Stamp Art and Pop Memorabilia Exhibit at the Manila Central Post Office

Postal heritage tour participants, general public and stamp and postcard collectors were delighted to see the two ongoing exhibits at the Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila.

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The pop memorabilia exhibit was opened in presence of the families, friends and fans of the three pop music icon last November 15, 2019.

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l-r Makati Councilor Ms. Tosca Puno-Ramos, daughter of Rico J. Puno; Mrs.Valerie Garcia, widow of Rene Garcia and Mr.Beebop Smith, son of Pepe Smith were presented with PHLPost’s Pinoy Music Icons during the launch. (Photo courtesy of PHLPost)

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Pinoy Music Icons first day cover

A special stamp and first day cover was issued to pay homage to these three music icons.

Pop Icon Memorabilia

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The pop icon memorabilia included photos, album covers, dress and even guitars used by the three Filipino pop icons.

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The three Filipino pop music icons included Mr. Rene Garcia of the iconic Hotdog band. He either wrote or co-wrote songs like “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka Day,” “Beh, Buti Nga,” “Bitin Sa ‘Yo,” “Ikaw Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko,” “Dying To Tell You,” “Langit Na Naman,” and many more. Garcia passed away on September 2, 2018 at the age of 65.

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Mr. Rico J. Puno memorabilia items includes his jacket, cd and shoes

Mr. Rico J. Puno aka “The Total Entertainer” also passed away on October 30 of the same year at 65. Puno, a pop singer and a pioneer-promoter of Original Filipino Music (OPM) rose to stardom after channeling American superstars to forge a distinctive brand of local soul music in the 1970’.

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t-shirts for sale

He also ventured into dance-friendly songs like “Macho Gwapito,” but music listeners here and abroad would prefer his easy-listening croons in Filipinized versions of “The Greatest Love of All,” “One Last Memory,” and more so with his catchy, memorable ballads such as “Kapalaran,” “Buhat,” “Ang Tao’y Marupok” and “Lupa.”

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Mr. Pepe Smith the “Mick Jagger of the Philippines” and the Father of Philippine rock passed away on January 28, 2019, at the age of 71.

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There were about 60 participants in the talks and tour which was in joint partnership with Philippine Philatelic Federation, walkwithchan, Pilipinas Philately and Philippine Postal Corporation.

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Art and History Exhibit

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different art works and sketches

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stamp exhibit frames at the left side of the post office

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postal heritage talk participants

Pop Music Icon Memorabilia and Art and History exhibit will run until November 29, 2019.

For those interested in the upcoming FREE talks and tour, The next activity will be held on December 21, 2019 Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn.

Manila Cybertron & Modern Vintage Collectibles at Old Manila Eco Market and Puesto Manila

Manila Cyberton and Modern Vintage Collectible items are some of the exhibitors at the Art Pop Art within Old Manila Eco Market and Puesto Manila from November 16 and 17 saturday and sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Old Manila and Puesto Manila stalls

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Copperazo

Old Manila Eco Market and Puesto Manila have teamed up to have this unique trade fairs which combines pop culture, vintage, toys, collectible items, handmade products, environmentally friendly and sustainable products.

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Old Manila Eco Market and Puesto Manila

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collectible items, toys, comics and lunchboxes

We took some time to explore the event and saw over 20 stalls selling different kinds of vintage items, toys, stickers, note cards, soaps, hand made jewelries, food, coffee, accessories , cassettes, food, t-shirt and eco friendly products among others

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wind catcher, necklace and other items

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different kinds of native delicacies and preserve foods

There were also a lot of local and foreign tourist roaming around the bazaar area.

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sketch works

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locally published comics being sold for just Php 50.00

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baguito bags

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water proof stickers

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sticker and key chains

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handmade notebooks and scrap book

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itlog pin

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notecards / viewcards for sale

Do not forget to visit the bazaar and know the sellers advocacy and try to explore interesting places in intramuros and nearby areas.

Flores Para Los Muertos Mural Paintings at Manila North Cemetery

Flores Para Los Muertos (Flowers for the Dead) was a joint project between of Pino Art Museum, Davies Paints, Boysen and the Manila city government last October 6, 2019.

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butterflies and birds

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a flowering shrub introduced to the country during the Spanish colonial regime.

Locally called peacock flower, caballero, bulaklak ng paraiso or paradise flower.

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heliconia

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hibiscus or gumamela

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bougainvillea

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lilium hybrid or commonly called star gazer

Collective Art

There were at least 300 creative artists from Ilocos Sur, Tarlac, Bulacan and Rizal provinces volunteered to come together and paint this mural.

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sunflowers

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 hydrangeas or milflores

Mr. Ferdie Montemayor ( artist) spearheaded in organizing the volunteers, together with other artists from the Pinto Art Museum.

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 looked like santan or ixora

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The team managed to paint the whole mural in just 10 hours which included 3rd district Congressman John Marvin ” Yul Servo” Nieto.

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bird of the paradise

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Managed to visit the wall few days after they painted the perimeter walls of the Manila North Cemetery.

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chrysanthemum

This also gives more time for the paint to age and the art work to mature.

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toucan and butterflies

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tulips

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roses

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Project

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 The project hoped to brighten the bare white wash walls of the cemetery which borders Manila and Quezon City.

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Zanthedeschia hybrid and Rapidophora leaves

The wall paintings is located along the 500 meters perimeter wall along Andres Bonifacio Avenue.

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Vanda hybrids

According to a long time resident of the area, The local government should also improve on the street lighting along the stretch of the avenue.

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Vanda sanderiana and hybrids

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Phalaenopsis hybrid aka moth orchids

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anthurium

The most popular flowers which the artists painted were orchids, hibiscus ( gumamela), tulips, anthuriums and bougainvilleas.

The public is also advise not to put graffiti or destroy the wall painting.

Horticulture Walk and Visit to Family Mausoleum within Manila Memorial Park ( Part 2)

Manila Memorial Park is a treasure trove of tombs, family mausoleum, flora, fauna and famous personalities.

walking or jogging around the park is a healthy option to enjoy the scenery. The park is ideal for spotting some insects, birds or even flowering plants.

Among the unique tomb is the pyramid shaped tomb of Mr. Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr.

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Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr. tomb

Pyramid shaped tomb of Mr. Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr. who died in 1975.

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chinese temple style mausoleum

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frangipani/ plumeria aka kalachuchi

Horticulture Walk

This chinese temple style mausoleum had several decades-old kalachuchi / plumeria or frangipani trees blooming.

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traveller palm, kalachuchi, mango tree, royal palm, mussaenda hybrid

Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as traveller’s tree or traveller’s palm

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Familia Rocha-Perez mausoleum

Famila Rocha -Perez mausoleum is overrun with Ficus pumila which reminds me of an open type tomb at the Manila Chinese Cemetery. The family tomb also had palms and potted sanseviera / mother- in- law plant.

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Catañeda family mausoleum with Ficus pumila creeping into the walls of the family mausoleum.

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L- R Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr., Teresita M. Reyes, Amparo Reyes, Luis M. Reyes and Alfredo M. Reyes

Reyes-Montinola family mausoleum- I have been to this mausoleum several times. Paying my homage and respect to the founders of Far Eastern University.

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Reyes- Montinola family mausoleum

The outer and inner wall had old Ficus pumila creeping of the walls of the family mausoleum. The hedges are planted with Hibiscus or Gumamela hybrids.

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Mr. Geronimo Velasco tomb- The walls had creeping Ficus pumila, palms, crotons and bermuda grass.  The family tomb is located just beside the Reyes-Montinola family mausoleum.

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Sison family

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Montinola-Varona family mausoleum

Montinola-Varona family plot is neatly planted with bermuda grass, blooming boungainvilleas, auracaria and sansevieria plants.

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classic with touch of modern style

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Bangkok Kalachuchi or Adenium obesum hybrid blooming

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Antonio Welborn mausoleum

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Manila Memorial Park creek area

There were several ficus trees, bougainvillea hybrids and hedge plants planted in this portion of the park. The creek which flows within the manila memorial park property is dirty and needs periodic flushing to remove the trash.

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boungainvillea hybrids

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columbary units with cycad

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The columbary area had some man-made cave with planted areas for foliage anthurium, ficus, dracena plant and aviary. There is also an aviary where a couple of crows are kept.

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Euphorbia millii hybrid

Some family plot owners and caretakers prefer to plant Euphorbia millii hybrid within their designated area. According to them, It save them money and their brightly colored flowers also serves as flower arrangement. This also avoid some park goers to pick them since these plants are thorny.

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Court of Eternal Tribute

The adobe entrance also had several Ficus trees planted to create an effect.

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Royal palm, Bunga China were some of the palms planted in this family mausoleum

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modern neo-gothic style mausoleum

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Lagdameo-Revilla family mausoleum

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Hibiscus or Gumamela  flowering

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a circular family mausoleum

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family mausoleum with a lot of bromeliad hybrids and date palm

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Limpe Family mausoleum

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 family mausoleum

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bromeliad hybrid planted in a family mausoleum as hedge

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Japanese-modern family mausoleum

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Evangelista -Ongpauco family mausoleum

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Carunugan family mausoleum

Carunungan family mausoleum is chic and shabby style architecture. With large windows, natural light can enter the mausoleum. This looked like a tooth from a distance.

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Guatemalan rhubarb ( Jatropha podagrica), sometimes mistakenly called tropical ginseng. A deciduous ornamental often grown as a pot plant or in rockeries, this shrub has a thick gouty, swollen stem up to 60cm, often a few large leaves near the top of the plant.

This ornamental plant was introduced into the country during the Spanish colonial regime. This is normally used for landscaping, ornamental plant and hedge plant. This does not require frequent watering and does not have any medicinal value. Do try to eat any parts of the plant since it had a toxicity level of 2 and 3.

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Dischidia ionantha or Manaog ka Irog naturalized on a tree

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family mausoleum

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ornately decorated family mausoleum

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chapel style family mausoleum

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Tantoco-Rustia family mausoleum

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Samson family plot with neatly manicured lawn and ornamental plants

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Cabarrus Family mausoleum with family crest

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Castillo family mausoleum – Mr. Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III is buried along with his grand parents. He was a University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student who died due to hazing cause by frat members on September 17, 2017.

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Don Mariano Lim mausoleum

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mausoleum

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mid-modern family mausoleum painted in apple green

This family tomb had several mahogany trees, talisay trees planted within their property.

There is problem in water supply in the memorial park. Those planning to plant ornamental plants or trees within their family estate. Try to choose native flowering plants and trees which can withstand drought, minimal care or even petty theft, like those picking flowers or branches.

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Dita tree

Alstonia scholaris or Dita tree is a native tree which is commonly planted in open spaces, parks and glad to have seen several trees planted in this portion.

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Kalaw -Katigbak family mausoleum

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Barringtonia asiatica or locally called Botong/ Bitun/ Bitung/ Boton is another tree which is commonly planted in the memorial park.

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Lim family mausoleum- This reflect combination of Filipino-Chinese, Catholic and simple modern mausoleum.

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De Vera family mausoleum- This family mausoleum is located near Rico Yan , Angela and Narciso Ramos mausoleum. The mausoleum architecture is the same with the Lim family mausoleum since they were designed by the same contractor.

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family mausoleum

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Co family mausoleum with blooming ixora / santans, Ochna serrulata / Mickey Mouse plant planted in cement plant boxes.

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cannonball tree flowers

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 Couroupita flowers also have mild scent

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Couroupita guianensis is also called Ayahuma or cannonball tree. This tree is extensively used as landscape tree in Manila Memorial Park and even at the Holy Cross Memorial.

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Pisonia alba is also known as Lettuce tree, maluku or Koles maluku. The apple green leaves of this ornamental tree can be eaten and used as salad or fried into tempura. This ornamental tree used to be commonly planted in many parks, private homes and garden in the 1970’s till the late 1990’s.

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Tricycle TODA

Saw the mausoleums of AJ Perez, Ambassador Yuchengco along the way. There are also tricycle route inside the park. The special fare cost Php 30.

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meditation tower – one of the landmarks of the park

One can visit Manila Memorial Park anytime. People could normally visit the park early in the morning to avoid the traffic and late afternoon.

Horticulture Walk and Visit to Family Mausoleums within Manila Memorial Park Part 1

 

Quick Stroll at Manila North Cemetery (Part 2)

Manila North Cemetery is much cleaner compared a year ago, but there were several road projects within the cemetery that walking around the community is still quite hard.

We visited the middle part of the cemetery along Main street in which major family mausoleums, family plot and famous people were buried.

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boat shaped tomb

Manila North Cemetery

There are also interesting flowering plants, trees and butterflies at the Manila North Cemetery

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Mausoluem of the Veterans of the Revolution or Panteón de los Veteranos de la Revolución , the Mousoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolución.

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Mr. Arcadio Arellano brother of Architect Juan M. Arellano made the design for the monument in 1915 and the Asociacion de los Veteranos de la Revolucion.

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historical marker installed in 1993

The neoclassical mausoleum is painted white with massive cubic structure on an elevated square podium. A shallow dome rests on a drum with small openings to allow the circulation of air and  let the natural light to come in.

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shallow dome from inside

The facade had a bas relief of Swags, frets with key patterns, and human figures that represent grief to those who died in the causes of the revolution from Spain and United States of America.

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bas relief

We met a Manila cityhall employee and told us that there were a lot of Katipuneros and fighters of the revolution were already exhumed and returned to their respective families or provinces.

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One of my friend who hails from Makati told us that he is distantly related to one of the  revolutionary. We lighted white candles to pay homage to these veterans. Jewish cemetery and Pascual Poblete tomb is not far from this iconic landmark.

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Pascual Poblete

 Pascual H. Poblete (May 17, 1857—February 5, 1921) was a Filipino writer and feminist, remarkably noted as the first translator of Dr. José Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere into the Tagalog language. The bust used to be painted white and overrun with cadena de amor. 

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Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery plot is not that big, This site was the allotted in 1925 or 5685 in Jewish calendar. The site is the final resting place of several prominent Jewish nationals and Filipino-Jews.

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Arellano family family plot is located just few meters away from the site. The family plot seemed well-kept and clean.

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family plot

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Isabelo delos Reyes and family plot

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Thomasites plot

Thomasite is group of 600 American teachers who traveled from the United States with 365 males and 165 females—left Pier 12 of San Francisco on July 23, 1901, to sail via the Pacific Ocean to South East Asia. The memorial plot was erected in 1917.

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Pancho Villa

Francisco Guilledo (August 1, 1901 – July 14, 1925) more popularly known by his boxing screen name Pancho Villa. He fought 103 boxing round and winning 89 and 22 knock outs in his boxing career.

Pancho Villa is the first Asian to win the World Flyweight Championship in 1923.  His sudden death at only twenty-three from complications following a tooth extraction.

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Tuazon family mausoleum and tomb

This is one of the oddest family mausoleum within the Manila North Cemetery. This become one of the tourist attractions. The family tomb is located near Poe family mausoleum.

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sphinx guardian

This is the grandest Egyptian style tomb. There are similar but on less grand scale in Manila Chinese Cemetery, La Loma Catholic Cemetery and Manila Memorial Park.

We continued the quest within the cemetery and visited some graveside of distant relatives, friends and neighbors. Some of which were already exhumed several years ago.