off the statue, or tied to balloons or doves that are released into early dawn rites. With white balloons released at the church.

Ms. Jhuie Annika P. Delagala from California Village

Ms. Jhuie Annika Delagala is is hoisted at the makeshift entrance and was the one who took the viel from the blessed mary.

Dozens of children in white dress, with angel wings. While 4 children dress as angels threw in flower petals unto the processional carriages.

start of the easter salubong celebration

The celebrations started with an early morning mass by 5:00 am. The regular mass was celebrated by 6:00 am.

Christ the King of the Universe parish entrance

morning mass at past 10:00 am

Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision is getting elaborate and more parishioner are joining the annual Easter celebrations.

Address: King Christian Street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, 1116 Quezon City, Philippines

 Contact : (02) 937 8941

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