Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Sr. Memorial Building Vintage Postcard

Far Eastern University is one of the colleges and universities that is popular feature in many postcard issuance. Her art deco architectural style was an icon during the times.

One of the earliest known postcard feature was from the Philippine Education Company Incorporated, Which is the leading school supply company about 60 years ago.

Far Eastern University -Nicanor Reyes Sr. Building Postcard

The 3 known art deco buildings within Far Eastern University that were featured by PECO.

1.) The most recognizable one were Nicanor Reyes Sr. Memorial Building, 2.) Arellano High School ( Boy’s High School) and 3.) Girl’s High School.

The vintage postcard was bought a couple of years ago at a local stamp bourse for an equivalent of 2 burger meals.

Technical Description

Divided Back (c. 1907-1915) could be reprinted until mid- 1960’s
Type: Printed (Lithograph)

Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Memorial Hall, Manila, Philippines

The postcard is in used good condition. Genuine Curteich-Chicago “CT Photo Colorlit” No. 7B-H1061. Philippine Education Co., Inc. Manila, PI. No. 4028.

Produced with scalloped or straight edges and with a smooth or linen textured surface.

Philippine Educational Company Incorporated

Philippine Educational Company Incorporated(PECO) was the one stop shop for school supplies, postcards, books, magazines, pencils, drafting materials, toys, imported items among other stuffs. Our great grandparents, grandparents or even parents enjoyed the heydays of the premier business district in the country.

The original PECO shop at 101 Escolta Avenue, Manila was founded by Verne Miller, a Thomasite schoolteacher, who landed in the Philippines in 1901. Surviving the American, Japanese and destruction of the last world war.

Their business eventually moved out of the financial district by the mid- 1950’s to Makati Commercial Center and the operations spanned for more than 70 years.

One of the items which was quite popular was their postcards, Some of the postcards were even sold to nearby town, cities and provinces for students, tourists and postcard collectors.

PECO eventually folded-up by the mid -1970’s due to strict competition, import regulations and other problems which affected the operation of the company.

According to some resellers and old time postcard/ stamp dealers, PECO postcards circulated until the mid -1970’s in Metro Manila well up to early 1980’s for far flung provinces. A postcard then would only cost few centavos and some would be send abroad.

I have two aunts which collected stamps and postcards told me that majority of their collection were lost during the great Binondo fire in the late 1960’s.

Written Letter and Stamps

In a letter apparently from an exchange student and her host family back in Philadelphia: “Greetings from Manila. You really should visit these islands someday. It’s wonderful to be back home – my parents are both well, and the city has grown tremendously. There are many new buildings all over, but there is still a lot of poverty and the downtown section is as dirty as ever. Will write again. Best Love, Jo.”

The postcard was mailed from Manila to 9512 Hilspach St, Philadelphia, United States with 3 stamps which featured Marcelo H. Del Pilar ( 5 centavos face value per stamp) dated September 25, 1958.

Note: According to a stamp and postcard collectors- The Marcelo H. Del Pilar stamps were issued in 1952 and might have circulated until early 1960’s.

Sources and References:

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 1)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 2)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards ( part 3)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 4)

Personal interview from postcard collectors and dealers

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

Philippine Postcards.com:

Camarines Norte Commemorative Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) issued last September 14, 2020 a commemorative stamp and first day cover (FDC) commemorating the 100 anniversary of the province of Camarines Norte.

Camarines Norte 100th Anniversary

Camarines Norte is the northernmost province of Region V (Bicol Region). It was part of and separate from “Ambos Camarines” with Camarines Sur in different periods from 1573. The official date of the organization of the province as separate from Camarines Sur is 15 April 1920, following Executive Order No. 22.

The Php12.00 denomination commemorative stamp prominently displays the first monument dedicated to Jose Rizal located in Daet, the Camarines Norte Provincial Capitol Building, and the images of Jose Rizal, Jose Maria Panganiban, and Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Sr. (whose birth anniversary yesterday is now a special non-working holiday in the province). It features the centennial anniversary logo and the provincial seal of Camarines Norte on the right.

Crispy Pata of Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Crispy Pata is deep fried pork leg part which is from the hock to the trotters. What makes it different from the other restaurant is that the skin is quite crispy and the meat is tender.

deep fried crispy pata with calamansi, fresh chilies, vinegar and soy sauce dip

One of the must try dishes at Chedy’s Budbod restaurant in Kingspoint subdivision within Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches Quezon City. Their fried crispy pata is ideal for sharing between 3 to 6 persons and best accompanied by their special vinegar soy sauce dip. Php 450 per order.

Crispy Pata at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Since Chedy’s Budbod restaurant opened few months ago, It had been one of the well-loved dishes. They also offer special lomi , pancit bihon, pancit canton, pancit mix, bulalo, pork chicharon, litson kawali among others.

For those interested to order, Chedy’s Budbod restaurant is also open for bulk orders for special family occasion.

Updated Menu Prices

Due to increasing cost of fresh ingredients, The management of the restaurant had made some slight adjustments at their menu and prices.

They also accepts bulk orders for and special delivery within Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Homes, Grand Monaco Villas, San Pedro IX in Barangay Bagbag. They can also deliver within nearby Barangay Talipapa.

Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Doña Faustina Subdivision and Sierra Vista in Barangay San Bartolome in Novaliches, Quezon City

Address: Unit C, Lot 2 Block 37 King Henry corner  #60 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City 

Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Cellphone : Smart – 09213134475
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Great Dishes at Maki Pares sa SB Road within California Village

Great dishes offered by Maki Pares sa SB Road which is located along Katipunan Avenue within California Village, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Great Dishes at Maki Pares sa SB

Maki Pares sa SB is a branch of the famous Maki Pares sa Baesa in Quezon City. The restaurant offers great dishes of Filipino-Chinese cuisines open for business last July 12,2020.

California Village arch along Katipunan Avenue, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

SB Road is a short cut route road which starts from Mindanao Avenue extension, Lukaria road in Barangay Talipapa, Kingspoint Subdivision Katipunan Avenue ( Barangay Bagbag), Goodwill Homes 1, California Village ( Barangay San Bartolome) up to Sierra Vista ( Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon) intersecting General Luis street. Katipunan Avenue ( Novaliches) is also dubbed as the food street zone of the community.

The street food zone covers Kingspoint Subdivision ( Katipunan Avenue), Goodwill Homes 1 to California Village ( Katipunan Avenue. These includes about 40 to 50 establishments ranging from carinderias/ eateries, food stall, bakeries, tapsilogan, rice porridge, restaurants, ambulant vendor and at least 4 food parks along the stretch.

Lechon Belly

Note: Prices of dishes are operations are subject to change without prior notice depending on IATF guidelines and social distancing rules.

Maki Pares sa SB Road Menu

Maki Pares In House Promo

Maki Pares had an in house promo for their beef pares combination meal. One can eat unlimited rice for just Php 115.00.

Beef Pares with Garlic Rice– the beef meat is tender and a little bit sweet with unlimited rice. This is one of their best sellers. One can add a dash of chili oil, calamansi or soy sauce depending on their taste. Php 115.00 with unlimited rice

Lechon Belly

Lechon Belly – Their lechon belly had crispy skin and tender meat with sliced cucumber and tomatoes – One can order Php 200 per 1/4 kilo or Php 800 per kilo.

Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon – Is a popular noodle dish with pork meat, liver, chopped cabbage, carrots and topped with chopped deep fried garlic and calamansi. This noodle dish can be shared between 2 to 3 persons –Php 100

Chinese Kikiam/ Que Keng/ Ngo Hiong

Chinese style kikiam/ Que Keng / Ngo Hiong is another well-love dish of the restaurant. It is deep fried with Chinese spices like five spice powder with slices of tomatoes and cucumber. Php 90.00 per order.

We would come back to savor some of their great dishes. Although dining is allowed, one must follow the guidelines set by the management of the restaurant and IATF on social distancing during general community quarantine protocols. Limited number of customers is allowed at any given time.

Maki Pares sa SB Road

Address: Lot 421- 3-3-A-1 Katipunan Avenue, California Village, Novaliches, Quezon City

The restaurant is affiliated within Food Panda delivery

Operations: 10:00am to 10:00pm Everyday

Contact : 0915-5864048 / 0947-240-7172 /0917-758-828/ 0932-790370

Shawarma King Reopens in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

Shawarma foodies of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Village, El Pueblo condominium within Barangay Bagbag, Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Doña Faustina, Sierra Vista and Torres Village will be happy to know that the community’s favorite shawarma is back in business to serve the community.

Shawarma King Reopens

Shawarma King stall had been operating within Goodwill Homes 1 community for the past several years. Their shawarma is freshly made with spices and secret sauce.

Their stall used to be located beside Sashi Takoyaki near Cherie’s Bakery along Katipunan Avenue but close down during the first few weeks of January 2020 due to clearing operations by the subdivision and the barangay.

They were force to shutdown their operation for several months until they were able to find a place further down GATE 3 of the same subdivision.

They started their stall operation just few weeks ago, When the general community quarantine (GCQ) was in place. Their well-loved promo includes their BUY 1 Take 1 Shawarma large pita for just Php 85.00 and shawarma with rice. One can also add a few bucks for extra cheese among others.

Shawarma King

Address; Block 6, Lot 15 Katipunan Avenue, ( near Gate 3) Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operational Hours: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm – Take out only !

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