Philippine TB Seal 2020 Unveiled

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. will be launching the Philippine TB Seal 2020 also known as Christmas seal, Charity Stamps or Fund Raising Stamps. This is in partnership with various Filipino artists, cause oriented group, TB seal and philatelic collectors.

The TB seal 2020 to 2021 was supposed to the launched last August 2020 in time for the anniversary of the society, but due to the lock down, it was moved to first week of December 1, 2020 via zoom and virtual launching by 10:00 am.

Philippine TB Seal 2020

TB seal 2020 focuses on different art works done by well-known Filipino artists which pay tribute to medical front liners, nurses, doctor, health care worke. This also includes positivity and the bayanihan spirit among Filipino people as a nation.

Tb seal 2020-2021 first day cover

The art works done by the artists gives HOPES to all humanity in this trying times.

Do not forget to add this wonderful two sets of Philippine Christmas seal 2020-2021 in your collection by purchasing the highly collectible series. One can help the society in alleviating tuberculosis among the indigent patients.

Featured Filipino Artists

Several Filipino artists like Mr. Raul Isidro, Mr. Edgar Doctor, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Egai Fernandez, Virgilio Labial, Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor, Mr. “Nemi” Miranda, Mr. Erano Francisco Garcias, Mr. Fil Dela Cruz , Mr. Janillo Adorador among others were featured.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc.

Since 1910, when the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) was founded, the organization has been conducting yearly TB Seals Campaign. The seals then were printed abroad, and it was only in 1947 when the TB seals started being produced locally.

In 1985, a highly organized campaign was initiated with the formation of a TB Seal Committee to oversee and ensure the success of the TB seal fund drive. As with the past years, PTSI’s 2012 TB Seal Campaign elicited a lot of support from various sectors of Philippine society, with around 18,000 TB seal sheets sold, totaling 720,000 individual stamps.

Another popular issue was in 2015 on Pope Francis state visit

Last 2019, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) featured Philippine dances

Tuberculosis is still a major problem in the country and still one of the top 10 leading cause of mortality among Filipinos.

For further details, kindly contact Mr. Almario “Rio” Alfonso via mobile at 09333628134

Contact -Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (02) 781-37-47 / 781-3761 loc. 132

For those interested to help the society and their causes – Do not forget to visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/philtbsociety/

Useful link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/2014-tb-seal-launching-at-the-julia-vargas-hall-by-the-philippine-tuberculosis-society/

Cleanup Week Manila and Other Projects of JCI Manila

Cleanup Week Manila 2020 which aims to beautify the city we love through sustainability projects.

It was a way of connecting has always been to find a common ground to all the residents who wanted a cleaner and healthier city.

This is in partnership with City of Manila, Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and JCI Manila.

Schedule of JCI Manila Cleanup Week

October 19- Limitless Clean-Up Tondo

October 20- Air Wash

October 21- Litter Boom Collector

October 22- Manila Tropical Sakura Project

October 23- Project Renew

Background

JCI Manila, formerly known as the Manila Jaycees, is Asia’s first and premier leadership development organization.

It has produced the nation’s most distinguished leaders in both business and government. That is why JCI Manila is fondly referred to as the “University of Leaders”.

For 67 years, thousands of young men have joined the ranks and left to be great leaders. Young men such as Mr. Washington SyCip, Mr. Henry Sy, Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, Secretary Albert Del Rosario have all been a part of JCI Manila. These great men, during their time in the JCI Manila, have imparted their knowledge and principles, forming the organization it is today.

The University of Leaders, through it’s deep history and tradition, molds young men to be great leaders.

Last Sept 5, JCI Manila installed a vertical wall garden called “Pader ng Buhay” equipped with 1,692 silverwall and fern plants, a self-timing irrigation system and solar-powered lighting fixtures.

The Cleanup drive schedule is from October 19 to 23, 2020

I covered some events in which JCI Quezon City chapter was actively involved like the recent Parada ng Lechon Festival in 2019 in LaLoma, Legit Pinoy Fair at Il Terrazzo in Tomas Morato and during the 80th foundation anniversary of Quezon City.

How Can the General Public Help ?

One can help the organization by purchasing their products and by volunteerism.

Donate Php200 and get a Kobe! Black washable face mask
Donate Php750 and get a Kobe! white graphic tee
Donate Php850 and get a Kobe! black graphic tee
Donate Php1,200 and get a Kobe! gray hoodie

Contact Person @:
Project Co-Chair Cholo Legisma
Contact Information: 09276975333
virgilio.legisma@kingsofthecourt.ph

One can also contact Mr. Kyle de Leon
Cel: 0917-779-4006

National Teacher’s Month Celebration with PHLPOST, urges student to write via online

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) invites all students to join the “Dear Teacher” online letter writing contest to express their gratitude to their beloved teachers.

National Teacher’s Month Campaign

The project is in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Metrobank Foundation Inc., Philippine Postal Corporation‘s ” Salamat Po Letter Writing Advocacy Program” encourages students to recognize their teachers through the art of letter-writing in celebration of “National Teachers’ Month” which falls every September.

According to PHLPost, even during the pandemic period, they are doing this annual letter writing contest via online to effectively promote and appreciate the hardwork and sacrifices of our teachers in molding the students to become better persons in society.

Students shall compose a short, one-page handwritten letters expressing their gratitude to their beloved teachers.

Participants shall photograph their letters, post it on Facebook and tag Facebook page @salamatpoletterwriting or may email at: salamatpo.phlpost@gmail.com.

Winners with the best handwritten letters will be selected, to receive a special prize from PHLPost and partner agencies.

Art Exhibit for a Cause in Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital

I recently visited a relative who was confined at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital within Wilson Street, Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City.

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different art works from local artists

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Cardinal Santos Medical Center

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photo gallery and time line of the hospital

There were hand sanitizers all over the hospital premises and we have to conform to the guidelines set by the hospital management.

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Art Exhibit for a Cause

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Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Cardinal Medical Charities Foundation, Inc. in partnership with different local artists had “Art Exhibit for a cause”. Proceeds from the sale of the art works goes to the charity ward of the hospital and indigent patients.

For more information regarding the exhibit, please call 727-0001 local 3024 or email them at cmcfi@csmc.ph

Special Chinese New Year Tour 2020 (Part 1)

Royal Postal Heritage Tour in partnership with WalkwithChan, heritage advocate group bloggers and social media influencers conducted a guided tour within the heart of the Chinatown’s Manila district.

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photo collage courtesy of Ms. Lin Deres

Unlike other guided tours, The tour focus on the vast Chinatown district which encompasses part of Santa Cruz, Tondo, San Nicolas and Binondo.

Special Chinese New Year 2020 Tour

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early bird participants

 We met at the Carriedo fountain within Plaza Santa Cruz around past 6:00 am. Ms. Melody Abuan was the early bird and won 2 gift certificate from Yakikai restaurant worth Php 1,000. followed by Mr. Ray Ong, Philip Reyes and Ms. Lin Deres among the early participants who brace the overcast saturday morning. Slowly followed by two  participants who came all the way from San Pedro, Laguna province to join the fan fare.

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Kim Sha Temple

After the short tour of the Santa Cruz church, We went to have a blessing at Kim Sha Temple located at 1021 Ongpin street which is part of Santa Cruz district.

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breakfast buffet selection

buffet dishes consisted of fish with tausi, noodles, fried rice, pechay, hotdog, raddish, scrambled egg, tasty bread, two kinds of soup and bottomless ice tea and brewed coffee.

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group photo

Chinatown LaiLai Hotel Buffet

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group photo

We arrived past 7:00 am at the Chinatown Lailai buffet area, Compared to the previous year, there were fewer dishes offered at the buffet area. While Ms. Rebecca Bucad and her companion followed.

Address: 801 Ongpin Street corner Sabino Padilla Street (aka Gandara), Santa Cruz, Manila

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different kinds of ornamental and flowering plants for sale

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Chinatown Arch

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Manila Chinatown -Welcome Arch

The mood was festive, but fewer crowd on weekend. The threat of the novel corona virus may have affected the crowd participation.

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Chinese New Year revelers in costume

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parade

We spotted group of mendicants asking for cash or donations. Some are dress in ati-atihan costume and darna giving the Chinese New Year celebrations new type of entertainment.

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mendicants giving some envelope

Salazar Bakery

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zesto cola flavored tikoy (nian kao)

The group then decided to visit the famed Salazar bakery and bought some popular pastries like hopia, lao po pia ( sweetheart pastry), mamon and tikoy at the bakery before walking along Ongpin street.

Address: 783 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila

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children imitating a dragon dance

Santo Cristo de Longos ( Popular Shrine)

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 Santo Cristo de Longos shrine along Nueva Street ( aka Yuchengco Street) corner Ongpin street is the most popular shrine of the holy cross. This shows how Catholicisim, Taosim, Buddhism syncretize and create a unique harmony between these major religion.

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Mr. Ray Ong together with some of the participants

Carvajal Street

We went to Carvajal street also nicknamed the umbrella street alley of Chinatown and bought some hopia and pastries from Holland bakery.

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home cooked meals sold in one of the stall within Carvajal street

Mr. Ray Ong gave a short talk on the interesting fruits, vegetables and food found within the street alley.

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Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila

We spend about 20 minutes inside the minor basilica and pointed out the important religious images and the real Santo Cristo de Longos which was located in the baptistry of the church.

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Lucky Chinatown Mall

Lucky Chinatown Mall is one of the posh mall located within the district. it is site for various event in the Chinatown Manila. It is like a one stop shop for everyone.

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dragon dancers in front of Lucky Chinatown Mall

The group arrived about 10:00 am. There was a lion and dragon dancers outside the mall.

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bright lantern

Chinatown Museum

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Ms. Beverly Ann Tan ( curator)

Chinatown Museum is located 4th level of the mall which showcases 18 galleries.  A visit to the museum is a MUST for those keen to learn history, heritage, heroism and anything about Chinatown’s -Manila.

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well-loved Chinese foods in the Philippines

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The group was greeted by Ms. Beverly Ann Tan (museum administrator) who gave an interesting history behind some of the practices of the Filipino-Chinese community.

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panaderia ( bakery)

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local produce

For those planning to visit the museum, Do not forget to pre-reserve in advance especially in big group.

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candid shot with some of the participants

A minimal entrance fee of Php 150 for the general public, Php 100 students with valid Id’s,Php 80 for senior citizens, people with disabilities.

Address: 4th Floor Lucky Chinatown Building- A, Reina Regente Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Contact: (632)8293-2584/ (0917-1164047)

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Ilang-Ilang Restaurant

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appetizer meal which consists of kikiam ( ngo hiong), sliced century eggs, pork asado, radish cake and pickled raddish.

We ate at the famed Ilang-Ilang restaurant. Some of the famed dishes includes the appetizer meal, pata tim, shanghai fried rice, nido soup, fried buttered chicken, birthday noodles, buchi/ botchi, braise steamed fish, almond fruit cocktail.

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pata tim

Ilang-Ilang Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurant in the district, established in 1910. The restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closes only during Holy Week.

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steamed fish fillet

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buttered fried chicken

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birthday noodles

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For dine-in services, the restaurant can accommodate up to 180 persons on ground floor and 400 persons on 2nd floor function hall.

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group photo

Address: 551 Ilang-Ilang Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday

8:00am to 11:00 pm

(02) 241- 9297, 241-9298, 242-3266

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Chinese New Year 2020

The group got a hearty Chinese lauriat style lunch and spend almost two hours at the restaurant.

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