Postcrossing PH Meet-up at Museo ng Sining, GSIS Complex in Pasay City

PostcrossingPH FB members and enthusiasts had a memorable eyeball, meet-up that was held at the Luna Room in Museo ng Sining in Pasay City.

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Ms. Arlene Collado

The eyeball and meet-up is much anticipated by the members. There were over 30 members who attended the meeting. These also include PHLPOST Business Line manager Mr. Maximo Santa Maria and some Philatelic section employees.

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A short program was held past 2:00 pm where a short introduction of each members.

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postcards, stamps, postcard holders, key chains, ball pen were some of the items raffled-off to the participants

There was the regular swapping of local postcards, gotochi or shaped postcards, mini-raffle and meet-up autograph signing was held.

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postcards printed on photo paper

There are also some self made PostcrossingPH meet-up postcards made by some individuals.

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There was many familiar faces at the meet-up since some of the members also participate at the local stamp club meeting and auction.

We decided to leave the place past 3:30pm and head for the food review held somewhere in Quezon City.

 

Visita Iglesia 2017 of Churches within Parañaque City

It was Maundy Thursday  when we decided to visit some churches within Parañaque City , Las Piñas and Pasay area within a few short days.

Left around 5:00 am in our home and traffic was quite smooth from Fairview and Novaliches area until a major road repair along EDSA- Magallanes area to Malibay , Pasay halted the buses , jeepneys to almost a crawl . I was stuck to almost standstill for more than 1 hour and arrived almost 7:45 am at the Baclaran church. The 2 hour and 45 minute traffic is still short compared to 3 hours to almost 3 1/2 hours in ordinary days.

Baclaran church

There were a lot of devotees and people taking photos around the church compound. We were also lucky to go inside the main altar took a few snap shots. Before we went to another smaller parish just a few minutes away. Baclaran church had their own website and is open 24 hours . Baclaran Church is known as National Shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help.

main altar

iron works of the our lady of perpetual help

side chapel

latin inscription 

History :

The present church building is the third built on the site in Baclaran. The first was a small wooden structure dating back to 1932 when the Redemptorists moved into Baclaran. It was in this small church that the first novena was conducted by Fr. Leo English on June 23, 1948. By the end of 1949 the novena had grown to eight sessions with about 60,000 people attending. To meet this demand the church was extended to double capacity by Frs. Taylor and English. This was the second building.

the third building, the present National Shrine, was begun in December 1952. The cornerstone was laid by Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney on January 11th 1953 and it was conseャcrated on Dec. pt 1958 by Archbishop Rufino Santos, assisted by Bp. Antiporda and Bp. Shanley O.CD.. The solemn opening and inauguration took place a few days later on Dec. 5, 1958 by the same Archbishop Rufino Santos, accompanied by Cardinal Agagianian and other bishop.

Santa Rita de Cascia Parish

This is just located a few meters away from Baclaran church , a short walk from the church , this also serves a a border between Maricaban , Pasay and Parañaque.

Saint Rita of Cascia Parochial School

There is a parochial school beside the parish church. Saint Rita of Cascia  died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. Canonized in 1900, she is honored in Spain as La Santa de los Impossibles and elsewhere as a patron saint of hopeless causes.

Saint Rita of Cascia

One can offer sampaguita garlands or light a candle

Santa Rita of Cascia side entrance

There are smaller side chapels within the parish compound. The chapels can be rented for funerals.

main entrance

The main entrance boast of stained glass windows

The architecture is rather new and the bells beside the church is late 19th century. A larger hall is located within the compound.

Address : Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro Manila

Tel. Number s – +632832 1525; +6328323505,  Telefax: 853-063

United Methodist Church 

The United Methodist Church is located at 0199 Qurino Avenue, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. It is considered as one of the oldest Methodist churches within the city. This had a historical marker installed by then National Historical Institute now (NHCP )  in 1991.

National Historical Commission of the Philippines marker 1991

History :

The church was established in 1901 in Mabong, Pasay by the American Methodists Missionaries . It was subsequently transferred in Pildira, Pasay in 1915 and in its present location in 1917. The church premises suffered a major blow during World War II when it was hit by a bomb which claimed the lives of seventy-seven Filipinos. In 1950, the church was renovated through the help and generosity of the Philippine War Damages Commission and the Trinity of the United States.

Saint Joseph Parish of Tambo,  Parañaque City

Saint Joseph Parish of Tambo, Parañaque City is located at 223 Quirino Avenue – One can walk for about 20 minutes from Saint Rita of Cascia Parish or take 1 jeepney ride going to Tambo. The church facade had been recently renovated .

statues within the parish courtyard

History :

 According to the community and family friends that we met during the short Visita Iglesia . It was Belgian Catholic missionaries of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) from nearby Saint Andrew Parish of La Huerta helped planted the seeds of Catholicism in Tambo and by 1969, the barangay have its own Catholic parish named after St. Joseph, the Worker and Husband of Mary with Father Leonardo Marquez as its first parish priest.

Few years ago, the church had some renovation and the main facade was made bigger.

Telephone: +63(2)8528441, (632) 853-4446; 851-2380

San Dionisio Chapel facade made from adobe, bricks and cement. While there are some old acacia trees and palm growing within the outer courtyard of the chapel. The beams are supported by large wood with chandelier.

The main altar retablo  is made from hardwood and St. Dionysius or San Dionisio – local call the saint “Tata Dune” Home of the headless patron saint which is enshrined  at the center of the altar.  Tata Dune was a Bishop from France who was beheaded by his persecutors.

Barangay San Dionisio 

Barangay San Dionisio building was patterned after the facade of the chapel. The Barangay building is just located near the chapel.

local marker

Local marker was installed on May 19, 1990. Beside the chapel is a stage area where a yearly senakulo is staged.

people are refrain from making noise within the chapel premises

located in El Filibustermo Street  corner Quirino Avenue, San Dionisio ,  Parañaque City

Santa Monica Chapel -Don Galo ,Parañaque City

religious statues are covered with purple cloth to symbolized mourning period

Address: 619 Victor Medina Street , Don Galo ,Parañaque City

Barangay La Huerta arch and bridge 

We met some old -time residents of the place, They are quite gracious to tell us the way to Saint Andrew Cathedral . We passed the La Huerta arch and bridge, some old ancestral houses , a couple of eateries along the way.

mansion beside the river

This is a beautiful mansion beside the river with manicured garden and orchids which cling to the coconuts within the property.

Manuel Hernandez -Bernabe  historical marker

Biography 

Manuel H. Bernabe (1890-1960) “King of Balagtasan” in Spanish was a poet, linguist and politician, Manuel Bernabe was born on February 17, 1890 to Timoteo Bernabe and Emilia Hernandez of Parañaque, Rizal.

At the age of 10, he already started writing verses. He studied at the Ateneo de Manila where he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree with high academic standing in 1907, and then took up law at the University of Santo Tomas, but not able to took up the bar exams. In 1910, Manuel’s first poem was published in the Renacimento Filipino. In 1912, he translated Virgil’s Aenid from Latin to Spanish. In 1913, he received an award for his poems: “Himno al Sagado Corazon de Jesus (Hymn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus), “El Zapote,” and “Espana a Filipinas”.
In 1912, he joined the staff of La Democracia and in 1918, of La Vanguardia of the Roces Publications. He was a columnist but from time to time he also published poems and short stories in the magazine Exelsior.
Manuel also excelled in the balagtasan, where his stalwart adversary was Jesus Balmori. In 1927, he published Balagtasan a compilation of his three poetic joust against Balmori; “El Recuerdo y el Olvido” (Memory and Forgetting), “El Hombre y la Mujer”(Man and Woman), and “La Ilusion y el Desengano” (Illusion and Deception). His other works were: “Cantos del Tropico” ( Songs from the tropic) in 1929, which contains poems. He translated into the Spanish the English version of Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which was praised as the best Spanish translation of that masterpiece by Blasco Ibanez, a Spanish novelist, and also Perfil de la Cresta.
an old mansion near the Saint Andrew Cathedral 
In 1925, he won the Premio Zobel for his translation of Rubaiyat. In 1926, for his and Jesus Balmori’s Balagtasan, “El Hombre y La Mujer.” For high academic and excellent performance, Manuel was chosen a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in the Philippines in 1931 and was named poet laureate in Spanish (National Poet) on February 25, 1950. For his untiring efforts in the propagation and conservation of the Spanish language, Bernabe received two decorations from Spain – El Yugo y las Flechas in 1940 and orden de Isabela la Catolica in 1953. In 1964, he was also awarded the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinagan Award by the City Government of Manila.
He taught Spanish in different schools such as: Far Eastern University, Philippine Law School and Institute de Espanol at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. In 1951, he accompanied President Elpidio Quirino on the latter’s state visit to Spain. He joined the world of politics, as a representative to Congress of the first district of Rizal.
He retired from politics and once more joined the journalistic profession in the La Vanguardia. He was appointed professor of Spanish at the University of the Philippines and a technical assistant for Filipino-Spanish Relations at Malacañang from 1943-1947. Bernabe died of coronary thrombosis on November 29, 1960, at barrio La Huerta,Parañaque , as he was having conversation with his friends, he collapsed and never regained consciousness.
He was also featured in Philippine stamps in 1990 to commemorate the centennial of his birth.
References: Philippine Postal Corporation Philatelic Bulletin : May ,1990 ( Manuel H. Bernabe)
National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Saint Andrew Cathedral

Saint Andrew Cathedral is officially The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew and commonly referred to as the Parañaque Cathedral, is one of the oldest churches in the country. It was established on May 11, 1580 by the Agustinian order. The church is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque.

apostolic marker installed in 2011

main altar

painting which depicts Saint Andrew parish and its images

These churches and shrines is just 2 ride away from Asiatel Airport Hotel .

Address : Aurora formerly Tramo Road, cor. Andrews, Aurora Blvd, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Near Resorts World Manila, NAIA Terminal 3.
(02)8332136
09222837339
09773283313
09216809738

 

Maxim’s Hotel -Manila and Newport City tour review

No 10 Newport Boulevard,Newport City Complex, Pasay City · Metro Manila, 1309- Philippines

roof top view of Marriot Hotel with landscape garden from Maxim’s Hotel

After the meet and greet  with  German Chef Frank Schmitt at the nearby Genting Star Cruises Academy , We were offered a quick but meaningful tour around the complex. Although this is not my first time to visit the complex, I have been watching some movies and theater plays in the past. This is more of a facility tour around the vicinity. Along with Pinoy Chocophile : http://pinoychocophile.blogspot.com , We were given an exclusive tour of the facilities , amenities and places to dine . Marriot Hotel is  located within  Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 .The hotel had 8 floors which  boasts of 323  exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding , 19 suits , 10 meeting rooms with a total of 12, 292 square feet of total meeting place.

exclusive villas with secluded jacuzzi and private polls awaits hotel’s vip’s clients .

Maxims Hotel

Maxims Hotel is the all-suite luxury hotel in the Philippines, setting the benchmark for high-end accommodations in the country. Catering to guests with the most discerning tastes, this first-class city retreat is equipped with 172 spacious and lavishly-furnished suites. For inquiries and reservations, please email :
hsm@rwmanila.com
reservation@rwmanila.com
Call :
+63(2) 908 8000 loc 7796 to 7797
+63(2) 908 8600

Maxim’s Hotel : http://www.rwmanila.com/hotels-at-resorts-world-manila/maxims-tower

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The complex  is a convenient 15 to 20  minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course,and AFP Air Craft Museum.  Leisure facilities includes Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms.

vertical garden using Tillandsia ionantha varieties

The hotel is said to open to the public in 2009 boast of being the first six star hotel in country. Aside from Marriot Hotel which is a six- star hotel , First in Metro Manila,   Maxims Hotel a six-star hotel, Remington Hotel a three- star hotel which is located within the complex.

wine  from different parts of the world  that is kept in refrigeration 

 According to our host , The wines  are kept away from sunlight and heat exposure, storing  them in  wine fridge which is  temperature controlled . Wide fluctuation in temperature will damage the wine and the cork. Ideal range of temperature for storing red wine is 50-55ºF or 10-16ºC. White wines can be stored at lower ranges at 45ºF.

wine stored in different levels

Another important factor is the humidity, which factors  important fine balance. If the humidity is too high, mold can grow and cellar woods and wine labels can be damaged. If the environment is too dry, the cork will crack and air will leak into the bottle, again ruining the wine. Ideal humidity for wine storage ranges from 60-75% Relative Humidity. Since i am not a wine connoisseur , i was stuck and awed by the wide array of wines from different parts of the globe.

 flowering guzmanias placed at the main escalator of the hotel

The hotel main escalator had potted-live flowering plants which also serves as a flower arrangement , the potted plants can remain fresh for several weeks ! I even overheard some guests were asking whether those plants are real .

chocolate centerpiece 

Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations., in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge.

array of chocolates and snack items

Among the hotel long list of celebrity clientele included Congressman Manny Pacquiao and among others. Maxims Hotel is also a perfect place to relax offering six- star amenities , while Remington hotel offers a 3 -star amenities .  Our  tour within the Newport City is not fully complete due to time constraints ,  We promise our contacts to return back and maybe feature some historical tid-bits and attractions that Megaworld , Genting and their partners are up to in the next few months to follow.  It is also wise to become a member of Resort’s World , They have exclusive membership cards which is like a reward plus, aside from getting points when you use the cards in any of Newport City establishments , There are also several pick-up points around Metro Manila where shuttle vans waits for those members . I guess with all those amenities and membership perks , no wonder ‘why’ this entertainment city can rival some of Asia’s best   and brightest cities !

Phone: 63 2 9889999
Fax:63 2 8369998
Sales:63 2 9889999 ext. 8014
Sales Fax:63 2 9889946
Marriot Hotel- Manila :www.marriott.com/hotels/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/marriotthotelmanila

Megaworld : www.megaworldcorp.com/

Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan theme of 9th OFW and Family Summit

Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan is this year theme at the 9th Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and Family Summit on November 12, 2019 at Hall-D , World Trade Center, Senator Gil Puyat ( Buendia ), Pasay City.

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Ms. Susan Ople and Senator Cynthia Villar

This aims to equip the OFWs with the necessary tools to grow their money here in the country. The press conference was moderated by Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople of the Ople Training Center. The 9th OFW and Family Summit aims to target at least 4,000 participants.

OFW and Family Summit

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Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who is also director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG).

“My family and many OFWs always look forward to this event because it has evolved into an occasion where OFWs and their families gather and interact with private and government institutions for concerts ranging from access to financial services, social benefits, legal assistance, among others,” Villar said.

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The summit will be graced by former Senate President Manny Villar, Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mar Villar, Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez.

English Learning Camp Chief Executive Officer Burn Guitterez, author of the country’s first finance-influenced comic book “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” will be talking on the growing one’s earnings. Also talking on the topic will be Ecofarm owners Eric Atanacio and Terra Verde; and President and Chief Financial Planner of Wealth Arki Consultancy, Inc.

On the topic of Business Landscape and Trends for Start-ups, panelists will be Emma Tolentino, Eco Natural Integrated Farm owner; Ace Vergel dela Cruz, acquisition executive of Grab Philippines; and Capt. Danny Ricohermoso, Executive Vice President of Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines, Inc.

OFWs turned successful entrepreneurs will also have their own segment led by Gene Gutierrez, owner of Big Ben’s Gourmet and Big Ben’s Kitchen; Bianca Tolentino, owner of Cofficina Cafe + Co-work; and Princess San Diego, founder of What’s Your Flan.i

Do not forget to visit Website: http://ofwsummit2019.villarsipag.org or visit the family desk at any Vista Mall and Starmall branches nationwide: on site registration as early as 6:00 am on the day of the summit.

Submit one of the following documents: copy if the OFW’s passport; proof of remittances; seaman’s book; job contract; copy of the documents establishing the relationship with OFW’s such as marriage certificate and valid ID.

Do not forget to pre-register and get a chance to win house and lot from Lessandra by Camelia, 2 motorcycle from Isuzu -Cavite, Pangkabuhayan Showcase from All Day Supermarket, Applicance Showcase from All Home, Xtreme Appliance and other prizes.

A Gift to the World: Bromeliad, Cactus and Succulent Show

The Philippines is known for its Flora Biodiversity, in the world or Horticulture the Philippines is very well known for its Horticulture contributions, biggest example would be Vanda sanderiana and Phalaenopsis aphrodite. The show will be from June 20 to 23, 2019 at Artium Area, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

These endemic Philippine Orchids have been the primary parents for most of the best and well known Foreign Hybrids across the globe. Seeing this worldwide fame of our endemic species as A Gift to the World. It is about time that Philippine Growers and Hybridizers show to the world. For those coming to the show, there is no entrance fees and there will be daily lectures, games and plant auction.

Daily Lectures/ Demonstrations:

June 20, Thursday
1pm Cactus Care During Rainy Season
4pm All About Caudiciform

June 21, Friday
1pm Tillandsias & Bromeliads as Home Decor
4pm Cactus and Succulents as Ornamentals

June 22, Saturday
1pm Growing Tillandsias Indoors and Artificial Lighting
4pm Compact Gardening for Small Spaces

June 23, Sunday
1pm Growing Bromeliads in the Metro
There will also be an auction at 4pm on June 23.

The Cactus, Succulent, and Bromeliad Festival will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium in Pasay City from June 20 to 23. Lectures will be held at 1:00PM to 4:00PM

 

Program

A Gift to the World highlights Philippine Horticulture in its finest with out any Biases towards Plants, Organizational and Political affiliations this is one of the Dreams of the Owner of Manila Bulletin. Let us make support this Dream.

There is no entrance fees in this show.