All posts by rence chan

Mid-Century Family Heirloom Religious Statue Collection

I have visited a collector friend after spending almost an entire day within FEU campus. My friend lives near the border of Manila and Quezon city. Selling a few mid-century items as part time trader. They are selling their old ancestral house and negotiation is still underway.

The buyer most probably will demolish the ancestral house and built a new one. The area is located on higher ground near University belt, hospital, market places which makes it attractive to prospective buyer.

IMAGE

a mid-century house with marston mat gate within the neighborhood

The three story house was built during the commonwealth era. It had a lot area of 249 square meters. Its perimeter fence had Marston Mat, properly called pierced (or perforated) steel planking (PSP). This was first manufactured in the United States in the late 1930’s and was used extensively until the early 1960’s in the country.

IMAGE

marston mat gate within Quezon City

Marston Mat was extensively used during the last world war by army engineers and seabees (construction battalions) to build runways and other readily usable surfaces over all kinds of terrain.

IMAGE

fern with Dischidia ionantha

It was which was quite popular fencing material after the second world war in the country. Some of the martson mat were also used as gates, partition in large properties, fencing material and even covers in manholes.

IMAGE

a mid-century old house within F. Blumentritt, Sampaloc, Manila

There were also several mid-century houses and apartments within the street. However most of the houses were not properly maintained.

Family Heirloom Religious Statues

Last supper

last supper

Last Supper in large wood frame- This is a last supper made from several pieces of wood glued together. This use to be commonly sold in the souvenir market from the late 1930’s to the mid-1970’s. The first ones were probably made by prisoners from the Bilibid prison and quickly caught the fancy among art collectors.

IMAGE

last supper

Last Supper – Another masterpiece tapestry. This became common piece in almost all the Catholic homes all over the country. These are normally hung in dinning area or sala.

IMAGE

 Christ the King seated

 Christ the King seated on his throne while raising his right hand and with the left showing his sacred heart. Made from eskayola/ escayola or plaster of paris.  This was probably made in the late 1970’s or 1980’s which had a customized urna ( religious container) mounted on the wall.

IMAGE

Christ the King seated

Christ the King seated- This is the larger piece seated Christ from their family collection. Made from eskayola /escayola or plaster of paris.  The hands are made from carved wood. This can probably dates back in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s.

IMAGE

Risen Christ

Risen Christ is made from wood and mounted in one corner of the living room. It was bought several decades ago.

IMAGE

Christ without hands

This is Risen Christ which was rescued from a fire. The hands were lost and made from iron and zinc. They still have some mid-century statues and other items.

Advertisements

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (Part 1)

Manila is known by travelers,expats,scholars earn accolades such as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Paris of the East”, “Milan of the East”, ” Little Vatican”, “Venice of the East ” among others.

postcard

old Spanish watch tower, Intramuros postcard

Philippine Postcards

Postcards in the country were distributed during the mid-19th during the Spanish colonial regime and were known as tarjeta postal, even until now by old time collectors. Early postcards, bear features of Spanish monarchs and it was only in the late 1890’s when photo type postcards were printed and distributed by stores within Escolta, Binondo, Intramuros and large cities.

IMAGE

old Spanish wall printed by Photo Finishing Corporation, Manila

The Spanish government produced series in various printed denominations specifically for the country. Unfortunately thru time, revolutions, tropical weather, poor quality of the paper, printing quality available during that time. A lot of the postcards printed during this era barely survived. Early collectors would just put them on book shelves or any place. Most of the Spanish era postcards are hard to come by, even in specialized local bourse or club’s auction.

IMAGE

Binondo canal

I have seen a handful of these trajeta postal mostly from specialized postcard collectors and bought 2 pieces Spanish -Cuban tarjeta postal printed around 1883 which bear the portrait of King Alphonso XII /Alfonso XII (pre-stamp). Some of the tarjeta postal printed in other Spanish colonies would also circulate in the country, since there are some Filipinos who lived and worked in those countries.  The country is under the Spanish crown, postcards printed in those countries may also been used in the country and coveted by some collectors.

IMAGE

Insular Ice Plant postcard

Insular ice plant is one of the major building infrastructure built by the Americans in Manila.

IMAGE

Manila Central Post Office in 1930

Manila Central Post Office used to be a horse stable and post office which serves the southern part of Manila during the last decade of the Spanish regime. The building depicted at the postcard was built from 1926 to 1930 under the supervision of Pedro Siochi and Company. The triumvirate of Ralph Harrington Doane, Tomas Mapua and Juan Arellano were the architects behind this magnificent building.

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace

Malacañan /Malacañang Palace is another favorite subject in postcard and even  had a commemorative stamps issued during the commonwealth time. Several bookstores like Goodwill bookstore, National bookstore featured the palace during post war period.

American Regime

The Americans started printing new postcards and were quickly bought by American military personnel or service personnel that were stationed in the country.
Since travel to the country became easier with faster steam engine vessels and larger commercial steam boats which ply the islands. More and more postcards
with different interesting topics were printed.
manila cityhall
Manila Cityhall
The most popular were Manila carnival queens, ethnic groups, landmarks, public executions, people in filipiñiana costume among others.
IMAGE
Calle Bagumbayan postcard
Some of the postcards were printed in the Unites States during the early part of the colonial regime, while some are printed in the country.
IMAGE
Bureau of Science building
Bureau of Science is the precursor of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the American colonial regime. The building was  designed in 1901 by the first American resident architect Edgar Bourne.
IMAGE
Bureau of Science building
The colonial government needed a laboratory to study and store the colony’s rich store of minerals, forest and agricultural products as well as manufactured goods like tobacco and rope. The California Mission-style Neoclassic building graced the PGH Complex off ,Taft Avenue until the war when it was destroyed.
IMAGE
University of Santo Tomas– This pre-war postcard was probably printed around 1930. This is the newly built building at the Sampaloc campus.
Postal Card
Most businesses and the general public during the commonwealth regime would prefer using postal card. It is a type of postal stationary with pre-paid stamp affixed on the card.  These were classified under postal stationary of Philippine Islands under US Administration. Printed by the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving for use in the Philippine islands.
One can write short messages on the postal card and can be send very quick.
IMAGE
postal card issued during the commonwealth era with 2 centavos face value
Postal cards had a very interesting story. A lot of the postal card were hidden during the Japanese occupation and were brought out when the American or Allied forces began liberating major cities , hence there are popular cancellation and slogan  marks.
Sometimes these bear overprint cancellation marks of “V Day” ( Victory Day) postal card of 1945, marking the return to power of the commonwealth from the Japanese which occupied the country.
These became popular souvenir items by Allied forces and American troops which were stationed in the country between 1944 to 1946. Approximately 250,000 American service and Allied forces were stationed in the country during this time period.
These type of postal card is commonly used by business, personal and quite popular even until the late 1960’s.

Sources and References:

Collins English Dictionary : Postal Card

Littrell, Robert, Ed; Postal Cards of Spanish Colonial Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, UPSS, 2010.

Personal interview from postcard collectors

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

Winners at the Pinoy Pets-Tival Fashion Show in Robinson’s Novaliches

Winners of the pet fashion show which is part of the Pinoy Pets-Tival were chosen by a panel of judges which composed of representations from UP -MMDA Rescue Unit, Quezon City Veterinarian office and representative from Robinson’s –Novaliches.

IMAGE

Group photo with all the participants

IMAGE

There were 45 entries at the pet fashion show which also includes the owners.

mini pincher

a lady wearing a terno and her pet mini pincher

chihuahua

owner together with his pet chihuahua

IMAGE

pet owners

IMAGE

an owner with her pet cat

schnauzer

a pet schnauzer

IMAGE

a participant together with his pet chihuahua

IMAGE

2nd runner-up – #7 Riza and Oreo garnered 95.5% with Php 1,000 worth of gift certificate, gift pack from pet one and certificate.

IMAGE

The venue of Pinoy Pets-Tival was at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches.

IMAGE

#18 Greg and Sophie

IMAGE

#32 Shamcey and Eaton

The owner with his two pet dogs in butterfly costume. The butterfly costume symbolize the festival of Marinduque province.

IMAGE

Ms. Bell from UP-MMDA K9 Rescue who handed out the first runner-up certificate to 2 winners

# 18 Greg and Princess Sophie and  #32 Shamcey and Eaton who were tied for first -runners-up and garnered 98% with Php 2,000 worth of gift certificate, gift pack and certificate.

Pomeranian

Candy a pet Pomeranian

IMAGE

grand prize winner

The grand prize winner # 25 KC and Candy got 99% score. The grand prize winner got Php 3,000 worth of gift certificate from Robinson’s Novaliches, gift pack and certificate.

The next pet show and blessing will be held on October 6, 2019 which will coincides the ” World Animal Day” in all Robinson’s mall branches nationwide.

2019 TB Seal Features Philippine Dances

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Incorporated (PTSI) unveiled their 2019 Tuberculosis seal also known as Christmas seal as one of the highlights of the institution anniversary.

2019 Tuberculosis Society Seal or Christmas Seal

2019 TB Seal Launching Program

The program started with a short message from Engineer Romeo C. Ranjo (TB seal committee). followed by an inspirational message from Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairperson TB seal committee).

Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairman of the tb seal committee)

Cancellation of the first day covers and TB seal issued by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society. Proceeds of the fund raising campaign goes to the society and funding of indigent patients of the Quezon Institute.

tb seal

2019 TB seal with signatures

TB seal 2019 is printed in low quantity of 7,500 sheets and only 100 first day cover (FDC) were printed just for the occasion.

tb seal 2019 ceremonial cancellation

tb seal board members

The artists, tb seal committee members who were instrumental for the success of the 2019 TB seal were awarded a certificate of appreciation.

All the artists who contributed their works of art, time and allowing their works to be featured on a pro-bono basis. Some of the artists included Ms. Menchu Arandilla, Mr. Micheal Velasco, Ms. Ronna Manansala, Ms. Rizza Perez, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Manuel Baldemor.

Mr. Manuel Baldemor

ceremonial autograph signing

Cultural Dance Performances

modern dance number

tinikling

cariñosa

Quezon Institute employees in native attire

The employees and staff of Quezon Institute performed modern dances, tinikiling and cariñosa during the intermission.

Edna Pascual Catering Service

Closing remarks was led by Ms. Victoria B. Punzal. Lunch was serve by Ms. Edna Pascual Catering Service.

Contact :(0906-4109958)

photo booth

There was a photo booth where employees can take groupies and souvenir photo. All smiles for all the employees, tb seal committee members and guests.

Note: The author would like to “Thank” Mr. Rio Alfonso and members of the TB seal committee for the warm invite!

8 Fun Activities at the Pinoy Pets-Tival in Robinson’s Novaliches

Robinson’s –Novaliches in partnership with Happy Pets Club, Handyman, Pet One, University of the Philippines MMDA K-9 Rescue Unit, Quezon City Veterinary office, Bow Wow,Pedigree among others. The event was a half day of fun and thrill for pet owners in this side of Metro Manila.

 

8 Fun Activities at Pinoy Pets-Tival

Madhee a Shih Tzu -black liver.

JackRusselTerrier

Jack russel terrier

Siamese cat

8.) Pet Strolling –  Meeting fellow pet owners, having a chance to share stories and having new friends.

7.) A Free sample of dog food – Pet One and Handyman staff gave away free dog food samples to those who pre-registered at the site.

6.) Photo Booth – A photo booth was installed near the entrance for pet owners and their pets to pose a photo or selfie during the event.

5.) Pet Buffet and Treats Corner– Several dog and cat food brands had participated at the buffet. An owner can come back to refill whenever their pet dog or cat is hungry.

4.) FREE Talk on Dog Obedience, Basic Handling of Dogs and Disaster Preparedness– A short talk was given by the UP-MMDA K-9 Rescue Unit.

3.) FREE Anti-Rabies Vaccinations- Puppies and kitten were given check ups, anti -rabies and consultation by the city veterinary office.

2.) Design Your Own Philippine Pet Bandana for the first 100 participants- A pre-registration was held at the trade hall shortly before 1:00 pm. One can design their own bandana for their beloved pet dogs and cats.

Mr. Jonald dela Cruz with his pet dog Madhee. The dog dress was designed by Ms. Jocelyn Dy.

Mamang Sorbetero with his pet black Pomeranian

1.) Pet Fashion Show– This is the highlight of the Pets-Tival were 45 participants together with their pets entered the fashion show. The theme is ” Filipino” and owners and their pets wore costumes or dress which are locally made.

Pinoy Pets-Tival

Pinoy Pets-Tival

Prizes includes gift packs from Pet One, Robinson’s –Novaliches gift certificates, Certificate to the winners and certificate of participation. The next big pet event will be held on October 6, 2019 which celebrates the “World Animal Day“.