Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 152nd Birth Anniversary and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tutuban Center

Plaza Andres Bonifacio and Monument , Tutuban Center, Tondo, Manila- Philippines

Knights of Columbus

Tutuban Center Mall management in cooperation with National Historical Commission of the Philippines ( NHCP) , Manila City government , Gregorio Perfecto High School , Knights of Columbus had the traditional flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies held at the Andres Bonifacio Plaza within Tutuban Center.

guests of honor together with the mall management
Among the guests of honor includes Honorable Benjamin Asilo (congressman first district of Manila) , Ms. Carminda R. Arevallo – Deputy Executive Director for Administration- NHCP , Engineer Joseph Allan Dilay ( General Manager- Philippine National Railway ) and Ms. Sylvia L. Tecson ( Vice President for Leasing and Marketing ) Tutuban Center.


 Gat Andres Bonifacio statute with wreaths offering from NHCP, Office of the President and Tutuban Center

Gat Andres Bonifacio was born in Tondo, Manila. Though Bonifacio was unable attend college and was forced to sell canes and fans to support his siblings after their parents’ death.
He was still able to educate himself by reading influential novels like the works of Jose Rizal.
The program started with the flag raising ceremony
wreath laying ceremony
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wreath with yellow flowers
NHCP offered wreath with white orchids and white anthuriums  .While President Benigno Simeon Aquino III  presented an all yellow chrysanthemum , yellow liliums ( star gazer) and yellow -colored Zantedeschia .


Binislakan fold dance performed by grade 8 students
Binislakan is a dance which originated from (Almazin – Lingayen ) the province of Pangasinan. The name was derived from Chinese word ” Li-King-Tung  meaning to look backward and forward.
Binislakan which means ” the use of sticks” . The use of sticks with fast movements imitating the  chopsticks and its movements.
Maria Carpa
Maria Carpa is a courtship dance imitating the fantail bird in flight.
This dance is a dance of floral garlands, dedicated to the Virgin Mary during the Roman Catholic celebration of their holy week. This dance have its origins from the province of Bulacan and Pampanga .
Binasuan is another folk dance using glass with wine or colored liquids. The dancers must be able to dance balancing the glass with wine without spilling its contents . The folk dance were performed by grade 9 students of Gregorio Perfecto High School.
Polka sa Nayon
Polka sa Nayon was introduced during the Spanish colonial era, it was among the national dance of Bohemia ( formerly known as Czechoslovakia)  It was popularized in the islands by Spaniards and Friars in the mid-1850’s . It was performed during social events and fiestas in the Southern Tagalog provinces of Batangas , Mindoro , Quezon , Bulacan , Bataan eventually spread across the Visayan islands and developing a slightly different steps.
 The highlight of the program is the tinikling dance . This is the most popular and best known of the Philippine dances.

Tutuban Center is located along Claro M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily from 9:00am to 12midnight .

We were also given soft drink and pillow courtesy of Pepsi Cola- Philippines. Pepsi Cola -Philippines is one of the official partners of the event.


Note: I would like to Thank ” Mr. Jerome Samson -AMPR Publicity and Communications Inc. , Tutuban Center management for the invitation to the event.


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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued a commemorative 150th Andres Bonifacio’s Ten Peso coin

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( BSP)

 150th Andres Bonifacio Php 10.00 commemorative coin-

The Central Bank of the Philippines issued a coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andres Bonifacio was issued Tuesday by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Bonifacio’s face on the obverse (front side) of the coin is accompanied by the words “Republika ng Pilipinas 2013“, while the reverse side of the coin carries Bonifacio’s signature, an image of the Bonifacio monument, and the words “Dangal at Kabayanihan.”


a. Designs:
– Obverse: Portrait of Andres Bonifacio with the following markings:
“10 Piso”, “REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”, and Yearmark “2013”
– Reverse: New Seal of the BSP with the following markings: “150 Years”, “1863-2013”, “Signature of Andres Bonifacio”, “DANGAL AT KABAYANIHAN,” and the Bonifacio Monument

b. Denomination / Face Value: 10-Piso

c. Specifications:
– Material: Existing 10-Piso coin blanks (bi-metal)
– Metallic Composition and Color:
a) Ring – 75% Cu, 25% Ni / Grayish White
b) Core – 92% Cu, 6% Al, 2% Ni / Yellow
– Shape: Round
– Weight: 8.70 grams
– Diameter: 26.50 millimeters
– Edge: Milled

d. Mintage (quantity): 10 million pieces, of which 20,000 pieces will be packed Brilliant Uncirculated coins

The issuance of the coin was recommended by the Monetary Board and approved by the Office of the President.

The regular P10 coin features the heads of Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Mabini’s own sesquicentennial will be celebrated next year.

The circulation of the Bonifacio commemorative coin will “highlight the nationwide celebration” of one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes, the BSP said in a statement.


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Andres Bonifacio Day Celebrations and BIG Discount SALE at the Tutuban Center

Tutuban- Manila, Philippines

center of pop artists

Gat Andres Bonifacio – Manila’s beloved son and ” Father of the Katipunan” heats up at the popular bargain destination – Tutuban Center in Manila.  There are hundreds more flea market tenants that made the area famous for their Night Market.

jam-packed audience

This year’s 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio this November 30. Tutuban Center lined up an array of wonderful activities in observance of this historic day , starting with a hot sale of a lot of fantastic items courtesy of Tutuban Center tenants.

children patiently watching the program

fruit vendor

 Tutuban railway station circa early 1900

Tutuban Center is full of history – Its oldest building was re-adapted into one of Manila’s biggest shopping complex .  Plus that the historic railway is still existing .

Shoppers can enjoy up to 50% discount on great selections from participating stores beginning November 29 to December 1, 2013. Tutuban center will give out Robinsons gift certificate to first 30 shoppers who will present a valid single purchase -official receipt worth Php 1,000.

Mr. Jake Vargas

Also, win exciting gadgets and Robinsons gift certificate during the daily raffle promo . Simply present a Php 1,000 single purchase receipt and get a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini, an Asus Memo Pad HD 7 Tablet PC or Robinsons gift certificate worth Php 5,000 !!!!!!

 Mr. Jake Vargas (teenage heartthrob of GMA channel 7)  Popular television host Kuya German Moreno ( GMA channel 7 )  , Ms. Clarette Hartell Ruiz (  ABS-CBN channel 2)

 Christmas TREE Lightning

The biggest highlight of the event was the lightning of the 35- feet Christmas Tree  which is the annual tradition that every Filipino from all walks of life is anticipating .

More than its history, celebrities, great bargains  and iconic Christmas tree,  Tutuban Center Mall is a symbol of urban renewal and re-adaptive re-use of commercial spaces.  Holiday cheers and gift-giving, great deals  and low low prices !!!

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Gat Andres Bonifacio 150th birth anniversary stamp and coin launching

Monumento Caloocan City- Philippines

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III together with Hon. Ceasar Sarino of the Philippine Postal Corporation during the presentation of the 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp issued by the post office.

(Photo courtesy of  Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

I arrived shortly after 6:30 am near the Monumento Circle,  EDSA avenue and some streets were closed by MMDA and the traffic bureau . There were a lot of police men, army , presidential security guards , local city government officials from Caloocan, local schools , descendants of  Gat Andres Bonifacio , foreign dignitaries , National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and passers-by.  This year’s theme : “Bonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan.”

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a Bonifacio Commemorative Coin from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., during the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City on Saturday (November 30, 2013). In photo is Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan. (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III  short speech

(Photo  courtesy of Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

Mr. Wildredo Bas ( center) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and technical staffs

I saw some NHCP employees and technical staffs and they gladly obliged to take a group photo despite of their hectic work load.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel and Professor Xiao Chua of PTV channel 4

I was able to meet Professor Xiao Chua and Ms. Kathy San Gabriel of PTV channel 4 . After a short chat with them – I showed some of the 150th commemorative Andres Bonifacio stamps which they aired LIVE.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel holding the commemorative 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp during the LIVE telecast

Hon. Amado Tetangco ( Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor) Hon. Cesar Sarino ( Philippine Postal Corporation president)

Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio together with NHCP chairperson  Dr. Maria Serena Diokno  presentation of the 150th birth anniversary Andres Bonifacio commemorative stamps

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office – Manuel  Quezon III  ( undersecretary )  , NHCP chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Atty Gregorio Bonifacio ( descendant )  and Mr. Dante Distrito ( descendant )

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio together with Undersecretary Mr. Manuel L. Quezon III , Dr. Maria Serena Diokno , NHCP Executive Director Mr.  Ludovico Badoy

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio

I had the opportunity to meet some of  Gat Andres Bonifacio descendants from Procopio Bonifacio ( brother ) they are very active with the 150th anniversary preparations in Novaliches . Novaliches is one of the most important stronghold for the Katipunan movement and a lot of prominent old- families like Kabesang Serrano are members of the Katipunan.

Mr. Edardo Bonifacio together with Heroes del 96 Community members

Note: Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio coin are available for SALE at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas while the Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio stamp are available for SALE at the Philatelic Division – Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila

 STAMP Technical Description

Kind of Issue                              : Commemorative

Perforation                             : 14

Denomination and Quantity     : P10.00 ……..150,000 (4 designs)

Printing Process                   : Litho – Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet                          : P150.00 ……8,000 pieces ( quantity)

Paper                                      : Imported Unwatermarked

Date of Issue                              : November  30, 2013

Printer                                     : Amstar Company, Inc.

Last day of sale                         : November  30, 2014 (as stock allows)

Layout Artist                           : Mr. Victorino  Z. Serevo

Sheet Composition                                   : 12 (3 x 4)

Size of stamp                             : 30 mm. x 40 mm.

Size of Souvenir Sheet              : 102.5 mm. x 68 mm.

Designs                                     :

Stamp 1 –   Roderick C. Macutay, Pasig City, winner, Open Category

Stamp 2  –   Julius R. Satparam, Legazpi City, Albay, winner, Open Category

Stamp 3  –  John Mark Nathaniel Troncales, TUP, winner, Student Category

Stamp 4  –   Marrion Dabalos, FEU, winner, Student Category

Note” I would sincerely ” THANK ” NHCP  people for their accommodation during the event.

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Don Andres Kitchen : A Peruvian Restaurant Located at the Heart of Quezon City

#26 Courtyard Building , Sgt. Esguerra Street , Barangay South Triangle – Quezon City , Philippines

Arroz Con Mariscos

Arroz con mariscos is not only delightful and colorful in abundance of Peruvian bountiful harvest of the sea. The love for rice ( arroz) and seafood assorted seafood like tiger prawns , Peruvian mussels, clams simmered , coriander leaves in wine sauce topped with bell pepper and celery .  It is one of the specialties of this restaurant and can be shared with 3 to 5 people .It cost Php 380

 The restaurant which started its operation last November 2014. The name of the restaurant was derived from Andres Bonifacio a revolutionary hero during the Spanish regime, hence its name.  The partners decided to do an extensive research on the worldwide success of Peruvian restaurants in California, New York and Europe.  They even hired a Peruvian chef  adjusting it to local Filipino taste .


The restaurant can accommodate up to 60 people at any given time with an outdoor patio area good for 20 to 30 people.  It is very stylish combining Peruvian arts , fixture , lighting and patterns into the interiors of the place.

stylish Nazca inspired drawings and Peruvian weave pattern

Pulpo Al Olivo

This Dish is sliced octopus coked in citrus juice , saltine crackers with Botija olive sauce  ( seasonal) Can be shared with 3 to 5 people and ideal as an appetizer . Php 290

Choros A La Chalaca

Presented in black Chinese duck spoon , The appetizer comprised of  Peruvian mussels , chopped onions with citrus corn salsa Php 320

Ceviche de Pescado

Marinated fish-Hawaiian called them Mahi-mahi  , Dorado ( Spanish ) or Dolphin fish  cured in citrus juice with yellow chili sauce. Similar with our Kinilaw  Php 280

Classicos Y Otros ( Main Dishes )

Lomo Saltado

This is quite similar with Filipino adobo but with the use of beef tenderlion strips , onions tomatoes , fried potatoes  with fresh chopped parsley leaves and parsley  – The main dish can be shared between 3 to 5 people Php 420

Chorizo Al Plato

A great appetizer which consist of grilled chorizo with garlic served with side dish . This is good for 3 to 5 people sharing Php 260

Pollo Entero

The whole chicken is marinated with special herbs and slowly cooked rotisserie style . There is an option of adding rice or mashed potatoes –  This whole chicken can be shared between 4 to 6 people . ONE of the BEST Sellers and Signature DishPhp 590 without side dish and Php 650 with side dishes.

Brochetas De Lomo

Beef tenderloin skewers with bell pepper and onions served with fries and dip.

The skewers can be shared with 2 to 3 people  –Php 420

Arroz con Mejillones

Mixed Rice with Peruvian Mussels simmered in white wine Php 380

Saguchon De Chicharon

It is Barra with mayo topped with sliced ham, sweet potatoes, Peruvian onion salsa and batata chips . The sandwich combo can be shared between 3 to 5 people .Php 225

Lengua Guisada

Ox tongue marinated and cooked Peruvian style with mashed potatoes . Php 420

Inca Kola

This is not your ordinary soft-drink in the market. It had a lesser carbonated content and had a bubble gum taste. Php 175

Postres ( Desserts )


Alfajores is a shortbread cookies with Dulce de Leche filling . The texture and taste is almost like the uraro biscuits with softer texture . This is best accompanied with coffee , tea or chocolate.  Php 65 per 3 pieces

Pie de Limon

This is a Peruvian pie stuffed with key lime – Php 145 per slice

Tres Leche

Sponge cake with creme topping soaked in three kinds of milk. Php 165 per slice

group photo

Note: Prices that are quoted are based from the restaurant existing menu and all prices are inclusive of 12% VAT and subject to 7% service charge

Address: #26 Courtyard Building , Sgt. Esguerra Street , Barangay South Triangle – Quezon City

Operational Hours: Mondays to Sundays 11:00am to 3:00pm , 6:00pm to 11:00pm

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