Chinese Calligraphy at the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Chinese calligraphy experts, enthusiasts, students were treated to one day demonstration and art exhibit at the exhibition hall of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Muelle de Binondo street in Binondo, Manila.

Filipino-Chinese calligraphers

Federation of Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. building

The one day event was well-attended, teachers, students from well-known Filipino-Chinese schools like Saint Jude Catholic School, Saint Stephen, Philippine Cultural College, Hope Christian School, Grace Christian College among others were on hand at the opening.

Saint Jude Catholic School students grade 9 and 11

Chinese Calligraphy

stage area

Master Chua Hu Hua

I also met Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Master Chua Hu Hua and Mr. Dewey Tan among others were at the exhibition hall of the building.

Mr. Dewey Tan

The federation members also have a room with hundreds of grocery bags to be donated to the victims of taal volcano eruption.


There were also a mini-bonsai exhibit from the personal collection of Master Chua Hu Hua– who is also a bonsai artist.

To cap the opening of calligraphy exhibition, a sumptuous lunch buffet was also prepared by the organizers.

Student Art Works at Plaza de Novaliches

More than a dozen art works were created by students of the nearby Rosa Susano elementary school and surrounding schools. The week-long art fair also coincided with the yuletide season in Novaliches which is the northern part of Quezon City.

art works by students

Student Art Works and Bazaar

covered amphitheater

Plaza de Novaliches with old narra trees

The Christmas bazaar is held every year at the Plaza de Novaliches. There are also cultural performances at the amphitheater area.

Quezon City Public Library branch in Novaliches.

Local monument of Gat Andres Bonifacio and katipuneros was erected to pay homage to these heroes.  Novaliches was a hotbed for the katipunan movement when the revolution took place in 1896.

Several descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio were residents of the districts. Not far from the plaza is the compound of Metro Manila College where the historic duhat tree serves as place where Tandang Sora also known as Melchora Aquino took care of wounded soldiers and cared for the sick.

Epic Battle of Novaliches

Gat Andres Bonifacio and katipuneros monument

The two books authored by Alvarez and the Calairos posted that in the later part of
November 1896, Gat Andres Bonifacio and his army had left for Cavite from
Balara (then a part of Marikina), General Luis Malinis prepared to
attack the enemy position at Novaliches, then a separate town since
Quezon City was not yet in existence at that time).

He carried out the siege toward the end of November 1896. After
a pitch battle, the Sons of the People at noon burned the civil guard
headquarters and the chapel where the enemies had entrenched
themselves. Unfortunately, the brave General Malinis was killed by
the Spaniards.”

Another book entitled “Himagsikang 1896,” published by the
Miranda Bookstore in 1995 based on a diary recording the 1896
Revolution from Jan. 1, 1896 to Dec. 31, 1896 and authored by Zeus A.
Salazar, E. Yulo, and A. Navarro, also confirmed that a battle
between the Katipuneros and the Spaniards took place in Novaliches on
Nov. 26, 1896.

Plaza de Novaliches bazaar is also near the bus and jeepney stop.

Gat Andres Bonifacio and katipunan monument

The exhibit is until this weekend and some of the art pieces bought. Proceeds from the sale of the art works will go to help indigent students.


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.


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


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)


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


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



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.


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’.


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.”


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.


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.


Art and History Exhibit


different art works and sketches


stamp exhibit frames at the left side of the post office


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.

Philippine Botanical Art Society’s Exhibit at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants

Philippine Botanical Art Society and Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society members had a successful opening of the art exhibit held at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants at the 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas in Manila.


More than 50 art works mainly orchids flowers, ferns, flowering trees and botanical prints.


Art Exhibits and Exhibitors


Mr. Larie N. Dianco who currently works at the National Museum for Natural History


Ms. Aissa Domingo with her painting 


Ms. Madoline Agudo dela Rosa

Ingress started on November 13 morning until 10:00 pm with several artists who came from Rizal, Bulacan, Quezon City, Las Piñas, Los Baños, Davao and other areas of the country.


Professor Patrick Andrew Gozon of  the University of the Philippines


Ms. Cynthia Gubler together with Spathoglottis plicata




exhibitors, symposium participants and guests


Ms. Carmen Odulio ( president PNPCSI), Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an with Dr. Cecilia Banag-Moran.


ribbon cutting ceremony

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations and minor Sponsors, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Developement Corporaration, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

Do not forget to visit the art exhibit until tomorrow- November 15, 2019 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas until 5:00 pm !

1st Asean Chinese Art Painting and 9th Filipino-Chinese Art Painting Exhibit

Ground Floor , Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila-Philippines

Asia Pacific Art Painters Association Incorporated , Philippine Branch of AC Arts, Philippines Branch of America Art Research Institute in partnership with Federation of  Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. opened an art exhibition of different kinds of paintings and artists from Asean countries like Malaysia , Singapore , Thailand  and Philippines and Asian countries like  China, South Korea and ROC ( Taiwan )

Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. Building 

The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was held past 10:00 am on November 20,2016 Sunday at the main lobby of the Federation of Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries . Chinoy Television which is shown on PTV channel 4 every sunday , also covered the event .

artists showed their mastery of Chinese painting

Chinese calligraphy 

Cat fish painting 

The celebration is incomplete without performance of the drum and lyre band.

Here are some of the notable paintings and artists 

Mr.Rafael Cusi paintings

Mr. Rafael Cusi exhibited some Chinese style paintings , nude on sepia, water color and among others . He is also known by his nickname Popoy Cusi and specializes in water color. He is also dubbed as the “Master of Watercolor in the Philippines” and is acclaimed as one of the top artist of the Philippines in his times including other artists who also specializes in watercolor.

Mr. Christ M. Antonio

Mr. Chris M. Antonio is one of the artists from Santa Maria , Bulacan . Most of his art works are exhibited at the Santiago Gallery near the poblacion area.

Gallery : Santiago Gallery -J.P. Rizal Street ,Poblacion , Santa Maria , Bulacan 

Contact : 0915-096-9676 / 0933-228-829

Artists and organizers pose for a souvenir shot after the ceremonies.

Invited guests , participants , artists and media enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese-lauriat style luncheon .

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until November 24, 2016 Thursday with possible extension .

Note: All photos are exclusive from the author , who was invited to the art exhibit by the organizers .


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