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Two Special Awards for Michele Gumabao at 2018 Miss Globe pageant

Michele Gumabao made the country proud by winning two special awards and landing a spot in the Top 15 in the 2018 Miss Globe held in Tirana, Albania. The pageant was held early morning at 1:00 am (PHL Time) October 22 or October 21, 2018 Albania time.

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Michele Gumabao in sarimanok costume with special award ( photo from The Miss Globe pageant website)

She also bagged the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while finishing at the Top 15.

When the online voting started few weeks ago, Miss Colombia got over 23% of the voted with Philippine trailing in at 18%, Eventually garnered 30.22% of the online votes to capture the Miss Social Media award followed by Miss Colombia, host Albania, Portugal and Ukraine.

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Miss Social Media Award

Miss Philippines joined representatives of Canada, Russia, Australia, Turkey, Brazil, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Italy, Estonia, France, Albania, Portugal, and Romania in the Top 15.

Rounding up the top five were Perihan Koz of Turkey (2nd runner up), Italy’s Rosa Fariello ( 3rd runner-up ) and Albania’s Alba Bajrami (4th runner up)

China’s Yo Yizhou won the crown while Australia’s Montana Farrah Seaton placed first runner up.

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Michele Gumabao in blue evening gown

Her sarimanok and blue evening gown was created by well known fashion design Nat Manilag.

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Cactus and Succulent Dish Gardening Making Workshop at Grow and Show

On-the-Spot Cactus and Succulent Dish Garden Making Workshop and Competition

When: October 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Where: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Diliman, QC

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(Photo courtesy of Compact Greenery)

Watch and learn as our Dish Garden expert Mr. Wilson Angel show you how to create stunning dish gardens to suit your fancy.

Immediately after the workshop, an On-the-Spot Dish Garden competition follows.

Here are the simple rules for the competition:

1. This is OPEN TO ALL

2. Participants should bring their own materials (container, plants, accessories, soil mix, etc)

3. Plants to be used are cactus and succulents only, no artificial plants. Participants may use dish garden accessories such as natural rocks or driftwoods.

4. The size of the container should NOT exceed 8 inches in inside diameter and only up to 4 inches deep.

5. There are no limit as to the number of entries per participant.

Announcement of winners and awarding follow in the afternoon.

1st Prize – P700 plus Plaque
2nd Prize – P300 plus Plaque
3rd Prize – P200 plus Plaque

Grow and Show Monthly Bazaar from October 19 to 21, 2018

Philippine Horticultural Society in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Biodiversity Management Bureau and Manila Bulletin presents to the general public the monthly bazaar and trade show from October 19 to 21, 2018 at the main gate and visitor’s area of the Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife and Rescue Center in Quezon City.

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This month’s bazaar will showcase different kinds of edible figs, adeniums, orchids, tillandsia, bromeliads, cacti, succulents, flowering trees, herbs, hanging plants among others from about 60 stall holders.

Grow and Show Lecture Series

October 20, Saturday, 10:00 AM Creating Succulent Dish Gardens by Wilson Angel An On the Spot Dish Garden Competition will be held after the lecture.

Oct. 20 Saturday 2:00 PM Growing Orchid by Pres. Remy Rodis-Santelices of Paradise Orchids 1. Laboratory Production; 2. Farm Production and 3. Marketing

October 21, Sunday 10:00 AM Breeding Aloes by PHSI Sec Boyet Ganigan

Tillandsia Competition open for all: 1. Bulbous Species 2. Bulbous Hybrids 3. ArteCulture: Tilly frames.

The bazaar will start from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

There are two entrances, one is at Quezon Avenue and another one is at North Avenue entrance.

Those who might be interested in joining the next plant bazaar, Try to contact Ms. Angel -PHSI Secretariat -0917-798-1317

Note: Entrance fees at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife is Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid Id’s, Php 30 general public . 

Creative Ideas from Farmer’s Garden

Farmer’s Garden is a haven for plant lovers that are living within Cubao area. There are about two dozen stalls which sells different kinds of plants, cacti, succulents, water plants, tillandsia, ferns, roses, orchids and ornamental plants.

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The mood is very festive as the Christmas season usher in more buyers.

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cacti and succulents at Php 25.00 per pot

 Farmer’s garden is beehive for cacti and succulent wholesalers and retailers. Some stall holders would put plastic animals to and create some interesting landscape works. One can use their creativity on how to present plants, orchids or cacti in interesting containers or attractive potteries.

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crotons and rhapis palm

Croton or San Francisco plant and Rhapis palm are also making a big comeback.

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African violets

African violets are also called Saintpaulias, these are popular indoor flowering plants.

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Ashitaba

Ashitaba scientifically called Angelica keiskei, commonly known under the Japanese name of ashitaba, literally “tomorrow’s leaf”. This grows at slightly higher elevations like Tagaytay, Lipa, Baguio, Benguet. This is the real ashitaba.

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Roses

These are hybrid roses which bears large flowers and are mostly grown in higher elevations.

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Dendrobium hybrids

Dendrobium hybrids are also popular among backyard growers and as live potted flowering plants. The flowers last between 2 to 3 weeks.

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Dendrobium hybrids

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ornamental pineapples

These ornamental pineapples are used as center table accents, for flower arrangements or centerpiece items. The colorful fruits are attractive and can last for several weeks. However these are not edible.

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different types of tillandsia and orchids for sale

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groot as an accent

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corn plant

 Corn plant or Dracena sanderiana variegata is another popular indoor or good luck plant.

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Tillandsia ionantha variety stricta

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Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid and Tillandsia andreana

Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid develops a peach color rather than the red.  Tillandsia andreana is another species that comes from Colombia and was introduce into the country some 10 years ago. It’s leaves can also have a pink tinge to them, which is actually a sign the plant is about to bloom.

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using bottles as creative way of presenting air plants

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Ruah’s Garden

Most of the plant stall holders are open between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but some cacti and succulent stalls wholesalers would open a little bit earlier, especially when their new supplies would be unloaded.

Farmer’s Garden is near Araneta Center, PUV terminal, MRT 3- Araneta Center.

 

 

World Class Filipino Products at Old Manila Eco Market

World class products and services are the highlights of last sunday’s Old Manila’s Eco Market within Plaza Roma in Intramuros, Manila.

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The bazaar and market place attracted over 50 stalls from different parts of the country. A lot of the stall holders are small and medium scale enterprises.

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Merchants sells their products in eco-friendly packaging while market-goers are encouraged to bring their own utensils, lunch boxes, and eco bags for their purchases.

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environment friendly products

Some of the products sold at this stall use old cloths and rewoven to create chairs and bags.

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Balay Organiko sells organic hand made soaps at Php 65

Popular handmade soaps includes cucumber, calamansi, turmeric, papaya and others. These are package in small pouch bags.

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sweet corn and white corn

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bambike

Bambike is an advocacy and travel company that is based within Intramuros.

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pocket books for sale

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crispy mushroom station

Crispy mushroom station sells crispy mushrooms, fresh mangoes, durians, lansones, mangosteens, pomelos.

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a seller from Aklan gives free taste

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roasted peanuts, haiyan butter cookies and Aklan’s best fried shrimps

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a dirty ice cream vendor

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fruit crochet

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dream catcher

Dream catcher a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams.  In this case yarn and chicken feathers were used. These are exported in other countries.

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Copperazo promise ring

Copperazo specializes in hand crafted copper rings, semi-precious rings and earrings. The copper rings are malleable, non -tarnishing and non-allergic.

Contact : 0947-890-5302/  FB @copperazo/ IG @copperazo

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Bulletproof  Enterprises

Bulletproof Enterprises sells different bottled foods , keto friendly foods and vinegar.

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fish tocino

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stickers

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eco products

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Hoy, Plastik !

Hoy, Plastik ! sells conditioner bars, shampoo bars, organic hand made soap, organic cutlery set and bamboo straw. The friends started selling online and already had some loyal clientele.

Contact Person: Ms. Yen Reyes -0906-2080693
FB and Ig:@hoyplastik

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WWF-Philippines

table-napkins

table napkins and table cloths

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EDL Super pastillas

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organic soaps, handcrafted bags, accessories, fans

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organic salted duck eggs

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washi tapes

Washi tapes is quite popular among postcard collectors and scrap book artists. It is also used in marking notepads, candle holder, bookmark, greeting cards, diy crafts and among others.

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Love and Devotion Online

Love and Devotion Online sells rosaries, scapulars items, religious statues, pendants, prayer booklets among others.

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Saint Padre Pio devotional items 

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sandals and ladies shoes

Since the tents and bazaar area is an outdoor area, pet lovers can bring their pets without fear.

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lotion bars

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Urban Blends

Urban Blends specializes in perfumes, handmade lotions and soaps. They also have pet shampoo .

Contact: 0916-218-0168

FBurbanblendsperfumes / IG@urbanblendsph

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 Mr. Illac Diaz and Ms.Shine de Castro

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l-r Ms.Shine de Castro, Mr. Illac Diaz and Ms. Sheila Leyva

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e-tricycle station beside Ayuntamiento de Manila

Old Manila Eco Market will be open every sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00pm starting  from October 7 to December 30, 2018.

Note : Some of the stall holders featured in this article are not permanent stall holders and also participates in other bazaars .

For inquiries and to know more about The Old Manila Eco Market, please contact:

Contact Persons: Ms. Shine de Castro and Ms. Shiela Leyva

Telephone number: +632 359 7076

Mobile Number: +63916 336 6855, +63908 815 0483

E-mail: oldmanilaecomarket@gmail.com

Social Media Accounts

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oldmanilaecomarket

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oldmanilaecomarket

Great Dishes at Arki’s Grill

Arki’s Grill specializes in different dishes, some of them are locally sourced from the market and what is in season.
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pechay wrap with tinapa and ginataan
The leaves pechay is used in a different way, it is use for wrapping flaked tinapa fish topped with finely chopped carrots with gata. The coconut milk is thick and the pechay leaves is still crunchy.
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dinuguan
Arki’s version of pork dinuguan is different, it is thick with crispy pork liempo and banana chilies added as topping.
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sinampalukang manok
Sinampalukang manok or tamarind chicken soup use tamarind leaves, chicken meat.  There are plenty of tamarind leaves used in this soup. ( hindi tinipid sa rekado).
This goes well with white rice. The soup is not that sour, the banana chilies add some right kick to this soup.
It is also surprising that this soup would only cost Php 160 per order ( for sharing between 3 to 4 people).
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sauteed garlic with shrimps
This is another perfect dish with generous amount of garlic topped the sauteed shrimps.
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bulalo soup
Bulalo soup is big with fresh young corn, vegetables at Php 295 per order ( for sharing between 2 to 4 people). This goes well in cool weather and rainy days with white rice.
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Arki’s Grill
Arki’s Grill accepts reservations for events, parties, debuts, wedding and offers catering services.
The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 90 to 100 people at any given time.
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Arki’s Grill signage
Note: Menus prices posted are subject to change without prior notice, Please visit their FB page for latest updates and promos.
Address: Arki’s Grill- Salangan Highway , San Miguel, Bulacan ( (Fronting ICBT, besides Olive Lechon Manok)
Contact Persons: Architect Ervin and Mrs. Kat Garcia
Contact : 0935- 889- 1003
Operations: Mondays-Sundays
Operational Hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Halo-Halo with Kesong Puti at Sweet Bulakenya

Sweet Bulakenya food had a lot of innovative products to offer, One of their product is their halo-halo with kesong puti as topping.

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Sweet Bulakenya with topped kesong puti

Halo-halo had all the usual ingredients like the minatamis na saba among others, the shave ice is comparable to other commercial halo-halo restaurants in Metro Manila. What makes this special is the ingenious way of adding their kesong puti as topping.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo tiangge ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)

Ms. Lani Buencamino is also a science teacher and proprietor of Sweet Bulakeny Among the well-known products includes their empanada with kesong puti, macaroons, chicharon among others.

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 empanada with kesong puti

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San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan province welcome arch

They also tried to produce Native Pork Sitsaron/ Chicharon which made its best at different class- A restaurants and hotels.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners

Some of their clientele included Chateau (1771 Group of Restaurants) City of Dreams in Parañaque, Macau, Serye, Robinsons Supermarkets (selected outlets like Galleria, Ermita, Eastwood, Metro East, Magnolia ) and True Deli in Quezon City.

When you visit San Miguel, Bulacan, do not forget to visit this place !

Store and Restaurant: Maharlika Hi-way, Sta. Rita,San Miguel, Bulacan

Address: Sampaguita St, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0915 939 3526

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetBulakenyaFoods/