Schedule of Kingspoint (KHAI) San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1 Community Pantry

Good news to all residents of Kingspoint Subdivision, Goodwill Homes 1, San Pedro IX, California Subdivision and adjacent area. The community pantry had laid out new schedule for those living within the community.

volunteers and organizers of the community pantry – last April 24 Saurday ( photo from the author)

CKUP / Kingspoint ( KHAI) / San Pedro IX , Goodwill Homes 1 Community Pantry (Iskedyul ng mga Kawan)

The community pantry was temporary close yesterday (April 28). Then a small bond paper size announcement was posted in front of Yarda Food Hub today -(April 29).

The Kingspoint community pantry opened last April 23, Friday was met with hundreds of people queue in line to get some items from the pantry. The organizers thought to have the community pantry rove around the place in order to lessen the queue.

Likewise, observation of simple health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face mask, face shield will be implemented. Person with disabilities, pregnant women, senior citizens, below 18 years-old ( minors) are strictly prohibited from queuing in the community pantry. Base on the guidelines set by the local government unit (LGU) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Residents of Kingspoint subdivision may coordinate with dropping their donations in cash or in kind at the KHAI Community Office within Kingspoint Park entrance in King George street.

Schedule of Community Pantry

April 29 Thursday -Kingspoint -Katipunan Avenue / Unang Tangke from 8:00 am until past 10:00 am

May 1 Saturday -Babina – 8:00 am / Francisco- 8:30am / Kasiyahan -9:00am / Pangilian – 9:15am / Pinera -9:30am

May 4 Tuesday Covar -May 4 – 8:00am / Bicol compound -9:30am

May 6 (Thursday ) Daniac looban -8:00am, Daniac/ King Constantine street -8:30am / Daniac Malapit – 9:00 am

May 8 ( Saturday ) Alipio Compound -8:00am, Dela Cruz Compound -8:30am , Maloles Compound -9:00am

May 11 ( Tuesday ) Oro Compound -8:00am

May 13 ( Thursday )Las Palmas – 8:00 am, Castelo – 8:30am , Villa Consuelo -9:00am , Bistekville -9:30am

May 15 ( Saturday ) Goodwill Homes 1 / Manukan – 8:00am and California Village – Sambahayan/ SAKRE -9:00am

The Kingspoint community is also known for her vibrant street stalls and restaurant area which stretches up to Sierra Vista residences within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The community pantry will start their distribution from 8:00am to past 10:00 or until supplies last. Please try to visit this blog/ website for the latest updates.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain Tarjeta Postal

King Alfonso XIII (17 May 1886 – 28 February 1941) was the Spanish monarch who was born in 1886. He was immediately proclaimed king under the regency of Maria Cristina ( his mother). In 1902, on his 16th birthday, he assumed full authority as king until his abdication in 1931.

Tarjeta Postal – Postal Card/ Postcard

King Alfonso XIII postcard commercially used dated January 17,1906 by Pototipia de Hauser V Menet Undivided Back (c. 1901-1907) Madrid

He was the ruler of the country, when Cuba gained their independence, Philippine, Guam, Puerto Rico were sold to the United States of the treaty of Paris in 1898. The remaining islands of Caroline islands ( Islas de Carolinas) formerly part of Spanish East Indies were eventually sold to Germany in 1899 for 25 million pesetas or 17 million golds mark. Spain only remaining colonies are the Spanish Sahara in Northern Africa and some enclaves.

Aside from the decline of Spain as a world power, This was also one of the most turbulent episodes in Spanish history.

back portion of the tarjeta postal – the postcard was send from Spain to England with King Alfonso XIII stamp

Popular Myths Behind King Alfonso XIII coins and stamps

There are coins, banknotes, postage stamps, telegraph stamps and tarjeta postal issued during the Spanish regime in the country which bore his portrait – Almost same design were also issued in Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba with few minor differences. When the coins were minted in Madrid and issued in Manila for general use, They were not so popular compared to Queen Isabel 2 and King Alfonso XII.

The XIII or number 13 was sometimes considered “unlucky” to those people collecting them. There are some old time collectors who recounted their stories , that some do not even dared to touch the coins due to the fear of getting “unlucky” (malas).

As years passed by, The coins, stamps and ephemera of King Alfonso XIII became popular because a lot of the items were destroyed during the Spanish civil war during the middle part of 1936 to early 1939. Some of the local collection were lost during the last world war, natural calamities, fires and even neglect by their owners.

Some of the coins were eventually remelted down after the war up to the 1980’s for the use in different local silversmith ateliers, altar pieces or reselling them. Those are just some of the contributing of the scarcity of the coin.

There are still some King Alfonso XIII or King Alphonse XIII stamps and postcards that are still affordable for sale in popular online auction sites or local stamp collecting bourse.

It had been more than 1 year since the last local stamp club held their local bourse due to IATF and enhanced community quarantine restriction.

Bought this postcard in an online auction site, few months ago for a price of a fast food burger meal. It was quite rare to find this in local stamp bourse/ auction club meeting.

King Alfonso XIII Abdication and Death

He left Spain voluntarily after the municipal elections of April 1931, which were taken as a plebiscite on abolishing the monarchy. Alfonso XIII renounced his rights to the defunct Spanish throne on June 15, 1941 in favor of Juan. He died of a heart attack in Rome on 28 February of that year. He was buried in Spanish National Church of Santiago and Montserrat (Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli) in Rome before his body was repatriated in 1980.

He was re interred in El Escorial in Spain.

Kingspoint Community Pantry Goes Full Blast

Kingspoint Community Pantry goes full blast last April 23 Friday with hundreds of residents from nearby areas lined-up as early as 6:00am and queue for at least 2 hours.

I happened to pass by the Yarda Food Hub late April 22 ( Thursday ) around past 5:00pm and saw the set-up of the community pantry.

Kingspoint community pantry organizers and early bird recipients ( April 24 saturday )

Kingspoint Community Pantry

Mr. Greg Mota a resident of Goodwill Homes 1 and Engineer Aldrin Godwin Pangan – who spearheaded the community pantry- both are also active in Christ the King of the Universe parish ( photo taken last April 23 Friday)

Kingspoint Subdivision Community Pantry is the concerted efforts of brainchild of the Christ the King of the Universe Parish, Engineer Aldrin Godwin Pangan, Mr. Greg Mota and the dynamic volunteers of the community. The community also encompasses nearby areas such as El Pueblo One condominium, Oro, Dupax, Daniac Court, Kasiyahan Townhomes, San Pedro IX, Maloles compound, Grand Monaco Villas, Kingsville and Goodwill Homes 2 within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Bagbag. While Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Dona Faustina Subdivision are within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay San Bartolome in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Barangay Bagbag purok leader checking the exit

The community pantry is located in front of Yarda Food Hub which is located in block 37, lot 10 along Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision , Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches. The food hub just serves as a temporary community pantry since its temporary closure last year. They have to ask permission from the owner of the food hub and coordinated with Barangay Bagbag and the local government unit of Quezon City .

They also have to follow the guidelines set by the IATF because Metro Manila is still under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)and curfew hours is between 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. So residents must try to follow these simple guidelines and must follow simple protocols like practicing social distancing, wearing of face mask, face shield.

There are 550 individual residents who patiently queue in line during the first day, 310 in April 24 Saturday, about 400 in April 25 Sunday. The line is quite long and reach about a kilometer long ending in Touch of Class car wash and food hub nearby.

Mr.Lamberto Nolasco of Kingspoint Homeowner Association Inc. (KHAI) in the middle checks the community pantry

Kingspoint community pantry volunteers and some organizers

Community Pantries in Metro Manila

Community pantry is long established community effort in many countries. There are relief efforts which are conducted by NGO groups and private organizations during the time of calamities such as flood, typhoon, fire and earthquakes. Somehow the scope was limited.

There are over 135 community pantry in Quezon City and over 440 community pantries that have sprung -up in many areas of the country.

Savory Ramen at Ta Ramen Na Kingspoint Branch

Ta Ramen Na recently opened their second branch within Kingspoint subdivision, Novaliches in Quezon City last March 27, 2021. Just in front of Touch of Class car wash and food hub. Some of the proprietors live within the area, Hence, they thought of opening a ramen stall within the community.

Tonkotsu Ramen at Php 99.00

Savory Ramen at Ta Ramen Na

The operation time is from past 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm since it is still modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ) in the national capital region and surrounding provinces. But according to the proprietors, They can extend the operations hours once the quarantine protocols and IATF guidelines have relax.

They opened their first stall few months ago located in 2263 Topacio street, San Andres Bukid and became an instant hit among customers and residents of San Andres Bukid, Manila.

L-R Ms.Zee, Mr. Raf and Mr. Cario ( staff and proprietor of Ta Ramen Na street ramen stall)

The stall is also within walking distance from El Pueblo One condominium, Maloles compound, San Pedro IX subdivision, Kasiyahan Village, Grand Monaco Villas, Dupax compound and Kingspoint subdivision within Barangay Bagbag.

The stall is just between 2 to 3 kilometers from Goodwill Homes1 ,California Subdivision, Doña Faustina Subdivision within Barangay San Bartolome and Sierra Vista and Toress Village within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches, Quezon City.

The style is more of street ramen style. It takes several hours for their broth to be made, hence incorporating the savory taste and umami flavors.

Ramen and Gyoza

We ordered their Tonkotsu for just Php 99.00 is affordable and the broth elevates the fine taste of their ramen.

They also have Miso Ramen for just Php 109.00, Black Garlic Ramen for just Php 109.00, Tatanmen for Php 199.00, Chicken Butter Ramen for Php 149.00, Red Bomba Ramen for those who loves spicy ramen for just Php 199 and Gyoza for Php 125 ( 6 pieces). additional topping would cost Php 50 chasu pork, black fungus for Php 20, salted seaweed strips Php 20.00 , Hard Boiled Tamago for Php 20 and extra noodles for Php 40.00.

Ta Ramen Na stall in front of Touch of Class car wash and food hub

Among the well-known Filipino celebrities which have eaten at their ramen stall includes comedienne Pooh, freestyle rapper Mr. Mike Kosa and among others.

They also opened their 3rd ramen stall located in Door 8, Console 3 Barangay Fatima Elvinda, San Pedro City within Laguna province just last April 9, 2021 and the ramen stall is open for franchise to those who are interested.

We cannot wait to eat their other ramen noodles and gyoza!

The stall in near Holy Child Academy- Kingspoint branch, CDO foodspere and All Day convenient store.

Ta Ramen Na

Address: number 27 Katipunan Avenue ( just beside ) Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Everyday

Popular Ancient Spots in Rome, Italy thru Vintage Postcards

Popular landmarks in Rome was a favorite theme in many vintage or old postcards issued in Italy. The postcards had a peculiar way of affixing the stamp. The stamp is usually posted at the face of the postcard rather than the back. portion.

Popular Tourists Spot in Rome and Vatican

The postcard seller posted 4-cartes postales anciennes, old-postcards-ITALIE – The first set of landmarks includes includes Tomb of Caecilia Metella, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square, Forum of Trajan and Colosseum used to be retailed at 3.95 Euro but was on sale for 2.77 Euro ( Php 160.21). The first set was probably issued between 1910 to 1920’s.

The popular landmarks are also some of the ancient landmarks which dates back during the middle or late Roman empire. Some of which are at least hundreds or even at thousand of years -old.

L-R top view Saint Peter’s Basilica and Arch of Titus, Below (L-R) Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain with stamp in front view ( timbre cote vue)

second lot includes Saint Peter Basilica, Arch of Titus, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain the first set of postcard was on sale for 2.77 Euro about (Php 160.21) but used to be retailed at 3.95 Euro, there was a 29% off on these set of postcard. the shipping is standard Euro 1.75 or about ( Php 101.21) the second set was issued between 1911’s to 1920’s.

(TVC) Timbre Cote Vue

“Timbre Cote Vue” shorter abbreviation for is TVC is a French term for where the stamp then the cancel were placed on the face or picture side of a postcard. The message from the sender is also written on the front of this card and it is dated on the back by the sender.

L-R Santa Maria de Cosmedia, Spanish Steps ( Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) Rome, Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City) and La fontana delle Naiadi . All the four postcards have 5 and 10 centisimi definitive stamp posted from Italy. The stamp were posted in front view.

Lot number 3 originally for sale at 3.95 Euros, but was marked down for just 2.77 Euros ( Php 160.21) with 29% discount. The postcards and stamps are dated between 1910 to early 1920’s. The postcards are between 100 to 110 years-old. Considering the big discount, We lost no time to contact the seller and bought the three lots.

This fad is not just in Europe but also in many parts of the world. In the Philippines, This was the practice by some postal authorities and postcard senders in the late 19th to mid 20th century. A sample timbre cote vue is the Puerta Real postcard featured several months ago.

References, Sources and Bibliographies:

Italy Stamps from 1900 to 1909 Stamp World

Stanley Gibbons- Italy Stamps

Scott’s Publishing Company Catalog- Italy

Further Readings and Related Links:

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 )

Chicago Postcard Museum

Herpin, Georges. “Bapteme” in Le Collectionneur de Timbres-Postes, Vol.I, 15 November 1864, p.20.

Sutton, R.J. & K.W. Anthony. The Stamp Collector’s Encyclopaedia. 6th edition. London: Stanley Paul, 1966.

Patrick, Douglas & Mary. The Hodder Stamp Dictionary, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1973, p.261. ISBN 0-340-17183-9.

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

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