Big Crowd at the 40th Grand Marian Procession in Intramuros

Big crowd attended the 40th grand marian procession within intramuros. This year also marked the ruby anniversary of the parade and procession.

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devotees from Piat, Cagayan province

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Nuestra Señora de Piat with devotees in colorful floral costumes. We visited few months ago the Minor Basilica of Piat in Cagayan province.

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There were at least 120 Marian images, canonical and venerated images of the blessed virgin mary. Delegates come from different parts of the country. Some traveled from as far as Cagayan, Quezon, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, Cavite, Zambales, Camarines Norte, Aurora and La Union provinces.

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There were also large contingent from different Metro Manila parishes and foreign tourists.

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We organized a small tour and went early at around past 2:00pm, Met a lot of marian devotees, heritage advocates and friends along the parade route.

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Nuestra Señora Delas Flores owned by Mrs. Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco

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local band from Pangil, Laguna province

40th Marian Procession

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The marian carriages were lined along the old Intendencia or Custom House, Plaza de España, Andres Soriano avenue and Plaza Roma.

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order of procession

There is an information counter near the BIR building along Andres Soriano Avenue which provided some clues on the parade routes.

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participants from Bulakan, Bulacan province

These are the participants and devotees from Bulakan, Bulacan province. They gave some suman and bottled water to us while walking.

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devotees

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Nuestra Señora dela Leche y Buen Parto

Nuestra Señora dela Leche y Buen Parto image first time debut in the grand marian procession. Devotees also gave away some estampitas to visitors.

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Nuestra Señora de Porta Vaga de Manila- the processional carriage had thousands of yellow dancing lady orchids or oncidiums arrangement.

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devotees from Laguna

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Nuestra Señora Inmaculada Concepción de Salambáo

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participants in colorful terno

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Immaculada Corazon de Maria

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devotees from Bulacan province

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Nuestra Señora dela Paz ( Apung Maria de Manila )

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Our Lady of Sorrows

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students and nuns

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Maria Mananabang Sang Mga Kristianos from Capiz province

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Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Imus

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Mary Mediatrix of All Graces

Devotees from Batangas gave away estampitas, devotional booklet to the early birds. Most of the devotees came from Lipa and nearby towns of Batangas.

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devotees from San Fernando , Pampanga sell some handmade scapular

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Plaza Roma and Manila Cathedral Basilica

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Nuestra Señora Delas Saleras from Nueva Ecija province

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marian images

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Nuestra Señora Virgen de Mar Cautiva from Santo Tomas La Union province

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ladies in traje de mestiza

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devotees in colorful balintawak dress

The mood is very festive and processional carriages bedeck with flower arrangements, fruits, vegetables and live plants.

Intramuros Open House 2019

It was a hot sunny day when our small blogger group met at Plaza Roma past 7:30 am for the one day Intramuros Open House event.

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Manila Cathedral Basilica

They took a chance to explore and enjoy these museums within the walled city. Some of the bloggers are living in northern part of Metro Manila like Deparo,Novaliches, Fairview, Rodriguez, Montalban and San Mateo, Rizal did not have much time to visit the place during ordinary days.

Intramuros Open House

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Old Manila Eco Market

Mr. Philip Reyes is one of the early bird at the meet-up place which was the Old Manila Eco Market in front of Manila Cathedral Basilica.

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Manila Cathedral Basilica and former Manila Collectibles place

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flowering Dendrobium orchids and ornamental plants for sale

Old Manila Eco Market had stalls selling environment sustainable products, flowering plants, handicrafts and food made by locals or ethnic groups.

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Manila Cathedral interior

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Archbishops of Manila from late 1579 up to the present

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Manila Cathedral Basilica – We have waited a couple of minutes and took some time explaining a brief history of the church to the participants.

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La Pieta

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Fort Santiago entrance

Fort Santiago is our second stop, The well manicured space was a delight to photographers, we saw a lot of intagramers. However it seems hotter compared to what we have accustomed with. It was the paved concrete which gives a heat island effect.

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Plaza de Armas

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historical marker at the Dr. Jose Rizal’s shrine

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Dr. Jose Rizal wax figure

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tribunal

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Dr. Jose Rizal cell

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lego exhibit- Manila Hotel

The Lego exhibit is one of the MUST See attractions inside the Fort Santiago. I have been there several times. Some visitors keep on touching and playing the lego buildings that some of them have missing parts.

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The group met a lot of familiar faces and friends during our tour.

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San Agustin church facade

 Except for Philip Reyes and the author. It was the first time for the rest of the group at the museum. The last time i have entered the San Agustin museum was two months ago, when the company that i am working organized a pre-conference tour in intramuros.

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columbary units

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retablo

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At the ground floor of the San Agustin Convent and Museum, There was an ongoing Marian exhibit entitled ” Regina Caeli”  which also attracted record number of people.  We saw Sir Jeff Fernando ( a santo devotee and collector).

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botanical prints and samples

We also saw a couple of stamp collectors and heritage advocate at the museum.

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 immaculate conception carved from elephant ivories – Don Luis Ma. Araneta collection

 The group enjoyed the two hour or so tour inside the San Agustin convent and museum.

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Casa Manila and San Luis Complex

Casa Manila is a three -story rich merchant house in the late 18th and early 19th century. According to travel brochures and some books, This  merchant house was replicated from an actual house in San Nicolas district in Manila. Some materials were from demolished period houses in Manila and nearby provinces.

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second floor

The collection also included furniture f rom estate and family collection acquired by Intramuros administration in the early 1980’s up to the mid-1990’s

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sala

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kitchen area

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toilet

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Casa Manila central courtyard

Casa Manila central courtyard is favorite location set for films, television commercial and wedding reception venue.

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bambike

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Instituto Cervantes – There was an art and bazaar at the second floor of the institute.

The group took a short lunch at the nearby convenient stores, It is much cooler inside compared to the karinderia.

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Bahay Tsinoy – Bahay Tsinoy is a resource center,venue and museum. The place also had an auditorium area and resource library.

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terracota warrior replica from Xian- donated to the museum

We used to include the museum as part of the extended postal heritage tour.

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life size mannequin

The group of Mercedes Maata left after the Bahay Tsinoy museum tour. We were able to get some postcards, books and Tulay newspapers at the lobby.  They use to sell the postcards before.

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Museo Destileria Limtuaco signage

We continued our Intramuros and visited the Museo Destilleria Limtuaco which opened their door in 2018.  It was my 8th time in this museum and first time for the rest of the participants.

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Museo Destileria Limtuaco facade

( photo courtesy of Mr. Philip Reyes)

Museo de Intramuros– We arrived past 1:30pm at the museum and fall in line to revisit the museum. It was the first time for the rest of the participants. Saw Axl Guinto and Dennis Dy Kho fellow bloggers. According to the security guards manning the museum, The museum is still FREE until the end of the year. Do not the miss the chance to visit the place.

Museo Destileria Limtuaco This used to be an ancestral house of the Limpe family acquired in the late 1970’s. Eventually the ancestral house was converted into a museum and memorabilia center.

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bottles

Destileria Limtucao company had tucked into their colorful history 5 generations of master blenders.  It was established by a Chinese immigrant born of a merchant family in Amoy, China, Lim Tua Co.

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visitors

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barrels

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Lights and Sound Museum– The museum opened past 1:00 pm. There were two other schedule held within 1 hour interval.

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life-size mannequin

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Boy Scout monument  ( photo courtesy : Philip Reyes)

Boy Scout Monument  sometimes called Laging Handa Monument beside Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The monument was featured in a local postcard in the late 1960’s. It was printed by Madonna and distributed by Goodwill Bookstore.

The three boy scout featured were the three boy scout from Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The group also went to the Parian gate area where is an ongoing Likhaan booths. By this time, most of the participants were tired and could not take any photos.

We accompanied Ms. Darylle and her daughter at the foot of Quezon bridge, where they rode an AUV express going to Fairview and the author took an LRT line 1 Central station. Finally bid farewell after almost 8 hours of walking tour within intramuros.

Open House in Intramuros on October 27, 2019

Intramuros Administration in partnership with National Commision for Culture and Arts (NCCA) , Department of Tourism (DOT), Museo ni Jose Rizal ( Fort Santiago), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Authority (TIEZA) San Agustin Church and Museum, Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., Kaisa Heritage Center, Barbara’s, The Manila Cathedral, Destileria Limtuaco Museum , Instituto Cervantes de Manila and Colegio de San Juan de Letran will be having the open house on October 27, 2019 SUNDAY from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Celebration of Museums and Galleries Month

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Most of the main streets within Intramuros will be closed and please be advise that parking slots is limited.

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Among the other places to be visited is Old Manila Eco Market  in front of Manila Cathedral , Likhaan Festival and Bambike Tour.

Tranvia Service will also be FREE.

Sustainability Summit Manila in Intramuros

Old Manila Eco Market in partnership with Intramuros Administration, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Department of Tourism will be having Sustainability Summit Manila will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2019 from 1pm to 6pm at St. Thomas Hall, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila. This event is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.

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Sustainability Summit Speakers

Old Manila Eco Market among the speakers includes Mary Antonette Sepulvida Flores, Likhaya by Virlanie.

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Manager of the Social Entrepreneurship Dept. of Virlanie Foundation, currently taking Masters in Community Development in UP Diliman. Under Virlanie, she founded Likhaya to empower the mothers in street situation and poor communities through entrepreneurship and employment while also forwarding environmental sustainability through upcycling.

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She is also the founder and managing director of a sustainable travel and tours called Alpas Mundo. She believes that sustainability must be everyone’s lifestyle rich and poor, may it be in fashion, travel, food, or any aspect of people’s life.

LG Partnership with Intramuros Administration in Showcasing AI Technology

LG Philippines which is one of the leading global technologies felt their presence as they simultaneously unveiled their newest line of state of the art OLED Tv’s, putting side by side with the rich and colorful history together with tomorrow”s technology.

LG Philippines, Intramuros Administration and Museo Intramuros

Intramuros administration (IA) the government agency tasked with the restoration, development and promotion of the national cultural treasure, celebrated its 40th anniversary in the recently opened Museo de Intramuros.  The event started past 2:30 pm with a short tour of the galleries of the museum. The tour was led by Mr. Dino Santos ( curator ) of the museum.

To show its support in adding a creative touch on how Philippine history is showcased, LG Philippines donated 6 units of its TVs to the museum.

” This 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic tie between Philippines and Republic of Korea.  Throughout the seven decades of friendship between the 2 nations, we’ve been championing the importance of culture. We at LG Philippines remain committed in doing our part to preserve and showcase Philippine history. We hope that through the integration of our industry-leading OLED TV technology with riveting historically significant content, we are able to communicate to audiences, both old and new, the importance of Intramuros and Philippine history as a whole.”

– Mr. Iknwun Heo, LG Philippines Managing Director

Atty. Guiller B. Asido ( Intramuros Administration ) and Mr. Iknwun Heo ( LG Philippines Managing Director) ceremonial handshake

This is with close collaboration with TBA Studios, the folks behind the hit films Heneral Luna and Goyo, a special AVP was also made for LG, featuring the Museo de Intramuros.  Director JP Habac and Cinematographer Pong Ignacio from TBA were personally awe-struck with how vivid the color rendition is on the LG OLED TV.

Mr. James Deakin , Director JP Habac and Cinematographer Pong Ignacio

“Every bit of detail is seen the way it’s supposed to be seen. The dynamic range is really something to behold.”

– Director JP Habac, TBA Studios

LG’s newest line of TVs is powered by deep learning technology now embedded in the new a9 Gen2 and a7 Gen2 processors. This allows the TV to dramatically optimize both visuals and sound for every content.

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You can now talk to your TV by pressing the microphone button on the remote. LG’s ThinQ AI listens to your commands and executes them, even those based on earlier conversations. Tasks range from simple TV controls, to weather-related questions, and even follow-up questions based on your initial command.

“This is as smart as smart TVs can get. LG is ahead of the game in pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology.”

– Mr. James Deakin, LG’s Brand Ambassador

The flagship model uses an award-winning OLED Panel Technology that works seamlessly with Deep Learning Technology. On the other hand, sound is boosted by an intelligent algorithm that can mix up two channel audio, delivering 5.1 virtual surround sound.

HDR is possible with the help of Dolby Atmos for delivering incredibly realistic sound as the TV intelligently fine-tunes content compatible with Dolby Vision. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, which means users can enjoy 4K content at 60 FPS. It also supports Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).

Mr. Dino Santos ( curator of Museo Intramuros and Intramuros administration officers and staff)

A barrio theme fiesta late afternoon buffet catered by Via Marie which highlighted famous Filipino dishes like puto bumbong, bibingka, pancit palabok, lumpiang sariwa , halo-halo among others were serve.

Via Marie catering

With LG’s flagship OLED TV, the company takes another step ahead in their vision of a truly interconnected smart home.