Horticulture Walk and Visit to Family Mausoleums within Manila Memorial Park

Manila Memorial Park is the biggest private cemetery with combined total area of all its parks totals 342 hectares. It is located along Dr. A. Santos Avenue along Sucat, Parañaque City. The Sucat property alone covers 142 hectares.

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Tan Seng Co family mausoleum and Benigno and Corazon Aquino mausoleum

Plaza of Dignity XIX– This is where the family mausoleum of former president Corazon “Cory ” Aquino and husband Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino is located. The park also manages the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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flowers were neatly arranged at the tomb of  President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

The memorial park was opened in 1964, one of the first place in the country to have to western style concept of lawn burials.  In 1985, the memorial park also boasted of modern crematorium.

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lawn type burial place

We have several relatives, distant cousins, family friends and close acquaintances who were buried in different sections of the cemetery.

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royal palms, acacia trees, narra and mahogany tree dot this landscape

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food stalls

Food stalls from small , medium and large companies had already set-up inside the park as early as October 29. Most of these stall will be open until November 2.

Horticulture and Mausoleums

There were at least 250 species of trees, flowering shrubs, ornamental plants, native trees, ficus, cacti, succulents, ferns, orchids and even variegated palms which can be easily spotted with the park. Most of the trees and ornamental plants were planted by the park management or by the families.

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Adonidia merrillii / Bunga China mutant form with several kinds of ti-plant

At least 2 dozen bird species from Eurasian tree sparrow, Philippine pied fantail, turtle doves, pigeon and others which call the park as home. The wooded areas also host a number of bats, butterflies and bees. There is also an informal jogging group who meet at the park.

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Valero family mausoleum

Valero family mausoleum is simple with two Egyptian sphinx guarding the main entrance. This remind me of the tomb of Tuazon-Arroyo within Manila North Cemetery.

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Litonjua family mausoleum

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Narciso Ramos and Angela Ramos family mausoleum

Statesman Narcisco Ramos and Angela Ramos mausoleum is just located within few meters away from a relative’s mausoleum.

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Josephine “Jo” Martinez Ramos tomb- daughter of President Fidel V. Ramos is buried near the mausoleum of Narciso and Angela Ramos

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Yan family mausoleum

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Rico Yan mausoleum

Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan ( March 14, 1975 – March 29, 2002) mausoleum is simple, stylish and modern. Almost every caretaker within the cemetery knows this spot. Another uncle was buried just 100 meters away from this mausoleum.

Some of the fans and friends of the celebrity would visit his mausoleum every March 29 to commemorate his death anniversary.

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family tomb with foo dogs and blessed mary statue

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family mausoleum

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Filipino-Chinese family mausoleum with foo dogs

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Mabolo and Talisay tree

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Adapon family mausoleum

Adapon family had a unique family mausoleum which resembles an old town church.

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chinese style pagoda

Chinese style pagoda mausoleum resemble those in Manila Chinese Cemetery.

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california mission style mausoleum

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Co family mausoleum -with greek columns

Co family mausoleum is stately with Araucaria pine and Ptychosperma macarthurii, known as the Macarthur palm planted within the family lawn.

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This chinese style mausoleum had neatly manicured lawn with large Polyalthia longifolia, the false ashoka native to India, is a lofty evergreen tree.

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classical style with Manila palms and Bermuda grass

There were many interesting native trees and flowering plants within the park.

Horticulture Walk and Visit to Family Mausoleums within Manila Memorial Park Part 2

Big Winners at the Urban Jungle in SM Sucat

National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines, Incorporated  (NCSOPI) in partnership with SM City Sucat, Atrium area, Parañaque have a week-long show called “Urban Jungle.

Urban Jungle Winners

The winners were given ribbon and the 1st place also got trophy and gift certificate from SM, Prizes includes Php 1000, Php 500, Php 300 for mini and table top. For all cactus dish Php 2000, Php 1000 and Php600 worth of gift certificates.

Category: Mini Dish Garden

1stplace

1st Place – (Blue Ribbon)
by Mr. Kiko Villalba

2nd Place – Red Ribbon
by Ms. Dorothy Mercado

3rd Place – White Ribbon
by Mr. Michael Angelo Ragasa

Category: All Cactus Dish Garden

1st Place – Blue Ribbon
by Mr. Francis Karl Calica

2nd Place – Red Ribbon
by Mr.Lanz Bernal

3rd Place – White Ribbon
by Mr. Francis Karl Calica

BENGUET GROWN CACTUS CATEGORY

1st Place and Best in Show – Blue Ribbon
Plane Owned by Ms. Rose Balmes

2nd Place – Red Ribbon
Plant Owned by – Ms. Sarah Pia Santos

3rd Place – White Ribbon
Plant Owned by Sintiqui Tenias

BENGUET GROWN SUCCULENT (2 winners only)

1st Place – Blue Ribbon
Plant Owned by Chester Cupido

2nd Place – Red Ribbon
Plant Owned by Michael Co

Note : Photo credit goes to the organization,  Mr.Francis Karl Calica and Mr. Wilson Simuangco Angel

Urban Jungle at SM Sucat, Parañaque

National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines, Incorporated  (NCSOPI) in partnership with SM City Sucat, Atrium area, Parañaque have a week-long show called “Urban Jungle” from August 2 to 9, 2019.
Talks and Lecture Series

Talks and Lecture Series

Talks and Lecture Series

Just like the previous event, there will be stalls selling cactus, succulents, plant, fertilizers, ornamental plants among others.

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies of Kawit

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies is one of the pride of Toclong, Kawit, Cavite province.

Toclong or Lupang Kawit had several large tracts of rice fields, which explained that the area produce some of the best rice base delicacies of the town and the entire province.

suman lihia

Suman Lihia

I have tasted several suman before when we visited the town of Kawit, but have no idea that those came from Toclong, Kawit.  The rice is wrapped in banana leaves ( which infuse some flavors), then cooked in large tin cans slowly cooked over firewood.

Heirloom Recipe

Suman ( steam glutinous rice ) wrapped in banana leaves is the special pride of Aling Norma. The recipe had been part of their family and was handed down for several generations. The grandchildren said that it was a local favorite and some families in Kawit would order in advance. Their suman had reached many places like Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig, Valenzuela, Manila and even abroad.

A friend who hails from Antipolo also told us that some of the suman sold in their place were also sourced from Kawit.

Suman Moron

Suman Moron ( malagkit na bigas chocolate with mani ) glutinous rice with chocolate and peanuts. One of their best selling suman

Aling Norma’s suman can last for at least a day without spoiling. The secret is the use of pure glutinous or sticky rice in their suman. They would stick on the traditional recipe and would not scrimp on the ingredients.  Other suman makers would use the non-sticky rice varieties mix with glutinous rice in order to lower the cost. Hence one reason “why” it easily get spoiled.

Balinghoy

suman sa balinghoy with langka

Aling Norma specializes on antala (suman malagkit sa gata), suman sa balinghoy with langka ( cassava) or kamoteng kahoy, suman sa lihia, suman moron ( which is a combination of glutinous rice, chocolate with mani ( the most popular) malagkit with pinipig, pichi-pichi are just some of their well-loved delicacies.

pichi-pichi

pichi -pichi

The best way to eat their suman is serve hot with shredded coconut, traditional brown sugar called “paldo” or coconut jam. This is also best paired with hot chocolate or coffee from Amadeo.

antala

antala

One of the grandchildren have asked me if i am from the town of Imus or Kawit, since they have a suki ( regular customer) which looked similar. I hailed from Metro Manila.

Bought several suman before we left the Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 site at Isla Events Place in Imus, Cavite province. After almost 8 hours of event and travel from Cavite, Aling Norma’s suman is still fresh and almost immediately eaten by immediate family members and relatives who would swear that it was one of the best suman they have tasted.

Note: Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies accepts bulk order, but must be ordered in advance.

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies

Address; Toclong , Kawit, Cavite

Contact Person: Ms. Gerlie (0935-4939544)

8 Appetizing Ways to Enjoy, Eating and Drink at Wrong Yakiniku

Wrong Yakiniku had a soft opening last June 24, 2019. The Japanese-Korean inspired restaurant had officially opened today ( July 08) past 10:00 am.

Wrong Yakiniku facade

The mood was very festive with relatives, friends, proprietors, bloggers, vloggers were on hand to witness the blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Wrong Yakiniku proprietors and friends

There are also big plans to expand the business in nearby cities like Taguig, Parañaque, Quezon City and greater Luzon area in the next few months.

Here are some of the reasons why one must try to visit and dine at this restaurant.

8 Appetizing Ways to Enjoy , Eat and Drink

buffet table

8.) Korean and Japanese inspired dishes– samgyupsals, shabu-shabu, sushi, tempura, salad, kimchi , chadolbaegi, samjang,japchae and grilling different kinds of skewers. This place is worth visiting.

7.) Ambiance – The ambiance is very Instagram and photo worthy. The use of natural wood and authentic products like Japanese mayonnaise and Soju from South Korea will delight clients.

There are also live indoor plant which filters indoor pollutants. These also add beauty and improve the chi inside the restaurant.

Sansevieria bacularis

6.) Family and Friend Oriented– One can invited the whole barkadas, co-employees , relatives and family to dine at this place.

5.) Big Sitting Capacity– The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 75 to 95 people at any given time.

different cocktail drinks

Korean soju and Japanese wines

4.) Cocktail Haven – For those who wanted to taste their soju and different kinds of cocktail drinks. Just try to come an enjoy them from Tuesdays to Sundays from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

friendly staff

3.) Friendly Staff– One is warmly greeted by their receptionist neatly dress in Japanese attire. They are also attentive to one’s need.

Korean soju and Japanese sake

2.) Korean and Japanese products– One can also buy some of the neatly arranged soju, noodles, mayonnaise, spices among others.

different kinds of  dishes

shrimp tempura

shabu-shabu

different kinds of sushi

1.) Value for Money – Their unlimited samgyupsals, shabu-shabu and buffet meals are worth visiting. One can also do-your-own sauces and having the experience of cooking one’s food.

exciting array of different dishes at affordable prices

Note: Buffet policy: No leftovers and Php 1.00 per gram of food wastage

Wrong Yakiniku

Address: Ground Floor, Vensu Place, 2 Pontiac street corner Camaro street
West Fairview, Quezon City

Contact: 0977- 413 7211/ 09388665953

Operational Hours: Everyday from 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight ( last order will be at around 11:00pm)